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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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Friday, August 5,2011

NC is seeking individuals with available grass

by WLJ
Most Nebraska land owners have experienced optimal precipitation this summer while devastation has been occurring in the drought-stricken areas of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) is developing a list of individuals with available grass for lease or any other type of forage for sale to help our southern neighbors.

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Friday, August 5,2011

Pfizer reports earnings growth

by WLJ
Pfizer Inc. reported higher quarterly earnings last week as higher sales of animal health and nutritional products that the company aims to divest helped offset falling sales of its core pharmaceuticals business.

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Friday, August 5,2011

NCBA checkoff financial firewall is functioning properly

by WLJ
The beef checkoff financial firewall at the National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) is functioning as it should, according to officials of both NCBA and the Cattlemens Beef Board (CBB), which oversees the Beef Checkoff Program.

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Friday, July 29,2011

Water intoxication—too much of a good thing

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
As Texas experiences one if its worst droughts on record, the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab (TVMDL) in Amarillo, TX, is reporting increased numbers of cattle dying from water intoxication. Although rare, water intoxication occurs when cattle over-drink, usually following a period of water deprivation. It can

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Friday, July 29,2011

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Mike Enzi. Both are labeled the Livestock Marketing Fairness Act. Lummis says a lack of transparency in the marketplace can lead to price manipulation and abuse by some packers.

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Friday, July 29,2011

Controlling genetics is the key to market premiums

by WLJ
He will speak at the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) conference Aug. 31-Sept. 1. A large attendance of producers is expected from Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas, says David Patterson, University of Missouri (MU) Extension beef reproduction specialist, Columbia.

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