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Beer Makes Beef Better

Something unusual is brewing at the Texas T Kobe ranch. That's where Gene Terry has begun giving his cattle beer–two bottles per head per day. Terry says the beer produces juicier beef. Michael Board reports from San Antonio.

“You’ve heard the phrase ‘Its 5 o’clock somewhere’, at the Texas T ranch, happy hour for the cows comes twice a day.

‘They actually will stand there and wait for the beer.’

Owner Gene Terry says the yeast in the double IPA helps promote digestion, which in turn improves the flavor of the meat. And, no, the cows are not drunk, they process alcohol differently.”

Stevia Producer Eyes Expansion

Sweet Green Fields, the leading U.S. based global producer of stevia extracts, today announced its plans to significantly expand its stevia crop in the Southeastern U.S. Based on the crop's performance during the 2012 growing season, along with the support Sweet Green Fields has received following its introduction to the region, the company is committed to expanding its grower base and working with its partners to significantly bolster its supply of American-grown, high-purity stevia extracts.

Oil Prices on the Rise Again

Oil prices are heading north —again. CBS Money Watch Correspondent Alexis Christoforous reports from New York:

“Oil rose sharply in hopes of a budget deal in Washington and after a survey showed home prices rose in most major cities in October compared to last year, crude oil jumped more than 2% to top $90 a barrel in light post-Christmas trading.”

Animal Rights and Tyson Foods Intertwined

Tyson Foods has announced Humane Society of the United States CEO Wayne Pacelle has dropped his bid for Tyson’s Board of Directors. Pacelle told Meatingplace Tyson’s dual-class stock structure was a barrier to his election. He says he hoped Tyson would see the value of having someone like him on its board – given the prominence of animal rights issues in today’s society.

Virginia Agriculture Census Month

Virginia will soon get a better picture of agriculture in the state. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says Gov. Bob McDonnell has declared January as Virginia Agriculture Census Month. The Census of Agriculture takes place every five years. It is a complete count of all U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. The last national agricultural census was in 2007. The census is based on the 2012 production year but reporting occurs from January until Feb. 4.

Tobacco Associates' Check Off

Tobacco Associates will be holding an export promotion check off referendum on January 23, Tobacco Associates has been around since 1947 as the only grower financed export promotion organization whose activities are directed at promoting, protecting and expanding foreign markets for US flue cured leaf. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.