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by WLJ
2017 August 4
Asked about some highlights of his time working in the auction business, Shawn said, “It was a really good business for us for long time, and it was certainly rewarding financially for us, but the main thing is the people that you get to deal with;...
2017 August 4
The Western Governors' Association (WGA) has also taken a stand on the importance of funding firefighting efforts and ending the practice of fire borrowing (the reallocation of resources to fire suppression activities from other intended uses).
by WLJ
2017 July 28
Marubeni Corporation (Marubeni) based in Tokyo, Japan announced July 20 that it will acquire Kansasbased Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, LLC (Creekstone) from private equity firm Sun Capital Partners. Creekstone supplies many of the U.S.
2017 July 28
Major agribusinesses have gone from being among the highest-returning investments for shareholders prior to 2012 to being among the lowest returners from 2012 to 2016 due to the downturn in the ag economy, according to a survey of 40 global agriculture companies released this month.
by WLJ
2017 July 28
Six families were honored with regional Environmental Stewardship awards during the 2017 Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting July 13. The Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) recognizes the nation’s best cattle and livestock operations and their stewardship and conservation efforts.
2017 July 28
Forage rapeseed (canola) has a nutrient content that’s similar to alfalfa, with crude protein of 12-14 percent and total digestible nutrients (energy) of 55-60 percent. Crude protein and energy levels will be higher if the crop is cut in the early podded stage rather than after the lower leaves begin to drop.
2017 July 28
“As drought conditions deepen in South Dakota and the surrounding region, the likelihood of corn making a harvestable grain crop in some areas is so low that the best option is to take an early forage harvest,” he said. “However, we need to make certain that we aren’t just trading one problem for.
2017 July 28
In what is seen by some as a move to give the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) more flexibility to manage wild horse populations, the U.S. House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment to the Interior and Environment Appropriations bill that would allow humane euthanasia of wild horses and burros.


2017 July 28
Jim Unsworth, director of WD- FW, said the action is consistent with Washington’s Wolf Management Plan of 2011, which was revised in June 2017. The wolf management policy says that wolves can be removed if they prey on livestock three times in a 30-day period or four times in a 10-month period, according to Jim Martorello, WDFW’s lead wolf manager.


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.




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