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Friday, February 12,2010

California rains lead to hope for a rangeland revival

by WLJ
Autumn and winter rains have transformed many California pastures: Rangeland grasses and other forage have germinated and started to recover. Many stock ponds have refilled. Some ranchers are even starting to talk about expanding their herds. But most remain cautious.

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Friday, February 12,2010

Plan to cut agricultural subsidies likely dead in Congress

by DTN
If history and the political lineup are any guides, President Barack Obamas latest effort to cut subsidies for wealthy farmers likely will fare no better than his first tryor his predecessors attempt.

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Friday, February 12,2010

Why retain ownership of cattle?

by WLJ
The phrase from farm to fork has been well used to trace food products from the farmgate to the plate and to demonstrate the interest of many farmers in showing their concerns about quality to the consumer. But the same vertical supply chain may be financially beneficial if farmers are able to share in the profitability the entire route as well.

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Friday, February 12,2010

Consider frost seeding or interseeding pastures

by WLJ
Producers wanting to add to or improve the forage species in their existing pastures should consider using either the frost seeding method in February and early March, or interseeding later in the spring months.

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Friday, February 12,2010

Agco posts quarterly profit

by DTN
Agco, which makes farm equipment under the Massey Ferguson, Challenger, Fendt and Valtra brand names, said it believed Europe and North America were stabilizing, but it still needed to reduce inventories in those markets by idling some facilities..

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Friday, February 12,2010

NCBA pushes scientific approach to antibiotics

by WLJ
Kansas State Universitys (KSU) Michael Apley, a veterinary clinical pharmacologist, traveled to Capitol Hill recently with the National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) to educate lawmakers and their staff about the use of antibiotics in the beef industry.

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Friday, February 12,2010

Minnesotans to force wolf delisting

by WLJ
Dale Lueck, a cattle rancher in north-central Minnesota, and Gerald Tyler, a retired real estate developer from Ely, MN, are moving forward with a lawsuit to force the Department of Interior and U.S.

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Friday, February 12,2010

Herd health focus of San Juan Basin Extension Beef Cattle Symposium

by WLJ
The 27th annual San Juan Basin Extension Beef Cattle Symposium will be Tuesday, March 2, at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave., Durango, CO.

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Friday, February 12,2010

Spring breeding decisions can influence marketing opportunities

by WLJ
As beef producers consider their breeding decisions this spring, one factor that should weigh into those decisions would be the marketing opportunities for those calves next fall.

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Friday, February 12,2010

Producers should prepare for lenders questions

by WLJ
When commodity prices are high and incomes are up, farmers often can borrow money to plant their spring crop with almost no questions asked by lenders. That is not the case this year, said a Purdue University agricultural economist.

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