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by WLJ
2009 December 4
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last Tuesday that it will delay a decision on whether or not it will allow an increase in ethanol blending rates to a maximum of 15 percent. The agency said it will wait for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to complete
by WLJ
2009 December 4
Congress was set to vote last week to block the expiration of the so-called "Death Tax." Prior to the vote, the tax on estates was to end in 2010 before coming back in 2011 at an even higher rate. However, congressional action on H.R. 4154, which was introduced by Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-ND, will extend the 45 percent tax on
by WLJ
2009 December 4
National Beef, Inc. revealed last Wednesday in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it estimates a pricing of between $15 and $17 per share for its proposed initial public offering (IPO) to sell 17.25 million Class A common stock to raise up to $300 million.
by DTN
2009 December 4
Lawmakers divided largely along party lines last Wednesday at a House hearing on agriculture and climate change while USDAs chief economist tried to emphasize that while climate legislation would increase costs to producers, those expenses would be gradual over several decades.
by WLJ
2009 December 4
The scholarship selection process has gone from annual to semi-annual. The Scholarship Committee recently selected and awarded $12,000 in scholarships for the spring 2010 semester. Scholarship recipients will be honored at the 62nd AN- LS Dedication Dec.
by WLJ
2009 December 4
DNA. DNA. DNA. Everywhere you turn these days, talk in the beef industry is about DNA. The Beef Improvement Federation centered its annual convention this past summer on the role of genomics in improving selection tools. And even the lowliest cowpoke knows what a SNP, or snip is.
by WLJ
2009 December 4
Opportunities hide within every challenge, but beef producers can find them through analysis and planning. That was part of the take-home message at the Feeding Quality Forums Nov. 10 in South Sioux City, NE, and Nov. 12 in Garden City, KS.
by DTN
2009 December 4
A coalition of 50 farm and agriculture groups is asking the Obama administration to almost double the USDA budget for competitive research grants to $500 million in its fiscal year 2011 budget request to Congress.
by WLJ
2009 December 4
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are testing out alternative ways of tilling the soil and rotating crops to see if they can help wheat farmers in Oregon sequester more carbon in the soil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
by WLJ
2009 December 4
Climate forecasts are becoming more useful to farmers and ranchers thanks to research by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their cooperators.
by WLJ
2009 December 4
David R. Hermes, DVM, of Washington, IN, was elected chairman of the board of directors of the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO) at the groups annual meeting in Kansas City last month. Regional veterinarian for broiler chickens and turkeys for Perdue Farms, Inc.
by WLJ
2009 December 4
Lewis Ziska, Richard Sicher and Jim Bunce all work at the ARS Crops Systems and Global Change Laboratory in Beltsville, MD.
2009 December 4
Whether environmental groups are exploiting the Equal Access to Justice Act to get federal subsidies of their lawsuits against ranchers grazing livestock on public lands was addressed at the Idaho Cattle Associations (ICA) recent annual convention and trade show in Sun Valley, ID.
2009 December 4
A major wild horse gather in the Calico Mountain and Black Rock Desert area in northern Nevada, originally scheduled for Dec. 1, has been postposed until the 28th following the joint filing of a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) by In Defense of Animals (IDA) and ecologist Craig Downer.
by WLJ
2009 December 4
Tyson Foods Inc. posted higher-than-expected quarterly results last Monday on strength in its beef, pork and prepared foods businesses which it expects to continue in its new fiscal year.
by WLJ
2009 November 30
The Nov. 1 Cattle on Feed report was generally regarded as positive for the market as it showed only a 1 percent increase in the number of cattle on feed. According to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), there were 11.1 million head of cattle on feed in the U.S. at
by WLJ
2009 November 30
A lawsuit filed last week in Washington, D.C., Federal District Court may block the planned gather of 2,700 wild horses north of Reno, NV, next month. The suit, filed by California-based In Defense of Animals (IDA), claims that the planned gather is illegal because the government uses tactics which may "traumatize, injure and kill" some of the horses. IDA lawyers claim


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