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A potentially burdensome new recordkeeping requirement facing farmers, ranchers and other small business owners was repealed last week when President Obama signed legislation H.R. 4, which ends the “1099 requirement” included in the federal health-reform package.

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AgriLabs, KMG and AllFlex jointly awarded iPads as part of a product promotion at the recent National Cattleman's Beef Association (NCBA) Convention in Denver, Colorado.

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The Pfizer Animal Genetics laboratory in Kalamazoo, Michigan, recently received the Illumina CSPro certification for GoldenGate Bovine 3K Beadchip. The Illumina CSPro certification for the GoldenGate platform is the second certification Pfizer Animal Genetics has received from Illumina in 2011.

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A UC Davis research team has been awarded $2.6 million by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to carry out research aimed at reducing the incidence of bovine respiratory disease, or pneumonia, which is the leading cause of death in beef and dairy cattle.

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Missouri Farmers Care
, a coalition of leading Missouri agriculture advocacy groups, applauded the Missouri General Assembly’s successful efforts to pass SB 113, which strengthens the enforcement of Missouri’s animal welfare laws and preserves the voter intent of the recently passed Proposition B.

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The annual 2011 Ag Machinery Conference (AMC), a three-day agriculture engineering and education conference, will be held May 2, 3 and 4 at the Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in downtown Waterloo, Iowa.

New for 2011, the Ag Machinery Conference will hold its opening ceremony at the Cedar Valley TechWorks on the Monday, May 2. The evening’s events will kick off with comments by 2011 AMC chairman Jim Evans of John Deere, and the mayor of the city of Waterloo, followed by a tour of the National Ag-Based Lubricants Center.

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