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Friday, November 6,2009

BEEF bits

by DTN
A recall of more than 500,000 pounds of ground beef, for E. coli 0157:H7, has now been linked to two deaths, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control. More than 28 people have also been sickened by the tainted product. The first fatality was reported in

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Friday, November 6,2009

Financial woes hit livestock, ethanol producers

by DTN
Deterioration in the credit quality of ethanol and livestock producers is prompting a flurry of debt restructuring and higher loan losses at the Farm Credit System and other ag lenders.

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Friday, October 30,2009

Lead role for USDA in climate bill

by DTN
The discussion draft of a climate-change bill agriculture and forestry title being developed by Sen. Debbie Stabenow would order the U.S.

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Friday, October 30,2009

Rising corn costs strain cattle feeders

by DTN
Rising corn prices combined with other economic factors such as a weak dollar and higher crude prices are pressuring cattle feeders and could force more of them out of business in coming months.

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Friday, October 30,2009

Cargill, AMI push USDA on allowing irradiation

by DTN
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

by DTN
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

by DTN
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

by DTN
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

by DTN
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

by DTN
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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