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Opinion
by WLJ
Jan 15, 2016
The New Year is an opportunity to think about your business. But that is a broad prospect, and therefore, somewhat daunting. Michigan State University Extension has a way to better define that; think about just three things. Let’s start with the first, think about one thing from the past year.


News
by WLJ
Jan 8, 2016
Alaska is at times a world of its own. While down in the contiguous 48 states, the gray wolf is federally listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and has been delisted in a confusing patchwork across various territories, up in Alaska it is almost open season on wolves.

News
by WLJ
Jan 8, 2016
“The story of the Kane’s ranch epitomizes the greatness of Wyoming ranching families,” states Jim Magagna, Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) Executive Vice President. “After 132 year of success, they continue to expand and implement exciting new conservation practices while bringing the 5th generation onto the ranch.

News
by WLJ
Jan 8, 2016
It’s a new year and—as will certainly be more obvious as the year wears on—it is an election year. Thus far, 2016 has lost no time in getting into the election race in terms of ballot measures for agriculture..

Opinion
by WLJ
Jan 8, 2016
CattleFax estimates the beef cow inventory grew from around 29 million at the start of 2014 to 30.7 million head as 2015 came to a close. Depending on consumer responses and producers’ ability to satisfy the growing demand for higher quality, some economists suggest the U.

News
by WLJ
Jan 4, 2016
“Rural America is challenged  with recruiting veterinarians,” said Dr. John Clifford, Chief Veterinary Officer for the USDA. “These professionals often face high student loan debt, leading them to work in locations with larger populations and higher pay.


News
by WLJ
Jan 4, 2016
Ten top-notch college students, who are pursuing careers in the beef industry, have been chosen for the 2016-2017 CME Beef Industry Scholarships. The scholarship is sponsored by the CME Group and administered by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation (NCF).


News
by WLJ
Jan 4, 2016
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of $350 million to help landowners protect and restore key farmlands, grasslands and wetlands across the nation.


News
by WLJ
Jan 4, 2016
The National FFA Organization announced Dec. 17 that W. Dwight Armstrong, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of the National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation, will retire effective June 30, 2016.


Opinion
by WLJ
Jan 4, 2016
Bringing in a new year always causes a time of reflection, and it’s quite amazing to realize what took place that impacted the beef industry in a short 12 months. There is a variety of issues to ponder about 2015, but I hold steadfast in my optimism and look for continued positive movement in the coming year from many aspects.


Opinion
by WLJ
Jan 4, 2016
The complex of viral and bacterial causes for bovine respiratory disease (BRD) or illness commonly known as “shipping fever” does not respect age or condition of cattle and will become opportunistic whenever the advantage may arise.


Markets
by WLJ
Dec 27, 2015
“The report is kind of friendly across the board with total on-feed numbers coming down,” noted Troy Vetterkind of Vetterkind Cattle Brokerage. He also pointed out that “There was one extra slaughter day this year compared to last year, helping to give the better marketing number.


News
by WLJ
Dec 27, 2015
Shane Bedwell has been named Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Director of Breed Improvement of the American Hereford Association (AHA). In this role, he will lead the AHA performance department and oversee the National Reference Sire Program and Whole Herd Total Performance Records program.


Opinion
by WLJ
Dec 27, 2015
has exposed weakness in sectors and the cattle industry as a whole. Vertical integration is a process that continues to streamline the efficiency of beef production from birth to plate.


News
by WLJ
Dec 18, 2015
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) finalized a rule last week to ensure that farm safety-net payments are issued only to active managers of farms that operate as joint ventures or general partnerships, consistent with the direction and authority provide by Congress in the 2014 farm bill.