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Friday, February 27,2009

Land values softened in 2008; no price collapse seen in 2009

by DTN
Land values fell in the fourth quarter of 2008, but so far in 2009, land is holding its own, slightly off last years highs. Land prices in the fourth quarter were down 6 percent in Iowa and 3 percent in Illinois, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

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Friday, February 27,2009

National Farmers Union president to step down

by WLJ
National Farmers Union (NFU) President Tom Buis announced last week he will be stepping down as NFU president, effective March 15, to serve as CEO of Growth Energy. His successor will be chosen by Farmers Union delegates at the upcoming national convention March 8-10 in Washington, D.

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Friday, February 27,2009

California dairy running trucks on biomethane

by WLJ
In early February at the World Agricultural Fair, representatives of Hilarides Dairy announced the company is converting cow waste to fuel trucks and generators while minimizing pollution and diversifying energy sources.

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Friday, February 27,2009

No secret recipe for beef demand

by WLJ
Beef demand. What is it, and how can the Beef Checkoff Program influence changes in demand? These are questions that a recent checkoff-funded "U.S. Beef Demand Drivers and Enhancement Opportunities: A Research Study" tried to answer.

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Friday, February 20,2009

Perez honored as Hereford Herdsman of the Year

by WLJ
Kyle Perez, Nara Visa, NM, was selected as the 2009 Hereford Herdsman of the Year at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO. Perez was selected for the award by his peers?other Hereford herdsmen and breeders? and honored prior to the selection of the champion horned Hereford bull on Jan.

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Friday, February 20,2009

Face fly control approaches

by WLJ
Considerable research with a nematode that destroys female ovaries and a pupal parasite that killed the pupae was conducted in Nebraska, but neither proved effective enough to be employed for control. The insecticides recommended for control of horn flies will also control face flies.

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Friday, February 20,2009

Protect cattle from parasites; help clean up pastures

by WLJ
Only 5 percent of parasites live in cattle, which means 95 percent of parasites are on pastures. That is why Dr. Bert Stromberg, parasitologist and professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota, says a parasite control program also can help reduce parasite burdens on pastures.

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Friday, February 20,2009

Bill would add regulatory oversight to credit-default swaps

by DTN
Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Commissioner Bart Chilton is endorsing a bill that would strengthen CFTC?s regulatory powers, but Chilton says he believes CFTC should have authority to launch criminal investigations. CFTC regulates the grain, meat and financial futures exchanges in Chicago, New York, Kansas City and Minneapolis.

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Friday, February 20,2009

Stockmen?s association offers free cattle directory

by WLJ
The 2009-2010 edition of the North Dakota Cattle Directory is now available from the North Dakota Stockmen?s Association (NDSA) and is free for the asking.

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Friday, February 20,2009

Indiana ethanol plants produce more DDGS than can be used

by WLJ
Indiana ethanol plants could produce enough of a livestock feed ingredient for Hoosier farmers to feed their animals three times over, a Purdue University study suggests. Dried distillers grains with solubles (DDGS) is made from the leftover parts of the corn kernel in the ethanol production process.

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