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steakcase_regWhen springtime hits the rural regions, folks hunt for mushroom delicacies that pop up this time of year. People crave these, seek them out and guard their secret places, but they know it is for a limited time only.

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Representatives of the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) have been in Big Sky, Montana this week, at the invitation of U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., working to expand trade opportunities for Montana and U.S. beef with the 21 Asia-Pacific member economies attending the 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Trade Ministers meeting.

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Preliminary estimates of Texas drought losses have reached $1.2 billion and are expected to escalate higher this year as livestock producers continue to sell off herds and crop conditions deteriorate, according to economists with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

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The USDA’s report of World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) released on May 11 refocused the market’s attention on world crop production and the implications for re-building U.S. and world stocks. The report reflects prospects for some modest increase in world feed grain stocks and prospects for maintaining world wheat and soybean stocks. However, substantial uncertainty remains.

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Novus International, Inc.
on Tuesday cut the ribbon commemorating the opening of its newly expanded Novus Arkansas facility in Little Rock, Arkansas.

The Novus Arkansas site was developed in the Little Rock Riverport Industrial Park in 2006 to manufacture MHA feed supplement, a dry, granular powder that provides an effective and environmentally friendly source of methionine, an essential amino acid in premixes and farm feed mills. MHA provides benefits to laying hens and other livestock and companion animals.

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The Annual Summer Meltdown Celebration is set for Saturday, June 18, at the University of Wisconsin’s Arlington Agricultural Research Station in Arlington, Wisconsin.

This year’s event will begin at 10 a.m. with tours of the agronomy and vet sciences areas. At noon, lunch will be served in the Public Events Facility followed by a short program. Then at 1:30 p.m. the tours continue with the beef and dairy units. Finally the day will rap up with ice cream treats at the Public Events Facility.

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