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Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer and Kansas Department of Agriculture Secretary Jackie McClaskey joined leaders from the Kansas livestock industry on Saturday, June 30, at Barton County Feeders in Ellinwood to announce the Cattle Trace pilot project.

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A Wichita Falls, Texas, man was arrested on June 27 on theft charges in a fraud case that includes more than 10 counties in Texas and Oklahoma, 8,000 head of cattle and outstanding loans of more than $5.8 million.

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After a heated debate, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the second version of the 2018 Farm Bill with a final vote of 213-211. The passage of the bill is a tentative victory for Republicans, but the battle will not be over till the Senate passes its version of the farm bill, which is expected to happen this week.

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The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) presented Van Newkirk Herefords of Oshkosh, Nebraska, the BIF Seedstock Producer of the Year Award on June 22 during the group’s annual meeting and symposium in Loveland, Colorado. This national award is presented annually to a producer to recognize their dedication to improving the beef industry at the seedstock level.

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The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) presented Kent and Tyler Woolfolk of Woolfolk Ranch near Protection, Kansas, the BIF Commercial Producer of the Year Award on June 21 during the group’s annual meeting and symposium in Loveland, Colorado. This national award is presented annually to a producer to recognize their dedication to improving the beef industry at the commercial level.

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Bayer closed the $63 billion acquisition of Monsanto in early June, making it the largest acquisition in the company’s history. Bayer announced its plans to acquire Monsanto in May 2016 and has been working steadily to complete all requirements for such a large transition.

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