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by WLJ
2009 October 9
R-CALF USA has contacted the 17 state attorneys general who, last year, helped to block JBS S.A.s acquisition of National Beef Packing Co., to request they step in to prevent the merger of JBS and Pilgrims Pride Corp. The group will contact the remaining 33 state attorneys general later this week to request the same assistance.
by WLJ
2009 October 9
According to new statistics released by American Farmland Trusts (AFT) Farmland Information Center, local farmland protection efforts slowed in 2008, likely due to record high land values. The statistics were generated from a nationwide survey of 77 independent purchase of agricultural conservation easement (PACE) programs in 19 states.
by WLJ
2009 October 9
At the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station in Dubois, ID, research leader Greg Lewis and his colleagues have shown that ultrasound could significantly improve the speed and accuracy of selective breeding methods. Producers currently rely on visual appraisals to predict carcass traits before choosing which sheep to breed.
by DTN
2009 October 9
The U.S. dairy industry is really several related industries, with high levels of specialization by area of the country. The traditional northeastern and midwestern producers frequently focus on fluid milk productionthe cartons seen in supermarkets.
by WLJ
2009 October 9
Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) recently partnered with its licensed distributor, Performance Food Group, at the Culinary Institute of Virginia (CIV). Their joint mission: to educate the next generation of chefs on preparing high-quality beef dishes that will capture future consumer demand.
by WLJ
2009 October 9
Using ultrasound to measure carcass quality and establish Expected Progeny Differences in the purebred beef industry has long been accepted practice. Every cattleman knows that quality beef starts with quality genetics. And centralized processing labs like the CUP Lab have made ultrasound data accurate and reliable.
by WLJ
2009 October 9
New vaccine combines viral protection and Lepto hardjo-bovis prevention in one vaccine Pfizer Animal Health introduced a new vaccine that takes reproductive protection to the next level. The newlyreleased Bovi-Shield GOLD
by DTN
2009 October 9
The potential is still there for enrollment in fiscal year 2010, Coppess told a House Agriculture subcommittee. While were waiting on the regulation ... were evaluating that as well. We wont be able to put anything forward on the general sign-up until we have the proper regulation out.
by DTN
2009 October 9
A new study of atrazines effects on human health will begin this fall, with most of the review occurring in 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last Wednesday. It is unlikely changes in the atrazine label would affect the 2010 spring application season.
by WLJ
2009 October 9
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced last week that Mike Pool, current acting deputy director for Operations, has accepted the position permanently and will formally report in his new capacity on Jan. 1, 2010.
by WLJ
2009 October 9
The market pullback in residential and commercial real estate over the past two years has taken its toll on lending in the U.S. However, agricultural properties are still in relatively good shape, according to agricultural real estate brokers in the Intermountain West.
by WLJ
2009 October 9
Dr. Bob Hillman, Texas state veterinarian and executive director of the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), has announced that he will retire Dec. 31, ending his nearly sevenyear tenure with the states livestock and poultry health regulatory agency.
by WLJ
2009 October 9
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are developing a system that saves water by using aerial imagery and ground-based sensors to determine the irrigation needs of small sections of cultivated fields.
by WLJ
2009 October 9
Retail food prices at the supermarket decreased slightly for the fourth consecutive quarter and are significantly lower than one year ago, according to the latest American Farm Bureau Federation (AF- BF) Marketbasket Survey. The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 food items that can be used to prepare a meal was $46.
by WLJ
2009 October 9
Growth technologies are among the most effective management tools available to beef producers for adding value to cattle, he said. According to Iowa State University, implanting feedlot cattle can add $71 per head; ionophores, beta-agonists and animal health products can increase that figure another $84.