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by WLJ
2017 September 8
Much has been said of the importance of biodiversity on grazing lands and crop fields. Biodiversity allows for healthy soils and plants. The cycles that drive a healthy ecosystem—such as the nutrient and energy cycle—do not function properly without a diversity of plants and organisms.
2017 September 1
Following a directive issued by President Donald Trump in April, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke released a report summary of his review of national monument designations under the Antiquities Act of 1906. During the review, Zinke visited eight national monument sites in six states.
2017 September 1
Is mineral nutrition the magic bullet for reproductive success in your beef operation? The number of mineral products for sale may give the impression that the answer is yes. However, in reality, mineral nutrition is just a part of a good nutrition and management plan.
2017 September 1
On Southern Great Plains rangelands, there is arguably no management practice shrouded with more controversy than prescribed fire. For the most part, it’s a love-hate relationship with most agricultural producers and land managers.
2017 September 1
Hurricane Harvey hit Texas—particularly the Houston area—hard beginning on Aug. 25 and settled in for several days of unprecedented rain and flooding before finally being downgraded to a tropical storm on Aug. 30. The severe weather continued to move northeast, leaving a path of destruction across numerous states.
2017 September 1
The August USDA Cattle on Feed report shows an Aug. 1 feedlot inventory of 10.604 million head, 104.3 percent of last year. This is the largest August feedlot inventory since 2012. July marketings were 104.1 percent of one year ago and the largest since 2014.
2017 September 1
The Montana Board of Livestock (MBL) voted last week to withdraw a proposal that would have made it difficult, if not impossible, to import cattle from Mexico into the state. The issue came under discussion at the request of leaders of Montana’s House and Senate Agriculture Committees during the state’s last legislative session.
2017 September 1
“Anthrax is a disease caused by a bacteria known as Bacillus anthracis,” Stokka says. “This bacteria has a special survival mechanism called spore formation. This characteristic allows the bacteria to produce spores with a very hardy, high survival rate.
by WLJ
2017 September 1
A new online tool from University of Nebraska Extension aims to connect farmers and cattle producers to encourage mutually beneficial agreements to use crop residue for grazing. The Crop Residue Exchange tool provides a searchable database of cropland available for grazing.
2017 September 1
His predictions seemed to come true by the time the bulk of the week’s trade got underway. By close of trade Thursday, over 52,000 head of fed cattle traded on the cash negotiated market at $102-105 (average $104.70) live and $164-166 (average $165.07) dressed.


2017 September 1
A cowboy moves cattle near the Jim Sage Mountains of Idaho on the same day officials from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game unanimously voted against allowing hunters to bait wolves. Hunting is part of the state’s wolf management plan.
2017 September 1
Two men involved in the 2014 Bunkerville standoff between citizens and the BLM walked free on Aug. 22. In this, the second trial related to the standoff, a federal jury found Richard Lovelien of Oklahoma and Steven Stewart of Idaho not guilty of 10 felony charges brought by the federal government.


2017 September 1
August saw the release of the 2017 Sheep Industry Economic Impact Study. This was the most recent such study since 2011. The study reported very encouraging impacts of the U.S. sheep industry, but it also noted that sheep and lamb producers face a lot of unknowns.


by WLJ
2017 September 1
The United Soybean Board (USB) recently announced that Polly Ruhland will become the new chief executive officer effective Nov. 1. She currently serves as CEO of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB), a position she has held for just over six years.
by WLJ
2017 September 1
Claudia was very busy participating in her immediate family’s activities and took great pride in their achievements and successes. Later in life she spent a lot of quality time in her yard and garden at their residence in Powell Butte.


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