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Friday, March 12,2010

Grandin endorses Country Natural Beef standards

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In a move to position themselves as the vanguard of sustainable beef production, Country Natural Beef, the Oregon-founded natural beef co-operative, recently passed a set of stringent animal welfare production standards. The standards, which will be put into practice

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Friday, March 5,2010

University of Nevada may close College of Agriculture

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Officials at the University of Nevada, Reno, (UNR) announced a plan on March 1 that, if brought to fruition, would leave the state without an agricultural college. The plan to dismantle UNR’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural

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Friday, March 5,2010

BEEF bits

by WLJ
A Florida-based hamburger company announced last Monday that it will buy the closed Armour-Eckrich meat plant in Hastings, NE, bringing 200 new jobs to the area.

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Friday, March 5,2010

Despite tough economy, U.S. pork, beef faring well in Japan

by WLJ
Japan reinforced its position as a key trading partner for the U.S. beef and pork industries in 2009, clearly outperforming the market and either maintaining or increasing U.S. beef and pork imports even as total retail and foodservice spending in Japan slumped in the global economic slowdown.

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Friday, March 5,2010

U.S. pushes for trade review, greater access

by DTN
The value of new opportunities for our businesses, workers, farmers and ranchers remains vague because of the broad flexibilities available to key emerging markets like China, India, and Brazil, that are fastgrowing economies and important markets of the future, he said.

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Friday, March 5,2010

Engler gives $20M to UNL

by WLJ
University of Nebraska alumnus and cattleman Paul F. Engler of Amarillo, TX, announced last week a $20 million gift to support programs in agri-business at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).

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Friday, March 5,2010

Beginning the grazing season

by WLJ
Though the weather is still wintry as I write this, it seems fair to say that this may be winters final hurrah and that spring and the accompanying pasture growth will soon be upon us.

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Friday, March 5,2010

EPA will give small businesses a break on emission caps

by DTN
EPA said late last year it would require coal plants, refineries and other heavy industrial facilities emitting more than 25,000 tons a year of greenhouse gases to obtain permits demonstrating they were using the best available technology to reduce emissions.

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Friday, March 5,2010

USDA to open CRP enrollment this spring

by Chris Clayton - DTN
USDA will conduct a Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general enrollment sign-up this spring for the first time since 2006, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced recently.

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Friday, March 5,2010

Biofuel firms seek 30 percent tax credit

by DTN
The advanced biofuel industry is pressing Congress to approve a 30 percent investment tax credit that it says is needed to help jumpstart production necessary to meet a national renewable fuel mandate.

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