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by DTN
2010 January 15
Often, wills have been written with an expectation the estate tax structure that has been in place for years would continue, estate planners say. The wills typically direct that assets that are not subject to estate tax be passed on to childrenfor 2009, up to $3.
by WLJ
2010 January 15
A composite is a hybrid breed made up of at least two component breeds, explained Brett Barham, Ph.D., an Extension livestock specialist for the University of Arkansas. Its design retains heterosis in future generations without a complicated crossbreeding program and producers can maintain the genetic composition as they would with a pure breed.
by WLJ
2010 January 15
USDA released their final crop estimate of the 2009 crop year production last week that landed like a bombshell on the market. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) determined last year’s corn production at 13.151 billion bushels, shattering the previous record, set in 2007, by 113
by WLJ
2010 January 15
The American Meat Institute (AMI) last week said the mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) regulations put in place by the U.S. are a violation of World Trade Organization (WTO) laws. In comments submitted to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), the organization said COOL should be repealed and the U.S. should honor
by WLJ
2010 January 15
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has delayed indefinitely implementing a final rule adding the Republic of Korea to the list of regions that are considered free of rinderpest and foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). An outbreak of FMD was reported by the Republic of Korea on Jan.
by WLJ
2010 January 15
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP), a voluntary conservation program that helps farmers and ranchers keep their land in agriculture.
by WLJ
2010 January 15
Feed grain prices remain historically high but have stabilized in recent months. Increasing grain and oilseed stocks have reduced some of the pressure on grain prices that has been the dominant feature of those markets since late 2006, Anderson said.
by WLJ
2010 January 15
Officials with the South Dakota Animal Industry Board (AIB), along with USDA personnel, are in the process of tracing any animals which may have had contact with the subject herd to conduct additional testing in an effort to ensure that the disease hasnt spread.
by WLJ
2010 January 15
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications to participate in USDAs Grassland Reserve Program (GRP), a $4.6 million conservation program in Texas.
by WLJ
2010 January 15
The 2010 National Beef Ambassador Team, consisting of Ellen Hoffschneider, NE, Rebecca Vraspir, WY, Malorie Bankhead, CA, Amanda Laurent, TX, and Jackson Alexander, OK, recently had the opportunity to learn about the history of branded beef and how it relates to everyday consumers.
by WLJ
2010 January 15
2009 was certainly a disappointing year for cattle prices. Many cattle producers want to know if cattle prices will increase, and when that might happen. The simple answer is yes, cattle prices will increase. However, the timing and magnitude of the increase is difficult to answer with any degree of certainty.
by WLJ
2010 January 15
One-day workshops at three locations will help beef producers improve the quality, consistency and value of Nebraska beef, said Randy Saner, University of NebraskaLincoln Extension educator in Lincoln and McPherson counties.
by DTN
2010 January 15
The new Taiwanese ban is showing little impact on U.S. exports, though U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) spokesman Joe Schuele said it was because there is virtually no ground beef market in Taiwan for U.S. exporters and Taiwanese demand for offal is light at best.
by WLJ
2010 January 15
Bob was involved in agriculture even as a young man. He graduated from Dow City High School in 1943 and joined the U.S. Army. He was stationed at Iwo Jima and Saipan until the end of World War II. After returning home, he attended Iowa State University at Ames where he majored in animal husbandry.
by WLJ
2010 January 8
Taiwan, last Tuesday, overturned the country’s plan to expand beef trade with the U.S. after the nation’s parliament voted to ban some of the items it had agreed to accept on Oct. 22, 2009. Taiwan’s rejection of ground beef and offal from the U.S. is indicative of the current backslide in trade negotiations between the U.S. and its trading partners in the
2010 January 8
Following a seven-month investigation, the University of Idaho announced Jan. 4 that Dr. Marie Bulgin of the Caine Veterinary Teaching Center in Caldwell, ID, will be allowed to resume her full duties as a teacher, researcher, and administrator. According to Jack McIvar, vice president of research for the university, the investigation, which centered on Bulgin’s 2009 testimony