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Death, taxes and politics

With the silly season of mid-term elections in full swing, the subject of taxes becomes fodder for all manner of political posturing. FULL STORY »

Fading footprint, shrinking shadow

Amid all the discord at the Beef Industry Summer Conference, beef producers had something to cheer about during a general session featuring researchers Jude Capper, PhD, and Frank Mitloehner, PhD. FULL STORY »

GIPSA extends comment period

Late last month, the USDA announced a 90-day extension to the comment period on the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration’s “undue preferences rule” that would place certain restrictions on how livestock are marketed. FULL STORY »

Partnership honors sacrifice of today’s soldiers

Cydectin announced it has become the industry’s first sponsor of the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. FULL STORY »

CBB, NCBA review checkoff spending

Spending of funds raised through the Beef Checkoff has come under tight scrutiny after a review from the Cattlemen’s Beef Board revealed potentially improper charges from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. FULL STORY »

Vegan visits a feedyard

Ryan Andrews is a registered nutritionist, exercise physiologist and a strict vegetarian. So when he visits a 20,000-head Colorado feedyard and writes about the experience, you might expect the usual rants about factory farming, abusive conditions and animals “pumped full of hormones and antibiotics.” FULL STORY »

Rainforest protection would net $200 billion for ag, study says

Several U.S. farm and forest-products groups have called on Congress and the administration to help end tropical deforestation. FULL STORY »

‘Farming without a financial motive is gardening’

On a daily basis, it seems, Americans are given another reason to be fearful of their food. FULL STORY »

USDA to step up organic enforcement after auditors find lapses

The USDA will step up scrutiny of its foreign meat and fresh produce inspectors and clarify rules on outdoor access for livestock after an audit revealed lapses in the government’s organic food program. FULL STORY »

TSCRA special rangers recover stolen livestock

Stolen livestock and ranch equipment worth more than $4.8 million were recovered or accounted for in 2009 by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association special rangers. FULL STORY »

DHS grant funds food defense work

A group of Kansas State University food scientists will continue their work in educating current and future leaders in homeland security and food defense, thanks to renewed funding from the Department of Homeland Security. FULL STORY »

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