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Friday, November 12,2010

American Wagyu Association annual meeting: Michael Beattie named executive director

by WLJ
Wagyu breeders from around the country, as well as Australia and Mexico, convened in Lexington, KY, on Oct. 14 for the Annual Meeting of the American Wagyu Association. Ralph Valdez, president of the association, announced the hiring of Michael Beattie as the incoming executive director.

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Friday, November 12,2010

USDA set to issue conservation payments

by WLJ
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that USDA will begin issuing Conservation Stewardship and Conservation Security Program payments this month to thousands of farmers and ranchers in all 50 states to help maintain and improve the natural resources on their land.

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Friday, November 5,2010

Election shifts balance of power in ag committees

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The House of Representatives switched hands in last Tuesday's elections with Republicans handing Democrats their largest loss in the House in seven decades. In the Senate, losses were also steep, although the Democrats managed to maintain a slim majority.

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Friday, November 5,2010

WWP fails to expand scope of EAJA

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
The Idaho-based anti-grazing group Western Watersheds Project (WWP) is notorious among public lands ranchers for contesting the renewal of grazing permits in court.

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Friday, November 5,2010

Falling dollar provides added market support

by WLJ
Fed cattle trade last week was reported mostly $2-3 lower than the prior weeks levels. In Texas, trade was reported at $97-98 live, while Kansas sales came at mostly $97. Northern dressed trade in Nebraska and the Corn Belt came in a range of $153-154.

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Friday, November 5,2010

AMI pushes for end to ethanol subsidies

by WLJ
The American Meat Insti- tute (AMI) has joined a number of agriculture associa- tions in expressing serious concerns over a new proposal from the ethanol indus- try that would extend the expiring ethanol blenders credit and import tariff on foreign...

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Friday, November 5,2010

BEEF bits

by WLJ
South Koreas president expressed confidence last week that South Korea and the U.S. might still final- ize a long-stalled free trade agreement, but didnt offer any clues about how they could narrow differences on autos and beef ahead of a meeting with President Barack Obama.

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Friday, November 5,2010

Ludvigson, James recognized as Red Angus Personalities of the Year

by WLJ
Joan Ludvigson, Cushing, IA, and Joann James of Searsboro, IA, were recognized as the Red Angus Personalities of the Year at the National Red Angus Convention in Springfield, MO, Sept. 16-17. Kyle Gilchrist of Douds, IA, presented the award.

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Friday, November 5,2010

Vet students choosing pets over farm animals

by DTN
The number of veterinarians who work with cows, pigs, chickens and other farm animals is on the decline as many prepare to retire and fewer students opt for large animal practice, results from a recent study showed.

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Friday, November 5,2010

Are niche markets a buffer against volatility?

by DTN
Most American beef travels a familiar, traditional trail from pasture to plate. Here and there, though, some producers have chosen a road less traveled to meet the more specific needs and wants of consumers.

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