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by DTN
2015 October 9
Grain farmers approaching retirement face an ugly reality: a lot of grain to sell but no cropping expenses to provide a tax offset. If that carryover grain is in the $500,000-$1 million territory, spreading the sales over several years doesn’t avoid high tax rates.


by WLJ
2015 October 9
At the end of September, following the Sept. 22 listing decision on the sage-grouse, Governor “Butch” Otter of Idaho and his state legislature filed a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), among other federal agencies and representatives.


2015 October 9
“It is one of the primary drivers of our climate that affects us on a multi-year scale here in North America,” Edwards said. “In South Dakota, very strong El Niño conditions, like we have this year, usually mean warmer than average conditions in the winter season.


2015 October 9
Recent growing seasons have created needs for additional forage and feed stock in the U.S. In addition, since 2007, significant acres have been diverted from forage production to grain production. Crop residues have bridged the gap in many situations as livestock producers are “learning on the fly” how to harvest, store, and feed crop residues.


2015 October 9
The air in the mountains is crisp and clean and oh so thin. When it comes to ranching at elevation, this latter detail can be a major problem. Poorly-adapted cattle can and do die of “brisket disease” when living at high elevations. But a bit of selection and management effort can sidestep a lot of the risk.


2015 October 9
During the fall season, frost will inevitably come. When this happens, farmers and livestock producers should be on the lookout for problems associated with prussic acid. Another time to be looking for potential problems is when rain occurs following a drought or extended period of hot, dry weather.


by WLJ
2015 October 9
Last week, in the Kay’s Korner column (pg. 2, Oct. 5 issue) included some inaccurate dates when discussing previous examples of extreme cattle market downturns.


by WLJ
2015 October 2
Each year, about 48 million Americans are sickened by foodborne diseases, and 3,000 die, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One factor that limits widespread testing of foods for toxins that cause food poisoning is the cost of equipment.
by WLJ
2015 October 2
W i t h global needs to fight hunger and prepare for expected popu l a t i o n growth, the industry of agriculture needs educated, skilled and passionate people dedicated to sustainability. The National FFA Organization is answering this need, as the record growth of the organization demonstrates.


by USDA
2015 October 2
The Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) will invest about $42 million into programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications in fiscal year 2016. Recommendations of the Beef Promotion Operating Committee were reviewed by the full Beef Board and approved by the U.


by WLJ
2015 October 2
Colorado State University’s (CSU’s) Innovation Center for Sustainable Agriculture (ICSA) has joined the sustainable agriculture group Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. CSU is one of eight university members of the Washington, DC-based alliance.


by WLJ
2015 October 2
Growing conditions in the Great Plains of the western United States can be challenging, due in part to limited water resources.


by WLJ
2015 October 2
The tumultuous world of water politics continues on despite metaphorically calmer seas. Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule for Clean Water Act reporting. At the same time, members of Congress reviewed the involvement of the Army Corps of Engineers in the notorious Waters of the U.


2015 October 2
The day-long event, held at the CenturyLink Center in conjunction with AKSAR- BEN Stock Show and Rodeo, is designed to give students the opportunity to learn about nontraditional careers in the agriculture sector and the availability of those jobs in the Omaha area.




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