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Friday, February 14,2014

NCBA approves policy resolutions

by WLJ
During the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) membership meeting in Denver at the beginning of the month, NCBA members approved 2011 policy resolutions developed by cattlemen and women, including policy on immigration, food safety, marketing, cattle health and federal lands.

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Friday, February 14,2014

U.S. red meat exports close 2013 on a mixed note

by WLJ
Exports of U.S. beef, pork and lamb closed 2013 on a mixed note. Beef exports eclipsed the $6 billion mark for the first time, setting a new annual value record. At the same time, pork exports declined below 2012’s record highs while lamb sales rose in value on lower volumes, according to statistics released by the USDA and compiled by the U.

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Friday, February 14,2014

NCBA division elects officers, reaffirms vision

by WLJ
Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Nashville last week. Elected Vice Chair was Jennifer Houston of Sweetwater, TN. The Federation of State Beef Councils, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program and national home of state beef councils, is a division of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA).

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Friday, February 14,2014

CattleWoman of the Year from California

by WLJ
Hemsted has served many important roles throughout her tenure as a CattleWoman. She was the President of the California CattleWomen, an ANCW Region Director, Chair of the National Beef Cook-off committee, Co-chair of the ANCW Education Committee and served on numerous regional committees.

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Friday, February 14,2014

Genetic selection could produce cattle resistant to toxic larkspurs

by WLJ
Cattle are not picky eaters. Put them in a pasture with toxic plants and edible grasses, and they quickly swallow both. For ranchers, this diet comes at a heavy price, with up to 10 percent of steers that graze fields containing toxic larkspurs dying after eating the poisonous plants.

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Friday, February 14,2014

New farm bill means choices for farmers

by WLJ
“For crop producers, the primary decision will be to choose the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) option or the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) option,” says Dwight Aakre, North Dakota State University Extension Service Farm Management Specialist. “Within these primary choices are additional secondary decisions that must be made.

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Friday, February 14,2014

CA rancher 2014 Policy Division Vice Chairman

by WLJ
A record-setting number of over 8,200 cattlemen and women attended the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show, where California rancher Kevin Kester was named among the new NCBA officers as the Policy Division Vice Chairman.

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Friday, February 14,2014

Texas rancher named as NCBA President

by WLJ
The 2014 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show concluded with the NCBA board of directors and membership meetings. Bob McCan of Victoria, TX, succeeded Scott George as NCBA President during the association’s board of directors meeting.

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Friday, February 14,2014

2014 ANCW President hails from Colorado

by WLJ
Seated (from left): Barbara Jackson, Past President; Ann Noogan, Vice President; Melanie Fowle, President Elect; Patti Buck, President.

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Friday, February 14,2014

Beef Industry Scan provides insight and research to checkoff programs

by WLJ
This scan provides current and compelling research and information to understand the trends and market characteristics—in place or developing—that beef producers must consider in setting priorities and planning programs for their checkoff investments in the following year.

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