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News
by WLJ
May 22, 2015
The Leopold Conservation Award Program recognizes agricultural landowners who are actively committed to a land ethic. Working with prominent state conservation partners, Sand County Foundation presents the prestigious honor, which consists of $10,000 and a crystal award, in settings that showcase the landowner’s achievements among their peers.


News
by WLJ
May 22, 2015
Do you know a Montana rancher who is a leader in stewardship and sustainability, implementing conservation practices to ensure the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of their operation? Encourage them to apply for the Montana Environmental Stewardship Award, presented by the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA).


News
by WLJ
May 22, 2015
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced May 14 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $6.5 million in the Ogallala Aquifer region this year to help farmers and ranchers conserve billions of gallons of water and improve water quality.


News
by WLJ
May 22, 2015
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced USDA’s plan to implement a farm bill provision that will have a major policy impact on the way the Department of Agriculture helps rural communities plan and finance regional economic development strategies.


News
by WLJ
May 22, 2015
The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking applications for the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP). The program is available to repay qualified educational loans for eligible veterinarians in exchange for veterinary services in designated shortage situations.


News
by WLJ
May 22, 2015
Auctioneer C.K. “Sonny” Booth, Miami, OK, will be the sixth person inducted into the North American Limousin Foundation (NA- LF) Hall of Fame with a ceremony on June 30, 2015 in Tulsa, OK. Induction into the NALF Hall of Fame is the highest honor the foundation can bestow upon an individual.


Opinion
by WLJ
May 22, 2015
Short phrases sometimes say a mouthful. For example: beef checkoff. Those two simple words amount to a return of $11.20 worth for every dollar that beef producers and importers invest! That’s not just a mouthful, that’s a fistful, and something worth shouting about.


Opinion
by WLJ
May 22, 2015
I grew up working on large cattle ranches in Lewistown, MT. As a financial advisor for over 25 years, I’ve spent much of my time working with agricultural families. In my experience, farmers and ranchers are hard-working, industrious, self-reliant and frugal individuals.


Markets
by WLJ
May 15, 2015
If you are considering selling a farm or ranch, there are important tax and financial planning issues of which you need to be aware. Engaging in planning prior to a sale is critical for identifying these issues and for implementing strategies to effectively address them.


Markets
by WLJ
May 15, 2015
Production estimates for this year were increased 58 million pounds to 24.34 billion pounds, mostly on increased carcass weights. This plus trade changes upped the estimates for per capita availability of beef by a half-pound to 54.6 pounds per person.


News
by WLJ
May 15, 2015
The U.S. House of Representatives on May 13 passed HR 1732, the “Regulatory Integrity Protection Act” by a vote of 261-155 to withdraw the proposed “Waters of the U. S.” (WOTUS) rule.


News
by WLJ
May 15, 2015
Mexico is the second largest importer of U.S. beef and beef variety meats in volume (216,386 metric tons) and third largest by value ($925 million), according to the United States Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Mexico is also one of our largest trading partners, as more than $1.


Opinion
by WLJ
May 15, 2015
Animal welfare has grown from providing adequate food, water and shelter to also managing pain control before, during and after procedures and aging changes. Managing pain control during common procedures such as dehorning, branding, and castration, as well as treating chronic lameness and acute injuries, are rapidly becoming more prevalent.


Opinion
by WLJ
May 15, 2015
Some trends in the cattle industry we can predict but others surprise us—like the magnitude of the upswing in cattle prices over the past few years. But when grain prices slumped in 2014 and cattle prices headed still higher, it shouldn’t have surprised anyone that we starting adding days on feed (DOF) to feedlot cattle.


News
by WLJ
May 8, 2015
Although pork exports were down from the large totals recorded in March 2014, export volume was the largest in 11 months at 191,041 mt. This was 9 percent lower than a year ago, but a 10 percent increase from February. Export value of $495.3 million was down 18 percent year-over-year, but up 5 percent from February.
News
by WLJ
May 8, 2015
The grazing season is most commonly thought of as grazing during a period of time while the base forage is actively growing. This works great for producers who are seasonal in nature, such as stocker operators who grow winter annual pasture then completely utilize the pasture with stocker calves.




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