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Friday, July 8,2011

LMA president challenges members, leadership, staff to build on current positive momentum

by WLJ
Californian David Macedo, beginning his second year as Livestock Marketing Associations (LMA) president, reviewed key issues facing marketing businesses and challenged LMA members, leadership and staff to build on the positive momentum LMA has developed in several areas.

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Friday, July 8,2011

Four industry greats honored during Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame banquet

by WLJ
Four outstanding individuals in the cattle-feeding industry were celebrated for their leadership, innovation and dedication during the annual Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame banquet on June 30 in Denver, CO.

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Friday, July 8,2011

BLM seeks bids for new pasture facilities to care for and maintain wild horses

by WLJ
As part of its responsibility to manage and protect wild horses and burros, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is soliciting bids for new long-term pasture facilities located in the continental U.S. that provide a free-roaming environment. The solicitation is for one or more pasture facilities accommodating 800 to 5,000 wild horses.

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Friday, July 8,2011

Fighting to keep forages in the green

by DTN
Gary Hill found out the importance of soil testing the hard way. The University of Georgia animal scientist works with Tifton 85 bermudagrass at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, as well as on his own cattle operation. He started noticing stand losses in the highly productive forage.

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Friday, July 8,2011

Wheres the beef? Michigan State aims to find out

by DTN
The small-scale effort has large aims, according to one of the project leaders. Associate Professor Dan Buskirk said in addition to verifying whether the beef came from a local source, shoppers eventually could use a smart phone or kiosk to find out if it came from grass-fed, grain-fed or hormone-free cattle.

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Friday, July 8,2011

Rabobank: Ag land values not a bubble

by WLJ
Agriculture land prices in the U.S. have increased steadily over the last decade, leading experts and landowners to question whether the high values are sustainable.

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Friday, July 8,2011

Higher commodity prices may become the new normal

by WLJ
Higher commodity prices might be the rule rather than the exception in the coming years, a Purdue University agricultural economist says.

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Friday, July 8,2011

PRODUCT news

by WLJ
When a farmer or rancher has to clear fields of round hay bales before moisture ruins them, theres nothing that does the job like a hay trailer. But what kind is best for you? That depends on your equipment (tractor or pick up), your use (bale size, quantity, and labor), and your budget.

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Friday, July 8,2011

E. coli can survive in streambeds for months

by WLJ
Even though most strains dont cause illness, its an indicator organismone that waterquality managers use to measure fecal contamination, says Agricultural Research Service (ARS) soil scientist Yakov Pachepsky. When its found in surface water, agriculture or urban runoff is usually implicated as the source.

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Friday, July 8,2011

Young Stockmens Academy tours agribusiness and retail beef industry

by WLJ
The 2011 Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Young Stockmens Academy (YSA) gathered for its second educational tour of the year June 27-29. The group of young KLA members from across the state spent three days in Kansas City learning more about the agribusiness and retail beef industries.

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