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Friday, March 5,2010

U.S. pushes for trade review, greater access

by DTN
The value of new opportunities for our businesses, workers, farmers and ranchers remains vague because of the broad flexibilities available to key emerging markets like China, India, and Brazil, that are fastgrowing economies and important markets of the future, he said.

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Friday, March 5,2010

Engler gives $20M to UNL

by WLJ
University of Nebraska alumnus and cattleman Paul F. Engler of Amarillo, TX, announced last week a $20 million gift to support programs in agri-business at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL).

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Friday, March 5,2010

Beginning the grazing season

by WLJ
Though the weather is still wintry as I write this, it seems fair to say that this may be winters final hurrah and that spring and the accompanying pasture growth will soon be upon us.

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Friday, March 5,2010

EPA will give small businesses a break on emission caps

by DTN
EPA said late last year it would require coal plants, refineries and other heavy industrial facilities emitting more than 25,000 tons a year of greenhouse gases to obtain permits demonstrating they were using the best available technology to reduce emissions.

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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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