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by WLJ
2012 February 24
As a part of their series of joint livestock inventory reports, USDA and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada show the U.S. and Canadian cattle inventory on Jan. 1 was 103.3 million head, a 2 percent decline from the 105.1 million head on Jan. 1, 2011. All cows and heifers that have calved totaled at 44.
by WLJ
2012 February 24
Oklahoma State University’s (OSU) Biobased Products and Energy Center (BioPEC) has a mission to identify and enhance feedstocks for producing biobased products and energy, and provide education about biobased products and energy through secondary education, undergraduate and graduate resident instruction.
by DTN
2012 February 24
Almost exactly one year after launching the probe, in December of 2011, the Chinese government announced it would extend the probe until June 28 before making a final ruling. China’s Commerce Ministry called the case “special and complicated” and it warranted the extended months for the investigation.
by WLJ
2012 February 24
Marty Williams, associate professor of crop sciences and USDA Agricultural Research Service ecologist, said the study aimed to identify how MDM incidence and weed interference influences sweet corn growth, phenological development and yield. MDM is the most prevalent viral disease of sweet corn in the U.
by WLJ
2012 February 24
Iowa beef producers Dan Cook, New Providence, and Kent Pruismann, Rock Valley, participated in an Iowa Meat Trade Mission to Guatemala and Panama in early February. Cook, past chairman of the Iowa Beef Industry Council, explained that the mission was exploratory in nature to determine if there is a market for U.
2012 February 20
In the decade since the bovine genome was mapped, the search for practical applications has been a bioscience boom industry. The most recent result can help profitably increase the supply of cattle qualifying for the CAB brand. It comes from a CAB and Angus Genetics Inc.
by DTN
2012 February 20
Randy Main, Buffalo Center, IA, retailer is building a fertilizer condo. As the name implies, the condo is a facility where farmers can store their own UAN32 for a fee without having the expense and hassle of building and maintaining on-farm storage..
by WLJ
2012 February 20
Last week, Humane- Watch.org, a project of the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF), called on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to open an investigation into the deceptive fundraising practices of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
by WLJ
2012 February 20
“Lice populations are fairly low in the summer, but they tend to peak this time of year,” he said. “Producers need to watch for obvious signs, such as rubbing or scratching on objects, patches of hair falling out, reddening of the skin or even serum oozing from the hide.
by WLJ
2012 February 20
Almost every Iowa restaurant, whether it’s the neighborhood Mom and Pop joint, or an exclusive white-tablecloth establishment, has some variation of the hamburger on their menu. So for the third year, the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and the Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC) are kicking off their search for Iowa’s Best Burger.
by WLJ
2012 February 20
President Barack Obama, Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, proposed a multi trillion dollar budget. The president said the budget is designed to spur job creation and impose higher taxes on the rich. However, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President J.
by WLJ
2012 February 20
According to the Public Lands Council (PLC) and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), President Barack Obama’s proposed budget includes elements, such as an effective increase in the public lands grazing fee assessment, which would force family-owned ranches to shell out more cash to Uncle Sam.
by WLJ
2012 February 20
Texas is by far the leading lamb-producing state, so what happens there also affects the entire country. On Jan. 1, 2011, there were 515,000 ewes in Texas, which is more than the next two leading states combined (California with 273,000 and Wyoming with 220,000).
by WLJ
2012 February 20
The program will offer five continuing education units to holders of Texas Department of Agriculture private applicators licenses, three in the general category, one in integrated pest management, and one in laws and regulations, said Dr. Vanessa Corriher, AgriLife Extension forage specialist and one of the program speakers.
by WLJ
2012 February 20
Using a continuous-flow process at low temperature and pressure, the technology yields butane, pentane, gasoline, diesel, triglycerides and oleo-chemicals, among other products, although the research is primarily directed at jet fuel production.
by WLJ
2012 February 20
December precipitation across Kansas averaged 1.69 inches, which was almost double the normal amount. That helped ease drought conditions in parts of the state and early forecasts point to a further reduction in 2012, according to Kansas climatologist Mary Knapp.
by WLJ
2012 February 20
In announcing the grant, Montana Bison Association President Andrew Bardwell said, “As more ranchers build their herds in response to the rising consumer demand for bison meat, we want to be proactive in supporting research to make sure that we protect the health of our bison.


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