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  • News from Washington
    Keystone bill passes in House, Stabenow plans to stay on ag committee, new veteran/ag liasion
  • New beef checkoff moving forward
    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said in September he was serious about moving forward with the idea to create a second beef checkoff program. On Friday, November 7 the USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service, which will oversee the new program, sent out a request for public input on how to develop the new program.
  • Canadian cattle producers to benefit from agreement with U.S.
     The agreement, which allows in-vitro fertilized (IVF) bovine embryos to enter Canada from the U.S., opens up new herd development opportunities for Canadian producers. Previously, only IVF bovine embryos produced within Canada were accessible to producers.
  • Majority of food industry has Food Defense Plan
    Recalls in the food sector and undercover videos in meat packing houses has the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) asking its processors about food defense plans.
    
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  • Keystone bill passes in House, Stabenow plans to stay on ag committee, new veteran/ag liasion 
  • The gift from Norman and Sharon Timmerman of Indianola creates the Leo O. and Irene Timmerman Feedyard Management Specialization Program Fund as a permanent endowment at the University of Nebraska Foundation.  
  • Future career opportunities in fields related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, commonly referred to as STEM, are exciting, and especially STEM careers in agriculture. 
  • Angus bull FINAL ANSWER passes
    Born on February 22, 2000, he sold in the 2001 Martin and Angie Schaff Complete Retirement Dispersal to Alta Genetics and Baker LeMar Angus, South Dakota. Genex acquired FINAL ANSWER with the purchase of the Alta beef program in 2002. Since then, he has become the highest selling beef sire in the history of Genex. 
  • There were 229,237 farms with 55.3 million irrigated acres in the United Sates, according to the 2013 Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey results, published by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.  
  • A federal judge said that Maui County may not implement a new law banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms until he considers arguments in a lawsuit against the measure.  
  • This research was motivated by October 2013’s blizzard, explains Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist. “The blizzard will forever be remembered as the devastating natural disaster which caused extraordinary losses to western South Dakota’s agricultural industry,” Edwards said, referencing the estimated 45,000 animals which perished in the storm, including; cattle, sheep, horses and bison.
     Edwards worked with a team to design a study which would determine if any link can be made between this, early-season blizzard and human-caused climate change. 
  • The 2014 Ag Horizons Conference will be December 2 and 3 in Pierre.  

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