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Friday, November 4,2011

Youth farm labor rule comment period extended

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
While the proposed changes do not apply to children working on a farm owned or operated by their parents, they would impact the 14- and 15-year-olds wanting to work on farms not owned by their parents. It also impacts high school vocational agriculture programs, including 4-H.

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Friday, November 4,2011

Vaccine causes FMD outbreak in Paraguay

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“After the most recent laboratory analysis, we have confirmed that the outbreak of foot and mouth disease ... came about as a result of problems with the vaccination of animals,” said Daniel Rojas, head of Paraguay’s National Service for Animal Health and Quality.

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Saturday, October 29,2011

Packer margins remain sharply negative

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Despite the lower cutout values last week, fed cattle prices were higher. The fed cattle market strengthened at $1 to $2/cwt. higher last week with sales at $120-121 in the south Plains and $120-122 in the Corn Belt. Dressed sales were reported at $189 to $192/cwt.

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Saturday, October 29,2011

EPA changes CAFO requirements

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a proposed rule for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) that was written primarily to settle another dispute between EPA and environmentalist groups, although EPA claims it is necessary to meet water quality protection responsibilities under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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Saturday, October 29,2011

DNA test for gain, grade available soon

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
A new DNA test for marbling and post-weaning growth will soon help cattle producers better hit the high-quality beef target. The tool, set to debut in early 2012, will be made available under a development agreement between Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) and Pfizer Animal Genetics, the companies announced.

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Saturday, October 29,2011

NCBA stays firm on farm dust

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Although rumors are circulating that refer to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) attempt to regulate farm dust as a myth, a hearing hosted by Chairman Ed Whitfield, R-KY, of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, cleared up what many call profound misconceptions.

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Monday, October 24,2011

Tribe controls own water

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Dry Creek Rancheria, 75 acres of what was once an 86,400-acre territory, is home to the Pomo Indians, and they include not just one tribe, but approximately 21 independent communities speaking seven different language dialects. The tribe was officially recognized as a sovereign nation in 1915.

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Monday, October 24,2011

Export sales drop

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Futures markets were steady to mixed as futures traders waited for the cash markets to develop most of the week. With packer margins continuing to be in the red, tight cattle supplies were looking for firm cash prices.

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Monday, October 24,2011

Mexican trucking pilot program removes tariffs

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Department of Transportation (DOT) reported that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has completed the required steps to allow Mexican trucks to operate in the U.S. under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and has granted authorization to a Mexican carrier to make U.

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Friday, October 14,2011

Cattlemen optimistic about trade agreements

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
After several years of stressing to lawmakers the importance of new trade agreements with some of the world's largest beef importers, beef producers were optimistic last week as the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate voted in favor of the pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.

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