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Americans may have noticed a new social media trend this past year: more Facebook posts from the farm, more tweets from the tractor and more blogs from the back forty.

The timing of this social media "stampede" couldn’t be better, says Jeff Fowle, president of the AgChat Foundation. Celebrating its one-year anniversary today, the AgChat Foundation is a 100-percent volunteer organization formed to empower farmers and ranchers to effectively tell their stories using social media.

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Steve Schram, AgriLabs president and CEO, announced the winners of AgriLabs academic scholarships for 2011-2012.

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Six bovine veterinarians who represent more than 150 years of service to the cattle veterinary profession have been nominated for the newly established Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame. Peer veterinarians can start voting April 1.

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0411pc_peck_1The list of Canadian beef processors eligible to export to Russia now includes eastern Canada’s largest packer.

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0511pc_marketreport_1After two straight harsh winters, March arrived like a lamb with folks stretching their necks for spring to arrive while scrambling to assemble the balance of their grazing cattle with turn-out dates fast approaching.  Stocker cattle and calves ended the month $7 to $10 higher with the best demand for six-weight old-crop stockers in a thin-fleshed condition for compensatory gain. High Plains buyers were especially looking for long-tailed short yearlings with more age than size, solid colored but bred with enough continental or Brahman cross to bust wide open on Flint Hills or Osage pastures.

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