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VET DEGREES

Chances are good, the next veterinarian you visit will be female. In 2012-13, 77% of veterinary degrees were earned by females – the highest percentage among professional degrees.

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DATA LAWSUIT

A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a coalition of consumer, environmental, and animal rights groups that could have made it easier for those groups to get information on livestock operations and their owners. AFBF’s Danielle Quist says the court made the right decision.

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ANIMAL WELFARE

A group of evangelical Christian leaders has launched an effort to educate people in the pews on a biblical imperative to take care of animals, including in agriculture. The initiative grew out of a meeting of faith leaders organized by the Humane Society of the United States in 2011.

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IL DEPT. OF AG EXPANDS JUNIOR LIVESTOCK PROGRAM

Exhibitors from ages 8 to 21 will be able to exhibit at the 2016 Illinois State Fair and DuQuoin State Fair, thanks to a change in age eligibility rules by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.

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CLOSING THE PITS

The closure of the grain/livestock pits next month is fast approaching. Crain’s Chicago Business has put together a multi-media article from numerous floor traders on the history of futures trading in Chicago.

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HOUSE OK’s

The U.S. House passed a pair of bills aimed at avoiding future disruptions of export grain inspections and livestock market reports.    

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PRODUCE SALES

In 2012, 34% of all U.S. produce farms—those producing vegetables, fruit, or nuts—sold food through local food marketing channels, whereas only 3% of field/other crop farms and 8% of livestock/livestock product farms did so.

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DROUGHT’S COST

California’s farmers will have less irrigation water and will idle more cropland this year than they did last year, says a study by UC-Davis. It estimates direct agricultural losses of $1.8 billion, comprised of $1.2 billion in lower crop, livestock and dairy revenue and $600 million in higher costs to pump water from wells.

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WALMART RULES

Walmart has announced new farm animal welfare policies, joining a long list of food companies taking steps to change the conditions of the cattle, hogs and poultry in its supply chain.

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FAIR BANS

Iowa will join Minnesota, New York and other states in banning chickens, turkeys and other poultry from state and county fairs to prevent the spread of bird flu this summer.

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