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by WLJ
2009 October 16
More than 130 young people from across the state learned about estate planning, climate change regulations affect on agriculture, wind energy and activism during the 6th Annual Young Agricultural Leadership Conference Oct. 2-4 in Helena, MT.
by WLJ
2009 October 16
Three years ago, a 30-year decline in beef quality grades was apparent, with only half of fed cattle grading USDA Choice. The Choice/Select spread hit record highs in 2006, but today, the picture is much different (see chart). July figures show 60.1 percent of the harvest mix graded Choice the first half of this year, but why?.
by WLJ
2009 October 16
Ellen Hoffschneider, Arlington, NE, Malorie Bankhead, Livermore, CA, Rebecca Vraspir, Laramie, WY, Jackson Alexander, Anadarko, OK, and Mandy-Jo Laurent, Winnsboro, TX, were chosen as the 2010 National Beef Ambassador Team winners at the annual competition, funded in part by the beef checkoff, held Oct.
by WLJ
2009 October 16
Kansas City, MO-based National Beef Packing announced plans last Wednesday to sell up to $300 million worth of stock on the New York Stock Exchange through an initial public offering (IPO) of stock. The company has not yet announced when the stock will be listed, a target price for the offering, or the number of shares to be sold.
by WLJ
2009 October 16
The Cowmans Classic All Breeds Bull Sale has been scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at the Spokane Interstate Fairgrounds in Spokane, WA. Again in 2010, the Cowmans Classic Bull Sale will be featuring the highest quality halter bulls for the Northwests top seedstock operations.
by WLJ
2009 October 16
Industry veteran Todd Johnson has been tapped as the new vice president of Owner-Member Services at the National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA). Johnson, currently with the Kansas Beef Council, will join NCBA in January.
by DTN
2009 October 16
Despite strong election campaign rhetoric by the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), it appears DPJ is continuing the previous Liberal Democratic Partys anti- BSE policies.
by DTN
2009 October 16
For the commissioner of Minnesotas Department of Agriculture, a functional livestock identification program would mimic the interstate highway systema system initially created for national defense.
by WLJ
2009 October 9
The Obama administration was poised last week to make major announcements about a number of species of plants and animals which were subjected to re-evaluation under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Already, a number of plants were added to the list, including a species of plant, slick spot.
by WLJ
2009 October 9
The congressional conference committee responsible for hammering out the Agricultural Appropriations budget slashed funding for the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) last week. The NAIS program, which has been mired in red tape for years, has made little progress over the past year and is in danger of collapse.
by WLJ
2009 October 9
In a press briefing last week, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar outlined his new plan to more effectively manage Americas wild horse populations. Salazar explained that the current management program has led to massive costs and problems which cannot continue without major repercussions for the Wild Horse and Burro Program.
by WLJ
2009 October 9
R-CALF USA has contacted the 17 state attorneys general who, last year, helped to block JBS S.A.s acquisition of National Beef Packing Co., to request they step in to prevent the merger of JBS and Pilgrims Pride Corp. The group will contact the remaining 33 state attorneys general later this week to request the same assistance.
by WLJ
2009 October 9
According to new statistics released by American Farmland Trusts (AFT) Farmland Information Center, local farmland protection efforts slowed in 2008, likely due to record high land values. The statistics were generated from a nationwide survey of 77 independent purchase of agricultural conservation easement (PACE) programs in 19 states.
by WLJ
2009 October 9
At the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, ID, research leader Greg Lewis and his colleagues have shown that ultrasound could significantly improve the speed and accuracy of selective breeding methods. Producers currently rely on visual appraisals to predict carcass traits before choosing which sheep to breed.
by DTN
2009 October 9
The U.S. dairy industry is really several related industries, with high levels of specialization by area of the country. The traditional northeastern and midwestern producers frequently focus on fluid milk productionthe cartons seen in supermarkets.
by WLJ
2009 October 9
Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) recently partnered with its licensed distributor, Performance Food Group, at the Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV). Their joint mission: to educate the next generation of chefs on preparing high-quality beef dishes that will capture future consumer demand.
by WLJ
2009 October 9
Using ultrasound to measure carcass quality and establish Expected Progeny Differences in the purebred beef industry has long been accepted practice. Every cattleman knows that quality beef starts with quality genetics. And centralized processing labs like the CUP Lab have made ultrasound data accurate and reliable.


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