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by WLJ
2017 October 20
Economists remind us that underlying all decisions in matters regarding money, human rationality is the prime motivator. People respond to impulses designed to reflect their own selfish economic best interest.
by WLJ
2017 October 20
Thanks to scientific innovation in agriculture, farmers and ranchers are using fewer resources to grow an abundant, sustainable food supply. But I wonder how far our new technology and techniques will take us if farmers are left without one of the most critical resources to keep our farms sustainable: a stable workforce.
by WLJ
2017 October 13
Congress enacted the CWA in the early 1970s to address the nation’s water pollution problem. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) are two federal agencies with primary responsibility for implementing the CWA.
by WLJ
2017 October 13
The public isn’t interested in hearing about on-farm efficiencies and productivity when it comes to technology that involves the environment, animals, and the food they feed their families. But that’s often the go-to justification. All consumers hear with that approach is how innovation benefits the farmer’s bottom line.
2017 October 6
Weaning and “preg checking” tell us how successful our last two breeding seasons were. While many cow herd operators enjoy calving as a time to see the fruits of their labor, I prefer weaning, when management and genetic selection come together in one package.

2017 October 6
Fall is a tough time to be away from the ranch. Cattle and sheep are coming off their summer range, there’s shipping to attend to, weaning, and countless other tasks—not to mention county fair season.

by WLJ
2017 September 29
Tucked between the midwestern plains and the western prairies lie some of our nation’s most iconic forests. These lands comprise an incredibly diverse ecosystem, support local economies, and provide critical water supplies, recreational opportunities and sanctuary for wildlife populations.
2017 September 29
The U.S. beef industry lives or dies by how well beef sells in grocery stores and in restaurants. Retail demand right now is stronger than it has been in quite a number of years. Sales have more than recovered from the challenges in 2014 and 2015 when retail prices reached record high levels because of tight cattle and beef supplies.
by WLJ
2017 September 22
In response to the Sept. 11 article on fires in the West (“Fires, floods in the West” on the cover); “I would rather have it all burn up than have a cow eat one mouthful” was the response a leader of Western Watersheds Project gave when asked if they were concerned about the fire hazard created if cattle were removed from public lands.
by WLJ
2017 September 22
From the time I was 6 or 8, I was helping my dad out on our family’s farm. We raised cattle and grew peanuts and wheat. My earliest jobs were helping my dad feed small square bales, hoeing peanuts, and many other basic tasks related to operating a farm.


by WLJ
2017 September 15
(RE: “Legal Ledger: HSUS triples down,” Sept. 4) When is HSUS going to fund legislation to get the people, who are soliciting donations in HSUS phone centers, out of their cubicles so they can exercise and not get [Peripheral Artery Disease]? Shouldn’t they work to get people the same rights as animals? — Terry Mahoney, Utah rancher.
by WLJ
2017 September 15
If you haven’t noticed, Montana has found itself in the center of a triad of unfortunate circumstances regarding water. The state is still undergoing statewide adjudication where water users must prove their historical use, claim water for formerly exempt uses, and defend challenges to their water use.


by WLJ
2017 September 15
There probably isn’t a beef producer out there who hasn’t thought about what must be done to pass their operation to another generation interested in cattle. While getting input from your family is important, so is the knowledge that professionals in legal and financial matters can share.
by WLJ
2017 September 8
The dairy researchers in Florida and Colorado set out to see how the season of a heifer’s conception influences her later productive life. As you look at a pen of replacement beef heifers and judge their genetics, individual performance and disposition, this dairy study adds another variable.


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