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The U.S. Department of Agriculture continues to offer services to farmers whose livestock and crops were damaged in the devastation brought on last week by Hurricane Irene. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says USDA is deploying personnel and resources to assist the efforts by federal, state and local authorities in response to the hurricane.

"We continue to closely coordinate with many partners to meet the immediate and plan for the long-term needs of those affected by Hurricane Irene," said Vilsack. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have suffered losses caused by this massive storm. USDA is ready to provide food, emergency assistance and other resources to the affected areas."

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Breeding beef cows by appointment on one day brings a shorter calving season and a uniform crop of high-quality calves.

“Existing technology is on the shelf and ready to use,” David Patterson, University of Missouri beef reproduction specialist, told cattle producers at a conference in Joplin.

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Beef and dairy producers supported returning veterans in a big way through purchases of Cydectin Pour-On this spring. Through the Cydectin Buck-a-Liter campaign, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. donated nearly $200,000 this summer to Wounded Warrior Project.

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Fire, flood, feed contamination, foot-and-mouth disease. Farm and ranch disasters can come without warning. Is your crop, livestock or poultry operation secure? Is it biosecure?

A team of Extension professionals from across the U.S. came together to develop an educational tool to assist farm and ranch managers become better prepared for any disaster. The tool is called ReadyAG – Disaster and Defense Preparedness for Production Agriculture.

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Pfizer Animal Health
has felt the effects of the summer’s flooding – most directly in Mandan, North Dakota, from flood victim Donny Wald, territory manager, Pfizer Animal Health.

With no escape from the flooding in Mandan and surrounding communities, residents had to stay and battle the rising flood waters. Both the Salvation Army and the Red Cross were there to support the efforts. As a result, Wald and Pfizer Animal Health split the donation equally between the Salvation Army Bismarck/Mandan Service Center and American Red Cross West Dakota Chapter.

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George and Karen Sprague of Bar One Ranch, Eugene, Ore., gifted $100,000 to the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) during “The Harvest” fundraiser for youth Aug. 20 at Kunde Family Estate. The event hosted by the Jim and Marcia Mickelson family raised a total of $292,000 to support Hereford youth.

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