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ISSUE DATE: 03/12/2012

One-way ticket to ride

By Jennifer M. Latzke

Every day feedyards across the High Plains load cattle for shipment on a one-way journey to a processing plant--usually just down the road a ways.

But with the rise of a new middle class worldwide with an increasing appetite for high-quality proteins, that one-way journey may take those cattle halfway around the globe.

Rising export demand

J.J. Jones is the marketing and trade coordinator with the Kansas Department of Agriculture. Kansas is one of the leading states in the nation taking advantage of current export opportunities for live cattle to countries such as Russia and Kazakhstan and other emerging markets.

"We're seeing an increasing middle class around the world," Jones said. "We've all heard that we have to double food production by 2050 to meet the need. We're seeing now an additional 713 million households between 2010 and 2012, according to USDA, achieving middle-class standards worldwide." As those numbers grow, so too does the demand for poultry, seafood, pork and then beef.


NEWS

AFA students to share message of ag during National Ag Day
Aging Expo planned April 27 in Hill City
American Farm Bureau supports Supreme Court decision
Collaborative research set to secure food supplies
Consumers learn about ag during Food Check-Out Week
Farm Bureau committee supports quick passage of new farm bill
Farm Bureau hosts Collegiate Discussion Meet
FCC blocks LightSquared broadband plans over GPS concerns
Forum examines food safety, security
Governor proclaims Kansas Agriculture Week
Huck Boyd Institute recognizes outstanding rural Kansans
Iowa Farm Bureau supports Ag Production Facility Fraud bill
Kenyan visitors offer thoughts on leadership
NAP application closing date for certain crops is March 15
Poor stormwater management causes costly problems
Program will help develop ag leaders
Refining capacity affects gas prices
Researchers improve nutrition monitoring methods
Rural schools express concerns about funding cuts
Senators: New DHS report confirms safety of NBAF
SI Precast Storm Shelters qualify for FEMA reimbursement
Sodium reduction in the spotlight
Spring conference to offer tips on aging
Start preparing for severe weather
U.S. consumers eating less meat
USDA gears up to conduct 2012 Census of Agriculture
USDA to tap veterans, service members for ag careers
UW scientists receive research honors

CROPS

ABA offers advice for buying farmland
Agriculture poster contest winners announced
Battling insects that cause trouble in paradise
Buildings the only business of Quality Structures Inc.
Consider spring oats for forage
Controlling herbicide-resistant pigweed
Corn checkoff referendum passes
Corn Institute holds first policy summit
Cropping System and Beef Production Practicum offered
Determining silage sources for dairies
Extension offers ag events
Extension to hold hoop house pest management workshop
Forage silage alternatives sought in wake of drought
Kansas bills conserve water resources for future generations
Learn how to market food products
March is National Peanut Month
Mid America Farm Expo set for March 27 to 29
NAMA supports funding increase for grain crops research
Nebraska Soybean Board to meet
North Central Steel offers grain bin unloading solution
Producers take part in 'See for Yourself' mission to Washington, D.C.
Project helps veterans return home to farm, ranch
Quality equipment built to last generations
Rep. Lucas discusses farm bill challenges with Oklahoma Sorghum Growers
Research: Applying nitrogen early not likely to increase yields
Sam's Club in business for small businesses
Seed selection key to managing soybean disease, achieving high yields
Shur-Co launches the 4500 Series Electric
South Dakota Soybean Association develops new legislative resource
Soy checkoff CEO named Agribusiness Leader of the Year
Soybean king focus of research on maximizing yield
Soybean seed quality focus of webcast
Soybean Yield Challenge winners announced
Strategic planning key in farm transitions
Study looks at biological control for western bean cutworms
Time to monitor wheat fields for aphid populations
USDA announces new funding for conservation partners
Using caffeine as pesticide gives mixed results
Webinars to examine the financing and technology of digester operations
Weeds and diseases strike sweet corn

LIVESTOCK

Alliance will host Stakeholders Summit in May
American Lamb Board welcomes new members, elects new officers
APHIS issues Schmallenberg virus restrictions
Balancing pork quality with feed economics
Beef Cattle Institute offers animal care training modules online
Beef producer will represent Region IV
Beef Ration and Nutrition software available
Building a successful ranch with Salers
Cattle producer receives Environmental Leaders Award
Cattleman testifies at Western Caucus
Farm tour highlights winter livestock feeding options
Healthy gains hit quality target
ICA kicks off 2012 bull sales in Bloomfield
Lean beef can be part of a heart healthy diet
Livestock Marketeers Hall of Fame inducts new members
Livestock promotion funding available
Mushrush family presented Stockmen of the Year Award
NCBA supports House decision to protect private property rights
Nutrition labels now on raw meat, poultry products
One-way ticket to ride
Pork producers should look at all options for feed
Q fever working group holds meetings
Rawhide Portable Corral's new Rawhide Processor
Salers scholarship winners announced
SCCC/ATS to host Block & Bridle Pig Sale
U.S. Cattlemen's Association supports WTO COOL appeal process
USDA helping producers meet demand for U.S. cattle
Youth Dairy Cow Camp to feature Miss America contestant

EDITOR

Come together
Expanded crop insurance is bad policy
Working together

COLUMNS

BIVI plans to join Farm American Program
Do you want new federal standards for animal care?
DuPont collaborating on drought
I'll take my breakfast burrito with American pork
In other agribusiness news...
Just a scoop full
Partnership helps veterinarians
Searching for 2012 America's Farmers Mom of the Year
Stay in the ruts

MARKETS

Aberdeen livestock auction report
Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Arkansas livestock summary report
Colorado feeder cattle auction summary
Corn sees most gains
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dunlap feeder cattle auction report
Ericson livestock auction report
February brings mild days, freezing nights
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Hay trading slow
High Plains slaughter news
Lexington livestock market report
Mild winter continued in February for Iowa
Mixed conditions across the state
Most hay selling steady, some areas scarce
OKC West livestock market report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt livestock sales report
Salina cattle auction report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Small grains in good condition
Superior video auction report
Varied weather for Kansas during February
Warmer than normal temps for February
West Plains regional auction report
Winds dry out soils during February
Winter wheat continues to struggle

RANGE

Deadline for FRPP sign-up is April 6
Forage Systems Research Center hosts summer pasture workshop
FSA announces CRP general sign-up period
NRCS announces Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative funding
Prairie restoration helps restore water quality
Prescribed burns planned for McGee Creek NSRA
USDA announces new CRP initiative

FAMILY

Celebrate Bake and Take Month in March
'Growing Knowledge at the Farm' series resumes
Horticultural events planned
Horticultural events planned for spring
Iowa State student team repeats Turf Bowl title
Let's all root for root vegetables
March ideal time to augment soil
Meditation for 3-12-12
Missouri wins Western Farm Show's FFA Border War
New blight infecting U.S. boxwoods
Plant trees now for conservation
Pruning fruit trees
Saginaw 1 ideal for narrow, deep lots
Spring a good time to take a household inventory
The Irish in America
Volunteers important to success of 4-H
Weight loss takes time and dedication

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