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Friday, July 9,2010

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Realizing that the bulls did not read the planning manual is a typical and not that uncommon situation after all the long-term efforts are put in place. The bottom line is that the bull wont stay in the pasture. If there isnt a bull, there will not be calves.

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Friday, July 9,2010

China, New Zealand announce plans to move forward on new beef trade deal

by WLJ
President Obama last week announced progress on his pledge to double U.S. exports over the next five years, including the development of a new presidential advisory council on exports.

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Friday, July 9,2010

BEEF bits

by WLJ
The beef checkoff has launched a new website for veal, this time geared toward the foodservice professional. Features include a database of recipes as well as a special section with a featured restaurant, chef and recipe.

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Friday, July 9,2010

Farmers, labor groups say illegal immigrants not taking away ag jobs

by DTN
When Loren Greenfields family built Hilltop Dairy in 2002, they had a lot of early labor help from the surrounding community. High school and college students came to help milk at first, but local workers quickly disappeared.

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Friday, July 9,2010

New study shows 48,000 jobs could be lost if atrazine is banned

by WLJ
The sorghum industry would suffer devastating job losses if the agricultural herbicide atrazine is banned, according to University of Chicago economist Don Coursey. It would cost between 21,000 and 48,000 jobs from corn production losses alone. The inclusion of sorghum and sugar cane makes that total even greater.

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Friday, July 9,2010

Californian David Macedo Livestock Marketing Associationss new president

by WLJ
David Macedocity councilman, 2006 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion, and veteran California marketmanis Livestock Marketing Associations (LMA) president for 2010-2012.

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Friday, July 9,2010

USDA determining rules for traceability

by WLJ
During February 2010, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that his agency would be redirecting its efforts surrounding animal identification in the nation to the development of a framework for animal disease traceability.

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Friday, July 9,2010

Monsanto, BASF to develop GM wheat

by DTN
Monsanto Co. said last week they will nearly double their investments into an already established joint venture to develop biotech crops, expanding their efforts to include a focus on wheat, a key food crop that as yet has no commercialized biotech variety.

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Friday, July 9,2010

Idaho Beef Council elects officers

by WLJ
Idaho beef producers Laurie Lickley, Jerome, ID, Brenda Richards, Murphy, ID, and Jay Theiler, Boise, ID were named to leadership positions at the June 1-2, 2010, Idaho Beef Council (IBC) meeting in Boise, ID, at the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.

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Friday, July 9,2010

Colorado agriculture groups comment on proposed plover listing

by WLJ
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently proposed listing the mountain plover as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Citing agriculture, oil and gas, and other alleged threats, a listing would severely affect agriculture activities in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico.

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