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Friday, March 20,2009

New Mexico Senate passes wildlife bill

by DTN
Legislation aimed at stopping the slaughter of wildlife that are munching on crops has passed the state Senate and now goes to the House. Under the bill, ranchers and farmers could no longer kill wildlife on private land unless the animals were predators threatening people, pets or livestock.

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Friday, March 20,2009

Checkoff programs geared at moving middle meats

by WLJ
An aggressive beef checkoff market response plan is in place to help protect beef demand in the meat case and on restaurant menus. This plan was quickly implemented in November 2008 when early economic signals indicated a need to proactively address channel and consumer purchasing decisions.

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Friday, March 20,2009

Webinars discuss retained ownership of livestock

by WLJ
Ag producers interested in learning about the practice of retained ownership of livestock are invited to participate in a series of webinars beginning this month.

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Friday, March 20,2009

Lean beef showcased at the Philadelphia Distance Run

by WLJ
The checkoff-funded Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative (NEBPI) partnered with the Philadelphia Distance Run, the Classic Half Marathon held Sept. 21, 2008, to position lean beef as the protein choice to fuel active bodies and to introduce more than 15,800 elite athletes and their families to beef?s nutrition platform.

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Friday, March 20,2009

Veterinary college helps cow deliver triplet bull calves

by WLJ
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

by WLJ
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

by WLJ
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

by WLJ
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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