Agribusiness Update for Wednesday 2/27/13

Agribusiness Update for Wednesday 2/27/13

This is the Agribusiness Update...I’m Greg Martin...

U.S. and Japanese officials have announced that Japan will not be required to reduce its tariffs on rice and other agricultural products in order to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. But tariff levels on ag goods are part of the talks - and if Japan participates - the U.S. and Japanese governments say all goods will be subject to negotiation.

According to USDA and university scientists - cattle temperament influences how animals should be handled, how they perform and how they respond to disease. Researchers looked at stressful events beef cattle experience during routine management practices like weaning, transportation and vaccination. The more temperamental animals failed to show behaviors that allow detection of sick animals where calm animals immediately displayed visual signs and became ill.

Idaho lawmakers may soon be presented with a bill that would require schools to have safety and security plans on campuses and buses. According to the proposed bill, each school district would need to have "multiple security deterrents” including metal detectors, school resource officers, and authorizing people to carry firearms.

That’s today’s Agribusiness Update from the Ag Information Network. 

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