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Friday, February 27,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Tyson Foods Inc., the worlds largest meat producer, said recently it will issue $500 million in notes and it plans to arrange a new $1 billion line of credit. The company announced that the $500 million in unsecured senior notes would be due 2014.

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Friday, February 27,2009

New group to protect access to public lands

by WLJ
The Western Legacy Alliance (WLA), a newly formed coalition, announced its kickoff to bring together likeminded organizations from various backgrounds to advocate for responsible and sustainable access to public lands.

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Friday, February 27,2009

Merrigan tapped to fill deputy spot at USDA

by WLJ
President Barack Obama chose Kathleen Merrigan, an assistant professor at Tufts University who helped develop U.S. organic food labeling rules, to be deputy secretary of agriculture, the White House said last Monday. The deputy agriculture secretary usually oversees day-to-day operations of USDA.

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Friday, February 27,2009

Researchers explore the future of agriculture

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A study by Colorado State University (CSU) researchers on the future of agriculture in the state is seeking input on variables such as economic conditions, commodity prices, water, environmental factors and land use.

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Friday, February 27,2009

MSGA anniversary parade

by WLJ
Planning is underway for another impressive Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) celebratory parade, Saturday, June 1 at 10 a.m. in Miles City. Everyone is invited to take part in this grand exhibition of history and celebrate MSGAs 125 years of serving the livestock industry.

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Friday, February 27,2009

Beef demand. What is it, and how can...

by WLJ
Beef demand. What is it, and how can the Beef Checkoff Program influence changes in demand? These are questions that a recent checkoff-funded U.S. Beef Demand Drivers and Enhancement Opportunities: A Research Study tried to answer. Every 10 years, the beef industry takes an introspective look at the activities completed and what lies ahead.

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Friday, February 27,2009

CFBF appoints two financial professionals

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Two experienced financial professionals have been named to new positions with the California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF). Mary Winn has been appointed treasurer of the organization and Joseph Peters has been appointed chief investment officer.

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Friday, February 27,2009

Bent-Prowers cattle growers set meeting

by WLJ
Colorados oldest area livestock organization will meet March 21 in Rocky Ford. The annual Bent- Prowers Cattle Horse Growers Association will mark the start of its 140th year with its annual meeting and banquet. Events will be held at the Chuck Wagon Inn in Rocky Ford.

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Friday, February 27,2009

David Wood of Harris Ranch elected president of CattleFax

by WLJ
David Wood of Coalinga, CA, has been elected as the new president of CattleFax, a member-owned and member-directed cattle market information and research organization. Wood is chief operating officer and Beef Division chairman for Harris Farms, Inc.

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Friday, February 27,2009

Nebraskans hold successful wind energy meeting

by WLJ
The Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska hosted an afternoon informational meeting on wind energy recently which drew a sizeable crowd of 60-plus to listen to those promoting this important resource. A natural occurrence in the windy Sandhills has lately become a marketable source of energy.

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