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Friday, February 27,2009

Merrigan tapped to fill deputy spot at USDA

by WLJ
President Barack Obama chose Kathleen Merrigan, an assistant professor at Tufts University who helped develop U.S. organic food labeling rules, to be deputy secretary of agriculture, the White House said last Monday. The deputy agriculture secretary usually oversees day-to-day operations of USDA.

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Friday, February 27,2009

Researchers explore the future of agriculture

by WLJ
A study by Colorado State University (CSU) researchers on the future of agriculture in the state is seeking input on variables such as economic conditions, commodity prices, water, environmental factors and land use.

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Friday, February 27,2009

Horse slaughter bill moves forward

by DTN
The Montana House of Representatives strongly endorsed a bill that paves the way for construction of a horse slaughterhouse in Montana and aims to bring the industry back to the U.S. Backers said ranchers and those who own horses have been struggling ever since all the slaughterhouses in the country were closed down.

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Friday, February 27,2009

MSGA anniversary parade

by WLJ
Planning is underway for another impressive Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) celebratory parade, Saturday, June 1 at 10 a.m. in Miles City. Everyone is invited to take part in this grand exhibition of history and celebrate MSGAs 125 years of serving the livestock industry.

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Friday, February 27,2009

Japanese consumers buying lower-priced cuts of meat

by DTN
Japanese consumers have shifted their buying habits to lower-priced cuts of meat and U.S. beef exporters can take advantage of that move, but must overcome an unfavorable exchange rate hurdle. Still, the beef exporters will have to accept a partial consumer shift to other protein sources as well, market observers say.

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Friday, February 27,2009

Beef demand. What is it, and how can...

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. Every 10 years, the beef industry takes an introspective look at the activities completed and what lies ahead.

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Friday, February 27,2009

Ethanol industry called sound

by DTN
The state of the ethanol industry is decidedly different than it was just months ago, but Renewable Fuels Association President Bob Dinneen told industry representatives last Tuesday at the National Ethanol Convention that despite the tough economic times, he believes the ethanol industry will emerge better for it.

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Friday, February 27,2009

CFBF appoints two financial professionals

by WLJ
Two experienced financial professionals have been named to new positions with the California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF). Mary Winn has been appointed treasurer of the organization and Joseph Peters has been appointed chief investment officer.

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Friday, February 27,2009

Bent-Prowers cattle growers set meeting

by WLJ
Colorados oldest area livestock organization will meet March 21 in Rocky Ford. The annual Bent- Prowers Cattle Horse Growers Association will mark the start of its 140th year with its annual meeting and banquet. Events will be held at the Chuck Wagon Inn in Rocky Ford.

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Friday, February 27,2009

David Wood of Harris Ranch elected president of CattleFax

by WLJ
David Wood of Coalinga, CA, has been elected as the new president of CattleFax, a member-owned and member-directed cattle market information and research organization. Wood is chief operating officer and Beef Division chairman for Harris Farms, Inc.

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