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2015 June 26
Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation finally made its way to President Barack Obama’s office last Wednesday after a series of twists, turns and political maneuvering. The bill returned to the Senate early last week for consideration after the House failed to advance it with Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) attached.


2015 June 26
The Husker Mobile Beef Lab is a mobile experience aimed at teaching youth about microbiology, ruminant nutrition, food production, forage resources management, anatomy and physiology, and more. The mobile lab also provides the opportunity to discuss animal husbandry and welfare in the beef industry and clear up any confusion.


by WLJ
2015 June 26
Regional Forester Nora Rasure of the Intermountain Region recently communicated, by letter, with Governors Brian Sandoval (NV) Matthew Mead (WY) and Butch Otter (ID), along with Utah’s Director of Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office, Kathleen...


by DTN
2015 June 26
This arrangement also has estate tax risk. Given that the payments back from the children are implicitly for Grandpa’s lifetime, the IRS could also apply Section 2036 to pull the property back into his estate at death (assuming Grandpa’s net worth exceeded the estate tax exemption and the IRS had estate tax to collect also).


2015 June 26
Not all forms of nitrogen are created equal. Anhydrous ammonia fares better than other forms applied before planting in wet years. “But neither anhydrous nor Environmentally Safe Nitrogen (ESN) are bulletproof in a wet year,” Scharf says. ESN resists loss when applied early, but releases too slowly to do well on corn over a foot tall.


by WLJ
2015 June 26
Issues important to rural Americans, farmers, ranchers, and senior citizens will be the sole focus of a new series of live one-hour primetime programs featuring presidential candidates leading up to the caucuses in Iowa, and New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries.


2015 June 26
U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a draft proposal early last week to remove mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) from muscle cuts of beef and pork, and make the program voluntary. She called the proposal a pathway to finding a solution on country of origin labeling.


2015 June 26
Composting animal manure has long been used as a soil amendment to improve soil health. Composting has increased use as a tool to manage animal manure in recent years for livestock producers.


by DTN
2015 June 26
Two features of the 2014 farm bill’s crop insurance coverage will be expanded to winter wheat and other crops starting in 2016, US- DA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced recently. The move should aid growers besieged by extreme yield swings due to drought or excess moisture, although the benefits won’t come without higher premium costs.


by WLJ
2015 June 26
All submissions for both youth and adult photographers must be agricultural-related and taken in Wyoming. Adult categories include livestock, crops, people/ recreation, scenic and best edit. Contestants can submit a maximum of 25 photos. All contestants are eligible for the $300 grand prize.


by WLJ
2015 June 26
“In contrast to the beef, pork and poultry industries, sheep from other countries are not generally slaughtered in the United States, alleviating much of the controversy around labeling,” said ASI Executive Director Peter Orwick.


by WLJ
2015 June 19
On any landscape, there are opportunities to reduce the amount of water evaporated from the soil. One option for grazers is to leave the grazed stubble a little taller so it shades the soil a little more. For instance, if you normally graze to a four-inch stubble height, try grazing to a five-inch stubble height.


2015 June 19
The U.S. House of Representatives passed Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) June 18 by a vote of 218-208 as stand-alone legislation, without the previous accompanying resolution for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA). Due to TAA being stripped from the trade package, the TPA legislation must now go back to the full Senate for reconsideration.


2015 June 19
Cover crops have seen increased use over recent years to assist crop farmers to capture soil nutrients, protect soil, preserve moisture and generally improve soil health. Many cover crops are grown during fallow time between the main cash crops grown on the farm.




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