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August 11, 2001

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Kansas farmers expected to reap record soybean crop

Kansas farmers can expect to harvest a record soybean crop, according to the state's latest crop estimates released Friday.

Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service's promising forecast for soybean production, projecting the harvest to be 89.9 million bushels, is up 80 percent from last year's level of 50 million bushels. The yield is forecast at 31 bushels per acre, up 11 bushels from 2000.

Farmers in the north-central, east-central and southeast regions of the state have reported the largest increase in production compared to last year's drought-stricken harvest.

Overall, farmers are expected to harvest 2.9 million acres of soybeans, compared to 2.5 million acres a year ago.

Workplace: More businesses using smoke-free policies

Many more Americans are working in smoke-free offices, according to a study by the National Cancer Institute released Friday.

Nearly 70 percent of employees worked in businesses that had smoke-free policies in 1999, up from 46 percent in 1993, according to the study. Only 3 percent of workplaces were smoke-free 15 years ago, according to government research.

Workers in the Midwest and South the regions where most tobacco is grown generally reported the fewest smoke-free workplaces, while those in the Northeast and West had the most.

Joint venture: Farmland Beef to market natural bacteria protection

Farmland National Beef is hoping within a year to start spraying its meat with an all-natural protein that protects against harmful bacteria.

The company is forming a joint venture with DMV USA, a division of Dutch dairy giant DMV International, to market lactoferrin. The protein is found in milk and is already used in baby formulas.

Lactoferrin prevents the growth of bacteria, including salmonella and E. coli, a potentially lethal germ that afflicts thousands each year.

DMV is the world's largest producer of lactoferrin. Farmland National Beef, the fourth-largest meat processing company in the United States, is a division of Kansas City, Mo.-based Farmland Industries.

World Wildlife Fund: World Wrestling Federation loses cage match for WWF

In the great WWF name battle, the panda body-slammed The Rock.

The World Wildlife Fund, best known for its efforts to protect the giant panda and other endangered animal species, won a judgment Friday against World Wrestling Federation Entertainment Inc. over the use of the initials WWF.

The decision from the High Court in London curtails the ability of the wrestling group to promote itself, and will force it to abandon its Web address. The Stamford, Conn.-based company said it would appeal.

Justice Robin Jacob ruled that the wrestling group had breached a 1994 agreement between the two sides that limited its use of the initials.

In a written judgment, Jacob said it was understandable the fund did not want to be associated with the wrestling group.

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