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2011 December 16
The Klamath River dams have become a contentious decadelong water controversy over how the river should be managed, relating to the water supplies of farmers in the Klamath Basin and the southern Oregon region where the river begins, in addition to fish habitats.
2011 December 16
After going through the bills and getting the bad news, my wife and I opened the strange envelope and got a surprise: two crisp $50 bills. There was an unsigned note, which said the person sending us the money had prayed and received a message that we could use the cash more than he could.
2011 December 16
Wheat is an amazing crop…which is why we grow it in Oklahoma. Given the slightest opportunity, wheat responds very well under adverse conditions. In late October, the prospects for wheat pasture seemed all but lost with most wheat planted late and dry. It was noted, however, that with timely rains, a decent wheat crop could still develop.
2011 December 16
The new rules, endorsed by industry and environmental groups and approved by the nine-member Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), require oil and gas operators to publicly disclose all chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing of their wells, while still recognizing and protecting trade secrets.
by WLJ
2011 December 16
The Serrells, of Castle Rock, will be honored by the Red Meat Club of Denver as the 2012 Friend of the National Western Stock Show beginning at 6 p.m., Jan. 12. The annual dinner will be in the National Western Club and the $30 per person tickets may be purchased by calling 303/299-5556.
by WLJ
2011 December 16
Leonard R. Brooks, cattle buyer, cattle feeder, butcher shop owner, cow/calf operator and veteran registered Quarter horse breeder, passed peacefully on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, in Jamestown, CA. As he made the difficult calls, youngest son, Lee, said it best, “Every morning he awoke at 5 am.
2011 December 9
In a press release, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA has published the Final Rule implementing the 2008 Farm Bill provisions to better protect livestock producers and poultry growers under the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).
by WLJ
2011 December 9
Two weeks ago, live sales sold at $124 in the southern Plains. In Colorado, live sales ranged from $125-126. In Iowa-Minnesota, live sales sold from $126 -127and dressed from $200-205. Nebraska saw a few dressed sales sold from $195-198, compared to the previous week’s $126.
2011 December 9
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kahla of Tomball, TX, were denied farm deductions of $2,658,774 for their cattle and deer ranches, even though Mr. Kahla was knowledgeable about livestock farming and was highly successful in other businesses. They owned 300 head of cattle.
by WLJ
2011 December 9
The microorganism is slightly larger than a red blood cell and resides on the surface skin within the penile sheath. Spread of disease is most often via coital contact. Bulls are affected after breeding with other infected cows— and often develop a carrier state without demonstrating clinical signs of illness.
by WLJ
2011 December 9
A wider price gap between Select grade boxed beef and Choice or better—the Choice/ Select spread—always comes back to supply and demand. Consumers vote with their dollars, and recent shifts in merchandising put much more high-quality beef on the ballot, just as those supplies began to fall off.
by WLJ
2011 December 9
“It is best to start with year-to-date income and expenses and estimate them for the remainder of the year,” says Ron Haugen, North Dakota State University Extension Ser vice farm economist. “Do not forget any income that was deferred to 2011 from a previous year.
by WLJ
2011 December 9
“We’re very excited to be working under Richard’s leadership in the upcoming year,” says Wyatt Prescott, the association’s executive vice president. “He has a very pragmatic mind that will help us to address crit ical industry issues on the local, state and federal level.
by WLJ
2011 December 9
As the season progresses to Christmas, advertisements bombard with suggestions for the perfect gifts; custom-designed fountains, hand-crafted boats, new cars with big bows, or lots of big jewels. The ranch wife, however, is not so easily swayed by other’s take on the perfect gift; they tend toward the more practical.
by DTN
2011 December 9
House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-MN, wants Congress to consider adding the farm bill, which was prepared for the failed supercommittee on deficit reduction, to a bill to pay for an extension of payroll tax relief and...


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