DairyHerdNetwork Top Stories: Dairy Program Dropped, La Nina, Food Trends

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USU Trustees Vote To Drop Dairy Herdsman Program
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — A plan to discontinue Utah State University's dairy herdsman program has moved a step closer to reality.

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Oregon Dairy Closure Worries Other Farmers
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The planned closure of an Oregon dairy that has been in business for more than half a century has added to the worries about low milk prices and skyrocketing costs affecting other farmers.

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La Nina Heightens Fears Of Poor Kansas Wheat Crop
Analysts at Australia & New Zealand Bank have hardened their forecast that Kansas-traded wheat risks becoming a market "flashpoint", according to AgriMoney.com. The bank warned that the La Niña weather pattern has increased the chances of a poor crop this year.

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Food Trends For 2011
Forecasting trends in the food industry can be just as precarious as predicting the weather as consumers’ tastes can change on a dime. However, Phil Lempert, known as the SuperMarket Guru, works closely with ConAgra to forecast food trends. For 2011 he expects six trends to emerge.

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USDA Issues Final Rule On Farm Payment Qualifications
USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Jonathan Coppess said the agency has published a final rule intended to strengthen payment integrity and eliminate waste and abuse.

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