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Friday, October 9,2009

EPA to examine herbicides effects on human health

by DTN
A new study of atrazines effects on human health will begin this fall, with most of the review occurring in 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last Wednesday. It is unlikely changes in the atrazine label would affect the 2010 spring application season.

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Friday, October 9,2009

BLM appoints Pool deputy director for operations

by WLJ
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced last week that Mike Pool, current acting deputy director for Operations, has accepted the position permanently and will formally report in his new capacity on Jan. 1, 2010.

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Friday, October 9,2009

Texas state veterinarian set to retire from post Dec. 31

by WLJ
Dr. Bob Hillman, Texas state veterinarian and executive director of the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), has announced that he will retire Dec. 31, ending his nearly sevenyear tenure with the states livestock and poultry health regulatory agency.

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Friday, October 9,2009

Aerial imagery system helps save water

by WLJ
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are developing a system that saves water by using aerial imagery and ground-based sensors to determine the irrigation needs of small sections of cultivated fields.

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Friday, October 9,2009

Staple food prices trending down from year ago

by WLJ
Retail food prices at the supermarket decreased slightly for the fourth consecutive quarter and are significantly lower than one year ago, according to the latest American Farm Bureau Federation (AF- BF) Marketbasket Survey. The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 food items that can be used to prepare a meal was $46.

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Friday, October 9,2009

Symposium covers marbling from all angles

by WLJ
Growth technologies are among the most effective management tools available to beef producers for adding value to cattle, he said. According to Iowa State University, implanting feedlot cattle can add $71 per head; ionophores, beta-agonists and animal health products can increase that figure another $84.

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Friday, October 9,2009

Cattlemans Day scheduled in four locations

by WLJ
University of Nebraska Extension educators have planned Cattlemans Day and Trade Show events for Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, in North Platte, NE, at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds; Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, Ogallala, NE, at the Grey Goose; Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, in McCook, NE, at the Red Willow County Fairgrounds; and Tuesday, Nov.

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Friday, October 9,2009

$83 billion needed yearly to feed the world

by DTN
The world needs to invest $83 billion a year in agriculture in developing countries to feed 9.1 billion people in 2050, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said last Thursday.

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Friday, October 9,2009

Summer steak sales = CAB record

by WLJ
A steak sizzling on the grill is to a consumer what a cash register cha-ching is to a grocer. Despite economic conditions, those sweet sensations were in the air this summer as demand for high-quality beef cuts picked up for the worlds largest branded beef program.

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Friday, October 9,2009

North Dakota college students win Stockmens Foundation scholarships

by WLJ
Rue wrote about the importance of advocacy to dispel inaccurate public perception. The general public is easily led to wrong conclusions involving animal agriculture and animal treatment, he wrote. The underlying problem behind this is that a few producers are careless and do not take enough pride in their work to protect the industry.

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