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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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Friday, February 20,2009

Mead named National Poll-ette of the Year

by WLJ
The National Organization of Poll-ettes (NOP) recognized Robin Mead, Mid- vville, GA, as the 2008 Na- ttional Poll-ette of the Year. For her contributions to the Hereford breed, youth and the NOP, Mead was bestowed with this honor Jan. 15 at the 2009 National Western Stock Show.

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Friday, February 20,2009

Smithfield to shutter several plants

by WLJ
In a move which company officials say is in no way related to the country?s economic downturn, Smithfield Foods recently announced that it would be instituting a restructuring plan which involves the closure of six pork processing plants.

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Friday, February 20,2009

Nebraska Property Tax Credit Act affects ranchers

by WLJ
A bill sponsored by Sen. Tom White of District 8 in Omaha, NE, will change the Property Tax Credit Act which has recently given farmers and ranchers across the state a break in real estate taxes. Legislative Bill (LB) 13 would take the property tax relief from the agricultural sector and give it to homeowners.

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Friday, February 20,2009

Niman Ranch teams up with Temple Grandin

by WLJ
Temple Grandin, a well- known animal handling expert and Colorado State University animal science professor, has teamed up with California-based Niman Ranch to audit and endorse the company?s claims of humane and sustainable production in its beef and pork operations.

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Friday, February 20,2009

High shedders are target for E. coli mitigation strategies

by WLJ
High shedders within a truckload at slaughter could be a target for mitigation strategies to reduce the probability of preevisceration carcass contamination, a study by Kansas State University has found. To quantify associations at slaughter between E.

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Friday, February 20,2009

2009 Hereford sire summary is now available

by WLJ
The spring 2009 Hereford sire summary is now available in print and online at Hereford.org. The new summary includes detailed listings on 2,053 sires to help producers make informed buying, breeding and other management decisions.

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Friday, February 20,2009

Tibbs rodeo center nearing completion

by WLJ
What began as a dream of South Dakota rodeo supporters in 1989 will become a reality this June with the completion of the Casey Tibbs South Dakota Rodeo Center located in the Maynard and Mattie Goff-Newcombe Building in Fort Pierre.

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