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Friday, September 16,2011

BLM announces winner of 2011 rangeland stewardship award

by WLJ
The Bureau of Land Management announced the winner of the agency's Rangeland Stewardship Award for 2011, which went to Joe Stell, a Carlsbad, NM, rancher who has improved rangeland conditions on his BLM grazing allotment. BLM Assistant Director Ed Roberson presented the award in Park City, UT, at a meeting of the rancher-based Public Lands Council.

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Friday, September 16,2011

Farm dust regulation prevention act

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE.) introduced three pieces of legislation that would ease the regulatory burdens plaguing farmers and ranchers. One of his bills would explicitly prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating farm dust.

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Friday, September 16,2011

Ag spending bill advances

by DTN
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $19.78 billion fiscal year 2012 Agriculture appropriations bill that provides less discretionary spending than the past two years, but left potential controversial amendments for the Senate floor even though some senators are worried the bill will never come up as an individual piece of legislation.

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Friday, September 16,2011

Veterinary emergency team responds to injured animals in Bastrop

by WLJ
The existing wildfire situations across the state of Texas have The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) emergency responders currently working in Bastrop, Travis, Cass, and Waller counties.

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Friday, September 16,2011

COOL enforcement lax

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Various agricultural and consumer advocacy groups have argued for legislation requiring food products to be labeled, and the 2002 Farm Bill did just that, requiring retailers to notify their customer of the country of origin of certain commodities. The COOL final rule went into effect in March 2009.

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Friday, September 16,2011

World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates recap

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA's latest Supply and Demand report's reduction in yield estimates and supplies has the livestock industries battling ethanol for feed. The reduction in yield estimates removed more than 400 million bushels from an already tight supply/demand balance sheet.

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Friday, September 16,2011

Your National Beef Checkoff Program: 25 Years and Counting

by WLJ
Of course, twas the night before Christmas Eve, nearly eight years ago, when discovery of a single dairy cow with BSE in Washington state put holiday celebrations for much of agriculture on hold and fixated global attention on the U.S. beef and dairy industries and the issue of beef safety.

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Friday, September 16,2011

Colorado State University releases two promising wheat varieties

by WLJ
Wheat researcher Scott Haley recently walked through a maze of carefully labeled seed packets in a Colorado State University workroom, knowing that amid the array there just might be a new variety that yields success for state wheat growers.

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Friday, September 16,2011

The clock is ticking away on winter wheat pasture prospects

by WLJ
The window of opportunity for planting winter wheat for grazing is rapidly closing. In Oklahoma, dualpurpose or forage-only winter wheat generally needs to be planted by mid-September in order to produce significant fall and winter forage. Wheat planted for grain-only has about another month to be in the ideal planting window.

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Friday, September 16,2011

Cal Poly celebrates the 55th annual Field Day October 1-2

by WLJ
Building your Brand to Add Value to your Herd, is the theme of this year's California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly), Field Day, Tradeshow and Bull Test Sale set for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2, at the Cal Poly Beef Center, San Luis Obispo.

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