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RENO, Nev. -- A panel of experts chosen to spend two years generating the definitive study on wild horse management in the West is kicking up controversy before it even gets out of the chute.

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Producers and outdoor enthusiasts will soon have another weapon in the fight against the Gulf Coast tick thanks to a two-year grant recently awarded a Texas AgriLife Research entomologist at College Station.

Dr. Pete Teel received $132,589 in funding to identify weather patterns that signal tick population outbreaks. He said once the weather patterns behind tick outbreaks are identified,  integrated pest management treatments using the best and safest methods available could be modified for use in pastures and areas frequented by people and pets.

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Cattle feeders are going to use more corn than previously expected according to USDA’s latest Cattle on Feed report that showed five percent more cattle in the nation’s feedlots. The real surprise was the higher number of placements in September that has resulted in over one-half million more cattle being fed than a year ago. Feed grains used by cattle in feedlots from the 2011 crop will now likely be more than five percent higher than was fed from the 2010 crop.

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The U.S. Small Business Administration says disaster assistance being made available for counties in Missouri because of the drought and excessive heat also will be available to counties in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

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A third-generation meat industry veteran with more than 36 years experience, Edward (Eddie) Troutman, the U.S. Meat Export Federation’s Distinguished Service Award winner for 2011, began his indoctrination to the industry at age 12, working for $1 per hour.

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Irv Haidle, the founder and president of the 2010 Montana Family Business of the Year, Agri-Best Feeds, died September 30, 2011, as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident in Broken Bow, Nebraska.  Irv was in Nebraska promoting the SweetPro and Redmond Natural Trace Mineral products, and was on his way to the national SweetPro distributor’s conference.

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