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Friday, May 28,2010

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Following a meeting with poultry growers recently, USDA announced it will soon crack down on the writing of contracts between poultry growers and packers. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said last week that the new rules will be announced in June.

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Friday, May 28,2010

California water bond receives endorsement

by WLJ
Calling it the best chance to restore Californias overtaxed water system, the California Farm Bureau Federation has endorsed the water bond measure to be placed before voters in November. The Safe, Clean and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010.

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Friday, May 28,2010

State ag secretaries call for renewal of blenders credit

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Secretaries of agriculture in eight states have asked congressional leaders to renew ethanols volumetric ethanol excise tax credit, or the 45-cent-per-gallon blenders credit, which is set to expire at the end of 2010.

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Friday, May 28,2010

Stockers set up beef quality

by WLJ
Not necessarily. A sandwich relies on whats between the bread slices; a great book must be compelling from cover to cover, and, likewise, the cattle industry often counts on the stocker phase to ensure cattle quality while moving them from ranch to feedlot.

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Friday, May 28,2010

Effort would block regulation of carbon dioxide

by DTN
The Senate is set to vote next month on permanently stopping the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating pollution linked to global warming from factories, utilities and oil refineries, a spokesman for Sen. Lisa Murkowski said last Tuesday.

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Friday, May 28,2010

USDA announces funding for wetlands conservation

by WLJ
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced funding for the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) that will add an expected 75,000 additional acres to the approximately 2.2 million acres currently enrolled in the program.

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Friday, May 28,2010

PRODUCT news

by WLJ
The New SILENCER Hydraulic Squeeze Chute Kick Bars hydraulically rotate in behind the animal restrained in the chute, adding operator safety from potential animal rear leg kicking motion.

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Friday, May 28,2010

First dairy buyout of 2010 announced

by WLJ
Last week, the dairy group Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) announced a new round of dairy herd retirements with an immediate sign-up period starting last Friday and running through June 25. The program is expected to send cull dairy cattle to slaughter from July to early August, a time of seasonally low beef cow slaughter.

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Friday, May 28,2010

Strategies for sustainable livestock grazing

by WLJ
The growth of grasses on South Dakota rangeland provides forage for livestock, habitat for wildlife, and a number of ecosystem services. For ranchers, grass growth affects the health and profitability of the cattle they graze as well as the value of their land.

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Friday, May 28,2010

Business is booming for farm and ranch managers

by DTN
One of the statistics people forget is how much farmland is owned by folks who do not farm it. Throughout the central Midwest, 50 percent or better is owned by people who do not farm it. Its all land that is leased to farmers either custom farmed, share cropped or cash rent, Farrell said.

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