Daily Archives: November 22, 2010



Joe Camacho is a cage fighter.  Can you imagine his mother saying, as he goes off to fight the front line of the Oakland Raiders, “Be careful, Joey, and don’t get hurt.”

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BQA Value-Added Beef

BQA Value-Added Beef

Randy Kuhn

Beef Today

The BQA program’s early emphasis was on assuring the real and perceived safety of beef. Gary Smith, Colorado State University Monfort Chair and professor of meat sciences, says BQA programming has been instrumental in building beef demand in the U.S. and elsewhere.

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A new beef with role of cows in global warming

A new beef with role of cows in global warming

Alex Horkay

The Toronto Star

Statistics have been giving us a bum steer when they state how much cattle methane emissions contribute to global warming, a new study shows.

That’s because mathematical equations used to predict cows’ methane emissions are inaccurate and don’t take into account factors such as dietary changes, said Jennifer Ellis, lead author of the study and a PhD student at the University of Guelph.

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Hay a hot commodity this winter

Hay a hot commodity this winter

Rebecca Martinez

Staunton News Leader

If it weren’t for a neighbor who wouldn’t mow his lawn this summer, Jenny Driver’s cattle might be dieting in a month or two.

Like many Shenandoah Valley cattle farmers, she harvested far less hay than usual. Her crop of the dried grasses that are her cattle’s main winter food is down 30 to 40 percent because of the drought. That’s pretty typical.

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US may have to trade agri for autos in Korea trade deal

US may have to trade agri for autos in Korea trade deal

Daily TImes

US farmers hoping for increased sales to South Korea under a free trade agreement may get less than they expected because of President Barack Obama’s demand for better terms for US automakers.

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Michigan’s Stabenow Now Senate Ag Committee Chair

Michigan’s Stabenow Now Senate Ag Committee Chair

Hoosier AG Today

  Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan will serve as chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry during the 112th Congress. One of her prime challenges will be writing the next farm bill.

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Student Filmmakers Provide “Behind-the-Scenes” Look at Raising Beef

Student Filmmakers Provide "Behind-the-Scenes" Look at Raising Beef


The average American is more than three generations removed from farming and ranching, but they’re also more interested than ever in learning where their food comes from. In honor of National Farm-City Week – Nov. 19-25, 2010 – America’s cattle farmers and ranchers are releasing Close-Up on Raising Beef, a film series that provides a unique “behind-the-scenes” view of how beef gets from pasture to plate.

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Grass-Fed Beef Making a Comeback in Naperville

Grass-Fed Beef Making a Comeback in Naperville

Suzanne Flynn

Naperville Patch

Raising cattle on a diet of good ol’ grass is nothing new. In fact, there was a time not long ago when the majority of the beef in the United States was raised on grass. But then came the grain-fed movement, which came to dominate the cattle industry by the 1980s.

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Beef cattle numbers causing concern

Beef cattle numbers causing concern

High Plains Journal

Declining beef inventories are causing some in the U.S. cattle industry to wonder how beef production can be maintained.

"The numbers tell the tale, which is that America’s cattle industry has effectively been turning fewer cattle into more pounds of beef," said Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension livestock marketing specialist.

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With A Mild Winter Predicted, Crop Insect Pests May Flourish

With A Mild Winter Predicted, Crop Insect Pests May Flourish


Dry conditions are likely to continue through the early part of winter and one Purdue University entomologist says crop insect pests probably will survive the mild season.

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