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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Pat Raia reports in The Horse.com an appropriations bill that does not specifically deny USDA funding to conduct inspections of horsemeat for human consumption could allow horse processing to resume in the U.S. The Fiscal Year 2012 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act (H.R. 2112), or the so-called “Mini-bus Bill,” establishes 2012 budgets for the Department of Agriculture and several other federal departments through September 2012.

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Drought will be the focus of the Cattle Trails Cow-Calf Conference, a joint effort between Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, to be held Jan. 6 in Wichita Falls.

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With turkey being the most common feature on Thanksgiving tables it is vital for food safety that turkeys must be kept at a safe temperature during “the big thaw.” While frozen, a turkey is safe almost indefinitely. However, as soon as it begins to thaw, any bacteria that may have been present before freezing can begin to grow again.

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According to the CME, USDA’s monthly Cattle On Feed report, released Friday afternoon, contained no surprisea and is being viewed by the trade as neutral. October placements of 2.491 million head marked the third month in a row that 2011 numbers have virtually matched those of 2010 but this is the first month since June that placements have been close to “normal” as measured by the 2005-2009 average.

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Most of you know I am an old ISU alumni and Iowa State made history Friday night. With its defense keeping the high-powered Oklahoma State offense out of synch all night and an offense churning out 568 yards of total offense, the Cyclones upset No. 2 OSU in an amazing come-from-behind 37-31 double overtime victory at Jack Trice Stadium.
A crowd of 52,027 watched as the Cyclones erased a 17-point second half deficit to record its biggest win in school history. The Cyclones were 0-56-2 all-time vs. teams ranked sixth or higher coming into the game. Iowa State trumped that stat, and became bowl-eligible for the second time in the three-year Paul Rhoads era.
Jeff Woody sealed the victory on a 4-yard touchdown dive after Ter’Ran Benton intercepted a Brandon Weeden pass on the first play of OSU’s second overtime possession.

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I just received notice from Kathy Whaley, the refuge manager, 
that there are two whooping Cranes on Lake Texoma at Hagerman NWR 
this morning.  I can't get away to check them, but they are 
reported to be in the water within view of the new headquarters 
building.
 
 

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According to the Texas Farm Bureau annual survey, Texas chefs preparing for Thanksgiving should be able to feed 10 hungry Texans a traditional holiday meal for about $48.69.

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