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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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Friday, December 11,2009

Manageable crossbreeding systems help drive profitability

by WLJ
Every crossbreeding system has its advantages and disadvantages, cattle experts agree, so producers must evaluate programs in terms of providing the best possible performance within their own unique situations.

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Friday, December 11,2009

$100,000 Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover offered

by WLJ
The Mustang Heritage Foundation is shaking up the horse industry again as it offers a sister event to the highly successful Extreme Mustang Makeover with its $100,000 guaranteed Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover.

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Friday, December 11,2009

KLA completes successful convention

by WLJ
Ranchers, feeders and dairy producers addressed business concerns through policy approved at the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Convention Dec. 3-4 in Wichita, KS. KLA members voted to endorse resolutions dealing with taxes, livestock marketing, transportation issues and water policy, among other issues.

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Friday, December 11,2009

Ag groups file Supreme Court brief in biotech alfalfa case

by WLJ
Lower courts failed to adequately consider the mountains of evidence that prove biotech alfalfa is safe and, thus, those courts abandoned a well-established legal principle when they banned the planting of the crop. That is just one of the points supporting a request for the U.

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Friday, December 4,2009

Idaho officials searching for source of brucellosis case

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) officials are working to determine if brucellosis found in a beef cow in Rigby has spread to other herds or remained isolated. Discovery of the infectious disease has sent shudders through the state’s livestock industry

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Friday, December 4,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
National Beef, Inc. revealed last Wednesday in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it estimates a pricing of between $15 and $17 per share for its proposed initial public offering (IPO) to sell 17.25 million Class A common stock to raise up to $300 million.

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Friday, December 4,2009

Hearing highlights potential for rising input costs

by DTN
Lawmakers divided largely along party lines last Wednesday at a House hearing on agriculture and climate change while USDAs chief economist tried to emphasize that while climate legislation would increase costs to producers, those expenses would be gradual over several decades.

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Friday, December 4,2009

Arizona National Livestock Show awards $12,000 in scholarships

by WLJ
The scholarship selection process has gone from annual to semi-annual. The Scholarship Committee recently selected and awarded $12,000 in scholarships for the spring 2010 semester. Scholarship recipients will be honored at the 62nd AN- LS Dedication Dec.

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Friday, December 4,2009

Dont take your ultrasound technician off speed-dial

by WLJ
DNA. DNA. DNA. Everywhere you turn these days, talk in the beef industry is about DNA. The Beef Improvement Federation centered its annual convention this past summer on the role of genomics in improving selection tools. And even the lowliest cowpoke knows what a SNP, or snip is.

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