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2016 July 15
A first step in market planning for calves this fall is to stay on top of markets, both cash and futures. While the cash markets are important at telling you where the market has been and to compare market strength among various options, the futures market has traditionally been the best predictor of where the market has been expected to go.


2016 July 15
As Montana’s last and largest Indian water compact chugs toward the finish line, heated debate makes for a wild ride. For over a decade, the compact for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT or compact) on the Flathead Indian Reservation has been kneaded and pounded by state, tribal, and U.S.


by WLJ
2016 July 15
Cheramie Viator has joined the Westway Feed Products team as Marketing Manager. In this role she will work with the management team to implement marketing and advertising strategies. While based at the company’s headquarters in Tomball, TX, Viator will assist the Westway sales teams across the U.S.
by WLJ
2016 July 15
The deadline to submit nominations for the Women in Agribusiness Demeter Award of Excellence has been extended to Friday, July 29. The awards will be presented at the fifth annual Women in Agribusiness Summit, hosted by HighQuest Group, this year in Chicago, Sept.


2016 July 15
As we head toward the “dog days of summer,” heat and drought may cause plants intended for hay or grazing to be stressed. Summer annuals most often include the forage sorghums and when stressed they are capable of accumulating toxic levels of nitrates or “prussic acid.


by WLJ
2016 July 15
If you are not a student reading this right now, perhaps there is an ag student in your life. Please share this with them so they can get access to what we have to offer. We focus on the state of the cattle and beef industry and what it takes to be profitable in today’s chaotic world of politics, regulation, emerging science, and turbulent markets.


2016 July 15
If this person did a 1031 exchange on the $4 million property, the $875,000 that would have gone to pay taxes could be invested in additional real estate. Assuming the $875,000 of real estate returned 7 percent per year, it would provide an additional $61,250 per year of income.


2016 July 8
“We want to encourage the sellers to have skin in the game, so to speak, but we also want to encourage consignment, so there’s a balance there. We’ve got both parties wanting to see this be successful so I think we’ll come to some good conclusions and something equitable for everyone to make the experience good.


2016 July 8
In the midst of a constantly changing set of short-term market forces, it is easy to overlook the enormous market challenges that are inherently part of cattle and beef markets. Many factors make the cattle and beef industry arguably the most complex set of markets known.


2016 July 8
As we work into the first days of summer, now would be a good time to revisit your marketing plans. For those of you who don’t yet have a marketing plan, now may be a good opportunity to start putting one together. Every operation should develop and maintain a marketing plan.


2016 July 8
The black-footed ferret (BFF), which was thought to be extinct, is returning this month to the ranch in Wyoming where it was rediscovered 35 years ago. A member of the weasel family, the mammal remains one of the most endangered species in North America, but progress is being made to restore its numbers.


by WLJ
2016 July 8
Last Wednesday, Oregon Court of Appeals Chief Judge Ericka Hadlock decided to reopen a judicial review of the Oregon state order to delist the gray wolf in the state. This order was later ratified in the form of HB 4040 and signed into law by Oregon Gov.




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