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Friday, October 30,2009

Cargill, AMI push USDA on allowing irradiation

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The U.S. beef industry is renewing its push to get USDA to act on a years-old request to use irradiation on beef carcasses to kill harmful pathogens such as E.coli bacteria.

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Friday, October 23,2009

Repeat of last years record-breaking meat exports unlikely

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The latest, and perhaps most profit-crushing, agricultural barrier thrown up this year by China is a ban on U.S. pork, but China also bans U.S. beef and has done so for years. In addition, China continues to threaten U.S. chicken exports in a complicated feud with the U.

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Friday, October 16,2009

Japan backs away from plan to ban U.S. beef

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Despite strong election campaign rhetoric by the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), it appears DPJ is continuing the previous Liberal Democratic Partys anti- BSE policies.

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Friday, October 16,2009

National Animal ID System lacks effectiveness

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For the commissioner of Minnesotas Department of Agriculture, a functional livestock identification program would mimic the interstate highway systema system initially created for national defense.

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Friday, October 9,2009

Dairy support package slows ag spending bill

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The U.S. dairy industry is really several related industries, with high levels of specialization by area of the country. The traditional northeastern and midwestern producers frequently focus on fluid milk productionthe cartons seen in supermarkets.

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Friday, October 9,2009

USDA open to CRP sign-up in 2010

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The potential is still there for enrollment in fiscal year 2010, Coppess told a House Agriculture subcommittee. While were waiting on the regulation ... were evaluating that as well. We wont be able to put anything forward on the general sign-up until we have the proper regulation out.

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Friday, October 9,2009

EPA to examine herbicides effects on human health

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A new study of atrazines effects on human health will begin this fall, with most of the review occurring in 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last Wednesday. It is unlikely changes in the atrazine label would affect the 2010 spring application season.

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Friday, October 9,2009

$83 billion needed yearly to feed the world

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The world needs to invest $83 billion a year in agriculture in developing countries to feed 9.1 billion people in 2050, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said last Thursday.

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Friday, October 9,2009

U.S. and Europe detail plan to end beef dispute

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The European Union (EU) and U.S. circulated details last Wednesday of their ground-breaking deal solving their longrunning dispute over beef.

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Friday, September 11,2009

Farm Credits long-term funds face rationing

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When terrorist attacks engulfed Manhattans financial district on Sept. 11, 2001, the New York Federal Reserve staff slept on their desks and survived on cheese sandwiches for several days just a block from the ash and burning rubble of the World Trade Center.

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