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Friday, March 13,2009

Survey shows rise in food safety concerns

by WLJ
According Accordin to the results of a natio national survey just released, consumers are confident in the safety of their ground grou beef, steaks and roasts despite a rise in their overa overall concern about food safety in i recent months.

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Friday, March 13,2009

2009 AICA Hall of Fame inductees

by WLJ
At the American-International Charolais Association (AICA) Spring Board of Directors Meeting, March 1-2, in Kansas City, MO, Arnold and Carol Wienk were welcomed into the AICA Hall of Fame as nominated by fellow Charolais breeders for continued service and dedication to the Charolais breed.

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Friday, March 13,2009

Number of farmers under financial stress expected to rise

by WLJ
Eighty-four percent of U.S. agricultural professionals surveyed say the probability that many producers will experience financial stress in the next three years is ?high or very high.? This from a recently completed survey of 2,300 professionals?agricultural producers, agricultural economists, consultants, educators and lenders?in all 50 states.

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Friday, March 13,2009

Spirit of optimism buoys young farmers, ranchers

by WLJ
Though confronted by numerous challenges, America?s young farmers and ranchers express a high level of optimism about agriculture and say they are better off than they were five years ago. Those are the general findings of the American Farm Bureau Federation?s (AFBF) 17th annual survey of young farmers and ranchers (YFR).

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Friday, March 13,2009

SALE reports

by WLJ
Nebraska for this annual event. A strong representation of Angus genetics, including many one-half brother combinations that, combined with solid testing and data scans plus the utilization of the Grow Safe Feed Consumption System, afforded buyers or leasers excellent opportunities.

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Friday, March 13,2009

Program geared toward environmentally conscious producers and consumers

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Integrated Management Information Inc. (IMI Global), a leading provider of verification and Internet solutions in the agricultural/ livestock industry, last week launched VerifiedGreen, a verification program that caters to producers and consumers who are committed to reducing their carbon footprint.

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Friday, March 13,2009

Study finds consumers changing how they shop

by WLJ
The report, which details the findings of a national online poll of 1,059 consumers conducted in November 2008, was released last week at the 2009 Annual Meat Conference. AMI and FMI published this consumer research which was sponsored by Sealed Air?s Cryovac Food Packaging Division.

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Friday, March 13,2009

Researchers suggest that livestock benefit from plant diversity

by WLJ
As higher costs and environmental concerns about fossil fuels push more people to buy locally produced food, demand for livestock raised on pastures and rangelands?rather than in feed lots?is spurring a return to greater reliance on native rangelands and cultivated pastures.

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Friday, March 13,2009

Study finds market volatility linked to market fever, not index funds

by WLJ
During 2008, when markets were up limit one day and down limit the next, hedge funds and index traders caught the wrath of farmers, elevator grain merchandisers, and others who alleged improper activity and illegal market manipulation. So far, the regulators have not hauled any one or any company off to jail for such improprieties. But why?

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Friday, March 13,2009

Mineral balance important to cow performance

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Feeding of corn co-products like distillers grains and corn gluten has changed the mineral balance in winter cattle diets, said Dennis Bauer, University of Nebraska Extension educator. Those products are really high in phosphorus, Bauer said.

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