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by WLJ
2016 August 5
More of any commodity drives prices lower while less supply moves them higher. Certainly great examples of the latter would be the drought of 2007 driving corn prices up and the cow herd liquidation driving cattle prices higher in 2014. So we do know this supply/demand concept works.


by WLJ
2016 August 5
We write this open letter to the U.S. presidential and congressional candidates and your party to offer guidance as to the path forward for federal land policy in the western U.S. These are the top 10 position statements that would aid in mitigating the rhetoric and in advancing viable solutions associated with the working landscapes in the West:.


2016 July 29
Upper Iowa Beef in Lime Springs designed a traceability system that would allow consumers who bought its beef in a retail store or ordered it in a restaurant to use their smart phones to scan a QR (Quick Response) code to find out about the beef’s origins.
by WLJ
2016 July 22
Like most of you, I’ve grown up in ranching, following several generations of my family in the cattle business. It’s been a way of life, and it’s something I really enjoy. While the ranch operation is predominantly cow/calf, I also began retaining ownership and taking them all the way to the feedlot.


by DTN
2016 July 22
I normally avoid state income tax issues in my column, given that our readership is national. But you might be amused at some of the political discussion in Minnesota over the state’s latest income tax hike. And there’s a lesson to be learned about a retired farmer’s ability to escape a high-taxing state.


2016 July 15
If this person did a 1031 exchange on the $4 million property, the $875,000 that would have gone to pay taxes could be invested in additional real estate. Assuming the $875,000 of real estate returned 7 percent per year, it would provide an additional $61,250 per year of income.


2016 July 1
The aberrant behavior of the futures m a r k e t continues to play havoc with the live cattle market and cattle feeders’ ability to hedge cattle. Its irrationality and volatility have caused producers to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in the past 18 months.


by WLJ
2016 July 1
Reproductive technology and mating programs have significantly improved herd performance. However, decreasing the effective gene pool in some instances may result in a higher frequency of recessive gene traits and defects. Congenital bovine abnormalities can be caused heritable traits, toxin effects, nutritional inadequacies, and infections.


2016 June 24
The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands met last week to discuss the wild horse problem. They discussed challenges and potential solutions to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Wild Horse and Burro Program. Steve Ellis, Deputy Director of Operations at

2016 June 24
“What am I doing?” The question came from a perplexed young student who was part of a schoolsponsored field trip to the Dickinson Research Extension Center. These young people were spending the day in an agricultural environment, walking through our pastures and fields, as well as the farm shelter belts planted in the past decades.
2016 June 20
I used to think multitasking should be a top goal of management here. Within natural systems like forage and cows, lots of things are always going on at the same time. What if I could do enough things correctly and on time to fit those systems together just right?.


by WLJ
2016 June 20
Ranchers are the original stewards of the West. They are the definition of sustainability as rangelands and wildlife habitat thrive where ranchers are properly managing the land.




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