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2015 September 11
Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) introduced legislation through S.1140 earlier this year that would require the secretary of the Army and the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to propose a regulation revising the definition of the term “Waters of the United States.


2015 September 11
Checking whether cows are pregnant and culling the non-pregnant females before the winter feeding period can save producers 60-70 percent of their yearly beef cow maintenance expenses, according to North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service livestock experts.


by WLJ
2015 September 11
It’s time for college students to step up and share their passion for agriculture. This fall, the Animal Agriculture Alliance will launch its 7th annual College Aggies Online (CAO) Scholarship Program to help college students with a passion for agriculture become confident, positive and proactive communicators.


2015 September 11
Therefore, ranchers need to make certain that cow culling is done properly and profitably. Selling cull cows when they will return the most income to the rancher requires knowledge about cull cow health and body condition.


2015 September 11
At the recent annual meeting of Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund (R- CALF) in Denver, Mike Calicrate of Ranch Foods Direct and Calicrate Banders described his mobile slaughter unit to the crowd. Along with being an efficient use of resources, he described it as an opportunity for ranchers to break away from larger fixed-facility processing plants and really find out what value the market places on beef.


by WLJ
2015 September 11
Are your employees Beef Quality Assurance animal care and handling certified? How are you ensuring an adequate supply of water for your cattle? Do you have a grazing land management plan in place? Answers to these and numerous additional questions...


2015 September 11
Beef production for the year to date in 2015 is down 4.4 percent. This follows last year’s 5.7 percent year-overyear decrease in beef production from 2013. Total cattle slaughter so far this year is down 6.6 percent from one year ago and follows the 7.1 percent annual decrease in 2014 from 2013.


by WLJ
2015 September 11
Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show internships. Interested college juniors and above are encouraged to apply to be a part of the cattle industry’s largest event.


2015 September 4
The Clean Water Rule, set to be implemented Aug. 28, was barred from implementation in all 50 states by a federal District Court judge in North Dakota. On Aug. 27, Judge Ralph Erickson ruled on behalf of 13 states that the effective date should be delayed due to “the irreparable harm it would cause the states.


2015 September 4
Death by fire is threatening a growing number of livestock operations in the Northwest. As of Sept. 2, almost 2 million acres of active, large fires raged—mostly in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon. Many of the infernos are less than 50 percent contained, according to the National Inter-agency Fire Center.


by WLJ
2015 September 4
Whole-Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) insurance will be available in every county in the nation in 2016, according to an announcement by USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden.


2015 September 4
Despite the challenges of a prolonged drought, data reported last week from USDA shows California farmers had just under $54 billion in cash receipts for crops and livestock in 2014. Of those totals, $38.7 billion came from crops, of which fruits and nuts accounted for $21.


2015 September 4
Ohio 4-H is bringing agricultural science to two urban elementary schools in inner city neighborhoods. The idea is to increase student awareness that food and agriculture are viable career options, even in areas with little green space and limited local employment opportunities.


by WLJ
2015 September 4
District Judge Robert Junell in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Texas overturned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) April 2014 listing of the lesser prairie chicken as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.


by WLJ
2015 September 4
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is committed to continue working with ranchers and land managers to conserve habitat for sagegrouse. This was the message Aug. 27 as USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a four-year strategy to invest approximately $211 million in conservation efforts to benefit the greater sage-grouse.




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