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Friday, February 21,2014

Additional assistance offered for producers impacted by drought

by WLJ
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA will provide additional assistance to help farmers, ranchers and residents affected by severe drought in California. US- DA is making the implementation of the 2014 farm bill livestock disaster assistance programs a top priority and plans to have the programs available for sign up by April 15, 2014.

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Friday, February 21,2014

New monitoring systems needed for rangelands

by WLJ
The Western U.S. is home to large areas of rangeland resources. These vast areas are primarily used as grazing lands and cover approximately 53 percent of the Western U.S. and 36 percent of the entire country.

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Friday, February 21,2014

Sheep convention touts record attendance in South Carolina

by WLJ
American wool epitomized the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI)/National Lamb Feeders Association annual convention held in Charleston, SC, on Jan. 22-25.

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Friday, February 21,2014

ASI recognizes four award recipients at 2014 convention

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Three long-time members of the agriculture community and one media organization were honored for their contributions to the sheep industry during the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI)/National Lamb Feeders Association Convention, held Jan. 22-25.

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Friday, February 21,2014

NSIP Genetic tool for sheep, goat producers

by WLJ
The National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) is a quantitative genetic selection tool designed to help sheep and goat producers make good breeding decisions, according to North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service Sheep Specialist Reid Redden.

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Friday, February 21,2014

Moseley to keynote NAMA conference

by WLJ
North American Meat Association (NAMA) is pleased to announce that Mark Moseley will give the keynote address at NA- MA’s Meat Industry Management Conference and Annual Meeting in Rancho Mirage, CA. Moseley is the National Football League’s Most Valuable Player of 1982 and the current Director of Franchise Development for Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

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Friday, February 21,2014

Protect sheep against ovine progressive pneumonia

by WLJ
Once infected, animals remain infected for life, although many never will show clinical signs of the disease. Flocks infected with OPP can have lowered production efficiency because of early culling, decreased milk production and lower weaning weights, Redden says.

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Friday, February 21,2014

Certified Angus Beef momentum pays record premiums

by WLJ
There were plenty of hints. In 2011, a 45 percent increase in grid premiums to $32.3 million did not in itself constitute a trend. But USDA’s mandatory reporting, never known for overstating, showed 2012 starting with a CAB premium of $8 per hundredweight (/cwt.

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Friday, February 21,2014

What's on the consumer's mind?

by WLJ
A look around the local grocery store might show images of consumers reading meat labels or checking the expiration date on a gallon of milk. Each consumer has a set of values when making food purchases, and the level of importance placed on each value by consumers allow for food producers and distributors to better meet the needs of their end user.

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Friday, February 21,2014

Purdue economists: farmland value shift signals need for cautious purchasing

by WLJ
According to the Purdue Farmland Value Survey, Indiana farmland values have nearly tripled in the last 10 years—from an average of $2,509 per acre in 2003 to $7,446 in 2013. But abundant corn and soybean crops in 2013 have caused commodity prices to fall, making farm profit margins much tighter.

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