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by WLJ
2009 January 16
Last Monday, USDA released their final crop reports for last year?s growing season and the result added a great deal of downward price pressure to grains. USDA increased ending production numbers for corn and soybean prices. The economic slowdown in the U.
by WLJ
2009 January 16
Mexican officials have proposed a change in meat import regulations that could have a significant impact on trade with U.S. packing plants. According to the proposal, after Jan. 30, Mexico will no longer allow meat shipments from the U.S. in so-called combo bins, large totes containing as much as 2,000 pounds of meat each.
by WLJ
2009 January 16
The relocation of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center from Plum Island, NY, to a mainland location appears to be a done deal, according to Kansas congressmen who say the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has chosen Manhattan, KS, as the site for the new facility.
by WLJ
2009 January 16
A portable test being developed by biodetection expert Stratophase could soon enable farmers and vets to accurately detect highly contagious diseases such as bovine tuberculosis (TB) and foot and mouth (FMD) in the field, reducing false alarms and containment time and enabling remedial action to be taken more quickly.
by WLJ
2009 January 16
Michael MacNeil, U.S. Department of Agriculture animal genetics researcher, will be a featured speaker during the Jan. 28 Grass-N- Beef Research Review at North Dakota State University?s (NDSU) Central Grasslands Research Extension Center near Streeter, ND.
by WLJ
2009 January 16
The top groups in the 2008 AngusSource Carcass Challenge (ASCC) ?blew the doors off? average quality grades, says program director Sara Snider. Three feedlots won more than $1,000 in cash and prizes for first through fifth place finishes during the inaugural year of the contest.
by WLJ
2009 January 16
The grazing school is now accepting enrollment for two sessions, March 24-26 and March 31-April 2. ?Nitrogen costs may be back to 2005 levels, but practically everything else remains high, and this makes ranching, which is always a challenging business, even more challenging,? Rouquette said.
by WLJ
2009 January 16
After record U.S. grain exports in 2008, organizations that focus on spurring the flow of U.S. grain abroad will be looking at a few more challenges this year, according to a grain industry official who spoke during the American Farm Bureau Federation?s 90th annual meeting.
by WLJ
2009 January 16
Washington State University (WSU) Extension has published the 2009 Beef Management Calendar. The calendar is available for free in a digital format or in printed form for $5 from WSU Extension Publications. The calendar has been developed to assist livestock managers in formulating an overall management plan for beef operations.
by WLJ
2009 January 16
Migrant or foreign labor is a must for the dairy industry and other parts of agriculture, and a reduction in the workforce could cost consumers considerably, a Texas AgriLife Extension Service expert said. Labor and immigration are tied together, and it includes both legal and illegal immigration, said Dr.
by WLJ
2009 January 9
R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America claimed victory recently over USDAs Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Veterinary Service (APHIS-VS) after the agency retracted Memorandum No. 575.19 which was initially issued on Sept. 22, 2008.
by WLJ
2009 January 9
It looked last week like the U.S. Senate might vote on the massive Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009 by Jan. 11. The bill contains more than 150 public lands, water and resource bills and could have profound impacts on western resource users, particularly those who depend on public land grazing permits.
by WLJ
2009 January 9
The announcement by USDA on Dec. 18 that it intended to establish a new conservation agency, called the Office of Ecosystem Services and Markets (OESM), passed mostly under the radar in many circles, but ag groups digging for answers have determined that the negatives of the new office may outweigh OESMs planned benefits.
by WLJ
2009 January 9
Tyson Foods Inc. said recently that its president and CEO, Dick Bond, was stepping down immediately in a move he said was in the best interest of himself and the company. Bond will be replaced on an interim basis by former chairman and CEO Leland Tollett, the company said in a statement.
by WLJ
2009 January 9
Another all-star list of speakers from throughout the U.S. will be featured at the fifth annual Cattlemens Workshop. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 17 at 9:00 a.m. at the Blue Mountain Conference Center in LaGrande, OR.
by WLJ
2009 January 9
With Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) in full swing, USDA has begun working to find various sources of funding for the program. On Dec. 22, Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer wrote a letter to the House and Senate notifying them that the Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) would be moving funds to cover the costs of implementing COOL.


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