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News
by WLJ
May 13, 2016
Farmers and ranchers want to control the information their equipment collects every time it passes through a field, a survey released last week by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) shows. Farmers also believe that creating a cooperative-style central repository for their data is the best way to enhance its security and maximize its value.


News
by WLJ
May 13, 2016
National FFA Advisor and FFA Board of Directors Chair Dr. Steve Brown shared the news with agricultural education state leaders and National FFA staff, saying, “Mark’s management and leadership experience will embrace the mission of FFA and enhance our vision to grow leaders, build communities and strengthen agriculture.


Opinion
by WLJ
May 13, 2016
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.


Opinion
by WLJ
May 13, 2016
I am writing in response to your recent article (“More Troubled Waters on the Klamath,” May 2), which appears to rely heavily on the perspective of Larry Kogan, an East Coast attorney recently hired on by the Klamath Irrigation District (KID).


Markets
by WLJ
May 6, 2016
“Cattle slaughter [year-to-date] is up 1.3 percent or 125,000 head above the prior year, while beef production is up 3.0 percent,” Andrew Gottschalk of Hedgers Edge last week. “Beef production [during the week of April 25-30] was 6.3 percent above year-ago levels.


Opinion
by WLJ
May 6, 2016
All agree the real driver of beef demand is its unique flavor, and marbling drives flavor. This key component of quality grade has grown in the last few years, to where the U.S. beef industry is probably producing the best eating experience in its history.


Opinion
by WLJ
May 6, 2016
Denmark proposed a tax on all beef sold in the country in order to discourage beef production and consumption. The tax was an offset to their notion of the contribution cattle raising made to global warming from cattle as methane producers.


News
by WLJ
Apr 29, 2016
The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association has named AJ and Kellie Blair, Dayton, as winners of the 2016 Iowa Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). The Blairs show a dedication to the environment on their modern, diversified livestock farm, and have added cattle to the farm because of the conservation benefits they have to offer.


News
by WLJ
Apr 29, 2016
Nevada Cattlemen’s Association (NCA), Nevada Farm Bureau Federation (NFBF) and Nevada Association of Counties (NAC) applaud Gov. Brian Sandoval’s April 25 announcement that he will pursue legal options regarding the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) management of wild horses.


News
by WLJ
Apr 29, 2016
This decision comes with some potential complications, however. When litigation over WOTUS began, lawsuits were filed in both federal district courts and appeals court. The problem arises now in that both the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and one of the district courts have claimed to have jurisdiction on the case.


News
by WLJ
Apr 29, 2016
Low commodity prices, tightening credit, expensive land and rising costs for expenses such as seed and fertilizer will lead to financial losses for many farmers and ranchers this year, Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) President Richard Guebert, Jr. told a House subcommittee last week.


Opinion
by WLJ
Apr 29, 2016
Over the next 50 to 60 days, there will be a lot of bulls turned out to cover the nation’s spring-calving herd. The recent USDA inventory report claims herd expansion is still the trend, although the trend is indicating a slowdown after two aggressive years of heifer retention.


Opinion
by WLJ
Apr 29, 2016
No livestock species is excluded from potential toxin overload, and economic losses due to toxic plant ingestion accounts for approximately 5 percent of annual fatalities and illnesses. Losses result from organ failure, reproductive inefficiency, decreased weight gain, birth defects, and many other factors.


News
by WLJ
Apr 22, 2016
As the weather changes and the season turns, spring healthcare and herd management makes a new appearance. Vaccinations and deworming should play a key part in managing animals that are moved into a herd, are pre-calving, and are being processed in other similar scenarios (such as during pregnancy evaluations, calf processing, or deworming).

News
by WLJ
Apr 22, 2016
The beef sector is important to our dairy industry because our cows will eventually end up in the beef supply. On our farm, we always look to the beef side as the final product for our cows. We love the fact that we can make milk with them, but they have a dual purpose in providing nutrition for consumers through the beef they provide.
News
by WLJ
Apr 22, 2016
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) announced Richard Thorpe of Winters, TX, as its new President April 10 at the conclusion of the association’s annual convention. Thorpe, along with his family, owns and operates Mesa T Ranch. He also has a medical degree from Texas Tech University.

Opinion
by WLJ
Apr 22, 2016
It seems that most of what we do in the cattle business happens in seasons. I just finished up my spring bull sale season and after traveling tens of thousands of miles from Idaho to North Dakota (and not uncommon to do so in a three-day stretch) I was able to spend some time.



Opinion
by WLJ
Apr 22, 2016
Here’s a riddle: What does the Klamath Basin area, the Flathead Indian Reservation, and the African country of Zimbabwe have in common? Answer: Government reform and intentional harassment of farmers end food production, and—in Zimbabwe’s case— bring starvation.



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