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by WLJ
2015 December 18
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) finalized a rule last week to ensure that farm safety-net payments are issued only to active managers of farms that operate as joint ventures or general partnerships, consistent with the direction and authority provide by Congress in the 2014 farm bill.

by WLJ
2015 December 18
“Rich is a dedicated family man, an active member in the Denver community, and a true ambassador of our western lifestyle as evident in his family’s love for horses,” said Paul Andrews, President and CEO of the NWSS. “We are honored to have a Denver legend and passionate Stock Show sup porter.



by WLJ
2015 December 18
Thursday, Jan. 7 8:00 a.m., Angus “Yards” Cattle Arrival, Stockyards 8:00 a.m., Wool Show Judging, Stadium Hall 1 9:00 a.m., Shorn Fleece/Fiber Show (Alpaca & Llama), Stadium Hall 1 12:00 p.m., Catch-A-Calf Arrival, Cattle Barn, 12:00 p.m., Kick-Off Parade, Downtown Denver 12:00 p.

2015 December 11
On Dec. 7 the World Trade Organization (WTO) authorized Canada and Mexico to assess over $1 billion in retaliatory tariffs on a wide range of U.S. products due to the dispute over United States’ country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rule. The rule that mandates meat labeling showS where an animal was born, raised and slaughtered.


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.




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