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Friday, October 26,2012

Opportunity knocked

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
While President Obama did mention the Land Grant College initiative in the first debate, I have to wonder how many Americans even know what it is.

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Friday, October 26,2012

Antibiotic legislation in the works, again

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman announced plans to introduce legislation that would increase information required on the amount and use of antibiotics in animals raised for human consumption.

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Friday, October 19,2012

Cattlemen ask for level playing field for a bushel of corn

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In an attempt to bring relief to rural America, which is suffering from the worst drought in more than 50 years, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) filed official comments Monday, Oct. 15 urging Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson to waive the RFS mandate for the production of corn ethanol.

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Friday, October 19,2012

New audit program designed to help ensure responsible treatment of animals

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
But the company has not been immune to activists. In May, Tyson was linked to an animal abuse video taken at a pork farm in Wyoming.

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Friday, October 19,2012

Drought workshops designed to open communication

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
With no quick fix in sight on U.S. drought-stricken areas, USDA is trying to gain some insight into what may or may not help in the local, regional and state recovery process through four regional workshops.

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Friday, October 12,2012

Corn stocks lowest since 1995

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
While USDA’s October World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report had some big changes, it was in line with most analysts’ expectations. Corn yields remained declined slightly, but 2011 stocks were cut drastically and are now the lowest since 1995/96, according to analysts.

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Friday, October 12,2012

Texas announces details of new cattle traceability rule

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
While some ag organizations have been busy fighting USDA’s national animal traceability program, officials in Texas have taken matters into their own hands, putting together their own state traceability program that may set a precedent for future national plans.

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Friday, October 12,2012

Stray livestock searching for a free meal

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Wilderness Ranger District, Gila National Forest, has issued a “Notice of Intent to Impound Livestock” roaming freely in the Gila Wilderness along the Gila River near Turkey Creek in the vicinity of Johnson Canyon and Miller Springs.

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Friday, October 12,2012

Land sales on the rise in Intermountain areas

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to USDA’s latest land values report, pasture values in the Northern Plains jumped 21.9 percent over the last year. In the Corn Belt, the increase averaged 8.6 percent. Within those regions some states were strong standouts, specifically South Dakota, which registered the biggest year-over-year increase at an average of 25.

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Friday, October 5,2012

Beef plant progresses

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
David Palmer, president and chief executive officer, said the new plant, Northern Beef Packers (NBP), is the newest, most modern beef processing plant in the country. “Using the high-quality, family-farm-raised young cattle in the Dakota region, Northern Beef Packers will provide world-class prime beef, traceable from farm to finished product.

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