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Friday, April 30,2010

Supreme Court hears arguments in biotech alfalfa case

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Attorneys arguing before the Supreme Court to overturn a judges injunction banning the planting of Roundup Ready alfalfa told the high court that it will likely be at least a year before USDA completes an environmental impact study that could allow farmers to plant the crop.

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Friday, April 30,2010

Eliminating weeds could put more cows on the pasture

by WLJ
In addition to developing the calculator so that ranchers can calculate what weeds are costing them on any given site, Rinella used the data to estimate what weeds are costing ranchers in a 17-state region.

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Friday, April 30,2010

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Applications for the third annual National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Award are now being accepted. The National BQA Award will recognize one outstanding beef and dairy producer who best demonstrate animal care and handling principles as part of the day-to-day activities on their respective operations.

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Friday, April 30,2010

Colorado seeks nominations for 2010 centennial awards

by WLJ
Colorado Centennial Farms seeks nomination applications from families who have owned and operated their farm or ranch for 100 years or more to be honored at the 24th Annual Centennial Farms celebration held at the summer Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, CO.

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Friday, April 30,2010

Panorama seeks more organic grass-fed ranchers

by WLJ
Panorama Meats, Inc., the nations largest producer of USDA Certified Organic and 100 percent grassfed and finished beef, is enlisting new family ranchers for its program. Panorama seeks to increase its supply of organic grass-fed and finished cattle in order to meet increased consumer demand.

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Friday, April 30,2010

America has lost more than 23 million acres of agricultural land

by WLJ
The findings from the 2007 National Resources Inventory (NRI) serve as a stark reminder that our nations agricultural land baseand the benefits it suppliesis threatened by poorly planned development, says Jon Scholl, president of American Farmland Trust (AFT).

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Friday, April 30,2010

High grasshopper numbers possible

by DTN
Entomologists are concerned about high numbers of pasture-eating grasshoppers this year, though the extent of the infestation wont be known until late May or early June, according to Bob Wright, entomologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincolns (UNL) Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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Friday, April 30,2010

Grazing can reduce greenhouse gas emissions

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In a fascinating new twist in the debate over the environmental impact of livestock production, an international team of scientists has recently published research that suggests grazing under certain conditions can significantly reduce the amount of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas, released into the atmosphere.

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Friday, April 23,2010

Cattle rustling on the rise in southern Plains

by WLJ
One signature occurrence of the frontier is not only alive, it is on the rise. Cattle rustlers are plaguing ranchers from Texas to Colorado to Missouri, using a variety of strategies and techniques to steal and sell millions of dollars worth of cattle.

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Friday, April 23,2010

Market stalls, slips back

by WLJ
Last week's trade appeared set to be a Friday affair, with buyers and sellers alike settling in to wait for the release of the cattle on feed report before conducting any business. At midday last Thursday, only a little light volume had changed hands to a regional packer in Nebraska at $160-161 dressed basis.

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