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News
by WLJ
Jul 1, 2016
Under Ed Koger’s care, the Hashknife Ranch is home to a thriving population of lesser prairie-chickens and a robust cattle operation. Koger’s conservation ethic is rooted deep in the Kansas prairie. A fifthgeneration Kansan, Koger recalls his maternal grandmother’s words when he was a boy growing up in the Flint Hills.


News
by WLJ
Jul 1, 2016
Through an extensive five-year joint process between Heartbrand Beef of Harwood, TX, and the Brazilian Group Origine, fullblood American Akaushi were recently exported to Brazil. This unique opportunity is the first live cattle export from the U.S. to Brazil of any breed in nearly two decades.


Opinion
by WLJ
Jul 1, 2016
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.


News
by WLJ
Jun 24, 2016
The Western Governor’s Association (WGA) released seven new policy resolutions at its annual meeting on June 14. Among the resolutions was one entitled, “Wildland Fire Management and Resilient Landscapes,” which addressed the issues of fire, fire suppression, and funding of fire efforts, among others.

News
by WLJ
Jun 24, 2016
The issue of grazing management for wildlife comes up often among wildlife managers and livestock producers with wildlife interests. The correct application of grazing management is not the same for every landowner, but there are common considerations.

News
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2016
The Meat Industry Hall of Fame recently announced the members of the class of 2016. The class was selected from a distinguished list of nominees and a record number of votes were cast by current members of the Hall of Fame and the organization’s board of trustees.


Opinion
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2016
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.


Opinion
by WLJ
Jun 20, 2016
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.


News
by WLJ
Jun 10, 2016
“I’m excited about this opportunity to serve the great beef-producing families and other beef industry stakeholders in Colorado, who feed consumers not only in our state but across the nation and the world,” says Bloom.
News
by WLJ
Jun 10, 2016
As National Get Outdoors Month begins, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on June 7 that the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and partners have invested over $11 million to support work and training opportunities for more than 1,500 youth and veterans on national forests and grasslands in fiscal year 2016.
News
by WLJ
Jun 3, 2016
In the Southern Great Plains, pastures of native grass mixtures have been shown to increase wildlife habitat, lower annual maintenance cost, and improve land value compared to introduced pasture species such as Bermuda grass and old world bluestem.


News
by WLJ
Jun 3, 2016
A division of the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI), the American Wool Council developed a new logo after months of consultation with the Sterling-Rice Group of Boulder, CO. American wool is vigorous enough to support the U.S. military on the frontlines of battle, yet elegant enough to grace red carpets and magazine covers.


Opinion
by WLJ
Jun 3, 2016
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.


Markets
by WLJ
May 27, 2016
There are a few agricultural producers still active who remember the 1980s and the difficult times that persisted throughout much of the decade. For those unfamiliar with the stress many producers experienced during that time, a reflection back provides a comparison and may provide insight into what to expect for the next few years.


News
by WLJ
May 27, 2016
Can you hear me? Yes. But are you listening? Agricultural representatives were active in Washington, D.C., last week as both the House of Representatives and the Senate held a variety of hearings on issues facing agriculture. The markets and the farm economy were particularly of interest in the hearings that spanned Tuesday through Thursday.


News
by WLJ
May 27, 2016
While consumption of beef is down over the past decade, burgers endure as a mainstay of the modern American diet. A new report from the market research firm Mintel reveals that not only do 82 percent of consumers agree that burgers are a good source of nutrients, but another 80 percent would pay more for burgers made with premium ingredients.