Daily Archives: April 7, 2010

Purdue Alum Clifford Hardin, Who Cut Subsidies at Agriculture Dept., Dies at 94

Clifford Hardin, Who Cut Subsidies at Agriculture Dept., Dies at 94

DOUGLAS MARTIN

New York Times

Mr. Hardin attended Purdue on a 4-H scholarship, earning undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. degrees there. He taught at Purdue, the University of Wisconsin and Michigan StateCollege (now Michigan State University). In 1954, at age 39, he became chancellor at Nebraska, where he helped quadruple enrollment and persuaded the state’s Legislature to raise professors’ salaries.

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Let your feet do the talking

Let your feet do the talking

Trent Loos

 High Plains Journal

. . . Another example of the efficiency of the modern food production system comes to us from Washington State University and Jude Capper, Ph.D. Her recent analysis found that buying one dozen eggs that have been transported several hundred miles to a grocery store in a tractor-trailer is a more fuel-efficient, eco-friendly option than purchasing one dozen eggs at a farmers market, which uses 4.5 times more fuel, or at a local farm, which would require 17.2 times more fuel.

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Viral Life Cycle Of Malignant Catarrhal Fever Explained

Viral Life Cycle Of Malignant Catarrhal Fever Explained

Thebeefsite.com

The mysterious life cycle of a sheep virus that causes malignant catarrhal fever (MCF)in bison and cattle has been discovered by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their university collaborators, which will help in developing a vaccine against the disease.

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Animal scientist gives breeding season preparation tips

Animal scientist gives breeding season preparation tips

AG Answers

With the start of the spring breeding season approaching for many producers, a Purdue University animal scientist said there are several aspects to ensuring a successful breeding season.

Allen Bridges said that producers should make sure cows and bulls are ready by performing breeding soundness exams, ensuring animals have proper nutrition and evaluating their breeding programs.

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Argentina Increases Cattle Slaughter Weight to Curb Beef Prices

Argentina Increases Cattle Slaughter Weight to Curb Beef Prices

Businessweek

Rodrigo Orihuela

Argentina’s government increased the minimum weight for cattle to be slaughtered for the second time in two months in a bid to halt increases in beef prices in the world’s largest red-meat eating country.

Slaughtered cattle will have to weigh at least 165 kilograms (364 pounds) starting May 1, the government’s official gazette said today. Slaughter of lighter cattle will be penalized, the gazette said, without providing specifics. The minimum slaughter weight of 143 kilograms was raised to 154 kilograms as of April 1, the first increase in two years.

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Japan says it has no plans to ease US beef restrictions

Japan says it has no plans to ease US beef restrictions

Google News

Japan said Tuesday it has no plans to ease long-standing trade restrictions on US beef imposed over mad cow disease, two days before talks in Tokyo between the two on the issue.

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was travelling to Japan Tuesday for a four-day visit in a renewed attempt to settle the long-running dispute that has created friction between the allies.

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San Mateo County ranchers feed growing demand for grass-fed beef

San Mateo County ranchers feed growing demand for grass-fed beef

Julia Scott

San Mateo County Times

It’s easy to see who really runs the ranch at Markegard Family Grass-Fed when you crest the rutted driveway and the cows in the road refuse to move out of the way.

The Markegard family’s 250 cows, steers, calves and yearlings live lives of total freedom, with nothing to do but wander around and graze hundreds of acres of lush grassland, reproduce, and take in the views of the ocean from their idyllic domain 800 feet above sea level.

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