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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Significant interventions in world grain markets: FSU and China

by WLJ
After going through a long period of relative stability in the world grain markets, there have been some major interventions in the past few years. Most of these have occurred in the former Soviet Union (FSU), but some of the actions by China also have had drastic impacts.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Two Dot ranch recognized for environmental stewardship

by WLJ
For the past 25 years, Montana Stockgrowers has proudly sponsored the Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP).

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Grazing among grains yields ecological, economic benefits

by WLJ
The Zakarisons are collaborating with Jonathan Wachter, a soil science doctoral student at Washington State University, to demonstrate how integrated livestock farming in wheat country can contribute to sustainability goals.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

OSU publishes weed identification guide

by WLJ
With spring planting soon to get underway, a new guide developed by an agronomist from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University is available to help growers identify weeds in order to manage them before they take over.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Conservation ag may allow farmers to be part of carbon 'cap and trade'

by WLJ
Long-term research by University of California (UC) Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) scientists has documented the capacity for farmland in the San Joaquin Valley managed with conservation practices to sequester carbon, results that could give farmers a seat at the carbon trading table.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

2014 Farm Bill discussed in-depth at Austin Ag Forum

by WLJ
Stenholm, who spoke at the forum, told the audience agriculture “is extremely fortunate” to have U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) as Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, praising his efforts for agriculture in the Southwest and U.S. as a whole. Conaway was also in attendance at the forum and addressed attendees.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

UC Davis leads new effort to enhance health with functional annotation of animal genomes

by WLJ
The UC Davis team is led by Functional Genomicist Huaijun Zhou, an associate professor and Chancellor’s Fellow in the Department of Animal Science. The researchers will focus on the genomes of the chicken, cow and pig, which make up the largest meat-producing industries in the United States.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Checkoff supports beef preparation education

by WLJ
Beef is a versatile protein option, but it can also be confusing knowing how to prepare different cuts to achieve optimal flavor and tenderness. Culinary students at Mitchell Technical Institute (MTI) will soon have the opportunity to learn about beef preparation from the pros, thanks to support from the Beef Checkoff Program.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

UNL study characterizes genetic resistance to wheat disease

by WLJ
Though reports of stem rust date back to biblical plagues and ancient Greece, plant breeders successfully combated the disease by introducing rustresistant cultivars in the mid-20th century. Stem rust epidemics largely faded until 1999, when a mutated strain—Ug99— emerged in the east African country of Uganda.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Purdue researcher in project to lessen impact of soybean plant disease

by WLJ
Most Indiana soybean fields had some level of the disease last year, the most severe since 2010, noted Kiersten Wise, an associate professor of plant pathology. Even though the disease reduced yields, Indiana soybean farmers still produced a record crop last year, at 307.

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