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Friday, December 4,2009

Dont take your ultrasound technician off speed-dial

by WLJ
DNA. DNA. DNA. Everywhere you turn these days, talk in the beef industry is about DNA. The Beef Improvement Federation centered its annual convention this past summer on the role of genomics in improving selection tools. And even the lowliest cowpoke knows what a SNP, or snip is.

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Friday, December 4,2009

Exports are key to increasing demand for U.S. beef

by WLJ
Opportunities hide within every challenge, but beef producers can find them through analysis and planning. That was part of the take-home message at the Feeding Quality Forums Nov. 10 in South Sioux City, NE, and Nov. 12 in Garden City, KS.

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Friday, December 4,2009

ARS explores ways to keep carbon in the soil

by WLJ
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are testing out alternative ways of tilling the soil and rotating crops to see if they can help wheat farmers in Oregon sequester more carbon in the soil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Friday, December 4,2009

Making forecasts more useful to producers

by WLJ
Climate forecasts are becoming more useful to farmers and ranchers thanks to research by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their cooperators.

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Friday, December 4,2009

Hermes elected new PAACO chairman

by WLJ
David R. Hermes, DVM, of Washington, IN, was elected chairman of the board of directors of the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) at the groups annual meeting in Kansas City last month. Regional veterinarian for broiler chickens and turkeys for Perdue Farms, Inc.

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Friday, December 4,2009

Climate changes first responders

by WLJ
Lewis Ziska, Richard Sicher and Jim Bunce all work at the ARS Crops Systems and Global Change Laboratory in Beltsville, MD.

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Friday, December 4,2009

Tyson profit exceeds expectations

by WLJ
Tyson Foods Inc. posted higher-than-expected quarterly results last Monday on strength in its beef, pork and prepared foods businesses which it expects to continue in its new fiscal year.

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Monday, November 30,2009

Demand helps spur feeder prices

by WLJ
Cattle feeders started moving cattle early last week and the bulk of the week’s action appeared likely to be complete ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Trade was called steady to 50 cents higher than the previous week at $83-84 live basis in the southern tier while Corn Belt trade was reported at $129-130 dressed. Other feeding regions were expected to

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Monday, November 30,2009

Sustainable corn production supports biofuel feedstocks

by WLJ
Researchers worldwide are trying to economically convert cellulosic biomass such as corn stover into cellulosic ethanol. But Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have found that it might be more costeffective, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable to use corn stover for generating an energyrich oil called bio-oil and for making biochar to enrichsoils and sequester carbon.

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Monday, November 30,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Pilgrims Pride Corp. reported a net profit of $82.7 million, or $1.07 per share from continuing operations, on quarterly net sales of $1.7 billion in its fourth fiscal quarter which ended Sept. 26. That compares with a net loss of $802 million, or $10.79 per share on net sales of $2.

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