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Friday, September 28,2012

Drought takes toll on hay prices

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
By the end of 2012, alfalfa hay production will drop 16 percent compared with the previous year, the lowest level since 1953, according to USDA’s August report. Total hay production will likely total 120 million tons, an 8.4 percent drop from 131 million tons last year.

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Friday, September 28,2012

ConAgra Foods to expand amid ag controversy

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“ConAgra Foods has a long history in Russellville, and we are pleased to grow our presence in the area,” said Mike Tracy, senior vice president of Consumer Foods Supply Chain for ConAgra Foods.

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Friday, September 28,2012

New reform encourages wildlife habitat conservations

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The announcement builds upon NRCS’ Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) initiative in which land owners voluntarily implement proven conservation practices to protect certain threatened wildlife species, including several species found in Colorado, such as the greater sage grouse, the Southwestern willow flycatcher, and the lesser prairie-chicken.

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Friday, September 21,2012

Protein not a priority in new school lunch program

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The new program requires students to include a fruit or vegetable with their lunch, or it will cost them more, charging them at the a-la-carte price, instead of the regular lunch. While they can not force the student to eat the fruit or vegetable, food waste has also become a hot topic with the school lunch debate.

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Friday, September 21,2012

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease diagnosed in Colorado

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Recently, cases in deer and cattle have been diagnosed in Nebraska and South Dakota. The deer population in Nebraska has seen a significant number of cases this year. Further investigation is ongoing to determine if the outbreak in Colorado may be tied to the Nebraska cases.

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Friday, September 14,2012

BPI files defamation lawsuit against ABC

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Beef Products Inc. (BPI) last week announced the filing of a defamation lawsuit against ABC News for its coverage of lean, finely textured beef (LFTB), dubbed “pink slime” by critics, alleging that the network misled consumers to believe the product is unhealthy and unsafe.

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Friday, September 14,2012

MU receives $3 million to study breeding improvements

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Now, the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded the $3 million grant to researchers at MU to determine if specific genes play a role in the breeding problems and other issues in the cattle industry.

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Friday, September 7,2012

FY2013 to see record exports

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA has forecast agriculture exports to reach a record $143.5 billion in the 2013 fiscal year, with strong demand from Canada, Europe and Japan, according to The Outlook for US Agricultural Trade released Aug. 31 by the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) and Foreign Agricultural Service.

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Friday, September 7,2012

New route submitted for Keystone XL pipeline

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
TransCanada Corporation, the company behind the pipeline, assured supporters that they would not give up, and last week, they came through with an alternative plan.

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Friday, September 7,2012

Lawsuit filed challenging WTO's COOL ruling

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
A press conference organized by three groups, held outside of the Denver Courthouse, to announce a lawsuit against the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) recent Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) ruling, was a dire disappointment to the groups’ organizers.

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