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Friday, February 19,2010

Feed problems contribute to tightening pork supplies

by DTN
Hog farmers, on the front lines of the $16 billion U.S. hog industry, have struggled with low prices for two years. Higher feed costs due to problems with the corn crop could cause a reduction in the amount of pork on the market due to both a drop in profitability and the slower hog growth rates.

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Friday, February 19,2010

NRCS sets aside money for organics

by WLJ
USDAs Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced that in fiscal year 2010, $50 million has been set aside for organic producers and those transitioning to organic production nationwide. Of that $50 million, $1.

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Friday, February 19,2010

Budget may force changes to some farm bill programs

by DTN
House Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson said last Monday he believes the next Congress may have to take up a reconciliation bill that could include a rewrite of the farm program.

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Friday, February 19,2010

EPA greenhouse gas accounting is flawed and inaccurate, Cornell experts say

by WLJ
A recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement that corn-based ethanol achieves a 21 percent greenhouse gas reduction compared to gasoline is based on false accounting assumptions and could actually lead to more fossil fuel consumption, according to Cornell University economists whose research will be released in March in the journal.

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Friday, February 19,2010

Deere earnings higher than expected

by DTN
Profitability in the unit that makes Deeres green tractors and harvesters was especially impressive, reporting margins of nearly 10 percentthree times what investors had expected, according to Eli Lustgarten, an analyst at Longbow Securities..

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Friday, February 19,2010

Herring elected president of CattleFax; Ferguson to serve as president-elect

by WLJ
James Herring of Amarillo, TX, has been elected as the new president of CattleFax, a memberowned and member-directed cattle market information and research organization. Jon Ferguson of Kensington, KS, is the new president-elect.

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Friday, February 19,2010

Cattle need regular water supply

by WLJ
Recent snow and ice storms and power outages have been brutal for livestock and livestock producers. Those conditions have kept livestock from getting enough drinking water. Beef cattle, for example, need 8 to 10 gallons per day.

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Friday, February 19,2010

USDA issues final rule on organic access to pasture

by WLJ
USDA last week announced details of the final regulation regarding access to pasture for organic livestock operations. This rule amends the National Organic Program (NOP) regulations to clarify the use of pasture in raising organic ruminants.

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Friday, February 19,2010

Grazing school to address production challenges

by WLJ
Too little rain, too much rain, high fertilizer prices and a volatile cattle marketboth inexperienced and veteran beef producers will learn strategies to deal with all these scenarios at the Pasture and Livestock Management Workshop set for March 30-April 1.

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Friday, February 19,2010

TEST reports

by WLJ
Treasure Bull Test has now completed 90 days of their test on 70 Angus bulls. Eight Single Shot Jackpot bulls have an average daily gain of 3.64 with an average weight per day of age of 3.39.

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