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2015 December 11
The gray wolf has not been in California for almost 100 years, but in 2011 a wolf known as OR7 from Oregon made its way into the state for a brief stay before returning to Oregon where he found a mate, sired two sets of pups and has remained.


by WLJ
2015 December 11
Farmers and ranchers were reminded by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that next general enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) opened last week, and ends on Feb. 26, 2016.


2015 December 11
As the air turns crisp and the leaves change color, replacement heifer selection begins to weigh on cattle producers’ minds. The process can be confusing and stressful for producers, as the decisions made can directly impact the future of their program.


2015 December 11
Vilsack points to a recent Economic Research Service report, which showed projected declines in production in most commodities around the country from higher temperatures. Climate change is going to hurt farm income in some parts of the country without adaptation and mitigation, he said.


by WLJ
2015 December 11
The Iowa Beef Industry Council (IBIC) participated in an Iowa meat trade mission trip to meat retailers and packers in China and Japan from Nov. 14-17. IBIC representatives included Executive Director Chris Freland and beef producer Jenni Peters, Bellevue, IA.


by WLJ
2015 December 11
The Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) recognized six individuals who joined the organization in 1965 for 50 years of continuous membership during the KLA Convention Dec. 2. The group currently has 98 members who have been members a half-century or longer.


by DTN
2015 December 11
“What’s interesting to us is U.S. farm assets versus debts,” McBride said. “As a banker, one of the things we focus on is, does anybody get over-leveraged when their financial situation changes? We feel generally that farmers are in solid shape financially.


by WLJ
2015 December 11
Most instances of poor reproductive performance in a herd are due to inadequate nutrition. Body condition score (BCS) is a proven tool to determine nutritional status of an animal. The Beef Improvement Federation emphasizes that, “Current body condition influences subsequent growth, reproduction, milk production and life span.


2015 December 4
When spending money, most citizens and businesses know and keep records on how much they pay and to whom. That hasn’t been the case for almost 20 years for the government, at least in the case of the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA). In an attempt to remedy that situation, the U.


by WLJ
2015 December 4
The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) announced the launch of its new consumer website, TheMeatWeEat.com on Nov. 23. This innovative site was created to provide accurate, fact-based information from U.S. meat scientists to help consumers make informed decisions regarding the meat their families enjoy.


2015 December 4
What are the three most critical required “nutrients” for high-risk calves that have been on a truck for an extended period? Hay, water and rest. Alright, those aren’t all exactly “nutrients” per se, but they are definitely required.


2015 December 4
How old is the cow? Is her mouth sound so that she can harvest forage and be nutritionally strong enough to reproduce and raise a big calf? At what age do cows usually start to become less productive? Obviously there is no one set rule to determine when a cow is culled.


by WLJ
2015 December 4
Wright was appointed to the WBC in 2012 by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead as a representative of range cattle producers and was reappointed to a second term in 2015. Wright also serves as one of Wyoming’s three directors to the Federation of State Beef Councils.


by WLJ
2015 December 4
The National Western Stock Show has named former Wyoming Gov. Mike Sullivan the 2016 Citizen of the West, an award that recognizes those who embody the spirit and determination of the western pioneer and perpetuate the West’s agricultural heritage and ideals.


by WLJ
2015 November 30
The Western Folklife Center and its 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering recently announced the launch of the third annual spoken word poetry competition on YouTube for the next generation of poets ages 18-35.


by WLJ
2015 November 30
Youth scholarships: Four $500 scholarships are available to high school seniors planning to major in agriculture at a short course, vocational technical college or a four-year university. Any high school senior who has participated in FFA, 4-H, any of the various breed organizations or any other agricultural organizations is eligible to apply.