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by WLJ
2009 August 7
The Senate last Tuesday passed their version of the agricultural appropriations spending bill which will allocate $124.3 billion to fund programs tied to the agriculture industry and USDA for the year ahead.
by WLJ
2009 August 7
Reps. John Salazar, D-CO, and Mike Thompson, D-CA, have introduced a measure which would exempt farms and ranches from the so-called death tax when they are handed down to subsequent generations.
by WLJ
2009 August 7
Against that background, the bills passage was a simple matter for members of Congress who voted 283 to 142 in favor of the bill which broadens the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) power to increase inspections and write new regulations governing the food chain.
by WLJ
2009 August 7
A research project funded by the beef checkoff will try to ascertain how fat is deposited both inside and outside muscle tissue. Scientists at Texas AM University, the University of Idaho, and Texas Tech University submitted the proposal, titled Regulation of Marbling Development in Beef Cattle by Specific Fatty Acids.
by WLJ
2009 August 7
Texas animal health officials have lifted a quarantine on a ranch in Starr County where horses have recovered from vesicular stomatitis (VS), a virus that occurs sporadically in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming and other western states.
by WLJ
2009 August 7
Corn growth is behind schedule in North Dakota, according to Adnan Akyuz, North Dakotas state climatologist and assistant professor of climatology in North Dakota State Universitys (NDSU) Soil Science Department. Corn growing degree units across the state are ranging from 900 to 1,250, he says.
by WLJ
2009 August 7
E. Gates was born on Aug. 14, 1915, to Alonzo E. Gates and Annie Brown Gates in Laredo, TX. He went to be with his Lord and Saviour on July 25, 2009. He grew up on the family ranch outside of Bruni, TX, on Texas 59, just west of Freer, and at 1510 Market St.
by WLJ
2009 August 7
Any good business manager knows success lies in repeat customers. The beef industry follows that model and annually invests millions of dollars in research to help ensure satisfied consumers. Beef is known for taste. If we forget that, we lose a huge price advantage to competing proteins, says Glen Dolezal, Cargill Meat Solutions.
by WLJ
2009 August 7
Consumers cravings for local food products doesnt stop with tomatoes and berries from the farmers´ market. Washingtons ranchers continue to enjoy growing demand for locally grown steaks, chops and roasts. The challenge lies in the lack of cost-effective local slaughter options that meet federal food safety requirements.
by WLJ
2009 August 7
The National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency last week opposing a proposal from the ethanol industry to increase the ethanol blend percentage in gasoline from 10 to 15 percent.
by WLJ
2009 August 7
Producers who interseed existing pastures with legumes can gain in excess of $50 per acre in annual production and savings, said a University of Nebraska Lincoln (UNL) specialist.
by WLJ
2009 July 31
At a House Ag Appropriations Subcommittee hearing last week, Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, said she would maintain her plan to ban imports of Chinese poultry. That ban is seen as the largest barrier blocking U.S. cattle producers ability to ship beef to China. The Chinese market is the last remaining untapped market for U.
by WLJ
2009 July 31
The semi-annual cattle inventory report contained few surprises for the industry, showing that overall beef cattle numbers continue to decline despite already tight supplies.
by WLJ
2009 July 31
USDAs National Agricultural Statistics Service reported cattle on feed numbers for July 1, 2009, have fallen 5 percent from last July. The number of cattle on feed in U.S. lots totaled just 9.8 million head, including 5.99 million steers, which was down 7 percent from last years level.
by WLJ
2009 July 31
Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX, has placed a hold on the nomination of animal rights activist Cass Sunstein who was set to be appointed to be administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within the Office of Management and Budget. Sen. Cornyn finds numerous aspects of Mr.
by WLJ
2009 July 31
West Nile virus (WNV), a potentially fatal disease in equines, has been confirmed in two horses, one in Toppenish and the other in Prosser, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) announced last week. Neither horse was vaccinated for WNV.
by WLJ
2009 July 31
The Red Angus Association of America (RAAA) reached a milestone when the association sold a record 26,725 Red Angus yellow tags in one month. The tag entitles producers to enroll their Red Angus-influenced calves into the Feeder Calf Certification Program (FCCP) for the mere cost of the tag.
by WLJ
2009 July 31
While May was expected to be the month in which U.S. pork exports were most affected by A-H1N1 influenza, the effect has not been as negative as some analysts had predicted, according to an analysis of USDA statistics by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. At the same time, U.


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