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Friday, February 3,2012

BLM and Forest Service announce 2012 grazing fee

by WLJ
The federal grazing fee for 2012 will be $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and $1.35 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The 2012 fee is the same as last year’s.

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Friday, February 3,2012

KAY'S korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Industry leaders have rightly focused on the shrinking U.S. cattle herd as one of the industry’s biggest issues. While a smaller herd means higher prices for cow/calf producers, it means small or negative margins for everyone else in the beef chain. And it’s not healthy for only one sector to be making money.

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Friday, February 3,2012

GUEST opinion

by WLJ
As expected, the cattle report issued last week by USDA confirmed that the U.S. beef cattle industry got smaller last year. The inventory of all cattle and calves on Jan. 1, 2012, was 90.77 million head, the smallest inventory since 1952. The inventory of beef cows was 29.

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Friday, February 3,2012

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Indiana-based Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly, has announced it is acquiring ChemGen Corporation, a privately held company specializing in food enzyme products for poultry, egg and meat production.

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Friday, February 3,2012

Livestock groups find U.S. Forest Service planning rule unworkable

by WLJ
The Public Lands Council (PLC), the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NC- BA) and the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) said USDA’s Forest Service ignored concerns of industry and members of Congress, disregarded federal statute and...

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Friday, February 3,2012

USDA unveils new plant hardiness zone map

by WLJ
USDA recently released the new version of its Plant Hardiness Zone Map (PHZM), updating a useful tool for gardeners and researchers for the first time since 1990 with greater accuracy and detail.

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Friday, February 3,2012

First wolf enters California amid management concerns

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Following a month´s long sojourn across Oregon, the wolf designated OR-7 by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials has become the first verified member of the species to enter California in nearly 90 years.

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Friday, February 3,2012

WLJ publisher recognized for telling the story of American agriculture

by WLJ
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) recognized three communications and journalism professionals at the 2012 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show for outstanding work in 2011. In its second year, NCBA recognizes two communications professionals from an NCBA state affiliate organization and cattle breed association.

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Friday, February 3,2012

New school lunch standards downplay meat, add fruits and vegetables

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
USDA Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack and First Lady Michelle Obama announced last week improved nutritional standards for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) are coming soon. According to US- DA, this move will be the first of its kind in over 15 years.

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Friday, February 3,2012

USDA to measure economic well-being of American farms

by WLJ
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will spend the next several months contacting farmers and ranchers across the nation to conduct the Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). The results of this survey will serve as a baseline for numerous federal policies and programs that affect U.

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