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T120511_wildhorse_reghe federal government’s ban on horse slaughter in the U.S. died quietly on the budgeting table on Nov. 18, after Congress chose to end a prohibition on horse slaughter plant inspections. The ban started in 2006, and was criticized by western ranchers, land users and even some animal rights groups as a failed policy that added to neglect of unwanted horses.

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Eating horses may not be popular in America, but the U.S. horse-slaughter industry is making a comeback.

A recently passed bill that lifts what amounted to a five-year ban domestic horse slaughter has readied the federal government to resume inspections of U.S. slaughterhouses, should they reopen.

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The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) calls on ninth-grade to 12th-grade students to submit an original, 450-word essay or a two-minute video essay about the importance of agriculture.

This year's theme is "American Agriculture: Feeding the Future, Filling the Gaps" and the deadline is Feb. 1, 2012. The ACA asks teachers and parents to encourage student participation.

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lead_regYear in review: The 11 most-read stories of 2011

 

In a year that saw the launch of Progressive Cattleman, thousands of readers went online at www.progressivecattle.com to see what the new magazine was about.

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Ratification of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement by the Korean National Assembly today is a successful outcome both for the U.S. agricultural sector as well as consumers in South Korea.

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112111_iowaland_1_It took just 31 minutes for Donald Ellingson's family to end an agrarian tradition that had survived more than a half-century, by auctioning off 153 acres of rich Iowa farmland.

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