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Friday, August 14,2009

California agriculture stifled by the massive budget crunch

by WLJ
It is no secret that the state of California has been in dire straights this year as the recession has worsened. While small, but significant, cuts to the states budget have been felt all year through across-the-board budget cuts and the closing of state offices three days a month, perhaps the most severe blow came July 28 as Gov.

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Friday, August 14,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Mexican officials have suggested that beef from Greeley, CO-based JBS-Swift be banned after the discovery of E. coli O157:H7 in June. The discovery led to the recall of 380,000 pounds of ground beef derived from beef processed at the plant.

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Friday, August 14,2009

ARHA announces world champions

by WLJ
American Ranch Horse Association (ARHA) judges R. David Terrell, Gene Ray Stewart, Curt Summers and Dennis Brown had the challenge of sorting out the best of the best ranch horses at the ARHA World Show in Murfreesboro, TN. ARHA members came from 22 states to compete for top honors in this fast-growing western-performance discipline.

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Friday, August 14,2009

TEST reports

Cal Poly Bull Test

by WLJ
The Cal Poly Bull Test in San Luis Obispo, CA, has just completed their 78-day weight period on Aug. 8, 2009. The top three bulls for each division are as follows (Ranch, Location, Test ID, Sire, Test Index and Average Daily Gain): Low Birth Angus: Yolo Land and Cattle, Woodland, CA, Test ID: 55, Sire: S A V Final Answer 0035

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Friday, August 14,2009

How soon will cellulosic ethanol arrive?

by WLJ
The arrival of ethanol produced from cellulosic feedstock sources has almost been a standing joke within the ethanol industry. Each year, it has always been four to five years down the road before commercial production would become viable. That has changed because the four to five years is now.

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Friday, August 14,2009

Ranchers, regulators weary from cattle fever tick war

by WLJ
Texas animal health officials have cast another wide net in the battle to eradicate cattle fever ticks in south Texas. The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has temporarily quarantined 152,716 acres in Starr and Hidalgo counties. In nearby Zapata County, fivemile quarantine perimeters are being drawn around fever-tick infested pastures.

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Friday, August 14,2009

OBITUARIES

by WLJ
Frederick A. Phillips II, 88, a lifelong resident of Baker City, OR, died July 17, 2009, at St. Elizabeth Hospital. Fred was born Jan. 30, 1921, in Baker City, OR, to Wayne Everett Sr. and Ara Vatel (Chisum) Phillips. Fred grew up on the cattle ranch his grandfather acquired in 1905, where he remained most of his life, and attended Baker High School, New Mexico Military Institute, and the University of Oregon.

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Friday, August 14,2009

Federal project finds new uses for wild horses

by WLJ
What began as a pilot project for the U.S. Border Patrols Spokane, WA, Sector to use wild horses to patrol Americas borders is quickly becoming common practice for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in an initiative dubbed Project Noble Mustang.

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Friday, August 14,2009

Minnesota to host National Red Angus Convention

by WLJ
The 2009 national convention of the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) is headed north on Sept. 16-19 to the Shooting Star Casino and Event Center in Mahnomen, MN. Red Angus producers from across the nation and Canada will convene to handle association business, learn about advancements in the breed, and socialize with other Red Angus breeders.

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Friday, August 14,2009

Feds will examine competition issues in agriculture industry

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Federal officials told farmers and academics earlier this month that they will take an unprecedented look at market concentration and transparency issues in agriculture through a series of planned workshops by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and USDA.

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