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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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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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