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by WLJ
2009 December 4
The scholarship selection process has gone from annual to semi-annual. The Scholarship Committee recently selected and awarded $12,000 in scholarships for the spring 2010 semester. Scholarship recipients will be honored at the 62nd AN- LS Dedication Dec.
by WLJ
2009 December 4
DNA. DNA. DNA. Everywhere you turn these days, talk in the beef industry is about DNA. The Beef Improvement Federation centered its annual convention this past summer on the role of genomics in improving selection tools. And even the lowliest cowpoke knows what a SNP, or snip is.
by WLJ
2009 December 4
Opportunities hide within every challenge, but beef producers can find them through analysis and planning. That was part of the take-home message at the Feeding Quality Forums Nov. 10 in South Sioux City, NE, and Nov. 12 in Garden City, KS.
by DTN
2009 December 4
A coalition of 50 farm and agriculture groups is asking the Obama administration to almost double the USDA budget for competitive research grants to $500 million in its fiscal year 2011 budget request to Congress.
by WLJ
2009 December 4
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are testing out alternative ways of tilling the soil and rotating crops to see if they can help wheat farmers in Oregon sequester more carbon in the soil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
by WLJ
2009 December 4
Climate forecasts are becoming more useful to farmers and ranchers thanks to research by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their cooperators.
by WLJ
2009 December 4
David R. Hermes, DVM, of Washington, IN, was elected chairman of the board of directors of the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) at the groups annual meeting in Kansas City last month. Regional veterinarian for broiler chickens and turkeys for Perdue Farms, Inc.
by WLJ
2009 December 4
Lewis Ziska, Richard Sicher and Jim Bunce all work at the ARS Crops Systems and Global Change Laboratory in Beltsville, MD.
2009 December 4
Whether environmental groups are exploiting the Equal Access to Justice Act to get federal subsidies of their lawsuits against ranchers grazing livestock on public lands was addressed at the Idaho Cattle Associations (ICA) recent annual convention and trade show in Sun Valley, ID.
2009 December 4
A major wild horse gather in the Calico Mountain and Black Rock Desert area in northern Nevada, originally scheduled for Dec. 1, has been postposed until the 28th following the joint filing of a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) by In Defense of Animals (IDA) and ecologist Craig Downer.
by WLJ
2009 December 4
Tyson Foods Inc. posted higher-than-expected quarterly results last Monday on strength in its beef, pork and prepared foods businesses which it expects to continue in its new fiscal year.
by WLJ
2009 November 30
The Nov. 1 Cattle on Feed report was generally regarded as positive for the market as it showed only a 1 percent increase in the number of cattle on feed. According to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), there were 11.1 million head of cattle on feed in the U.S. at
by WLJ
2009 November 30
A lawsuit filed last week in Washington, D.C., Federal District Court may block the planned gather of 2,700 wild horses north of Reno, NV, next month. The suit, filed by California-based In Defense of Animals (IDA), claims that the planned gather is illegal because the government uses tactics which may "traumatize, injure and kill" some of the horses. IDA lawyers claim
2009 November 30
Tri-Western Meat Packing, Inc. is scheduled to open a new slaughter and packing facility in Willcox, AZ, approximately 80 miles east of Tucson, AZ. Operation of the facility, which will be housed in a former apple warehouse, is anticipated to begin in three to four months, according to local media. Although the plant will be able to handle
by WLJ
2009 November 30
Researchers worldwide are trying to economically convert cellulosic biomass such as corn stover into cellulosic ethanol. But Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have found that it might be more costeffective, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable to use corn stover for generating an energyrich oil called bio-oil and for making biochar to enrichsoils and sequester carbon.
by WLJ
2009 November 30
Pilgrims Pride Corp. reported a net profit of $82.7 million, or $1.07 per share from continuing operations, on quarterly net sales of $1.7 billion in its fourth fiscal quarter which ended Sept. 26. That compares with a net loss of $802 million, or $10.79 per share on net sales of $2.
by DTN
2009 November 30
In a normal El Ni o event, the combination of warmer than normal equatorial Pacific temperatures and a west-to-east subtropical jet stream component results in more generous wintertime precipitation in the southern third of the U.S.from south-central Kansas south through Texas, and east to Georgia and Florida.
by WLJ
2009 November 30
When he began his year as chairman of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA) in November 2008, Monte Cluck set a unique goal: to personally visit as many TCFA member feed yards as possible. Twelve months later, he had managed to make it to more than 60 yards and described the experience as one of my most enjoyable times of the past year.


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