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2016 April 1
A massive wildfire that started March 22 in Oklahoma quickly spread to Kansas to become the largest wildfire in Kansas’ history. Dubbed the Anderson Creek Fire, it burned an estimated 367,620 acres. The fire was mostly contained by last Monday due to firefighting efforts of local and state crews.


2016 April 1
On March 11, 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) quietly unveiled a policy that will require “effective separation” of domestic sheep and goats from wild sheep across the West. The new guidance is similar to a U.S. Forest Service policy that is currently under litigation by the sheep industry.


2016 April 1
Last Wednesday, Superior Livestock Auction held a mock auction to test out a new online fed cattle auction. This was the latest effort in a growing string of industry attempts to reinvigorate price discovery in the fed cattle markets. Participants and observers were quite hopeful about the venture’s future.


by WLJ
2016 March 28
The lawsuit was dropped following a declaration filed in the U.S. District Court of Montana on March 14 by Andrew Hammond, PhD, Director of the Pacific West Area of the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS), saying the sheep would not be grazed...
by USDA
2016 March 28
APHIS has held extensive conversations with livestock producers and related industries while developing our FMD preparedness plans. During these discussions, everyone involved recognized there is an increased need for a steady vaccine supply to combat this devastating disease should it enter the country.
by WLJ
2016 March 28
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on March 17 issued a rule finalizing three previously-issued interim final rules (IFRs) designed to further reduce the potential risk of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), sometimes referred to as “mad cow disease,” in human food.
2016 March 25
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) named Kendal Frazier as its Chief Executive Officer last week. NCBA President Tracy Brunner made the announcement, saying he is confident that the nation’s oldest and largest cattle industry association is in good hands.



by DTN
2016 March 21
Phil Seng, President and CEO of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), said the time is not ripe to make any volume increase forecast for exports to Japan, but the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) will surely enhance the competitiveness of

2016 March 21
Continuing implementation of the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill, which includes programs such as SodSaver and policies such as conservation compliance (restraining cultivation on highly erodible or marginal lands), provides incentives to enhance conservation of grasslands.

by WLJ
2016 March 21
The Wyoming Beef Council (WBC) is seeking dedicated volunteers to serve Wyoming’s beef industry. The WBC has three upcoming vacancies: two on the governing council; and one WBC-appointed national director position. Applications and descriptions of each position can be found on the WBC website,


2016 March 21
“There is no reason to rush out and do spring tillage in March if the goal is to plant corn in mid-April or to plant soybeans in late April or early May,” said Purdue Extension Agronomist Tony Vyn.

by DTN
2016 March 21
As many Midwest farmers do after the corn harvest in the fall, Daren Niemeyer grazes his beef cows on his corn stalks. The Bladen, NE, farmer uses the leftover crop residue as inexpensive feed for his cows and also for the benefits he believes it has for next year’s crop.