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Friday, March 14,2014

Preg. test options offer pros, cons

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Blood testing to detect pregnancy in cows has yet to take a strong hold over the tried and true results of palpating or ultrasounding, but it is making its way into the industry. Palpating is still the main practice of most veterinarians, in part because old habits die hard, and ultrasounding still has its place in the industry.

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Friday, March 14,2014

AI increases options for producers

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Starting out with just heifers, Blair liked the idea of being able to use proven bulls and pick for certain traits, so in 1990 he began using AI on his cows. After breeding a couple of generations of heifers, he realized the AI daughters were too good to cull.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Japan puts snag in Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In a press conference with several ag organizations, the groups explained why their support has now switched to opposition; Japan’s offer does not even come close to meeting the agreement expectations.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Legislation introduced to prevent EPA release of producer information

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In February and April of 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released names, addresses, geographic coordinates, and even phone numbers and email addresses of over 80,000 producers in 29 states, prompting several lawmakers to propose legislation that would prevent further releases.

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Monday, March 10,2014

Proposed FY2015 budget cuts crop insurance

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Each year the president takes time to send Congress a budget proposal, along with a long list of potential policy changes, marking the beginning of the year’s long political debate to finalize the plans for the appropriations bill for the next fiscal year.

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Monday, March 10,2014

USDA's FSIS has strict standards for imports

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), foreign countries that export meat, poultry, and egg products to the United States are required to establish and maintain inspection systems that are equivalent to those of the United States.

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Friday, February 28,2014

Neighbors' packing industries offer advantages

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
North America accounts for more than one-quarter of the world’s beef supply, and the U.S. shares a small portion of that role with its neighboring countries. Production per animal is highly efficient, particularly in the United States and Canada, but efficiency is only one piece of the packing industry.

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Friday, February 28,2014

House tax reform bill considers cash-basis accounting for ag

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, last Wednesday, released his long-awaited tax reform legislation including a requirement that businesses with gross receipts of more than $10 million use the accrual method of accounting.

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Friday, February 28,2014

Criminal investigation opened on meat recall

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to a USDA, Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) press release, the company recall was initiated because the company “processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection.

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Friday, February 28,2014

USDA forecast calls for increase in crop yields

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA’s annual Agricultural Outlook Forum, held Feb. 20-21, 2014, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA, started with Chief Economist Joe Glauber issuing the department’s projections for coming year, including forecasts for corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, sugar and other farm commodities, as well as exports.

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