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News
by WLJ
Feb 29, 2016
U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) announced last Thursday that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will finally implement the Crooked River Collaborative Water Security and Jobs Act of 2014, a law that he wrote and that was unanimously approved by Congress in 2014 to improve water management and grow jobs in Central Oregon.


News
by WLJ
Feb 29, 2016
The winner of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers Collegiate Discussion Meet, announced recently, is Kenna Lewis of California. Lewis was awarded the top prize following a discussion that included protecting farmers’ ability to access new technology while ensuring public acceptance and encouraging innovation.


Opinion
by WLJ
Feb 29, 2016
The food reform movement is active, vocal, and not likely to go away. The banner under which they parade is a noble one; consumers need to know more about the origin of their food and how it is grown, harvested and delivered to the ultimate user. They also demand a healthful, safe product and they should.


News
by WLJ
Feb 22, 2016
Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association presented Rocky DaCosta of Bedford County with the Backgrounder of the Year Award at its annual convention. Pictured (from left) are: TCA President Gary Daniel; Dr. Emmit Rawls; DaCosta, and his wife, Cindy. Photo courtesy of Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association.


News
by WLJ
Feb 22, 2016
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that any person who shall appropriate, excavate, injure, or destroy any historic or prehistoric ruin or monument, or any object of...


News
by WLJ
Feb 22, 2016
Global improvements in grassland management could see grasslands taking on a significantly more important role in food production. Better management would increase the production of meat and milk and prevent the need for additional feed for grazing livestock—feed in the form of grain crops that could otherwise be available for human consumption.


News
by WLJ
Feb 22, 2016
Last Tuesday, the Oklahoma State House of Representatives voted a unanimous 12-0 to pass House Bill 2250. The bill specifically targets animal rights charitable organizations or their solicitors and bars them from seeking contributions in the state that will not be used by programs in the state.


News
by WLJ
Feb 22, 2016
Late on a Friday afternoon in early February, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) quietly made final two rules regarding the implementation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and a new policy.


News
by WLJ
Feb 22, 2016
California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) recently filed comments with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) opposing any additional designations of Wild and Scenic Rivers in the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests of California.


News
by WLJ
Feb 22, 2016
In order to strengthen the ongoing partnership between the dairy and beef segments of the cattle industry on animal-care issues, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the National Beef Checkoff’s Beef Quality Assurance Program announced...


News
by WLJ
Feb 22, 2016
The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) will be hosting a forum on Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) for beef producers and animal health officials in conjunction with the NIAA Annual Conference April 4-7, 2016. The forum, “BVD: An Industry Prevention Strategies & Solutions Forum,” will be April 7, 2016 in Kansas City, MO.


Opinion
by WLJ
Feb 22, 2016
Your response puts you on a slippery slope. You want to appear responsive to customers’ needs, yet over-committing to something you can’t provide only will damage your reputation.


Opinion
by WLJ
Feb 22, 2016
Your consumers receive hundreds of messages daily through social media, the nightly news, and even your local newspaper. Headlines like, “Protein is making a comeback” or “Human nutrition benefits from beef,” are some of the positive messages you might have seen in the past few months.


Opinion
by WLJ
Feb 22, 2016
B ec o mi n g Beef Quality Assurance (BQA)-certified allows us to share our story and ensure consumers that we are responsibly raising a safe, wholesome, and healthy beef supply. The checkoff’s BQA practices show us the best management practices for handling cattle, tending to their health, and taking care of the environment.


Markets
by WLJ
Feb 12, 2016
According to the most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimate report, estimated beef production for 2015 was lowered by 10 million pounds (mp) to 23.76 billion pounds (bp). This number is likely to shift slightly for the next few months as 2015 data is completed and assessed, but large changes are not likely.


Markets
by WLJ
Feb 12, 2016
Last Tuesday, the CME Group announced it will be reducing the trading hours of the live and feeder cattle contracts. Starting Monday, Feb. 29, the trading hours for the Globex futures will return to 8:30 a.m. to 1:05 p.m., CT, Monday through Friday. The open outcry options will range from 8:30 a.


News
by WLJ
Feb 12, 2016
They say everything’s bigger in Texas; the sky, the land, and life in general. It should come as no surprise then that Texas contains one of the country’s—and even the continent’s—biggest ranches. At almost 800 square miles, the W.T. Waggoner Ranch is roughly half the size of the State of Rhode Island and has remained under one family for 167 years.


News
by WLJ
Feb 12, 2016
A preliminary injunction filed Feb. 9 in federal court by two environmental groups seeks to disrupt the water supplies of thousands of families throughout Ore gon’s Deschutes Basin, including families in the communities of Bend, Madras, Redmond and Tumalo.


News
by WLJ
Feb 12, 2016
Nitrate poisoning and toxicity can occur when ruminants ingest excessive nitrate content in affected forages and water supplies. Nitrate is an organic compound that when ingested in normal amounts is converted to ammonia and then to protein in the rumen via bacterial metabolism.