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by WLJ
2011 November 25
Last year was a slam dunk for Herman Laramore’s preconditioning program, even with feed prices clocking in around $160 a ton. He hopes this year turns out as well.
by WLJ
2011 November 25
In celebration of 100 years in the Hereford business, the Andras family was honored as a Century Hereford Breeder Oct. 29. Jack Ward, American Hereford Association (AHA) chief operating officer and director of breed improvement, presented the award to Cary Andras at the AHA Annual Meeting in Kansas City.
2011 November 18
In late October, the group petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to “rein in dangerous levels of particulate matter air pollution in 21 areas in eight western states, including Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming.
2011 November 18
President Obama, under strong political pressure, announced that he would delay indefinitely the final decision on the proposed $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline to transport Canadian oil to American markets, despite the State Department’s report and conclusion that the project would create no negative environmental impacts.
by WLJ
2011 November 18
Beef product movement was good during the previous week, but with a noticeable slowdown in weekend sales, according to Andy Gottschalk at HedgersEdge.com. Beef cutouts continued to advance following the previous week’s reduced production at 625,000 head, down from 648,000 head the prior week and compared to 661,000 head a year ago.
by WLJ
2011 November 18
“If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” Surely you’ve heard that phrase and get what it means: If the household caregiver isn’t in a good mood, it trickles down to the rest of the family.
by WLJ
2011 November 18
Known as Gene, he will be missed by all his family and friends. Gene was born in Mayfield, OK. He grew up on a farm in western Oklahoma. He graduated from Sweetwater Oklahoma High School and obtained a B.S. in Animal Science from Oklahoma State University.
2011 November 18
The retail cost of menu items for a classic Thanksgiving dinner including turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and all the basic trimmings increased about 13 percent this year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).
2011 November 18
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pushed back the deadline for farms operational after Aug. 15, 2002, to amend or prepare and implement plans guarding against potential oil or fuel spills in lakes, streams, rivers and other waterways.
2011 November 18
As spring sale season quickly approaches, producers utilizing DNA technology should begin the sample collection process as soon as it’s practical, says Kent Andersen, Ph.D., associate director global technical services, Pfizer Animal Genetics.
2011 November 18
Wilderness advocates and ranchers have often found themselves at loggerheads over how public lands should be managed; ranchers tend to support natural resource use while the wilderness crowd believes uses should be restricted for environmental and personal reasons.
by WLJ
2011 November 18
The Conference Committee on HR 2112 last week consolidated appropriations for Agriculture, Commerce- Justice-Science and Transportation - Housing and Urban Development signed a conference report resolving differences between the House and Senate...
by DTN
2011 November 18
Early reports are surfacing of producers ending up with cattle feed that has been extended with sawdust and other fillers, and then masked with molasses. There have also been reports of 2- and 3-year-old hay sold, and of the watering down of hay to add weight.
by WLJ
2011 November 18
In an action aimed at conserving prime farmland and protecting the integrity of California’s main farmlandconservation program, the California Farm Bureau Federation (Farm Bureau) filed a lawsuit that charges the Fresno County Board of Supervisors...
by WLJ
2011 November 18
USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced it would delay for two months, until March 1, 2012, the effective date for enforcement of the “Nutrition Labeling of Single- Ingredient Products and Ground or Chopped Meat and Poultry Products” final rule.
by WLJ
2011 November 18
The U.S. beef indust r y a nnounced initiation of a landmark checkoff-funded sustainability assessment last week. Previous checkofffunded research demonstrated beef’s carbon footprint in the U.S. decreased 18 percent in the last 30 years; and numerous sustainability experts have recognized progressive cattle raising practices in the U.


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