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  • Immigration Reform
    It is known that southern states employee the bulk of immigrant farm laborers. Louisiana has the second highest number of migrant farm workers, accounting for nearly 7,000 workers. They are second to California who outpaces all states with big numbers – 700,000 workers – that are used to harvest fruits, vegetables and other crops according to the Labor Department.
    In recent years, these states have had a problem getting their crops harvested because of the shortage of local labor and legal immigrant workers. 
  • 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.
    
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  • It is known that southern states employee the bulk of immigrant farm laborers. Louisiana has the second highest number of migrant farm workers, accounting for nearly 7,000 workers. They are second to California who outpaces all states with big numbers – 700,000 workers – that are used to harvest fruits, vegetables and other crops according to the Labor Department.
    In recent years, these states have had a problem getting their crops harvested because of the shortage of local labor and legal immigrant workers.  
  • Minnie Lou Bradley has been selected to the most prestigious honor an animal agriculturist can receive: Having her portrait hung in the Saddle and Sirloin Gallery in Lexington, Kentucky. 
  • Meat collectives, which are mainly gaining steam along the West Coast, is simply a group of people who take courses to learn to butcher themselves – aiming to use all the cuts and parts, including the bones. 
  • Ranchers Legacy Meat Co., of Vadnais Heights, Minn., is recalling 1,200 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. Products subject to the recall are packaged in plastic cryovac sealed packets, and contain various weights of ground beef.  All products produced on Nov. 19, 2014 are subject to recall. 
  • David G. Safty, county executive director of the Stanton County Farm Service Agency (FSA in) in Nebraska, announced that cost-share assistance is available for producers who suffered damage to fencing due to the June 16 tornado storms in Stanton County. The deadline to apply for Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) cost-share assistance is Nov. 26. 
  • Jan. 21 in White River, S.D. is the 36th Annual Ranchers Workshop.  The day begins at 9 a.m. and concludes around 3 p.m. A trade show along with speakers will be available throughout the day. 
  • 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.  

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