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December 18, 2013

The 84th annual Louisiana Cattlemen's Association Convention and Trade Show kicks off in the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe January 17th and runs through the 19th. Registration begins at 10 AM on the 17th and the trade show opens at 2 o'clock. That night the LCA President's Reception, Auction and Dance starts at 7 in the Ouachita Sheriff Pavilion.

The Livestock Showmanship program begins at 9 o'clock on the 18th and that night is the banquet and Queen's Contest in the West Monroe Convention Center. Sunday morning sees the annual prayer breakfast at 7:30 and the convention wraps up at 9 with reports from Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Mike Strain, Dr. Bill Richardson, Vice-President of Agriculture at LSU, LCA President Vendal Fairchild and the election of new officers.

Tractor, Combine Sales Increase Last Month

According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturer's monthly "Flash Report," the sale of all tractors in the U.S. for November 2013, were up 6% compared to the same month last year.

For the ten months in 2013, a total of 183,846 tractors were sold which compares to 167,431 sold thru November 2012, representing a 10% increase year to date.

For the month, two-wheel drive smaller tractors (under 40 HP) were up 11% from last year, while 40 & under 100 HP were down 3%. Sales of 2-wheel drive 100+ HP were up 9%, while 4-wheel drive tractors were up 7%.

For the ten months, two-wheel drive smaller tractors (under 40 HP) are up 11% over last year, while 40 & under 100 HP are up 5%. Sales of 2-wheel drive 100+ HP are up 18%, while 4-wheel drive tractors are down 2%.

Combine sales were up 26% for the month. Sales of combines for the first ten months totaled 9,487, an increase of 7% over the same period in 2012.

Bioengineered Corn Almost Stolen

A Chinese national who became a resident of the United States through a work visa has been arrested for allegedly stealing bioengineered corn from Monsanto and DuPont Pioneer.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa Nicholas Klinefeldt says Mo Hailong was arrested in Florida.
The investigation started in the summer of 2011 when Pioneer reported suspicious activity by an individual in one of their testing fields. A short time later, Monsanto reported someone digging up corn plants in one of their fields. Both turned out to be Mo Hailong.

Hailong worked for a seed company in China, Klinefeldt says the CEO and four other employees of the Chinese company are co-conspirators in the case but they all live in China or Canada and have not been arrested.
Hailong is charged with conspiracy to steal trade secrets; he will be tried in Des Moines. If convicted he faces up to 10 years in prison and a $5 million fine.

Accepting nominations for the 2014 Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction

We are accepting nominations for the 2014 Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction. Nominations are open to anyone connected with Louisiana agriculture including any person who has passed away. Nomination forms can be found at our website. Just click on the logo at left.

A panel representing the Louisiana Farm Bureau Agri-News Radio Network, LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry will select the inductees.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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