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by WLJ
2015 August 31
Last Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new strategy for greater sage-grouse conservation in the West. The fouryear plan will see $211 million invested between now and 2018, regardless of the listing decision made by late September.


by WLJ
2015 August 31
The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) will be hosting its fifth annual antibiotic symposium Nov. 3-5, 2015 in Atlanta, GA, at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown.


2015 August 31
Several Corn Belt university scientists are among 88 potential candidates for a new agriculture standing committee of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) scientific advisory board (SAB). The agency published the list of candidates in the Federal Register this week.


by WLJ
2015 August 31
Many landowners in Oklahoma and Texas have experienced varying degrees of damage from weather events this spring and summer. Destruction has come in many ways. Winds have damaged or demolished buildings. Flooding has flattened fences by piling up debris.


2015 August 31
As harvest approaches, propane is a key ingredient for anyone using a hightemperature system to dry corn. A case study conducted by Mark Hanna, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, can help farmers as they plan for harvest and winter storage.


2015 August 31
During a recent drive in northeast Oklahoma, the abundance of hay in big round bales was quite evident. Producers are glad to have adequate supplies of hay as fall and winter approaches. Cattle producers must remember that quantity and quality of hay are independent characteristics of their hay crop.


2015 August 31
California ranchers may receive a reprieve on additional water regulations due to an announcement by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) that it will consider discontinuing exploration of a statewide Grazing Regulatory Action Project (GRAP).


by WLJ
2015 August 31
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recently announced that a pack of gray wolves has settled in an area of Siskiyou County in the northern part of the state. The pack, dubbed the “Shasta Pack,” is believed to consist of two adults and five pups, based on images captured by CDFW trail cameras.


by WLJ
2015 August 31
Iowa beef producers Scott Niess of Osage and Kent Pruismann of Rock Valley participated in an Iowa Meat Trade Mission to Chile and Peru in early August. Niess, past Chairman of the Iowa Beef Industry Council, explained that the mission was exploratory in nature to determine if there is a market for U.


by USDA
2015 August 31
U.S. foundations are an important source of funding for public needs, providing more than $45 billion in grants in 2010. On average, grants to rural-based organizations accounted for 5.5 percent of the real value of domestic grants by large foundations during 2005-10.


2015 August 31
Since we can’t dig up the roots, monitoring our pastures is a good way to assess plant health. Weather (precipitation or freezes) and defoliation (from hail or grasshoppers) impacts plant health, but is out of our control. Management (stocking rate, date grazed, etc.


2015 August 31
This year 20 percent of the state’s intended soybean acres remain unplanted. Costly replanting occurred after fields flooded. Rains washed away millions of dollars of weedkiller and fertilizer. Elevators refused to buy disease-ridden wheat. Livestock producers struggled with muddy feedlots and overflowing lagoons.


2015 August 28
at USDA data, the number of positive results related to a pathogen like E. coli O157:H7 have gone down considerably in the last 10- 20 years. The packing companies conduct sample tests on a regular basis to help ensure that the product they are putting into commerce is safe for consumers to purchase.


2015 August 28
“Extinction is an extreme prediction, considering that sage-grouse occupy 56 percent of their historic range in 11 states and two Canadian provinces, and although the number of sage-grouse is uncertain it was estimated to be 535,542 birds in 2010,” wrote Cronin in his article shared with WLJ.


2015 August 21
The number of grizzly bears has reached the point of recovery and it’s time to delist. So say ranchers and wildlife management officials in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem area. This area includes a large section of northwest Wyoming, southeastern Montana and eastern Idaho, as well as Yellow stone National Park.


2015 August 21
A new wilderness area in Idaho was created with the passage of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA) and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act, HR 1138, often referred to as the Boulder White Clouds. The bill was approved by the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent and was signed by President Barack Obama Aug.


2015 August 21
Thirteen states previously engaged in one of several lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule filed a motion for preliminary injunction with Federal District Court Judge Ralph Erickson in Fargo, ND.


2015 August 21
• To be ready for grazing by early November, small grains and ryegrass must be planted by Sept. 15 on a tilled seedbed or no-tilled into harvested crop fields. • To enable grazing by early December, producers should plant winter annuals in crop fields from Sept.


2015 August 21
Despite recent rains, soon enough there will be yearlings marketed in the Northern Plains. The fed cattle and related markets have been relatively steady in recent weeks. During the lull, it seemed like a good time to look at the feeding margin to see if it has stabilized also.




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