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2012 March 9
Recent changes to the design of the National Bio- and Agro- Defense Facility (NBAF) currently under construction on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, KS, reduce the risk of an accidental pathogen release to near zero, according to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) assessment released March 2.
by WLJ
2012 March 9
As part of an ongoing plan to maximize operational efficiencies, Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., a subsidiary of Tyson Foods, Inc., is making major improvements to its Dakota City beef plant. The changes are expected to bolster the future of the Dakota City operation, but may lead to the closure of the company’s small beef plant in Denison, IA.
by WLJ
2012 March 9
A recent $6.1 million investment by Cargill to upgrade an aging boiler system at the company’s Plainview, TX, beef processing facility has increased efficiency, reduced energy consumption, and added steam capacity that will enable the facility to grow and expand product offerings to customers, both present and future.
2012 March 9
It’s understood that ventilation problems on the recently converted livestock vessel, the MV Gracia Del Mar, caused the deaths of more than half of the animals on board since the ship left South America for Egypt a few weeks ago. The ship has been anchored in the Red Sea for over a week.
by WLJ
2012 March 9
The beef checkoff launched a new video blog contest designed to engage youth in telling the beef story using the power of YouTube. Videos must be two minutes or less and will focus on one of eight beef-related topics, including common beef misconceptions, cattle care, beef’s nutritional value and more.
by WLJ
2012 March 9
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $19.7 million of financial and technical assistance to help communities rebuild and repair damages caused by flooding, drought and other natural disasters. Funds are made available through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program.
by WLJ
2012 March 9
Producers who plan to use artificial insemination as part or all of this upcoming spring breeding season should start their preparations immediately. A popular synchronization protocol for heifers involves the feeding of an additive, and the feed must be ordered and delivered at the proper time.
by WLJ
2012 March 9
While many cow/calf producers shy away from artificial insemination because of the extensive management requirements, Ron Lemenager said incorporating an estrous synchronization program into the breeding plan can reduce time spent detecting estrous and increase the number of cows bred in the first week of the breeding season.
by WLJ
2012 March 9
Depending on location, producers in the U.S. battled everything from drought and above normal temperatures to heavy rains and lowland flooding, which led to decreased production of corn, soybeans, cotton and wheat—the first time such a year-to-year decrease has occurred in all four commodities since the 2002 crop year.
by WLJ
2012 March 9
Most cattle feeders can fairly accurately measure the input side of this equation, such as feed deliveries, daily yardage costs, etc. The output side—primarily average daily gain—can be more difficult, but can often be estimated relatively closely through experience or through use of data and models.
by WLJ
2012 March 9
Farm numbers and land in farms are broken down into five economic sales classes. Farms and ranches are classified into these “sales classes” by summing their sales of agricultural products and government program payments. Sales class breaks occur at $10,000, $100,000, $250,000 and $500,000.
by WLJ
2012 March 9
“Calving season is in full swing,” said Missy Hodgin, AgriLife Extension agent for Clay County, east of Wichita Falls. “Cows are in decent condition. Bloat is a big concern, especially with cows and calves on wheat pasture. Some producers are reporting death loss to bloat as high as 10 percent.
by WLJ
2012 March 9
For example, John and Mary are married. Mary lived with her parents all year while John was serving in the military. Mary was a full-time student and did not have any income. Mary’s parents can claim her as a dependent only if John and Mary file separate tax returns.
2012 March 2
The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2012, sided with private property owners by passing the Private Property Right Protection Act of 2012 (H.R. 1443). The bipartisan bill, sponsored by Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, R-WI, essentially prevents states from using eminent domain over property to be used for economic development.


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