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Friday, August 21,2009

Cargills quarterly profits plunge

by WLJ
Cargill last week reported net earnings of $327 million in its fiscal fourth quarter ending May 31, a 69 percent decline from $1.05 billion in the year-earlier period, but still managed the second most profitable year in the companys history. Full-year earnings were $3.

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Friday, August 21,2009

Boost cattle profitability; kick parasites off the payroll

by WLJ
Herd health costs account for a relatively small percentage of a cow/calf producers expenditures, but they can have a big impact on boosting productivity and securing profits.

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Friday, August 21,2009

WNV confirmed in Washington

by WLJ
West Nile virus (WNV), a potentially fatal disease in equines, has been confirmed in two horses in Grant County, the first cases in the county for 2009, the Washington State Department of Agriculture announced last week. A 14-year-old Quarter Horse gelding from Ephrata has been euthanized.

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Friday, August 21,2009

Conservation program sign-up underway

by WLJ
USDAs Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) began continuous sign-up for the new Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) on Aug. 10 in Colorado. The first cutoff for ranking purposes is scheduled for Sept. 30, Colorado State Conservationist Allen Green recently announced.

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Friday, August 21,2009

Burke named to BLM post

by WLJ
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Robert Abbey announced last week Marcilynn Burke, an attorney and professor at the University of Houston Law Center, as deputy director for policy of BLM. Marcilynn Burke brings a well-rounded knowledge of natural resource and environmental stewardship issues to the table, Abbey said.

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Friday, August 21,2009

PRODUCT news

by WLJ
Commercial and other high-volume hay producers can now take advantage of a new, heavier-duty version of North Americas best-selling 14x18 baler: New Hollands BC5070 Hayliner small square baler. The new Hayliner produces denser, uniform bales that are more consistent in length so theyre easier to pick up and handle with automatic bale wagons.

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Friday, August 21,2009

CCA works on estate tax legislation

by WLJ
The Colorado Cattlemens Association (CCA) has been working diligently with Congressman Salazar and the California Cattlemens Association to get H.R. 3524, an estate tax exemption bill directed toward agriculture, introduced to legislation. The Family Farm Preservation and Conservation Estate Tax Act (H.

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Friday, August 21,2009

Nominations for 20th annual Environmental Stewardship Awards now being accepted

by WLJ
Nominations for the annual Environmental Stewardship Awards are now open for 2010. The award, now in its 20th year, recognizes producers at the regional and national level who demonstrate outstanding stewardship practices and wildlife habitat improvement while maintaining profitable cattle operations.

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Friday, August 21,2009

John Deere posts profit drop

by WLJ
The equipment manufacturing firm Deere Co. posted a 27 percent drop in fiscal third-quarter profit amid continued weak demand and lowered its sales forecast for the full year.

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Friday, August 21,2009

Export slump continues

by WLJ
The lingering global economic slump and low prices for domestic beef and pork products in key export markets contributed to declines in both U.S. beef and pork exports in June, while lamb exports continue to enjoy a strong year, according to statistics compiled by the U.

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