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Homegrown-Home team memories

Tue, 11/02/2010

As the San Francisco Giants clinched the World Series title, I was ecstatic as most long-time central California baseball fans were! 55 years is a long time to wait for a World Series title – years of San Francisco Giant memories, from memorizing the starting lineups, collecting baseball cards, attending games and checking the box scores daily for their statistics. Read more

Hoard Guernsey herd classifies

Mon, 11/01/2010

On October 25, the American Guernsey Association appraiser stopped by the Hoard Farm to score the Guernseys. Here are a few highlights from that day:

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Feed price worries abound at Arizona meeting

Fri, 10/29/2010

Milk producers hoping for an optimistic feed outlook in 2011 got just the opposite at the Arizona Dairy Production Conference October 21. Instead of lower prices, speakers said there is a great risk of them going higher. Read more

Next year's milk prices may differ little

Thu, 10/28/2010

Although milk prices in 2011 are forecast to remain near this year’s level, higher feed prices are expected to squeeze producer margins, impacting the size of the dairy herd in 2011, according to the USDA's Economic Research Service Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Outlook released late last week. The U.S. Read more

Top cooperatives have strong agriculture, dairy influence

Tue, 10/26/2010

The results of the annual top 100 coopertives list, ranked by total revenue is now available for 2009. It's release coincides with October being national cooperative month. The document, published by NCB (the national bank for cooperatives) is published annually. Read more

A second-rate artist or a first-rate soup?

Tue, 10/26/2010

I remember having to write an answer to this essay question in my high school English course. We were asked if we would rather be a second-rate artist or be known for making a first-rate soup. While most would like to be very good at the most challenging of tasks, we all have our limitations of where our strengths lie. Read more

It's taking less time to get a college diploma

Mon, 10/25/2010

This may not be the case at all universities, but we suspect the trend is occurring at other institutions of higher learning. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, data from Chancellor Biddy Martin’s office reveals that it is taking students less time, not more, to get their diploma. Read more

Full stomachs and short memories in Europe

Fri, 10/22/2010

Memo to Chile: Don’t seal up that mine just yet.

“Hide and Ignore” appears to be a political strategy across the Atlantic, where the 27-member European Commission has proposed a five-year ban on animal cloning in food production, despite its own scientific advisory group’s repeated findings. Read more

Milk production up big, again!

Thu, 10/21/2010

The trend continues. More and more milk. September was the seventh month in a row that U.S. milk production has been above year-earlier levels. September's growth in milk production across the nation was up 3.3 percent compared to last September. This change came as a result of a solid 3.3-percent jump in milk per cow. Cow numbers changed little from a year ago. Read more

FAO estimation of livestock emissions was "bogus"

Wed, 10/20/2010

"Bogus" is the word that University of California-Davis Professor Frank Mitloehner used to describe the FAO's original estimation of livestock's contribution to greenhouse gasses during his presentation today at the Cornell Nutrition Conference being held in Syracuse, N.Y. Read more

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