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2016 February 12
Trade representatives from the 12 countries representing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement met Feb. 4 to formally sign the agreement that would open trade and reduce tariffs on a number of U.S. products including beef. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman was in Auckland, New Zealand, for the signing ceremony.


by WLJ
2016 February 12
They say everything’s bigger in Texas; the sky, the land, and life in general. It should come as no surprise then that Texas contains one of the country’s—and even the continent’s—biggest ranches. At almost 800 square miles, the W.T. Waggoner Ranch is roughly half the size of the State of Rhode Island and has remained under one family for 167 years.


2016 February 12
Last fall’s moderate weather allowed alfalfa plants to harden well for winter, leaving them with a high concentration of nutrients in their roots and adequate soil moisture. This winterized condition enables alfalfa crowns and roots to withstand temperatures down as low as 5 degrees above zero.


2016 February 12
The annual Cattle (inventory) report estimated that total cattle inventories in the U.S. were up 3.2 percent year-over-year at 92.0 million head. From various inventory categories we can calculate an estimated supply of feeder cattle outside of feedlots. For Jan.


by WLJ
2016 February 12
A preliminary injunction filed Feb. 9 in federal court by two environmental groups seeks to disrupt the water supplies of thousands of families throughout Ore gon’s Deschutes Basin, including families in the communities of Bend, Madras, Redmond and Tumalo.


by WLJ
2016 February 12
Nitrate poisoning and toxicity can occur when ruminants ingest excessive nitrate content in affected forages and water supplies. Nitrate is an organic compound that when ingested in normal amounts is converted to ammonia and then to protein in the rumen via bacterial metabolism.


by WLJ
2016 February 12
Also seated on the executive committee were Vice Chairman Brian DeFreese, West Point, IN, and Treasurer Tim Smith, Giddings, TX. Rounding out ASA’s five-member executive committee are Fred Schuetze, Granbury, TX; and Gordon Hodges, Hamptonville, NC..


by WLJ
2016 February 12
Ammon Bundy and 15 fellow protestors were indicted last week for their armed occupation of vacant federal buildings on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge during most of January. The indictment states they were preventing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) employees from discharging their duties by using “force, intimidation, and threats…”.


by WLJ
2016 February 12
Farmers and ranchers are invited to share their stories about advocating for agriculture with the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) as part of the organization’s just-launched #iAdvocate campaign. Ten lucky contest winners will each receive a $100 Farm Bureau Bank gift card.


by WLJ
2016 February 12
Of all the components of soil, organic matter is probably the most important and most misunderstood. Organic matter serves as a reservoir of nutrients and water in the soil, aids in reducing compaction and surface crusting, and increases water infiltration into the soil.


by WLJ
2016 February 12
WR Reserve, a beef processing company in Hastings, NE, will send the first significant shipment of beef from the United States to Israel since that country placed a ban on U.S. beef imports in 2003. Israel is one of the last countries to open its doors to U.


by WLJ
2016 February 12
Finicum was one of the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, OR. He was fatally shot on Jan. 26 by law enforcement as he and fellow occupiers traveled to the nearby town of John Day to talk to residents about the U.S. Constitution.


by WLJ
2016 February 12
The remaining four occupiers of eastern Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge surrendered to FBI Thursday, Feb. 11. FBI and state police had cordoned off the refuge since the arrest of 12 other occupiers and the killing of one occupier on Jan. 26.
2016 February 12
Sugar beet pulp has historically been a great energy source for supplementing beef cows and growing calves (http://extensionpublications.unl.edu/assets/pdf/ g2239.pdf.) It is usually available October through February for those who sign contracts with the sugar factory by April.


2016 February 12
A caveat to the 2014 farm bill is that it requires the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to calculate yearly county yields for ARC-County payments. Therein lies the problem. At least a couple of law firms and others are holding meetings with farmers in parts of the Plains and Midwest to argue that FSA did not accurately calculate county yields.