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by WLJ
2012 February 24
When food prices spiked in 2008, the number of households that moved into poverty was overestimated by about 60 percent, according to a recent University of Illinois (U of I) study. In middle-income countries like Mexico with more diverse diets, households are able to substitute foods and cope with the change in prices.
by WLJ
2012 February 24
In a worst-case scenario simulation of a foot-andmouth disease (FMD) outbreak in Mexico, researchers found that establishing a good surveillance system and raising a more resilient breed of cattle could lessen the blow to the Mexican cattle industry should an outbreak of FMD or other infectious disease occur.
by WLJ
2012 February 24
Chipotle´s advertisement during the recent Grammy awards has been a hot topic on social media sites such as Facebook. The animated film, originally released in August of 2011, shows a family farmer switching first to factory farming, then back to the sustainable approach of turning animals out to pasture.
by WLJ
2012 February 24
USDA recently revised its Plant Hardiness Zone Map northward, meaning that the extreme low temperatures during the winter in Kansas and most of the rest of the country aren’t quite as cold now as they were about 20 to 30 years ago, said Mary Knapp, Kansas State University (K-State) Research and Extension climatologist.
by WLJ
2012 February 24
While all parasites pose a threat to profitability, liver fluke infestations have been identified as one of the top 10 beef quality issues. Although they were traditionally prevalent only in Gulf and Pacific Coast areas, liver flukes are now found in 26 states, largely due to the movement of both cattle and hay across state lines.
2012 February 24
The Wyoming Game & Fish Department is taking comments until Feb. 28 on a draft brucellosis management plan for the Cody area in Wyoming’s northwest corner. Such plans have been finalized for seven elk herds in the Jackson/Pinedale area, but not for the Cody area east of Yellowstone.
by WLJ
2012 February 24
The NAMP Board approved the consolidation agreement and bylaws of the new association in a special meeting Feb. 17. The NMA Executive Committee, acting on behalf of the NMA Board, approved the documents the day before. Members of both associations voted overwhelming for the consolidation last month.
by WLJ
2012 February 24
Genome sequencing is not a new science, but advances in sequencing technology, often referred to as nextgeneration sequencing, have made it easier and cheaper to sequence the genome of an individual, which can then be analyzed for clues causing genetic disorders and distinctive traits.
by WLJ
2012 February 24
Modern American livestock farmers face two emerging challenges: an increasing shortage of largeanimal veterinarians, and dimming public understanding of what happens with food before it hits the fork.
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).


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