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U.S. Ag Secretary Says Beef Fillers Safe
Officially its called “boneless lean beef trimmings” and now its known as ‘pink slime’, a low cost filler made from fatty bits of beef and treated with ammonia. Its used in some hamburger meats and locally, major grocers indicate they’ve either discontinued selling…
Food Price Inflation May Be Slowing Down
The latest government report on inflation has some good news for food shoppers. Over the next decade agriculture analysts predict food price inflation will tag just behind the general inflation rate. U.S. Department of Agriculture Analyst, David Stalling says this is good news after a five percent o…
USDA Puts $40 Million Into Forest Restoration
$40 million federal dollars will go toward 20 different forest and water shed restoration projects. USDA officials say the goal is to improve forest health, protect water and wildlife and provide jobs in rural communities. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says, the goal is to increase “the n…
Researchers Study Vaccine For Threatening Cattle Disease
Leptospirosis can be a highly contagious disease in cattle and researchers are testing a vaccine developed years ago to judge its immunity response. David Alt at the USDA’s National Animal Disease Center says they hope by studying the existing vaccine they can develop something better. ȁ…
Beef Prices Continue To Rise In 2012
Wyoming’s cattle inventory is up 5 percent over last year but the rest of the country is down by 2 percent. All this spells out prices that are some 13 percent higher than they were this time last year. Livestock economists say that’s not gonna change and importing beef may not be an o…
Avoid Food Safety Violations At Your Super Bowl Party
Super Bowl party hosts and their guests should take a defensive strategy against food-borne illness by following some basic rules. Donna Carlson of the USDA’s food safety and inspections service says everyone should know the four key steps to food safety; clean, separate, cook and chill, and …
Plant Hardiness Zones Revised, First Time In 20 Years
Plant hardiness zones have been adjusted by the USDA and Casper, Wyoming is moving up. Horticulturalist, Donna Cuin, at the U-W Agricultural Extension office in Casper says the new map has moved us from a 4-b to 5-a. That means we’ve been upgraded from a low of 25 below zero to 20 below- subt…
Packers Vs Feeders, It Ain’t No Football Game
A big game of chicken is being played in the beef industry for high ‘steaks’. (pun very much intended) Its a battle between the cattle feeders and the packers with each hoping to get the prices they need to lessen their losses. That according to USDA Livestock Analyst, Shayle Shagam, w…
USDA Announces $308 Million In Aid To States
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The nation’s top agriculture official is expected to announce Wednesday more than $300 million in emergency assistance to 33 states and Puerto Rico to help them recover from an unusually intense year for natural disasters across the U.S. Utah and Missouri will r…
USDA Closes 259 Sites, Two In Wyoming
Modernization and better customer service are behind the closing of 259 U.S. Department of Agriculture offices and lab facilities across the country including two in Wyoming. The consolidations come as the USDA budget gets a 3 billion dollar slashing. Ag Secretary, Tom Vilsack, says it doesn’…

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