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Friday, December 11,2009

Balancing feed costs and cow health

by WLJ
Winter months can be challenging for beef producers from a nutritional standpoint. With less available forage and colder temperatures, proper winter feeding becomes more important than ever. It is critical to maintain adequate body condition

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Friday, December 11,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
The largest merger in the history of Brazils meat industry appears to be nearing completion. The two companies, JBS S.A. and Bertin S.A., have reached an agreement on exchange ratio of shares.

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Friday, December 11,2009

Water for Life files lawsuit challenging secret water right negotiations

by WLJ
Water for Life and a halfdozen individual irrigators have filed suit against the Oregon Water Resources Department and director for denying public access to the Tribal water rights negotiations surrounding the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement in violation of Oregon law (ORS 539.

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Friday, December 11,2009

Biomass program costs soar

by Chris Clayton - DTN
A new farm bill program originally projected to cost $70 million over five years will cost taxpayers $514 million by the end of March.

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Friday, December 11,2009

American Akaushi Association selects genomics service provider

by WLJ
The American Akaushi Association of Yoakum, TX, recently selected BeefTek, Inc. of Montana as its sole provider for DNA and genomics technology. Dr. Antonio Calles, the original importer of the Akaushi breed and president of HeartBrand Beef, Inc.

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Friday, December 11,2009

Millions of bushels of corn still in the field

by DTN
Nebraska is predicted to harvest the states largest corn crop in history this year, with a total production of nearly 1.6 billion bushels on a record yield of 178 bushels per acre. Yet, getting that crop in the bin is proving to be a challenge, according to a news release from the Nebraska Corn Board (NCB).

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Friday, December 11,2009

MT ranchers seek to curb residential wells

by DTN
Rancher Polly Rex characterized the exemption as a loophole that could ultimately rob her of the means to grow hay and water her livestock. Rex said a subdivision of more than 60 homes going up next to her Absarokee, MT, ranch could eventually draw down the natural springs she uses on an adjacent 1,250-acre field.

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Friday, December 11,2009

NCBA unveils enhanced educational platform for 2010 industry convention

by WLJ
New, dynamic educational sessions with direct access to the leading authorities on pressing cattle industry issues, as well as discussion with other producers facing similar challenges, are available at the 2010 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show in San Antonio, TX, starting Jan.

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Friday, December 11,2009

Farms, fertilizers and greenhouse gas emissions

by WLJ
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are front and center in finding out how farming affects emissions of the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide (N2O).

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Friday, December 11,2009

Biodiesel industry dependent upon tax credit

by DTN
If the $1-per-gallon blenders tax credit for biodiesel is allowed to expire at the end of December, the biodiesel industry could be expected to collapse, a new study released last week said.

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