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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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Friday, February 27,2009

UNL economist cautious about beef markets

by WLJ
Although supply side factors remain positive, recession worries and input costs could lower beef prices, said a University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) economist.

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Friday, February 27,2009

Beef takes center stage at health expo

by WLJ
The NBC 4 Health Fitness Expo held in Washington, D.C., Jan. 10-11, 2009, is the nations largest free health event, with crowds exceeding 85,000, and beef took center stage. This year, the star role for beef included a tradeshow exhibit, lean beef cooking stage demonstrations, an ad in 85,000 program books, and four weeks of Web ads on nbcwashington.

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Friday, February 27,2009

Coleman Limousin Ranch is commercial marketing booster

by WLJ
The North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) recently presented its Commercial Marketing Booster of the Year award during the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) Limousin pen and carload shows.

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Friday, February 27,2009

U.S. beef export success continues

by WLJ
The international marketplace continued to roll out the red carpet for U.S. beef products in 2008, recording double-digit increases over 2007 levels, according to statistics released by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Total U.S.

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Friday, February 27,2009

Petsch appointed regional checkoff federation vice president

by WLJ
Wyoming beef producer Irv Petsch of Meriden has been appointed to serve as Region V vice president of the National Cattlemens Beef Association. In this position, Petsch will serve on the Executive Committee as a representative from the Federation of State Beef Councils, representing Region V.

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Friday, February 27,2009

La Niay bring hot, dry weather to western Nebraska

by WLJ
Were in a second-year La Ni a event, said Nebraska State Climatologist Al Dutcher. This event developed over the last month or month and a half. When we look at statistics on La Ni a events across Nebraska, we find 10 since the 1950s. Seven have gone into the second year.

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Friday, February 27,2009

Are you marketing your product, or selling it?

by WLJ
As a beef producer, are you marketing your product, or are you selling it? This is a question that all producers should ask themselves and then act on management strategies that will enable them to add value and market that valuable product. With each operation being different, we all know there is no cookie-cutter solution.

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Friday, February 27,2009

Financial assistance available for organic certification

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USDA has made $22 million in federal funds available for organic certification cost assistance. A portion of these funds will be available for producers and handlers of organic agricultural products in Colorado.

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Friday, February 27,2009

National Farmers Union president to step down

by WLJ
National Farmers Union (NFU) President Tom Buis announced last week he will be stepping down as NFU president, effective March 15, to serve as CEO of Growth Energy. His successor will be chosen by Farmers Union delegates at the upcoming national convention March 8-10 in Washington, D.

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