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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Food Business News Weekly notes that Bayer Crop Science reports it has
reached a milestone with Israel-based Evogene Ltd. in a joint research
collaboration. Using Evogene technology, more than 200,000 single nucleotide
polymorphisms have been identified across the wheat genome. S.N.P.s “are
single-nucleotide substitutions of one base in the genome and a powerful type
of molecular marker for traits improvement,” Bayer said.

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National Hog Farmer Weekly Preview reports that President Barrack Obama proposed $33.348 billion in net cuts for agriculture to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction.  The proposal includes the elimination of direct payments, an $8.3 billion reduction over 10 years for crop insurance, a $2.1 billion cut in conservation programs, and an increase of $8 billion for the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program (SURE) program. 

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On September 19, H.R. 2966: American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act of 2011 was introduced. It seeks to amend the Horse Protection Act by prohibiting the shipping, transportation, moving, delivering, possessing, purchasing, selling, or donating horses and other equines to be slaughtered for human consumption and for other purposes.

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USDA Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director James Douglass, announced that all counties in Texas have met the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) trigger requirements for a three-month payment for native pasture, improved pasture and forage sorghum.

Eligible ranchers and livestock producers have until Jan. 30, 2012 to apply for LFP benefits for losses incurred during the 2011 crop year.

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