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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.


by WLJ
2016 June 20
It’s no secret that the increased use of social media by the American public has changed marketing in all sectors. That’s why the Beef Checkoff Program has turned almost exclusively to these channels to efficiently and economically market beef to consumers.


2016 June 10
My thoughts included concepts from the UN report. How exposed should we be to the world around us? That is a very serious and deep question. Why? Simply put, our world is a massive living system utilizing all the living to sustain itself. Living is part of that process, a process of recycling and, ultimately, reclaiming.
2016 June 10
In a remarkable decision, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a Tax Court opinion dealing with a Thoroughbred racehorse owner’s activities. This case is important to the livestock industry because IRS hobby loss regulations, the subject of the opinion, apply to livestock as well as horse activities.
2016 June 10
It’s been interesting watching the organic food movement develop over the past couple decades, especially when it comes to beef. I don’t have any concerns over the organic grass-fed beef production systems that have evolved. If ranchers are able to produce it and market it at a higher value.

2016 June 3
The second most important holiday week/weekend for retail beef sales is now behind us. But how sales went over the Memorial Day week will be vital for the wholesale beef and live cattle markets this month. Retail sales over the holiday week last year were a bust.


2016 June 3
Forward or backward are two options. Once the clutch is engaged and the accelerator pressed, action is necessary. Is the operation in “drive” to move forward or in “reverse” to move backward? Let’s hope cattle producers are moving forward, but slowly, however.


2016 June 3
Boarding wild horses must be a pretty good business and it looks as if it will only get better. I’ve seen many feedlots around the West with thousands of the wholesome creatures penned up and getting regular groceries. This past spring I even saw a band of burros in central Utah enjoying fresh hay.


by WLJ
2016 June 3
I was in my tractor listening to a radio report one day and the message I got was how disassociated people are with agriculture. I took it a step further and found 98 percent of the population today are not associated in any way with ag and that’s a big challenge for our industry.


2016 May 27
A couple months ago the Utah legislators in the House Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committee passed HB276, The Utah Public Lands Act, which would create the Utah Division of Land Management.


by WLJ
2016 May 27
For most, I doubt that you do because we all should know that a fish out of water dies. Perhaps it took a sad day growing up, when the goldfish was found at the bottom of the bowl, to realize someone did not hold up his or her commitment to the fish and provide water.


by WLJ
2016 May 27
There are many words we use every day that somehow defy precise definition. Turning those fuzzy words over to the government to set food standards is a big mistake. Two words under consideration for definition by the FDA are “natural” and “healthy.


by WLJ
2016 May 27
One of the “small” but very important aspects of nutrition involves adequate mineral intake. Minerals are solid chemical compounds that when given in proper amounts will interact with normal biological processes in the body in order to maintain nerve function, digestion, hormone control, and several other pathways.


2016 May 20
Having another marketing option available will be exciting to watch but the big question mark is: Will the Southern Plains feeders use it? They have cited transaction costs as their main motivation for using the formula pricing system. It will be key for this new market to establish a certain amount of volume to make this thing work.


by WLJ
2016 May 20
In a stunning display of federal overreach, on March 1, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Geological Service (collectively EPA) issued a “Scientific Investigations Report” draft report arguing that the Clean Water Act (CWA) can also be used to regulate the amount of water in the nation’s rivers and streams.


by WLJ
2016 May 20
Serious divisiveness among Klamath Irrigation District (KID) board of directors is mirrored by equally serious divisiveness occurring within the Flathead Joint Board of Control (FJBC) located upon the Flathead Indian Reservation. The issue in common, of course, is water and who controls it.


2016 May 13
It hasn’t been much fun to sit back and watch the cattle market erode, especially after such a tremendous high last fall. Now that the markets have fallen, it appears that they are looking for the summer low; where they go, no one really knows. But, at these levels, we’re going to have to figure out how to make this thing work again.


by WLJ
2016 May 13
Your recent story (“More troubled waters on the Klamath,” May 2) on challenges facing the Klamath Irrigation District (KID), while certainly well-intended, is unfortunately flawed. That is because it relies on information provided by the individual who makes himself the centerpiece of the article; Larry Kogan, a New York City attorney.




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