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2011 November 18
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pushed back the deadline for farms operational after Aug. 15, 2002, to amend or prepare and implement plans guarding against potential oil or fuel spills in lakes, streams, rivers and other waterways.
2011 November 18
As spring sale season quickly approaches, producers utilizing DNA technology should begin the sample collection process as soon as it’s practical, says Kent Andersen, Ph.D., associate director global technical services, Pfizer Animal Genetics.
2011 November 18
Wilderness advocates and ranchers have often found themselves at loggerheads over how public lands should be managed; ranchers tend to support natural resource use while the wilderness crowd believes uses should be restricted for environmental and personal reasons.
by WLJ
2011 November 18
The Conference Committee on HR 2112 last week consolidated appropriations for Agriculture, Commerce- Justice-Science and Transportation - Housing and Urban Development signed a conference report resolving differences between the House and Senate...
by DTN
2011 November 18
Early reports are surfacing of producers ending up with cattle feed that has been extended with sawdust and other fillers, and then masked with molasses. There have also been reports of 2- and 3-year-old hay sold, and of the watering down of hay to add weight.
by WLJ
2011 November 18
In an action aimed at conserving prime farmland and protecting the integrity of California’s main farmlandconservation program, the California Farm Bureau Federation (Farm Bureau) filed a lawsuit that charges the Fresno County Board of Supervisors...
by WLJ
2011 November 18
USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced it would delay for two months, until March 1, 2012, the effective date for enforcement of the “Nutrition Labeling of Single- Ingredient Products and Ground or Chopped Meat and Poultry Products” final rule.
by WLJ
2011 November 18
The U.S. beef indust r y a nnounced initiation of a landmark checkoff-funded sustainability assessment last week. Previous checkofffunded research demonstrated beef’s carbon footprint in the U.S. decreased 18 percent in the last 30 years; and numerous sustainability experts have recognized progressive cattle raising practices in the U.
by WLJ
2011 November 18
With high forage costs and grain prices threatening profit margins for dairy producers, a Purdue Extension agricultural economist says it’s important to keep an eye on the bottom line.
by WLJ
2011 November 18
Distillers grains, a coproduct of ethanol production, are high in both protein and energy. Although distillers grains have typically been fed to lactating cows because of their demand for protein, recent Purdue University studies show that distillers...
by WLJ
2011 November 18
The All-American Beef Battalion (AABB) was established in 2007 and aims to support the troops fighting the war on terror while promoting American beef. They accomplish this task by organizing and sponsoring steak feeds, entertainment, programs, meetings for service members and their families.
by WLJ
2011 November 18
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that USDA is investing in approximately 70 U.S. agricultural organizations to help expand commercial export markets for their goods.
by DTN
2011 November 18
Rural bankers and brokers are in no mood for mercy. They are furious with MF Global, the CME Group and federal regulators who allowed the country’s third largest clearinghouse to dip into customer accounts for their own high-risk trades.
by WLJ
2011 November 18
The California General Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee held a hearing on the status of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) in late October. Participating in the hearing were members from the Legislative Analysts’ Office, the deputy secretary of the Natural Resources Agency, and members of the legislature.


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