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2012 March 23
With no authorization from Congress, Salazar said that he won’t be able to make this month’s deadline for deciding whether to remove four dams on the Klamath River in Oregon and California that some believe will help salmon recovery and provide a better water balance between fish and farms.
by DTN
2012 March 23
A fact surprising accountants as they study yearend farm financials for 2011 is how well private policies paid for wind and hail coverage, separate from more than $10 billion in claims paid nationwide under federal crop insurance last year.
2012 March 23
Managers of the scenic Valles Caldera National Preserve near Los Alamos, NM, have given the green light to leasing animal unit months (AUMs) on the preserve to New Mexico State University (NMSU) and Jemez Pueblo for the 2012 grazing season, turning down an offer of $35,000 from Santa Fe-based group WildEarth Guardians to keep stocking rates at zero.
by WLJ
2012 March 23
“2011 was the driest year on record and certainly an infamous year of distinction for the state’s farmers and ranchers,” said Dr. David Anderson, AgriLife Extension livestock economist. “The $7.62 billion mark for 2011 is more than $3.5 billion higher than the 2006 drought loss estimates, which previously was the costliest drought on record.
by WLJ
2012 March 23
This level of imports is not sustainable and will be offset by sharply reduced imports in the future. However, without better data, it is uncertain how much additional liquidation might occur in 2012 if the drought persists and thus what level of imports might be possible this year.
by WLJ
2012 March 23
Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, along with a bipartisan group of his Senate colleagues, recently expressed concerns with how the H-2A visa program—critical to providing labor for agricultural producers in Colorado and around the country—is being administered.
by WLJ
2012 March 23
Just in time to honor National AG Day, Iowa Congressman Tom Latham introduced bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Congress that will block Washington’s attack on America’s long-standing family farm tradition.
by WLJ
2012 March 23
“If we can buy bulls that will produce offspring that will be born with a minimum of dystocia, grow a little bit faster, will produce a little bit higher-quality carcass, and produce replacement females that perform above average, I think our cow/calf producers have the opportunity to capitalize,” Ron Lemenager said.
by WLJ
2012 March 23
“The message of consumer demand is more complicated than it has ever been,” John Stika said at the Kansas State University Cattlemen’s Day earlier this month. Regardless of position in the beef industry, “we must interpret and respond by balancing those needs and expectations of consumers with our need to make a profit.
2012 March 16
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is defending the agency’s decision to close some roads in national forests, despite the growing conflicts and concerns. Intermountain Regional Forester Harv Forsgren told guests at a congressional hearing in Elko, NV, last week that the travel management plans are part of an on-going process across the West.
by WLJ
2012 March 16
March 13, the Senate failed to pass the Stabenow amendment extending key biofuel tax incentives, such as the Cellulosic Biofuels Producer Tax Credit, the Accelerated Depreciation Allowance for Cellulosic Biofuel Plant Property, and the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit available to blender pumps and other ethanol fueling infrastructure.
2012 March 16
Last week’s media blitz was buzzing with pink slime bites after ABC News’ March 7 investigative report on the use of the beef filler. According to their report, the lowgrade beef product, dubbed pink slime, is present in 70 percent of ground beef sold at supermarkets.
2012 March 16
If the proposed rule is finalized, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) import regulations for BSE would become more science based. As a result, commodities that are now restricted but pose no risk for BSE could be imported, according to APHIS.
2012 March 16
Many amendments were suggested and shot down for Highway Bill S.1813. Two of the small handful that got through should make farmers and ranchers breathe a sigh of relief. The bill will no longer require commercial licenses for drivers of farm vehicles and will lift restrictions that might have interfered with key seasonal activities.
2012 March 16
NCBA and the Cattlemen’s Beef Board disagreed over a similar argument regarding the role of the Federation last year before leadership changes at the beef board. Some other groups also have called for the Federation to be broken off from NCBA, but Federation leaders have rejected such requests.
by WLJ
2012 March 16
WSGA has become a Member Services Partner with U.S. Livestock Producers (uslp). Uslp provides unique warranty products to cattlemen, providing them with financial safeguards when faced with brucellosis and other catastrophic diseases such as foot and mouth, tuberculosis, BSE and anthrax.
by WLJ
2012 March 16
Europe ended the twodecade beef trade war March 14 with the U.S. and Canada over beef. Though still maintaining its ban on beef from animals treated with any number of common feed supplements, broadly and indiscriminately dubbed “hormones,” Europe increased imports of high-quality meat from the two countries.


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