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by WLJ
2012 February 3
Last summer, Kenny, along with AgriLife Extension agents in five counties, cooperated on the “Efficient Profitable Irrigation in Corn,” or EPIC project, as it is known to producers. The project is a result-demonstration effort conducted by AgriLife Extension and funded primarily by the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District.
by WLJ
2012 February 3
Consumer safety and environmental groups sued the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month citing scientific reports cautioning against the unregulated use of nanotechnology in consumer products. The case is the first lawsuit over the health and environmental risks of nanotechnology and nanomaterials.
by WLJ
2012 February 3
Hindered by unfavorable planting and growing conditions during 2011, U.S. farmers produced a smaller crop than the previous year, according to the Crop Production 2011 Summary released last week by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
by WLJ
2012 February 3
Driven by positive samestore sales and an increasingly optimistic outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) rose to its highest level in five months. The RPI—a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.
2012 January 27
The Supreme Court released its unanimous decision in favor of the National Meat Association (NMA) in NMA v. Harris last week, a case determining that the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) preempts a 2008 California law whose requirements differ from and add to federal law and regulations.
by WLJ
2012 January 27
Wow, what a time at the Range Beef Cow Symposium in Nebraska this year. You could almost use the song title “The Future’s so Bright, I gotta Wear Shades,” by Timbuk3. One of the speakers I really enjoyed hearing at the symposium, which took place Nov. 29 to Dec.
by WLJ
2012 January 27
Burger King, the No. 2 burger chain, has quietly begun testing home delivery from four of its restaurants in the greater Washington, D.C., area.
by WLJ
2012 January 27
“In general terms, the thing that we will be doing is watching that—to make sure that it is conducive to our business climate and being able to raise cattle, in all aspects of our industry, in a good manner,” Alexander says. “We don’t want anything to come out that would be detrimental to our industry.
by WLJ
2012 January 27
Eddie Sandberg of Courtland, KS, was selected as the 2012 Hereford Herdsman of the Year at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver. Sandberg was selected for the award by his peers—other Hereford herdsmen and breeders—and was honored prior to the selection of the supreme champion Hereford on Jan.
by WLJ
2012 January 27
Johnson has been working on a five-year study, along with Ki Yong Chung, also of Texas Tech, Stephen Smith and Seong Ho Choi of Texas A&M University, and Matthew Doumit of the University of Idaho, to better understand regulation of marbling development by fatty acids in beef cattle.
by DTN
2012 January 27
“This is something I have been harping on privately to various groups and publicly,” Lucas said in a phone interview last Wednesday with DTN. “If we don’t come to some sort of a practical consensus, if we can’t march together, if we are fractured up, then we’re lost.
by WLJ
2012 January 27
“Regardless of the commodity we talk about, the demand for it is going to determine long run supply,” says livestock economist Scott Brown of the University of Missouri. He sees potential for significant expansion if more herds produce premium Choice or Prime beef.
by WLJ
2012 January 27
T h e National Cattlem e n ’ s Beef Association (NCBA) filed comments Jan. 19, 2012, with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the proposed Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 308 CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) Reporting Rule.
2012 January 27
The 106th National Western Stock Show (NWSS) ended Sunday, Jan. 22, with strong numbers throughout the 16 days. Opening day started with a bang as Colorado Champions faced off against the World Champions in the first ever Colorado vs. the World rodeo. Over 44,000 people attended opening day, making it the second biggest in history.
by WLJ
2012 January 27
“On most ranching operations, supervision of firstcalf heifers and more mature cows will be best accomplished in daylight hours while the poorest observation typically will take place in the middle of the night,” said Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University (OSU) Cooperative Extension emeritus cattle specialist.
by DTN
2012 January 27
“I want to thank J. Dudley Butler for his outstanding service as administrator of the Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a statement distributed by his office.


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