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Friday, January 16,2009

Farm Bureau backs increase in ethanol blend and other measures

by WLJ
Delegates for the American Farm Bureau Federation voted without debate to encourage an increase in the existing 10 percent ethanol blend allowed for most vehicles.

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Friday, January 16,2009

Grazing school for novice ranchers accepting students

by WLJ
The grazing school is now accepting enrollment for two sessions, March 24-26 and March 31-April 2. ?Nitrogen costs may be back to 2005 levels, but practically everything else remains high, and this makes ranching, which is always a challenging business, even more challenging,? Rouquette said.

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Friday, January 16,2009

After record 2008, grain exports face challenges in 2009

by WLJ
After record U.S. grain exports in 2008, organizations that focus on spurring the flow of U.S. grain abroad will be looking at a few more challenges this year, according to a grain industry official who spoke during the American Farm Bureau Federation?s 90th annual meeting.

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Friday, January 16,2009

2009 Beef Management Calendar now available from WSU Extension

by WLJ
Washington State University (WSU) Extension has published the 2009 Beef Management Calendar. The calendar is available for free in a digital format or in printed form for $5 from WSU Extension Publications. The calendar has been developed to assist livestock managers in formulating an overall management plan for beef operations.

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Friday, January 16,2009

Changing hay feeding methods can reduce wintering costs

by WLJ
A three-year wintering investigation was conducted at Dickinson Research Extension Center in North Dakota to determine the effect of hay feeding methods on cow wintering cost. The average amount of hay wasted needs to be calculated when determining how much hay to provide to cows every day or when making forage purchases.

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Friday, January 16,2009

Curtis Custom Feeders beefing up staff and profits

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Longtime family feeding operation Curtis Custom Feeders, located in Connell, WA, is challenging the current economic climate. Jeff Curtis, owner and president, has hired Robert H. ?Bob? Lundgren, DVM as the feedlot general manager. Lundgren, well known as manager of McGregor Feedlot and owner of Lundgren, Inc.

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Friday, January 16,2009

Labor issues may raise prices

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Migrant or foreign labor is a must for the dairy industry and other parts of agriculture, and a reduction in the workforce could cost consumers considerably, a Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert said. Labor and immigration are tied together, and it includes both legal and illegal immigration, said Dr.

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Friday, January 9,2009

Contract market drop pulls cash prices lower

by WLJ
Sales of fed cattle got off to an early start last week after a midweek slide in futures markets offered incentives for feedlots to sell cattle before additional declines hit the market. Cattle were trading in light numbers in Texas at $85 live basis and at $134 dressed in the Corn Belt on Thursday.

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Friday, January 9,2009

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Tyson Foods Inc. said recently that its president and CEO, Dick Bond, was stepping down immediately in a move he said was in the best interest of himself and the company. Bond will be replaced on an interim basis by former chairman and CEO Leland Tollett, the company said in a statement.

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Friday, January 9,2009

All-star lineup at Northwest Cattlemens Workshop

by WLJ
Another all-star list of speakers from throughout the U.S. will be featured at the fifth annual Cattlemens Workshop. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 17 at 9:00 a.m. at the Blue Mountain Conference Center in LaGrande, OR.

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