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2017 February 17
In a point-by-point answer to a number of plaintiffs who filed suit challenging how the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is implemented, attorneys for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contend in a legal brief filed last Tuesday the agency followed the law.
2017 February 17
• The 179 expense election is $500,000. Generally, the 179 expense election allows producers to deduct up to $500,000 of machinery or equipment purchases for the year of the purchase. There is a dollar-for-dollar phase-out for purchases of more than $2,010,000.
by WLJ
2017 February 17
When economic times necessitate “tightening of the purse strings,” so to speak, too often livestock producers cut back severely on pasture management and associated expenses. This often leads to the deterioration of pasture resources, the basis of the food source required to sustain the livestock we strive to produce.
2017 February 17
The number of grain dust explosions in the United States fell to a 10-year low in 2016, but two of the incidents resulted in the first reported fatalities since 2013, according to an annual report released by Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.
2017 February 17
Draft Guidance for Industry 187 has genetic scientists concerned for the future of gene editing in agriculture. In classifying the results of gene-edited animals as drugs under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act, the draft guidance could—if finalized—require researchers to jump through onerous regulatory hoops and kill the technology.
2017 February 17
When developing a cattle marketing strategy for 2017, producers should consider basis as well as the multitude of factors which contributed to the continued price decline, said Matthew Diersen, Professor and South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Risk/ Business Management Specialist.
2017 February 17
Erosion at an auxiliary spillway of the Oroville Dam in Northern California prompted emergency evacuations last week as the risk of flooding in areas below the dam grew. As of press time residents were being allowed to return to their homes, but the situation was declared a disaster on Feb.


by WLJ
2017 February 10
All of the cattle that reacted to the initial screening test were subjected to enhanced post-mortem examinations that included more detailed inspection for the presence of lesions related to bovine tuberculosis. However, the number of infected cattle remains at six, and all of these six cattle were from the same farming operation.
2017 February 10
The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published the final rule amending the National Organic Program (NOP), Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices on Jan. 19. The rule adds animal welfare provisions to the organic standards dictating how farmers must raise livestock and poultry, including during transport and slaughter.
by DTN
2017 February 10
After telling the crop insurance industry that he wouldn’t be in Congress if crop insurance had existed when he tried to farm, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member, Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN7), said he doesn’t think the 2018 farm bill should be as hard as some in the past.
2017 February 10
Every kind of group tied to agriculture and nutrition is ramping up for Congress to craft a farm bill during the current Congress even though the 2014 farm bill does not expire until the end of the 2018 crop year—Sept. 30, 2019, for fall-harvested crops.
2017 February 10
The current TB program—evaluating risk on farms, monitoring the movement of animals in and out of the zone, testing herds, buying cattle that react on a test to slaughter and find out if they are infected—is costly. Yet even with that expense, there are still one to four new infected herds identified every year in Michigan alone.
2017 February 10
We know for sure that deer can become infected with TB and are able to pass that infection to others. While many question the role of small animals (opossums, raccoons, etc.), it has never been shown that they can transmit the disease. Focus on what is known—deer can carry and spread the disease.
2017 February 10
When you walk through the tradeshow and livestock on display, you catch a real glimpse of modern technology and trends. But as you enter any building you’ll see pictures taken among the 76-year history and the humility that it brings to see what has transpired in those fairgrounds really brings home what Red Bluff truly encompasses.


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