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Friday, August 28,2009

Despite rain, conditions in Texas continue to deteriorate

by WLJ
Rain in the last couple of weeks has lessened the stress on some crops and allowed many agricultural producers to take a second or even third cutting of hay, according to reports from Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. However, the drought isnt over yet.

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Friday, August 28,2009

Grazing studies value limited without human factor

by WLJ
Although 60 years of studies comparing grazing systems show no difference in biomass and animal production, the value of human management is excluded from those studies, said a rangeland research specialist.

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Friday, August 28,2009

Fertilizer manufacturers worried that climate change bill will hurt industry

by Chris Clayton - DTN
While Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack maintains there is a positive outlook for fertilizer prices under climate legislation, the Fertilizer Institute is upset that Vilsack wont listen to their view that the bill could hurt the domestic fertilizer industry.

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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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