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Friday, August 8,2014

ROI study shows $11.20 return on checkoff dollar

by WLJ
In the most comprehensive study ever rend e r e d about the Return on Investment (ROI) of beef checkoff assessments, Dr. Harry Kaiser of Cornell University concludes that each dollar invested in the Beef Checkoff Program between 2006 and 2013 returned about $11.

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Friday, August 8,2014

FAO Food Price Index hits a six-month low in July

by WLJ
The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Food Price Index decreased for a fourth consecutive month in July mainly due to a sharp decline in international prices for maize, wheat and certain oilseeds, reflecting ample supplies for these commodities.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Vet's Perspective

Neospora infection and diagnostics

by WLJ
ed by a “vertical” route— meaning the fetus is infected by the cow during pregnancy. It is believed that the cow’s immune system may cause reactivation of encysted parasites that upon release into the bloodstream are able to infect the growing fetus.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Rule to enhance ground beef tracing

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A recently proposed rule by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service would require grocery stores and supermarkets to keep more documentation on ground beef sources, which could assist in more timely traceability of a particular beef source that may have caused a foodborne illness.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Economic challenges persist for producers looking to expand herds

by WLJ
A recent Financial and Risk Management Assistance report outlined several factors for South Texas cattle producers to consider when purchasing replacements. The publication was compiled by Corpus Christi AgriLife Extension Economists Mac Young and Dr. Levi Russell; Dr.

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Friday, August 1,2014

USDA implements key farm bill crop insurance provision

by WLJ
USDA announced continued progress in implementing provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill that will strengthen and expand insurance coverage options for farmers and ranchers.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Keeping nutrients in the field and out of tile lines

by WLJ
By definition, drainage water management is the practice of managing water discharged from subsurface agricultural systems via a water control structure at the end of a conventional drainage system. It functions as an in-line dam, allowing the outlet to be artificially set at levels ranging from the soil surface to the bottom of the drain.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Building beef cow herd requires quality management, genetics

by WLJ
Producers who do it right benefit in the long-term. Patterson spoke to a national meeting of the American Society of Animal Science in Kansas City July 23. Patterson, developer of the Show-Me-Select (SMS) Replacement Heifer Program, said management and genetics add value to heifers.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Montana Stockgrowers elects new leadership

by WLJ
At their recent mid-year meeting in Miles City, the Research and Education Endowment Foundation of the Montana Stockgrowers Association (REEF) announced a change in leadership as Townsend rancher Dusty Hahn finished his five-year term as Foundation Chairman.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Lawmakers want good ag TPP deal

by WLJ
In a letter sent to President Obama, 140 members of the House, led by Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Charlie Rangel (D-NY), indicated that congressional support for the TPP would be jeopardized if U.S. negotiators accept anything less than elimination of all trade barriers to U.

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