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Friday, January 2,2015

Feedlot E. coli study suggests new buffer areas are needed

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Whether or not this study sets the stage for new regulations remains to be seen, but first author Elaine Berry and her colleagues sampled leafy greens growing in nine plots (three each at 60, 120, and 180 meters downwind from the cattle feedlot at the research center) over a two-year period.

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Friday, January 2,2015

Research links red meat sugar to cancer in mice

by WLJ
Generally speaking, the researchers, led by Ajit Varki, MD, Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Cellular and Molecular Medicineof the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, investigated the effects of a characteristic chemical compound in red meat on tumor generation in mice.

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Friday, January 2,2015

Farm defensively

by DTN
When spring crop insurance guarantees set for most states March 1, they aren’t likely to cover cost of production, land-grant universities forecast. So the uncomfortable discussions with farm lenders this winter may focus on minimizing losses, not necessarily showing a profit in 2015.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Looking back: the top stories of 2014

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
As 2014 draws to a close, it’s easy to look back and find a number of stories that topped the year’s biggest story list. From searching for ways to control climate change to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) breathing down producers’ backs, there weren’t many “slow weeks” for Western Livestock Journal’s.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Dietary guideline talks include reducing beef

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Every five years, USDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) publish the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and discussions for the upcoming 2015 recommendations are currently underway, with “beef” in the hot seat.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Three-year study looks at impact of cold weather on calves

by WLJ
Ranchers have asked that question during many springs and veterinarians have speculated for years. The debate rages on! This is obviously a difficult subject to research because you cannot have a “control” group of cows to compare to a “treatment” group that is exposed to a cold winter while still running on the same pasture.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Beef options to inspire operators for protein-powered kids‚ menus

by WLJ
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) has announced that the Beef Checkoff Program has become a sponsor of the Association’s award-winning Kids Live Well program, a voluntary industry-wide initiative designed to help make the healthful choice the easy choice when dining out with children.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Congress wants to study USDA

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Vilsack, in a phone interview with DTN earlier this month, expressed his frustration with some of the policy riders in the $1.1 trillion funding bill Congress approved. The policy restrictions ranged from blocking the secretary from creating a new beef checkoff to preventing the Farm Service Agency from eliminating its smallest offices nationally.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Cover crops for soil health, water, yields

by WLJ
Growers who plant cover crops—including oilseed radish, cereal rye, Austrian winter pea and crimson clover—can also expect to reduce soil erosion and cut down on nutrient losses, according to Jim Hoorman, a soil expert with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Red clover as a cover crop, benefits and management

by WLJ
dry matter per acre. This is an extremely high amount. It also offers the variability of using medium red clover or mammoth clover to decide the timeframe in which the dry matter is applied to the field. • Weed suppressor—Once.

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