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Friday, June 17,2011

BIF honors individuals with Continuing Service Awards

by WLJ
The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) honored several individuals with its Continuing Service Award during the organization's 43rd annual meeting and research symposium in Bozeman, MT, June 1-4. The award recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to the industry.

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Friday, June 17,2011

Cattle markets adrift with no fundamental landmarks in sight

by WLJ
What can you hang your hat on in cattle markets these days? The answer is not much with any certainty. Most of the market fundamentals are changing and volatile. About the only consistent thing is an undercurrent of tight supplies that continues to support markets and minimize some of the downside volatility.

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Friday, June 17,2011

Tess, MacNeil and Lipsey honored with BIF Pioneer Awards

by WLJ
The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) honored Michael "Mike" Tess, Michael MacNeil and Jerry Lipsey with the Pioneer Awards during the organization's 43rd annual meeting and research symposium in Bozeman, MT, June 1-4.

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Friday, June 17,2011

Restoring Iowa prairie while keeping land productive

by WLJ
Native Iowa prairies that once covered almost the entire area between the Missouri and Mississippi rivers have now shrunk to less than 1 percent of Iowas landscape.

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Friday, June 17,2011

A contract between buyer and seller can be negotiated, not broken

by DTN
Less than a year ago, $4 corn sounded sweet enough to sell. Many farmers forward contracted only to see futures prices balloon past $7. Thats increasing the temptation to default. Before you do, consider the legal and financial consequences.

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Friday, June 17,2011

April pork, beef exports lower than March, but remain strong

by WLJ
U.S. pork and beef exports slowed slightly in April when compared to the all-time record highs of the previous month, but still performed well above last years pace. April pork exports reached 181,109 metric tons valued at $487.8 millionup 16 percent in volume and 22 percent in value over last year.

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Friday, June 17,2011

NMSU students get an up-close look at the states equine industry

by WLJ
A handful of New Mexico State University (NMSU) students had the rare opportunity to get a firsthand look at career possibilities in New Mexicos equine industry while touring equine facilities around the state. More than 200 jobs, ranging from racing to veterinary medicine and many others, have a connection to horseseven some in the film industry.

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Friday, June 17,2011

Time to put wheels under the herd

by DTN
More than half of the nations cow herd is struggling to survive through a drought that continues to spread across the southern Plains, and now the Southeast. Its a situation thats left many producers, especially those in Texas and New Mexico, looking for ways to hang on until its time for fall rains to set in.

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Friday, June 17,2011

Visa reform could improve border security

by DTN
Arizona sits at the crossroads of two vital issues for two different sectors of agriculture: Produce growers need immigration reform to stay competitive, while ranchers need tighter border security to feel safe.

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Thursday, June 16,2011

Back at the ranch, a place for tomorrow’s vets

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
On a recent visit to several large West Texas ranches, Dr. Eleanor Green enjoyed one of the perks often available to rural veterinarians—mixing business with pleasure. A perfect spring morning lent itself for Green to relish her stay on one historic Texas ranch. But that morning also gave her an impromptu opportunity to utilize her training as a

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