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by WLJ
2017 July 21
Last Monday saw the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) release the goals for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). As with previous installments of the NAFTA renegotiation effort, agriculture and its interests received top billing.
by WLJ
2017 July 21
On July 18, the USDA announced that an atypical case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) was found in an 11-year-old cow in Alabama. The animal never entered slaughter channels and at no time presented a risk to the food supply, or to human health in the U.
by WLJ
2017 July 21
Oklahoma beef producers will have the chance to vote on a state-specific beef checkoff in November. Oklahoma Commissioner of Agriculture Jim Reese authorized a referendum after verifying that enough signatures were gathered to hold the vote. The signature petitions were submitted on behalf of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association.
2017 July 21
In the ongoing saga over changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973 the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing on five different bills last week that could change the look of the ESA.


2017 July 21
A settlement agreement was announced July 12 in a dispute about the future of ranching at the Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS) near San Francisco, CA. The agreement gives beef and dairy producers at least a temporary reprieve and the ability to continue operating their mostly organic businesses.
2017 July 14
This will be the fourth NAHMS cow-calf study of the beef industry. The study will involve producers in more than 20 states representing more than 70 percent of beef cows and beef cow operations in the United States. The study will involve interviews with producers to ask about health and management of their cattle.
2017 July 14
“Because the majority of the state is experiencing some level of drought, we recommend that livestock producers test water quality prior to livestock turnout,” North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service livestock environmental stewardship specialist Miranda Meehan says.
by WLJ
2017 July 14
Last Monday, the Colorado and Nebraska Departments of Agriculture jointly announced that a livestock commuter agreement had been reached between the two states. Such agreements allow covered livestock herds to be moved between agreeing states “in the course of normal livestock management operations,” according to federal code.
by WLJ
2017 July 14
Utah’s “ag gag” law was ruled unconstitutional in a July 7 ruling by U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby. The Utah law, which prohibits unauthorized filming of agricultural operations, violates free speech, according to Shelby’s decision, which sides with animal rights groups.
2017 July 14
Relying on book values can be extremely risky, especially during challenging growing conditions. Plants under drought stress mature more quickly than normal, resulting in more rapid declines in hay quality. The same scenario can play out when salvaging a small grain crop for forage.


by WLJ
2017 July 14
Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) introduced H.R. 3131 at the end of June which would amend the Endangered Species Act. Specifically, it would amend the section (16 U.S. Code Section 1540 (g)) that deals with citizen suits.


2017 July 14
Mormon crickets—insects that can grow to almost 3 inches long—have been observed in Idaho and Oregon recently. Earlier in the year, pockets of infestations were noted in Arizona, Nebraska, and South Dakota according to USDA. The large insects travel in massive bands and can destroy large swaths of crops.


by USDA
2017 July 14
Over the past two decades, some store formats—including supercenters, dollar stores and warehouse club stores—have increased their share of Americans’ spending on “at-home food”—food and beverages purchased from retail stores. Shifts between store formats could have implications for shopping patterns.
2017 July 14
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has confirmed the presence of a second pack of gray wolves in Northern California. In early May, partner biologists from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) found evidence of recent wolf presence in the Lassen National Forest.


2017 July 14
The American Angus Association has made a quantum leap forward in its genetic analysis moving to the “One Step” model for the calculation of expected progeny differences (EPDs). This will greatly improve the amount of information garnered from genomics.


2017 July 12
Farm groups are cautioning the Trump administration not to open a “Pandora’s Box” by claiming restrictions on steel and aluminum are needed to protect “national security.” Eighteen agricu
2017 July 10
After surviving a busy calving season, producers are often ready to put the feed wagon away for a few months and turn pairs out to pasture. Dry conditions in the Northern Plains however, may have prod
2017 July 10
 An update to North Dakota State University’s (NDSU’s) FeedList allows farmers and ranchers in other areas to donate feedstuffs easily to North Dakota ranchers who are short of pasture, hay,
by DTN
2017 July 7
Farmers and agriculture interest groups across the country have raised concerns about a seemingly growing number of lawsuits filed by environmental groups aimed at agriculture and other industries during the Obama administration beginning in 2008.


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