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by WLJ
2016 February 29
Ammon Bundy and 15 fellow occupiers of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge pleaded “not guilty” at their arraignment on Feb. 24. They were accused of conspiracy to impede officers of the U.S. government from discharging their duties through use of force, intimidation, or threats.


by WLJ
2016 February 29
Included in the annual report is an overview of revenues and expenditures for fiscal 2015. It shows beef producers and importers in the U.S. invested $41.8 million into FY 2015 beef promotion, research and information programs, as directed by the Beef Promotion and Research Act.


by WLJ
2016 February 29
In early February, California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) filed comments with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) opposing any additional designations of Wild and Scenic Rivers in the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests.


2016 February 29
Snow falls on stocker cattle in wheat pasture near Amarillo, TX. While the winter has been dry, El Niño remains strong, and wetter conditions are returning, according to Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, State Climatologist and Regents Professor at Texas A&M University, College Station.


by WLJ
2016 February 29
Earlier this month, the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) released the final text of emergency monitoring and reporting regulations adopted by the SWRCB during its Jan. 19 meeting. The full text of the emergency regulations, as well as a fact sheet overviewing them, can be viewed online at www.


by WLJ
2016 February 29
A committee appointed by Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources Harlan Vice Chancellor Ronnie Green has begun the search process to recruit and select candidates for a new head of the Animal Science Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


2016 February 29
Oklahoma producers interested in taking advantage of a robust hard white wheat market will be in an excellent position to do so with the release of Stardust, a new variety developed by the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (DASNR).


2016 February 29
“Good vaccination programs are vital to establishing an animal health program to control infectious diseases in cattle,” Grant Dewell, Associate Professor in Beef Production and Extension Beef Veterinarian, said. “Each cow herd is unique and vaccine programs should be tailored to meet the potential challenges along with a solid biosecurity program.


2016 February 29
The Senate agriculture committee was scheduled to hold a meeting last Thursday on a bill drafted by Chairman Pat Roberts (R- KS) that would block states from creating their own mandatory biotech food labeling laws. Roberts introduced his bill Feb. 19 and set the Thursday date for the committee to vote on the bill.


2016 February 29
Have you ever left for a conference feeling just fine, shook a lot of hands and mingled, then returned home to spend a day or two in bed with the cold or flu? The same thing can happen to livestock throughout the various phases of production as new groups of animals mix and germs spread.


by WLJ
2016 February 29
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) announced last Thursday that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will finally implement the Crooked River Collaborative Water Security and Jobs Act of 2014, a law that he wrote and that was unanimously approved by Congress in 2014 to improve water management and grow jobs in Central Oregon.


2016 February 29
While the new veterinary feed directive, or VFD, drug ruling by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration went into effect Oct. 1, 2015, livestock producers can expect to see new labels for medically important antibiotics used on the feed of food animals by Jan.


by WLJ
2016 February 29
The winner of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet, announced recently, is Kenna Lewis of California. Lewis was awarded the top prize following a discussion that included protecting farmers’ ability to access new technology while ensuring public acceptance and encouraging innovation.


2016 February 29
That being said, producers still have reasons to select bulls based on traits that are not readily available nor in the breed databases. Interestingly, no one ever bluntly denies the use of data, but one most certainly can sense a presence of denial at times.


by WLJ
2016 February 29
The food reform movement is active, vocal, and not likely to go away. The banner under which they parade is a noble one; consumers need to know more about the origin of their food and how it is grown, harvested and delivered to the ultimate user. They also demand a healthful, safe product and they should.


2016 February 26
The cash fed cattle trade was slow to develop last week, though it is unclear if that was because packers were holding out on the hope of declining prices or because they just didn’t need cattle last week. By last Thursday afternoon, not even 6,500 head had been confirmed for the whole week.