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Friday, March 20,2009

Veterinary college helps cow deliver triplet bull calves

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Senior veterinary students and faculty assisted in the delivery of triplet bull calves recently at Washington State University?s College of Veterinary Medicine. (l-r) Kelly Sandmeier, Jess Zelnik, Dr. Martha Delaney, Sara Manthey, and Jillian Saldana. ?All photos by Henry Moore Jr.

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Friday, March 13,2009

Carbon credit market pays for practices landowners may already be using

by WLJ
For a landowner looking to turn a quick profit, the carbon credit market is not the best option, but it can offer supplementary income for conservation practices that are part of a long-term management strategy. ?This isn?t a get-rich-quick scheme,? said Gary Wyatt, an extension educator with the University of Minnesota.

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Friday, March 13,2009

Texas sponsors program to support producers hit by Hurricane Ike

by WLJ
Texas AgriLife Extension Service has pledged support for ?Operation New Fences,? a new volunteer relief effort for southeast Texas ranchers affected by Hurricane Ike. The initiative was outlined on March 5 by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples during a press conference held in Houston.

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Friday, March 13,2009

USDA grants conditional license for first E. coli O157 vaccine

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USDA has granted a conditional license to Epitopix, LLC for America?s first E. coli O157 vaccine for cattle. The vaccine is made with Epitopix? exclusive SRP Technology, an innovative, patented vaccine production process. The new vaccine is labeled for use in cattle to reduce the prevalence of the E. coli O157 carrier state and for reduction in the amount of E. coli O157 shed in feces to minimize E. coli exposure and infection of herd-mates.

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Friday, March 13,2009

Colorado facing possible drought, says state climatologist

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Federal and academic scientists across the country last week agreed that Colorado?s Front Range is in moderate drought, which means the next three months are pivotal going into the summer, said Nolan Doesken, Colorado State University (CSU) state climatologist.

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Friday, March 13,2009

USDA requests NAIS comments

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The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently released a proposed rule regarding official animal identification (ID) numbering systems.

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Friday, March 13,2009

Survey shows rise in food safety concerns

by WLJ
According Accordin to the results of a natio national survey just released, consumers are confident in the safety of their ground grou beef, steaks and roasts despite a rise in their overa overall concern about food safety in i recent months.

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Friday, March 13,2009

2009 AICA Hall of Fame inductees

by WLJ
At the American-International Charolais Association (AICA) Spring Board of Directors Meeting, March 1-2, in Kansas City, MO, Arnold and Carol Wienk were welcomed into the AICA Hall of Fame as nominated by fellow Charolais breeders for continued service and dedication to the Charolais breed.

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Friday, March 13,2009

Number of farmers under financial stress expected to rise

by WLJ
Eighty-four percent of U.S. agricultural professionals surveyed say the probability that many producers will experience financial stress in the next three years is ?high or very high.? This from a recently completed survey of 2,300 professionals?agricultural producers, agricultural economists, consultants, educators and lenders?in all 50 states.

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Friday, March 13,2009

Spirit of optimism buoys young farmers, ranchers

by WLJ
Though confronted by numerous challenges, America?s young farmers and ranchers express a high level of optimism about agriculture and say they are better off than they were five years ago. Those are the general findings of the American Farm Bureau Federation?s (AFBF) 17th annual survey of young farmers and ranchers (YFR).

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