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Friday, January 15,2010

BEEF bits

by WLJ
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has delayed indefinitely implementing a final rule adding the Republic of Korea to the list of regions that are considered free of rinderpest and foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). An outbreak of FMD was reported by the Republic of Korea on Jan.

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Friday, January 15,2010

NRCS accepts applications for FRPP

by WLJ
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP), a voluntary conservation program that helps farmers and ranchers keep their land in agriculture.

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Friday, January 15,2010

AFBF livestock outlook in 2010: Optimism tempered with caution

by WLJ
Feed grain prices remain historically high but have stabilized in recent months. Increasing grain and oilseed stocks have reduced some of the pressure on grain prices that has been the dominant feature of those markets since late 2006, Anderson said.

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Friday, January 15,2010

Funding available for Texas grassland owners

by WLJ
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications to participate in USDAs Grassland Reserve Program (GRP), a $4.6 million conservation program in Texas.

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Friday, January 15,2010

Third annual Cattlemens Day scheduled at UNLs Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory

by WLJ
The third annual Cattlemens Day and Trade Show at the Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory (GSL) on Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, will provide an update on beef and range research going on at GSL, said Rick Funston, University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) Extension beef reproductive physiology specialist.

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Friday, January 15,2010

2010 National Beef Ambassadors attend Certified Angus Beef seminar

by WLJ
The 2010 National Beef Ambassador Team, consisting of Ellen Hoffschneider, NE, Rebecca Vraspir, WY, Malorie Bankhead, CA, Amanda Laurent, TX, and Jackson Alexander, OK, recently had the opportunity to learn about the history of branded beef and how it relates to everyday consumers.

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Friday, January 15,2010

Are higher cattle prices ahead?

by WLJ
2009 was certainly a disappointing year for cattle prices. Many cattle producers want to know if cattle prices will increase, and when that might happen. The simple answer is yes, cattle prices will increase. However, the timing and magnitude of the increase is difficult to answer with any degree of certainty.

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Friday, January 15,2010

Beef production workshops planned

by WLJ
One-day workshops at three locations will help beef producers improve the quality, consistency and value of Nebraska beef, said Randy Saner, University of NebraskaLincoln Extension educator in Lincoln and McPherson counties.

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Friday, January 15,2010

U.S. beef exports to Taiwan remain strong

by DTN
The new Taiwanese ban is showing little impact on U.S. exports, though U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) spokesman Joe Schuele said it was because there is virtually no ground beef market in Taiwan for U.S. exporters and Taiwanese demand for offal is light at best.

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Friday, January 15,2010

OBITUARIES

by WLJ
Bob was involved in agriculture even as a young man. He graduated from Dow City High School in 1943 and joined the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Iwo Jima and Saipan until the end of World War II. After returning home, he attended Iowa State University at Ames where he majored in animal husbandry.

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