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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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Friday, March 5,2010

U.S. animal ID plan affects exports

by DTN
The scrapping of the national animal identification (ID) system in the U.S. simply means that USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack recognizes that some things can be better handled on a state-by-statenot nationalbasis, according to U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President Phil Seng.

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Friday, March 5,2010

Steps to an easier Process Verified Program

by WLJ
Its a new year, and Kentucky producers are nearly through their first sale season under the new Process Verified Program (PVP) administered by Integrated Traceability Solutions (ITS).

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Friday, March 5,2010

Organic advocates praise new USDA rules

by DTN
New federal rules that define what makes milk and meat organic have natural food advocates optimistic that the government is committed to ensuring the label means something.

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Friday, March 5,2010

Workshops to explore competition and regulation issues in ag

by WLJ
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and USDA announced Feb. 23 the agenda and panelists for the first joint public workshop, scheduled for March 12 in Ankeny, IA, to explore competition and regulatory issues in the agriculture industry. The workshop will take place at the Des Moines Area Community Colleges FFA Enrichment Center.

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Friday, March 5,2010

CoBank posts record profit in 2009

by WLJ
CoBank, a major lender to U.S. agricultural interests and rural utilities, posted record earnings for 2009 despite a drop in loan volume and loan quality tied to the recession.

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Friday, March 5,2010

Cost-share funding available

by WLJ
On behalf of the U.S. Livestock Genetics Export (US- LGE), the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is reminding Nebraskans of cost-share funds to promote U.S. livestock exports.

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Friday, March 5,2010

CAB premiums reach $300 million

by WLJ
Cumulative grid premium rewards for hitting the Certified Angus Beef (CAB) brand target stood at nearly $300 million at the end of last year, and they keep growing at an annual rate of about $25 million paid to producers. Thats the fiveyear average, according to a January 2010 survey; the second-highest total for that span was 2008, with $25.

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Friday, March 5,2010

Annual gathering and benefit a great success for Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame

by WLJ
The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center (MCHF and WHC) held its Annual Business Meeting, Trustees Gathering and Circle the Wagons Dinner Benefit Auction, Feb. 5-6 in Lewistown, MT.

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