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by DTN
2010 October 1
Farmers could harvest sizable tax write-offs in a new small-business law giving extra incentives for end-of-year equipment and truck purchases. The U.S. House approved the legislation Sept. 24 following Senate action earlier this fall, and President Barack Obama signed it into law last Monday.
by WLJ
2010 October 1
Rep. Jerry Moran, R-KS, is calling for the withdrawal of the recently proposed Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) livestock procurement rule, citing a lack of economic analysis and errors in administrative procedures.
by WLJ
2010 October 1
The challenge of meeting a growing global appetite for red meat in an environment that is increasingly aware of and sensitive to sustainability issues was addressed by Joel Haggard, senior vice president, Asia-Pacific, for the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), last week at the World Meat Congress 2010 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
by DTN
2010 October 1
In Texas, there are a lot of good reasons for landowners to keep pasture rental rates steady. One of the biggest is called an agricultural use exemption and without it, landowners can see property taxes go up about tenfold.
by WLJ
2010 October 1
The Colorado Cattlemen's Association (CCA) has concerns with urgency presented in last week's U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) announcement that the Gunnison Sage-Grouse will be listed as a candidate species.
by WLJ
2010 October 1
The Beef Promotion Operating Committee recently approved investment of the Cattlemen's Beef Board (CBB) Fiscal Year 2011 budget of $42.8 million on a total of 42 national checkoff programs and associated costs.
by WLJ
2010 October 1
The North American Limousin Foundation (NALF) Board of Directors voted to adjust the voluntary Limousin check-off to $2 per head registered. The unanimous decision to adjust the checkoff marketing program was approved to provide marketing assistance to the breed organization.
by WLJ
2010 October 1
DNA testing can help producers mitigate some risk in everyday decisions. A few simple adjustments this fall can help cattle producers jump-start genetic progressand profitabilityfor years to come. Mark Allan, Ph.D., associate director, technical services, Pfizer Animal Genetics, says producers can use DNA testing to help take some of the risk out of the important decisions they will make in the coming months.
by WLJ
2010 October 1
Cattle experience a variety of stressors throughout their life that can hinder their overall productivity. Combining good management practices with a solid vaccination program creates a preconditioning plan designed to help calves perform at the best possible levels.
by WLJ
2010 October 1
While the focus of the conference was global, this year's venue specifically cast a spotlight on Argentina's dwindling beef supplies, which are the result of severe drought and interventionist government policies that have hampered its beef industry's ability to export.
by WLJ
2010 October 1
Bison producers and other producers interested in capitalizing on the opportunity to utilize farmers' markets as a successful business strategy are invited to attend a half-day workshop on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010, at the Embassy Suites Hotel at I-70 and Havana in Denver, CO.
by WLJ
2010 October 1
Paul Engler, Cactus Feeders, was one of the first people to see the feeding potential in Texas. He was one of the first to develop value-based grid marketing. And now he is the inaugural recipient of the Industry Achievement Award given in conjunction with the Feeding Quality Forums.
by WLJ
2010 September 24
A broad coalition of 27 different agriculture organizations came together this month to stop Western Watersheds Project (WWP) from pushing livestock graziers off public lands.
by WLJ
2010 September 24
Placements of cattle into feedlots surged more than expected during August, according to USDAs National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The agency reported that placements last month rose 7.1 percent from August 2009 levels to hit 2.27 million head.
by WLJ
2010 September 24
Officials from Japan and the U.S. met in San Francisco last week for two days of much-anticipated discussion about American beef safety, but the talks ended without any change to Japans strict laws barring meat from older American cows. Japanese import regulations toward U.
by WLJ
2010 September 24
A positive fluctuation in the cattle market set the pace for the Great State Feedout (GSF) program implemented by the American Shorthorn Association (ASA) this past year. The GSF is designed to help members of ASA profit through retained ownership of steer progeny.
by WLJ
2010 September 24
Forage analysis can be a useful tool to remove some of the mystery concerning the hay that producers will feed this winter. Testing the grass hays this year for protein and energy content will help the producer design winter supplementation programs most appropriate for the forage supply that is available.
by WLJ
2010 September 24
The North Dakota Stockmens Association (NDSA) will recognize Effertz Key Ranch of Velva, ND, and the Gerald Pat and Loretta Effertz family as North Dakotas Ranchers of the Year during the associations annual convention and trade show Sept. 23-25 at the Holiday Inn in Minot, ND.


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