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by WLJ
2016 January 22
John Unruh, Chair of the Food Science Undergraduate Program at Kansas State University, has been named Dean of the College of Agriculture at California State University, Chico. Unruh will begin his position Aug. 1, replacing Dave Daley, who has served as interim Dean of the College of Agriculture since 2014.


2016 January 22
“In other words, for animal feed containing a VFD drug to be used in animals, a licensed veterinarian first must issue an order, called a veterinary feed directive, or VFD, providing for such use,” says Gerald Stokka, North Dakota State University Extension Service Veterinarian and Livestock Stewardship Specialist.


by USDA
2016 January 22
USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced that the department will begin offering farm ownership microloans, creating a new financing avenue for farmers to buy and improve property. These microloans will be especially helpful to beginning or underserved farmers, U.


by WLJ
2016 January 22
The American Quarter Horse Association is teaming up with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association to offer a variety of educational seminars during the 2016 National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Convention Jan. 27-29 in San Diego, CA.


2016 January 22
Cow/calf production occurs across most of the U.S. in a wide variety of production environments. I had a very enjoyable opportunity to visit several ranches in southern Florida recently and learn more about the challenges of cow/calf production in one of the most unique production environments in the country.


by WLJ
2016 January 22
Fort Bridger, WY, rancher Andrew Johnson is negotiating a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a case that drew national attention when the agency claimed Johnson’s stock pond was not exempt from the Clean Water Act (CWA)..


by WLJ
2016 January 22
In early January, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife reported that a 3-year-old male wolf had been tracked into Modoc County, CA. The wolf—OR25— is originally from northeastern Oregon’s Imnaha pack. According to the report, the wolf “appears to be exhibiting dispersal behavior.


2016 January 22
For most people, their encounter with the IRS ends at the audit phase: Taxpayers will often agree to pay whatever the IRS says they owe. In situations where the auditor claims your ranch or farming activity is a hobby, not a business, this can have long-lasting and adverse consequences because deductions against outside income would be disallowed.



by WLJ
2016 January 22
Lameness issues are a leading cause of decreased profitability and a common reason for culling decisions. A survey of western feedlots reported that 16 percent of health issues were correlated directly to lameness, and 5 percent of deaths were due to lame cattle.


2016 January 22
There is a clear agenda that has been set by the federal government over our so-called public lands or federal lands; whichever name you prefer. The battle lines were drawn up with the passage of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976. This, in retrospect, has created an all-out.


by WLJ
2016 January 22
As a Missouri cattle producer, I oppose the $1 a head state beef checkoff. The state government wants to take another $2.


2016 January 22
One fairly new addition to sire summaries is a selection index, available from several breed associations. The selection index allows a producer to select bulls based on multiple traits through a single expected progeny difference (EPD) value. The selection index EPD value can meet maternal cow/calf selection or terminal beef production objectives.


2016 January 15
The cost of producing one unit of output is extremely important information in any business. It determines your break-even price which, in turn, helps determine pricing decisions and profit margins. It also provides a baseline for comparison to other producers with the same or similar output so you can see how competitive.


2016 January 15
November beef exports totaled 95,799 metric tons (mt), down 1 percent from a year ago but the largest volume since June, while export value fell 17 percent to $519.7 million. For January through November, beef exports were down 11 percent from a year ago in both volume (973,028 mt) and value ($5.


2016 January 15
Rounding out 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) was top of mind for many organizations and it remains on the radar as 2016 begins. The Senate passed a resolution of disapproval of WOTUS in November and the House followed with a 253-155 vote last Wednesday to overturn the measure.


2016 January 15
Public Lands Council (PLC) recently welcomed aboard a new executive director in Washington, D.C. In November, Ethan Lane, a fifth-generation Arizonan, took on the task of shepherding the organization through its lobbying efforts on behalf of ranchers with federal land grazing rights.




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