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Friday, February 17,2012

Leopold Conservation Award seeks nominees

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Sand County Foundation, in partnership with the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA), the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. and Peabody Energy, seeks nominations for the 2012 Leopold Conservation Award in Colorado.

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Friday, February 17,2012

Letter from 82 groups opposes extending current law

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The letter continues, “Farmers need a safety net that works more effectively, and they need to access tools that help them be good stewards of our natural resources. The farm bill also provides essential resources to prevent hunger, which is especially critical during these tough economic times.

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Friday, February 17,2012

Conversations with consumers; animal welfare vs. animal rights

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Many non-ag consumers see the concepts of “animal welfare” and “animal rights” as synonymous. Given society’s move away from the farm, consumers’ experiences with animals are often limited to their pets. People’s tendency to see their pets as family members makes the situation ripe for well-funded animal rights groups to exploit consumers’ confusion.

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Friday, February 17,2012

FFA connects with local farmers

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It’s no secret that networking is a pivotal step toward a bright career in any industry. With that in mind—and a chance to win some substantial prizes for their FFA chapter—FFA members in 12 states are producing new connections with local farmers at an incredible rate.

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Friday, February 17,2012

Consumers are misled by activists

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The National Pork Board responded to McDonald´s announcement, standing by the science behind American Veterinary Medicine Association and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians research, that there are numerous ways, including sow gestation stalls, to provide proper care for sows.

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Friday, February 17,2012

U.S. red meat exports top $11.5 billion in 2011

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According to year-end statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), exports of U.S. pork, beef and lamb set new records across the board in 2011, reaching all-time highs in both volume and value and exceeding $11.5 billion in total value.

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Friday, February 17,2012

BEEF bits

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Since opening beef and horse meat export to Russia in 2010, Mexican export has been growing. In 2010, Mexico exported 3,848 tons of beef to Russia. In 2011, that number jumped to 28,541 tons.

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Friday, February 17,2012

Expansion hopeful, but trade barriers exist

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In 2009, total U.S. exports globally were valued at $943 billion. Of that, a little over 10 percent was agricultural at $96 billion. In 2010, total exports climbed to just over $1 trillion, with ag exports again representing just over 10 percent at $108 billion.

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Friday, February 17,2012

European Union and U.S. agree to historic partnership on organic trade

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The European Union (EU) and the U.S. announced that beginning June 1, 2012, organic products certified in Europe or in the U.S. may be sold as organic in either region.

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Friday, February 17,2012

Butler frustrated over way politics derailed competition rule

by DTN
Yet, Butler also described his frustration with the way a proposed livestock marketing rule, or “GIPSA rule” was beaten into submission by what Butler called cowardly moves in Congress, and “vicious lies” attacking him personally in the battle over a farm-bill rule on livestock.

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