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by DTN
2012 January 13
Farm Bureau delegates reversed their position last Tuesday from last year’s farm-policy recommendations that had effectively defended keeping much of the commodity title from the 2008 farm bill intact. Instead, Farm Bureau stripped its policies supporting direct payments, counter-cyclical payments, and the Average Crop Revenue Election program.
by WLJ
2012 January 13
DIAMOND RING AUCTION AT BILLINGS LIVESTOCK Jan, 9, Billings, MT 110 Head 470 lb steers . . . . . $200 100 Head 500 lb steers . . . . . . 190 110 Head 500 lb heifers . . . . . 200 85 Head 585 lb heifers . . . . . . 165 567 Head 600 lb steers . . . . . . 175 172 Head 620 lb replacement heifers .
2012 January 13
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments last week in an Idaho couple’s challenge against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Water Act (CWA) and wetlands enforcement actions. The case could have far reaching impacts for agriculture, according to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA).
by WLJ
2012 January 6
The U.S., Canada and Mexico have agreed to delay possible appeal proceedings in their World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute over U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules for meat. In November, a WTO dispute panel ruled in favor of Canada and Mexico, concluding that U.
by WLJ
2012 January 6
The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) recently released the 2012 spring expected progeny differences (EPDs) which evaluate traits from calving ease to performance to carcass merit. The suite of numbers includes tools to select cattle with optimum economic relevance such as stayability, heifer pregnancy and maintenance energy requirements.
2012 January 6
New farm bill—Since the super committee could not reach an agreement on cutting $1.2 trillion in federal spending, the House and Senate Agriculture committees will begin the new year working on the new farm bill. It is estimated that at least $15 billion could be cut over 10 years.
by WLJ
2012 January 6
Arlo was also president of Tehama Co. Jr. Livestock Auction Committee for five years, was recognized by TCCA as Man of the Year in 1985 and was TCCA president in 1975-76. He worked as a foreman for the Tehama County Road Department before retiring in 1983.
2012 January 6
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a revised hours-of-service (HOS) rule for commercial truck drivers, planning to improve safety in the industry, but the restrictions have many trucking organizations and companies less than happy.
by WLJ
2012 January 6
The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) will be hosting their 61st mid-winter meeting Jan. 17-18, 2012, in Denver, CO. This year’s meeting will combine CCA’s Legislative Luncheon and National Western Stock Show (NWSS) activities with steering committee meetings.
by WLJ
2012 January 6
Vaccinating cows at pregnancy testing time with an approved scour vaccine is one management practice that offers producers that cost-saving opportunity: one trip, two functions. However, the convenience in the application may not generate the desired effect: optimum calf immunity.
by WLJ
2012 January 6
Although February and March are still a few weeks away, looking ahead to the spring calving season requires that producers be prepared for those situations where mother nature needs a little boost.
by DTN
2012 January 6
For much of West Texas, drought conditions are nothing new, but it was hard to find anyone in 2011 who recalled a worse drought. Amarillo, TX, generally averages 20 inches of precipitation annually. Through mid-August, the city registered 2.5 inches. By late December, that had bumped up to 6 inches, reflecting a minor fall reprieve.


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