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Friday, November 11,2011

Cattle components missing in GIPSA rule

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA submitted modified sections of the proposed Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) livestock marketing rule as Final and Interim Rules for review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

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Friday, November 11,2011

WASDE report lowers corn production

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Corn and soybean yields and production were both reduced in USDA’s Nov. 9 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, and came in below average from pre-report trade expectations, according to analysts.

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Friday, November 11,2011

EPA, DOE study renewable energy on West Haymarket Brownfield Site in NE

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are collaborating on a project to evaluate the feasibility of transforming West Haymarket Brownfield Site in Lincoln, NE, into a site to generate renewable wind energy.

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Friday, November 4,2011

Japan reviewing restrictions on beef import rules

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
An advisory panel of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare began the much anticipated review of Japan’s meat import rules last week. Current restrictions in place ban import of beef from cattle over 20 months of age.

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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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