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by WLJ
Aug 31, 2015
Last Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new strategy for greater sage-grouse conservation in the West. The fouryear plan will see $211 million invested between now and 2018, regardless of the listing decision made by late September.


News
by WLJ
Aug 31, 2015
The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) will be hosting its fifth annual antibiotic symposium Nov. 3-5, 2015 in Atlanta, GA, at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown.


News
by WLJ
Aug 31, 2015
Many landowners in Oklahoma and Texas have experienced varying degrees of damage from weather events this spring and summer. Destruction has come in many ways. Winds have damaged or demolished buildings. Flooding has flattened fences by piling up debris.


News
by WLJ
Aug 31, 2015
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recently announced that a pack of gray wolves has settled in an area of Siskiyou County in the northern part of the state. The pack, dubbed the “Shasta Pack,” is believed to consist of two adults and five pups, based on images captured by CDFW trail cameras.


News
by WLJ
Aug 31, 2015
Iowa beef producers Scott Niess of Osage and Kent Pruismann of Rock Valley participated in an Iowa Meat Trade Mission to Chile and Peru in early August. Niess, past Chairman of the Iowa Beef Industry Council, explained that the mission was exploratory in nature to determine if there is a market for U.


Opinion
by WLJ
Aug 31, 2015
As the summer here at the Noble Foundation is winding down, I have been putting together my presentation on the summer’s activities. One day I sat down and tried to make a list of all the things that I have done as a Lloyd Noble Scholar in Agriculture.


News
by WLJ
Aug 21, 2015
The Soda Fire in Western Idaho started Aug. 10 and burned over 283,686 acres; by Aug. 19 it was reported to be 95 percent contained. Idaho Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) Executive Vice President Wyatt Prescott said the fire is devastating to many ranching families in the area.


News
by WLJ
Aug 21, 2015
JBS USA recently announced that it has joined Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, a multi-stakeholder initiative working to unite the agricultural supply chain in defining, measuring and advancing the sustainability of food, fiber and fuel production.


News
by WLJ
Aug 21, 2015
Many landowners in Oklahoma and Texas have experienced varying degrees of damage from weather events this spring and summer. Destruction has come in many ways. Winds have damaged or demolished buildings. Flooding has flattened fences by piling up debris.


News
by WLJ
Aug 21, 2015
Regionally, the West was the most connected agricultural region and the South was the least. For example, agricultural computer access by region was 77 percent for Western farms/ ranches, and 68 percent for Southern farms/ranches. Across economic levels, computer access, use for farm business, and Internet access tended to increase with farm income.


Opinion
by WLJ
Aug 21, 2015
This last year, I served as Chair of the checkoff’s Market Research Working Group, which oversees consumer market-research efforts. Both state and national checkoff efforts should be based on research.


News
by WLJ
Aug 14, 2015
The July 13 article on the Hammond family’s ongoing situation with the BLM (July 13 cover, “Additional jail time for ranchers’ range fires?”) certainly isn’t isolated. Last summer’s standoff in Nevada brought national attention, not all of which was favorable.


News
by WLJ
Aug 14, 2015
Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory (WSVL) experts are cautioning residents to monitor not only their pets and livestock, but also themselves this summer from diseases including tularemia, plague, West Nile virus, rabies and vesicular stomatitis (VS).


News
by WLJ
Aug 14, 2015
Freland comes to the beef council from the Midwest Dairy Association, Ankeny, IA, where she served as Associate Director of the Iowa State Dairy Association and Industry Relations Manager for the Midwest Dairy Association. Freland is experienced in commodity boards and promotion efforts funded by livestock producers.


Opinion
by WLJ
Aug 14, 2015
We are amid the worst fire year in documented history and it doesn’t look like there are any signs of relief in sight.


Opinion
by WLJ
Aug 14, 2015
One of the many things that I have learned since arriving at the Noble Foundation is that prescribed burns are a big thing out here in the West. In Kentucky, I had only ever seen some of the national forests burned on occasion to reduce the chance of a wildfire.


Opinion
by WLJ
Aug 14, 2015
In my search to better understand stocking rate, I obtained a better appreciation for major land resource areas (MLRA) and ecological sites. For instance, by looking up the MLRA for the Dickinson Research Extension Center (DREC) ranch in Dunn County, ND, the MLRA is 54.


Opinion
by WLJ
Aug 14, 2015
Cool, wet growing seasons may delay grain maturity, and can result in mold and mycotoxin formation in the field. Producers are faced with the decision to feed moldy feeds or forages and knowing there may be a potential risk to animal productivity.


Opinion
by WLJ
Aug 7, 2015
After spring showers comes summer sun—sometimes with a vengeance. Any summer’s heat and dry weather throughout the western states will present an added challenge to producers in the region. Increased costs for management of livestock with limited resources may be seen by consumers if drought conditions arise.


News
by WLJ
Jul 31, 2015
The survey shows three out of four producers (76 percent) continue to support the Beef Checkoff Program and the more they know about the program, the more supportive they are. In addition, the number of producers who say they do not support the program, at 10 percent, is the lowest ever found.




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