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Friday, September 30,2011

NCGA praises farm safety net

by WLJ
The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) applauded the bipartisan work of Sens. Sherrod Brown, D- OH, John Thune, R-SD, Dick Durbin, D-IL, and Dick Lugar, R-IN, to introduce legislation that will create the Aggregate Risk and Revenue Management (ARRM) Program.

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Friday, September 23,2011

Crop insurance on the chopping block

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Like clock-work, every five years Congress renews the farm bill, while lobbyists and lawmakers fight to save critical pieces that support the ag industry. But this year, to the surprise of many farmers and agriculture organizations, congressional drive for large savings is forcing early debates.

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Friday, September 23,2011

WWP suit halts improvements

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In recent years, fencing riparian areas has become a standard practice to prevent their overuse by cattle who enjoy loafing in and around cool streams. Indeed, many lawsuits brought by environmental groups against federal agencies overseeing grazing lands, such as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.

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Friday, September 23,2011

CDC reports food-borne illnesses from known pathogens

by WLJ
Since 1992, CDC has defined a food-borne disease outbreak as the occurrence of two or more similar illnesses resulting from ingestion of a common food. State, local, and territorial health department officials use a standard, Internet-based form to voluntarily submit reports of food-borne outbreaks to CDC.

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Friday, September 23,2011

Farm groups back freezes in regulatory process

by WLJ
The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) has come out wanting Congress to enact a two-year moratorium on all discretionary, non-essential regulatory action that would increase the cost of agricultural production and process in the United States.

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Friday, September 23,2011

Maximize value of 2011 calf crop

by WLJ
The sale price almost always is greater for a large group of high-quality, uniform calves than similarquality calves brought to the livestock auction in smaller groups or similar calves with more weight range variation.

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Friday, September 23,2011

Cattlemen's Beef Board hires Polly Ruhland as CEO

by WLJ
"Polly was the right choice for this checkoff, and for this industry," said Weldon Wynn, Executive Committee chairman and CBB vice chairman. "She has a powerful passion for the checkoff and for the beef industry, and she has absolutely proven in the last three months that she can run this operation astutely.

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Friday, September 23,2011

Washington's cattlemen set focus on trade, wolves, ID and the beef checkoff

by WLJ
The Washington Cattlemen's Association (WCA) is set to hold their annual convention in Walla Walla at the Marcus Whitman Hotel, Nov. 9-12, 2011, to discuss current events in the beef industry and set direction for efforts to affect state and national policy in 2012.

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Friday, September 23,2011

Meat added to top retail thefts

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Protein consumption is the new rage, with high protein diets and Generations X and Y wanting classier meals. The increased demand, combined with drought problems, has caused beef prices to climb anywhere from 15 to 20 percent, depending on the cut.

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Friday, September 23,2011

E-coli testing costs to consumers

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA has been testing for the common O157:H7 pathogen for over 17 years. The six they plan to add have been found in food in recent years, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says they cause an estimated 110,000 illnesses annually.

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