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Friday, March 2,2012

Grant helps veterans return home to the farm and ranch

by WLJ
While some veterans returning home have jobs waiting for them, many do not. Many are returning to rural areas where jobs can be scarce.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Projects to be aimed at water-use efficient cultivars

by WLJ
“The advancement of technology to support the development of crop varieties is essential to the health and prosperity of the state, nation and the world,” said John Sharp, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System. “This multi-year agreement is fundamental to that goal.

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Friday, February 24,2012

President Obama recommends increasing grazing fee

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Public lands ranchers breathed a collective sigh of relief Jan. 31 when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service announced that the 2012 grazing fee would remain at $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM), the lowest rate allowable.

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Friday, February 24,2012

KORUS FTA date set despite controversy in Korea

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The move will help pave the way for both countries to boost their economic and political ties, according to reports. South Korea’s parliament approved the free trade pact in November of last year despite vehement protests from opposition lawmakers. The deal was signed in July 2007 and approved by Congress in October 2011.

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Friday, February 24,2012

U.S.-China symposium stresses relationships, trade

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Delegates from China met with U.S. agricultural representatives in Iowa to discuss trade agreements and agricultural cooperation at a firstever symposium. Chinese officials toured farms and signed a five-year agreement to direct conversations on agricultural topics.

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Friday, February 24,2012

TB incident a reminder: biosecurity is not optional!

by WLJ
Biosecurity, and its role in the swine industry, has always been a mandatory practice while some of its importance to the beef industry in recent years has diminished. With the tuberculosis (TB) incident recently documented in eastern South Dakota, cattlemen have good reason to re-evaluate biosecurity measures within their production programs.

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Friday, February 24,2012

An ignorable drought... for now

by DTN
It’s been a warm winter everywhere, but the higherthan-usual temperatures have taken on different manifestations around the Corn Belt. In Illinois and Indiana, farmers have been fighting mud while trying to bring their winter corn commitments to market.

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Friday, February 24,2012

It's nearly spring in Oklahoma... maybe

by WLJ
Spring has not quite sprung in Oklahoma, though it is hard to tell since we have had very little you could call winter. It is acting more like spring with increasing temperatures and more wind. Much of the state has received moisture recently and conditions are generally much better than this time last year.

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Friday, February 24,2012

Calculate SURE farm payments for 2011

by WLJ
“SURE is a critical part of the safety net for our producers because it provides a good level of protection against shallow losses,” says Aaron Krauter, FSA North Dakota executive director.

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Friday, February 24,2012

Academia and industry partnership will improve vet profession

by WLJ
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences have announced a groundbreaking partnership with Pfizer Animal Health.

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