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Friday, September 18,2009

Red Angus, Simmental collaborate on conference

by WLJ
The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) and the American Simmental Association (ASA) hosted a joint Young Guns Conference in Bozeman, MT, earlier this summer. Made up of association members, commercial producers and industry partners, the attendees delved into issues that faced both Red Angus and Simmental.

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Friday, September 11,2009

USDA Never Ever 3 certification helps producers access value-added markets

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
While producers are still trying to sort out the differences between natural, organic, and grass-fed beef, USDA has recently introduced a value-added certification to the mix in an attempt to clarify niche-marketing production claims and to provide producers with a marketing tool for their natural cattle.

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Friday, September 11,2009

Federal officials remove problem wolves in Oregon

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Two juvenile wolves that have been killing livestock in Oregons Baker County have finally been removed, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). According to officials, the two problem wolves were shot and killed from a helicopter by representatives of the USDAs Wildlife Services division on the morning of Sept.

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Friday, September 11,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Smithfield Foods Inc. posted a wider-than-expected quarterly loss last Tuesday, hurt by low hog prices and a drop in pork sales due in part to consumer nervousness over the H1N1 flu.

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Friday, September 11,2009

Washington adds to areas with West Nile Virus-infected horses

by WLJ
West Nile virus (WNV) has been confirmed in seven more horses, including one in Franklin County, the first confirmed equine case in the county for 2009, the Washington State Department of Agriculture announced last week. Two of the horses have been put down; the other five are recovering.

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Friday, September 11,2009

Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame seeks nominations

by WLJ
The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame Western Heritage Center (MCHF WHC) is seeking nominations for the 2010 Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame induction round. This year, MCHFWHC will honor those historical figures who have had an impact on Montanas western heritage in the years 1860 to 1940.

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Friday, September 11,2009

Beginning producer advisory committee seeks nominees

by WLJ
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Jonathan Coppess announced last week that nominations for individuals to serve on the Advisory Committee for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers are being accepted through Oct. 5, 2009.

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Friday, September 11,2009

Idaho congressman welcomes wolf decision

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-ID, discussed wolf management with new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (US- FWS) Director Sam D.

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Friday, September 11,2009

Thousands of CRP acres expiring

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Farmers, landowners and conservationists are looking at what options may be available for 436,000 acres across the state that will move out of USDAs Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) at the end of this month.

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Friday, September 11,2009

Ag economist sees more rough times for beef industry

by WLJ
The pain of recent record losses in the U.S. cattle feeding industry will not diminish soon, but tightening supplies could lead to a modest rebound in late 2010, according to agricultural economist James Mintert.

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