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Friday, August 12,2011

Federation to increase support for efforts in large population states

by WLJ
Increases in support for beef demand-building efforts were approved by directors of the Federation Division (Federation) of the National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) at the organizations board meeting held in conjunction with the 2011 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Kissimmee, FL.

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Friday, August 12,2011

Beef producers could learn from chicken farmers

by WLJ
In two decades, poultry producers increased consumer consumption of chickens by 40 pounds per capita. In the same era, 1980 to 2001, beef consumption slipped slowly away.

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Friday, August 5,2011

NCBA adopts farm bill guiding principles, interim policies

by WLJ
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall said the "proof is in the pudding" that NCBA’s grassroots policy process works as the 2011 Cattle Industry Summer Conference wrapped up in Kissimmee, FL.

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Friday, August 5,2011

Judge restores grazing on Jarbidge allotment

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
A J.R. Simplot Company spokesman welcomes a federal judge's ruling that overturns a ban on livestock grazing on some southern Idaho public lands and that states limited grazing could benefit the lands by reducing kindling that stokes wildfires.

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Friday, August 5,2011

USDA scientists study effects of rising carbon dioxide on rangelands

by WLJ
Rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels can reverse the drying effects of predicted higher temperatures on semi-arid rangelands, according to a study published last week in the scientific journal Nature by a team of USDA and university scientists.

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Friday, August 5,2011

Carcass Ultrasound 101: The chute-side view

by WLJ
Like any job, being an ultrasound technician has its ups and downs. Testy cattle. Severe weather. Reliance on machines that sometimes just dont feel the need to cooperate. Its not always an easy job.

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Friday, August 5,2011

California land values continue to rise, but will the trend last?

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The economic downturn that has slammed the residential and commercial real estate markets over the past three years has not spilled over to agricultural properties. A recent report by Rabobank points out that in the past two decades, agricultural land has increased in value by 20 percent to 70 percent, depending on geography.

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Friday, August 5,2011

Rural poll finds concern about animal welfare

by WLJ
Nearly 70 percent of rural Nebraskans define animal welfare in terms similar to those promoted by advocacy groups, but most dont think increased regulation of the states livestock practices is necessary to ensure proper care of animals in the state, according to the Nebraska Rural Poll.

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Friday, August 5,2011

Federation supplies ideas to help states generate consumer attention for beef

by WLJ
Even with the popularity of the internet and computer communications, recipe brochures, flyers and other handouts are a key tool in promoting beef locally across the country.

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Friday, August 5,2011

Your national Beef Checkoff Program: 25 years and counting

by WLJ
It was 1986: A gallon of gas cost 89 cents; a pound of ground beef cost about $1.29 at retail; a movie ticket was $3.71; the average price of the average monthly rent was $385; the average price of a home was $89,430; and the national Beef Checkoff Program went into effect at $1 per head.

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