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2015 May 1
By the numbers, the gray wolf in Oregon is on the path to delisting from the state’s endangered species list. Oregon’s wolves have reached four breeding pairs for three consecutive three years. This is considered to be a conservative count. These numbers represent the trigger point in the Oregon Wolf Plan: The delisting process will begin.


by WLJ
2015 May 1
Montana Governor Steve Bullock signed SB262 on April 24, giving state approval to a negotiated water rights compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) in western Montana. He was joined at the signing by the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Chas Vincent (R-MT), and leaders from the CSKT tribes.


2015 May 1
That technology on a tractor deals with safety, performance and standards such as meeting emission requirements. “We do try to make sure through our dealers and customers to read diagnostics and do anything they need to do for repairs that need to happen,” Nelson said.


2015 May 1
One of the problems seen on the Iowa landscape in particular, he said, is satellite imagery has revealed that in the past 35 years or so, many conservation practices including buffers that were once in place in 1980 have since disappeared in some counties.


2015 May 1
Limited snowmelt and the lack of rainfall in many parts of the West this spring means producers should have the water quality in their pastures tested before turning their livestock out to pasture, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service specialists advise.


by WLJ
2015 May 1
Dave Nichols of Bridgewater, IA, has been selected as the 2015 inductee into the Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Gallery, largely considered the highest honor in the livestock industry.


2015 May 1
Producers need to have a good idea how to assess available forage, feed and water supplies to determine if they need to reduce their stocking rates or modify grazing plans before they turn their cattle out onto pasture this spring, according to Beef Cattle Specialist Carl Dahlen.


2015 May 1
Negotiating farmland rental rates can be challenging. Generally landowners and tenants want to be fair with each other and don’t want to be taken advantage of. Landowners need to cover the costs associated with owning land like land payment, insurance and taxes.


by WLJ
2015 May 1
Farmers and ranchers are eager to use airborne drones to improve their businesses, but they need flexibility to use these tools to their full potential, the American Farm Bureau Federation told the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in comments...


2015 May 1
If you wait until the first day of sun to see if the equipment works, you’ll miss haying days. Increasingly, earlyseason hay makers switch to baleage. They bale partly dried hay and wrap it in plastic. That wrapped hay takes on the feeding quality of silage.


2015 April 24
Ranchers in the Mono Basin along the Nevada/California border are breathing a sigh of relief: The federal government has decided not to list the “bi-state sage-grouse” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The decision was a change of course for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), which in 2013 proposed the bird for listing as “threatened.


2015 April 24
Two recently-introduced bills that have walked the halls of Congress before and were put down are back. On the afternoon of April 16, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 1105, an effort to repeal the commonly called “Death Tax.” The bill now goes onto the Senate where it faces an unlikely future.


2015 April 24
There are fewer cows going to slaughter and more meat in the bank, so to speak. Monthly USDA reports released last week are a glimpse at the changing scenery of the current market; fewer, heavier animals are going to slaughter and increasingly more of them are steers than females, and the strong...


by DTN
2015 April 24
The U.S. could become a major exporter of agricultural products to Cuba, but current law prohibits USDA from promoting sales to Cuba, White House officials said last week in the Obama administration’s first testimony on Capitol Hill on the potential for increasing U.


by WLJ
2015 April 24
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is seeking comments on proposed listing activities on 10 species. Upon preliminary review, the USFWS has determined the proposed listing activities—ranging between new listings to one delisting—may be warranted.


by WLJ
2015 April 24
“Starting at 6 p.m., the Rapid City Beef Crawl will begin at the Firehouse Brewing Co. in downtown Rapid City,” said Rebecca Christman, Ag United for South Dakota Outreach Director.


2015 April 24
HumaneWatch.org, a project of the Center for Consumer Freedom, released a new video interview last week with a former undercover investigator for Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). In the video, the subject grants Humane- Watch an exclusive interview, which sheds new light on the activist group while exposing the real intent of HSUS.


2015 April 24
Scientists from Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the U.S. describe the research they conducted on organic and conventional farms to arrive at dollar values for natural processes that aid farming and that can substitute for costly fossil fuel-based inputs.


2015 April 24
A recent Kansas State University (K- State) study found that providing growing cattle with dried distillers grains (DDGS) plus salt on a self-feeding basis while the animals grazed native pastures helped boost average daily weight gain without the indirect expenses linked to daily delivery such as fuel and labor.


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