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Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Sep 13, 2004
By Dr. Julie Stepanek Shiflett Juniper Economic Consulting USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS) expects to see production increases in 2005 from 194 million pounds this year to 197 million pounds in 2005. The numbers may be revised downward, given the recently released report that inventory is down. However, production gains still are likely. As of July 1, year-to-year total sheep and
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Sep 13, 2004
Most state departments of agriculture have already begun the task of identifying farms, feedlots, auction barns, and slaughter facilities that handle food animals within their state's borders, and preparing them for individual animal identification and traceback. However, the manner in which those "premises" are registered range from written forms, phone calls, and formal state livestock agency visits. Two Midwest
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Sep 13, 2004
USDA recently offered up $2 million to help private land owners, including ranchers, in four Western states protect the habitat of the sage grouse. The bird, about the size of chicken, has seen its numbers thin as its territory gets crowded by homes, cattle, and oil, and natural gas wells. The money will be available under the Grassland Reserve Program, which gives ranchers and farmers dollars
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
by WLJ
Sep 13, 2004
— Temporary 24-month testing exemption pondered. — Japanese panel reiterates young cattle safe. By Sarah Swenson, WLJ Associate Editor, & Steven D. Vetter, WLJ Editor An August 31 internal USDA memorandum indicated the agency could be open to the possibility of agreeing, with Japan, to lower the possible exemption age for cattle to be tested for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) from


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