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2015 August 7
The behavior has negative ramifications. Additional wear on incisors can effectively shorten a horse’s lifespan as they are not able to eat properly in their old age. Increased risk of colic, damage to barn and stall surfaces, and reduced market value of the horse are other negatives associated with cribbing.


2015 August 7
Last Monday, Chief Judge B. Lynn Winmill of the U.S. District Court of Idaho ruled in favor of the animal rights group Animal Legal Defense Fund over a controversial state law. Winmill’s move effectively rules Idaho’s agricultural protection law— derisively called an “ag gag law”—is unconstitutional.


2015 August 7
“Previously, owners and operators completed yield, base and election decisions,” North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service Farm Management Specialist Dwight Aakre says. “Now they must complete the ‘enrollment’ or ‘contracting’ step of the program.


2015 August 7
“Check with your crop insurance provider and Farm Service Agency representative to see if it is permissible to seed annual forages in drowned-out pockets within a corn or soybean field, or entire fields that have plants present but not much above-ground growth that can produce grain,” he said.


2015 August 7
The U.S. red meat industry has achieved outstanding export growth in recent years, enhancing profitability for all members of the supply chain. In 2014, both beef exports ($7.13 billion) and pork exports ($6.67 billion) shattered previous records for export value.


2015 August 7
It is appears that the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule expanding the definition of waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) took a tumble last week. The Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has refused to be associated with the EPA’s plan. Ironically, the Corps is the agency that must implement the EPA’s new plan, and they don’t seem to agree much with EPA.


by WLJ
2015 August 7
After spring showers comes summer sun—sometimes with a vengeance. Any summer’s heat and dry weather throughout the western states will present an added challenge to producers in the region. Increased costs for management of livestock with limited resources may be seen by consumers if drought conditions arise.


2015 August 7
Gerri Badden, Public Information Officer U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Oregon Office phone: 503/727-1033 Also, Oregon Representative Greg Walden (R) has invited concerned citizens to email him regarding the Hammond case, which his office is following closely.


2015 July 31
Mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) remains a topic of debate as Congress nears its August recess. The discussion escalated in May when Canada and Mexico received approval from the World Trade Organization (WTO) to begin monetary retaliation against the United States, citing unfair trade practices.


by WLJ
2015 July 31
The survey shows three out of four producers (76 percent) continue to support the Beef Checkoff Program and the more they know about the program, the more supportive they are. In addition, the number of producers who say they do not support the program, at 10 percent, is the lowest ever found.


2015 July 31
Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) and Dairy Animal Care and Quality Assurance (DACQA), also known as Dairy BQA, focus on best management practices for the day-to-day husbandry practices used in caring for cattle that provide beef for family’s tables across the U.


by WLJ
2015 July 31
While Red Angus cattle have earned a solid reputation as helping commercial producers’ build a profitable cow herd, the true versatility of Red Angus is shown when the steer mates excel in the feed yard and garner substantial premiums when sold on the grid, says the Red Angus Association of America (RAAA).


by WLJ
2015 July 31
“If the JBS-Cargill deal is finalized, the four largest pork processors will control roughly 71 percent of the processing capacity in the country. Continued mergers and acquisitions in an already consolidated pork industry could reduce competition.


by DTN
2015 July 31
USDA’s current definition of Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) could deny farm families from receiving government payments if they operate as either an S corporation or Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) taxed as a partnership.




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