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Natural gas prices mixed to start March

Most natural gas prices in the East, Midwest, and South rose moderately over the week. The Henry Hub spot price rose from $3.17/MMBtu last week to $3.26/MMBtu yesterday. However, midweek, Henry Hub spot prices reached a weekly low on Friday, February 27 of $2.77/MMBtu before bouncing back by the end of the week.

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Emergency preparedness one bite at a time

Early recognition and rapid response to a foreign animal disease (FAD) are critical to mitigating the toll it takes, according to Dr. Justin Smith, deputy animal health commissioner for the Kansas Department of Agriculture. That is why he and other animal health and emergency preparedness personnel, including Sandy Johnson, the department’s emergency management coordinator, are dedicating time to travel the state of Kansas to meet with stakeholders about the state’s FAD response plan. “Knowing what to do and practicing is so important,” Johnson says about the state’s plan.

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National Pork Board reports solid consumer demand for pork in 2014

Five years after setting an aggressive goal of 10 percent growth in real per capita consumer expenditures for pork, the National Pork Board announced it met that goal with total consumer expenditures growing 15.7 percent since 2009. Pork expenditures – the product of total pork volume available in the U.S. multiplied by the average U.S. Department of Agriculture retail pork price – grew by 7.6 percent in 2014 from just the previous year.

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Funding bill includes completion of NBAF

It appears the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) will receive the $300 million in federal funding needed to complete construction in Manhattan, Kansas. After a contentious fight over the Obama Administration’s immigration policy, the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 257 to 167 in favor of the $40 billion bill, which finds the Department of Homeland Security, including $300 million for the NBAF. President Obama signed the bill the following day.

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