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Friday, August 28,2009

Idaho senator prepares two animal welfare bills

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Two pieces of legislation currently being developed by Republican state senator Tim Corder are aimed at addressing animal cruelty laws in Idaho.

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Friday, August 28,2009

Wolf hunters line up for Idaho tags

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Jeff Siddoway has a personal stake in hoping Idaho hunters will be able to kill 220 gray wolves when the states hunting season for the marauding carnivores tentatively begins on Tuesday, Sept. 1. For the St.

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Friday, August 28,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. has agreed to pay a $2,026,500 civil penalty to resolve wastewater issues that occurred years ago at its Dakota City, NE, beef plant, the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced.

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Friday, August 28,2009

WCA hopes to intervene in stockwater case

by WLJ
The Washington Cattlemens Association (WCA), the oldest organization representing cow/calf and stocker producers throughout Washington, has just submitted its documents to Thurston Countys Superior Court outlining its request to intervene in the...

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Friday, August 28,2009

As margins turn negative, farm loans deteriorate

by DTN
Financial influenza could be spreading through farm country later this fall. While only a tiny fraction of all farm loans have been affected to date, the pork and dairy industries have eroded huge portions of their lifetime equity in the last year and face a wave of restructurings or forced sales in the next few months.

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Friday, August 28,2009

Grasshoppers can transmit vesicular stomatitis

by WLJ
Rangeland plants may be harboring a virus that grasshoppers are transmitting to cattle, horses and other hoofed mammals, according to a published research study by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. A recent outbreak of vesicular stomatitis virus (VS) in the southwest United States has disrupted rodeos and prompted quarantines.

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Friday, August 28,2009

Whats an acre worth?

by DTN
It is taken on faith that this years farmland rental rateswhich hit $500 per acre in a few cases in Illinoisreflect last years economy at least, if not the past couple of years. Landlords nearly everywhere set higher rental rates this year because 2008s crop income was so good.

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Friday, August 28,2009

USDA seeking applicants for dairy task force

by WLJ
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that, as part of USDAs continuing efforts to listen to and respond to the needs of producers in the dairy industry, he is moving forward on establishing the Dairy Industry Advisory Committee and is requesting nominations.

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Friday, August 28,2009

Dehorning calves can have a tremendous effect on value

by WLJ
It may seem like one of the simpler management processes, but it still gets overlooked. Angus cattle, for instance, are naturally polledand breeding cattle to Angus bulls is an easy way to remove horns naturally without the stress of using mechanical means.

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Friday, August 28,2009

California convention center buys its own cattle herd

by WLJ
ARAMARK at the Anaheim Convention Center recently purchased a herd of cattle from Hearst Ranch, the nations largest single source supplier of free-range, all-natural, grass-fed and grass-finished beef.

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