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Friday, August 28,2009

U.S. farm income will plummet in 2009

by WLJ
USDA predicted last Thursday that farm income would plunge by 38 percent this year to just $54 billion. The decline, according to USDA economists, is due to the recession which has rippled around the world and impacted demand for goods and services in virtually every nation in the world.

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Friday, August 28,2009

MSGA compiles book for December release

by WLJ
To commemorate its 125th anniversary, the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) is compiling a book featuring over 140 Montana ranches that are 100 years old or older.

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Friday, August 28,2009

Grazing conferences critical to understanding

by WLJ
Conferences that bring producers together with organizations that support them provide an opportunity for understanding, said a University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) college dean, speaking at the Nebraska Grazing Conference in Kearney, NE.

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Friday, August 28,2009

PRODUCT news

by WLJ
New Hollands new BR7090 Roll-Belt Specialty Crop Configuration round baler is designed for higher performance and durability in crop conditions that can challenge other balers. This baler features crop-specific technology that improves feeding and produces well-formed bales in cornstalks, as well as normal hay and straw crops.

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Friday, August 28,2009

Food safety requires full traceability

by DTN
Proposed food safety legislation calls for a full history of the food. That means every point in the supply chain, from the feed additive producers to the retailers who sell consumers their dinner, will have to communicate with each other about every step in the creation, production, packaging and transport of that product.

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Friday, August 21,2009

Idaho cattle fall victim to selenium poisoning

by WLJ
Fifteen to 18 head of cattle grazing near the abandoned Lanes Creek phosphate mine in Caribou County, ID, died in early August from suspected acute selenium poisoning, the USDAs poisonous plant research lab in Logan, UT, reported recently.

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Friday, August 21,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Russia may remove from its list of eligible exporters 15 U.S. beef companies if officials in Washington, D.C., do not supply adequate information to guarantee they meet standards set forward by the Russian government, according to a report by the Interfax News Agency.

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Friday, August 21,2009

Industry doing a lot right, but has more work to do, says vet

by WLJ
Kansas State University (K-State) veterinarian Dan Thomson believes that the U.S. beef industry is doing a lot of things right when it comes to animal welfare but that theres plenty more work to do when it comes to perceptions and realities about animal welfare.

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Friday, August 21,2009

Climate change fight expected to heat up

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Agricultural groups are doing more forms of outreach on climate change and asking farmers to voice their views on climate legislation and its potential impacts. Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union (NFU), attended a meeting with international farm leaders in Iceland last week to speak about the climate legislation in Con- gress.

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Friday, August 21,2009

Researchers work to improve drought-resistant grass

by WLJ
Bluegrass hybrids ideal for pasture and for lawns could be developed faster using genetic markers developed by an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist.

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