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With increasing public interest in farm animal handling practices, a new website – Dehorning.com – has been launched to share science-based information and facilitate discussion about cattle dehorning. The website is sponsored by H.W. Naylor Company, Inc.

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Three new faces were welcomed to the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium Board of Directors at the WLIC Annual Meeting held March 1 at Wisconsin Farm Bureau.

Brian Bolan from Wisconsin State Fair, Dan Sutherland from Johnsonville Sausage, and Tom DeMuth from AgSource were all welcomed to the Board of Directors. Dr. Thomas McKenna of Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and Richard Keller of Wisconsin Farmers Union were re-elected for their second term.

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Last week was another volatile price week for both corn and cattle prices. On Thursday, March 31 USDA-NASS released its long anticipated annual Prospective Plantings Report, which many livestock producers hoped would show increased corn acreage for 2011. Increased acres were needed to replenish the relatively short supplies and slow the increasing prices of corn. On Monday through Wednesday the nearby May corn futures contract declined 26 1/4 cents a bushel and the new-crop December futures lost 14 1/4 cents, as trade expectations for increased corn acreage surfaced.

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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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