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by WLJ
2016 January 8
Alaska is at times a world of its own. While down in the contiguous 48 states, the gray wolf is federally listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and has been delisted in a confusing patchwork across various territories, up in Alaska it is almost open season on wolves.

by WLJ
2016 January 8
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, reaffirm the role of lean beef in a healthy diet and confirm that Americans are, on average, consuming lean meat in daily amounts that are consistent with the recommendations for protein foods.

by WLJ
2016 January 8
“The story of the Kane’s ranch epitomizes the greatness of Wyoming ranching families,” states Jim Magagna, Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) Executive Vice President. “After 132 year of success, they continue to expand and implement exciting new conservation practices while bringing the 5th generation onto the ranch.

by DTN
2016 January 8
Five months ago when farmers were looking ahead to a grim 2016, “we thought we would see a lot of pressure on cash rents,” recalled Jim Farrell, President of Farmers National Company in Omaha. “But in reality, most professionally-managed cash rents are staying even or are down 5-8 percent.

2016 January 8
Adequate colostrum ingestion is so critical for calves because they are born without the protective immunity of antibodies to common environmental disease organisms. The “first milk,” or colostrum, is what transfers protective antibodies to the calf..

by WLJ
2016 January 8
It’s a new year and—as will certainly be more obvious as the year wears on—it is an election year. Thus far, 2016 has lost no time in getting into the election race in terms of ballot measures for agriculture..

by USDA
2016 January 8
Newly appointed members representing cattle producers are: Mary Jo Rideout, Red Rock, AZ; Hugh Sanburg, Eckert, CO; Cindy Greiman, Garner, IA; Stephanie Dykshorn, Ireton, IA; DJ Edwards, Hamilton, KS.

2016 January 8
Most western resource users, grazers, miners, timber interests will all tell those uninformed folks that the federal agencies—the Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, U.S.

2016 January 8
Let’s change the cow size discussion to a bull size discussion. Generally, the cow herd genetics are changed through the purchase of bulls. On average, genes from an individual calf are as follows: Half come from the sire, one-fourth comes from the maternal grandsire and one-fourth comes from the maternal grand dam.

by WLJ
2016 January 8
CattleFax estimates the beef cow inventory grew from around 29 million at the start of 2014 to 30.7 million head as 2015 came to a close. Depending on consumer responses and producers’ ability to satisfy the growing demand for higher quality, some economists suggest the U.

by WLJ
2016 January 4
The National FFA Organization announced Dec. 17 that W. Dwight Armstrong, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of the National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation, will retire effective June 30, 2016.


by USDA
2016 January 4
The average annual rate of global agricultural output growth slowed in the 1970s and 1980s, then accelerated in the 1990s and 2000s. In the latest period estimated (2001-12), global output of total crop and livestock commodities was expanding at an average rate of 2.


2016 January 4
“Don’t knock the weather. If it didn’t change once in a while, nine out of 10 people couldn’t start a conversation.” —Kin Hubbard, Humorist That quote rings true in many settings, but those in agriculture seem to have a special interest in the weather.


2016 January 4
Just before Christmas, Montana Governor Steve Bullock released a decision that has been a decade and a half coming. The result is several hundred thousand acres of public land have been accepted for increased “tolerance zones” for bison migrating out of Yellowstone National Park.




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