WLJ - News https://wlj.net/articles.sec-26-1-news.html Sun, 05 Jul 15 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 USDA to allow beef from regions with FMD history into the United States https://wlj.net/article-26-usda-to-allow-beef-from-regions-with-fmd-history-into-the-united-states.html USDA to allow beef from regions with FMD history into the United States
Beef from regions of Argentina and Brazil with a known history of foot and mouth disease (FMD) could be making its way to the United States. On June 29, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced it is amending regulations to allow fresh beef into the U.


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Industry calls plan for sage-grouse political https://wlj.net/article-26-industry-calls-plan-for-sage-grouse-political.html Industry calls plan for sage-grouse political
The name of the game is politics; not preservation, says the livestock industry of the Obama administration’s latest regulatory move on the greater sage-grouse. Last Monday, industries and a host of local governments submitted protests on the administration’s plans to amp up regulations on 50 million acres of federal land across the West.


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WOTUS called unconstitutional https://wlj.net/article-26-wotus-called-unconstitutional.html WOTUS called unconstitutional
(WOTUS). The attorneys general of 13 states are attempting to sue the EPA over what they characterize as unlawful expansion of jurisdiction. They additionally call the WOTUS final draft “arbitrary, capricious, and abuse of discretion, and otherwise not in accordance with law.


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NCBA CEO resigns https://wlj.net/article-26-ncba-ceo-resigns.html NCBA CEO resigns
Roberts is leaving NCBA to pursue other opportunities in the cattle industry and agribusiness. He will remain with NCBA until the end of July to help NCBA with transition of staff leadership, including his roles in several industry-related organizations.


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The USDA’s role in biotech labels https://wlj.net/article-26-the-usda%25E2%2580%2599s-role-in-biotech-labels.html The USDA’s role in biotech labels
The House Ag Committee Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Subcommittee held a hearing recently that was clearly intended to emphasize the role that USDA can play in biotech labeling, a question that now is in the hands of the Food and Drug Administration.


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USFWS refuses to uplist continental gray wolves https://wlj.net/article-26-usfws-refuses-to-uplist-continental-gray-wolves.html USFWS refuses to uplist continental gray wolves
Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) ruffled some feathers by refusing to reclassify all gray wolf populations in the contiguous 48 states as threatened. This decision came as a result of a January petition submitted by the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), Center for Biologic Diversity, and 21 other animal rights and environmental groups.


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ASI seeks Senate support https://wlj.net/article-26-asi-seeks-senate-support.html ASI seeks Senate support
The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) is among 10 varied trade organizations joining forces to request the United States’ Senate support for amendments offered by Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) to the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 1735).


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New responsibilities with final VFD https://wlj.net/article-26-new-responsibilities-with-final-vfd.html New responsibilities with final VFD
Livestock producers and veterinarians recently gained a bit more insight into the changes they’ll be facing in the way antibiotics are used in food animals when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released their final rule last month regarding how the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) will be used.


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Future water restrictions coming for New Mexico? https://wlj.net/article-26-future-water-restrictions-coming-for-new-mexico.html Future water restrictions coming for New Mexico?
that uses water in the urban landscape. There are rebate programs in place that offer up to $2 per square foot if you remove turf. But what about trees or other landscape plants? There is no doubt that irrigation water is being wasted, but in order to address the issue a more balanced or holistic approach should be taken.


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BLM Albuquerque office has moved https://wlj.net/article-26-blm-albuquerque-office-has-moved.html BLM Albuquerque office has moved
The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Albuquerque District and Rio Puerco Field Offices recently moved to the Pan American building located at 100 Sun Avenue, Suite 330, in Albuquerque, NM. The new location, south of Paseo del Norte at I-25, is conveniently accessible for the public from the Pan American Freeway West.


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Up to $10M available for federal purchase of lamb https://wlj.net/article-26-up-to-%252410m-available-for-federal-purchase-of-lamb.html Up to $10M available for federal purchase of lamb
Huge volumes of imported lamb, record levels of inventory in the coolers and a major swing in currency-exchange rates to the advantage of the importer have all pressured American lamb movement and price.


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TPA and TAA finally signed by President Obama https://wlj.net/article-26-tpa-and-taa-finally-signed-by-president-obama.html TPA and TAA finally signed by President Obama
President Barack Obama last week signed the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) bills granting him Fast-Track authority in making trade deals with other countries.


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Making hay without sunshine https://wlj.net/article-26-making-hay-without-sunshine.html Making hay without sunshine
Typically, the first cutting of alfalfa is taken somewhere around Memorial Day, plus or minus a week, and the second cutting usually comes approximately five weeks later. The majority of Nebraska alfalfa growers have gotten their first cutting off, although for many of those growers the first cutting was delayed, Anderson said.


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CA history suggests bad fire season ahead https://wlj.net/article-26-ca-history-suggests-bad-fire-season-ahead.html CA history suggests bad fire season ahead
For California, still suffering in its historic drought, it has meant an early and voracious start to its usual fire season. According to CalFire (the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection), there have been 41 fires in the state since February of this year, burning a total of 49,696 acres as of publishing.


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BIF conference focuses on cow herd, sustainability https://wlj.net/article-26-bif-conference-focuses-on-cow-herd-sustainability.html BIF conference focuses on cow herd, sustainability
Sustainability was the first big topic at this year’s BIF meeting. All speakers agreed that sustainability was a combination of environment, social concerns and profitability (economics).


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Listing can be bad for species conservation https://wlj.net/article-26-listing-can-be-bad-for-species-conservation.html Listing can be bad for species conservation
It might sound counterintuitive, but listing a species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is often bad for its health. While the threat of listing looms, stakeholders are motivated to work together to privately ensure the species’ future.


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TPA gets OK in Senate https://wlj.net/article-26-tpa-gets-ok-in-senate.html TPA gets OK in Senate
Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation finally made its way to President Barack Obama’s office last Wednesday after a series of twists, turns and political maneuvering. The bill returned to the Senate early last week for consideration after the House failed to advance it with Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) attached.


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Mobile beef lab takes hands-on learning to new level https://wlj.net/article-26-mobile-beef-lab-takes-hands-on-learning-to-new-level.html Mobile beef lab takes hands-on learning to new level
The Husker Mobile Beef Lab is a mobile experience aimed at teaching youth about microbiology, ruminant nutrition, food production, forage resources management, anatomy and physiology, and more. The mobile lab also provides the opportunity to discuss animal husbandry and welfare in the beef industry and clear up any confusion.


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Vacant allotments could help sheep producers https://wlj.net/article-26-vacant-allotments-could-help-sheep-producers.html Vacant allotments could help sheep producers
Regional Forester Nora Rasure of the Intermountain Region recently communicated, by letter, with Governors Brian Sandoval (NV) Matthew Mead (WY) and Butch Otter (ID), along with Utah’s Director of Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office, Kathleen...


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Tax Q&A: How do heirs pay for Grandpa’s retirement? https://wlj.net/article-26-tax-qa-how-do-heirs-pay-for-grandpa%25E2%2580%2599s-retirement.html Tax Q&A: How do heirs pay for Grandpa’s retirement?
This arrangement also has estate tax risk. Given that the payments back from the children are implicitly for Grandpa’s lifetime, the IRS could also apply Section 2036 to pull the property back into his estate at death (assuming Grandpa’s net worth exceeded the estate tax exemption and the IRS had estate tax to collect also).


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Miles City Livestock still in business https://wlj.net/article-26-miles-city-livestock-still-in-business.html Miles City Livestock still in business
The fire that destroyed the sale barn was ruled accidental, Meged said, with the cause being electrical. Although the barn was lost, the alleys and pens are constructed of pipe and were not damaged.


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Nitrogen timing critical in wet years; look for yellow leaves https://wlj.net/article-26-nitrogen-timing-critical-in-wet-years-look-for-yellow-leaves.html Nitrogen timing critical in wet years; look for yellow leaves
Not all forms of nitrogen are created equal. Anhydrous ammonia fares better than other forms applied before planting in wet years. “But neither anhydrous nor Environmentally Safe Nitrogen (ESN) are bulletproof in a wet year,” Scharf says. ESN resists loss when applied early, but releases too slowly to do well on corn over a foot tall.


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Rural Town Hall to host presidential candidates on RFD-TV next month https://wlj.net/article-26-rural-town-hall-to-host-presidential-candidates-on-rfd-tv-next-month.html Rural Town Hall to host presidential candidates on RFD-TV next month
Issues important to rural Americans, farmers, ranchers, and senior citizens will be the sole focus of a new series of live one-hour primetime programs featuring presidential candidates leading up to the caucuses in Iowa, and New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries.


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Draft COOL proposal recommends voluntary labels https://wlj.net/article-26-draft-cool-proposal-recommends-voluntary-labels.html Draft COOL proposal recommends voluntary labels
U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) released a draft proposal early last week to remove mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) from muscle cuts of beef and pork, and make the program voluntary. She called the proposal a pathway to finding a solution on country of origin labeling.


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The composting of animal manure https://wlj.net/article-26-the-composting-of-animal-manure.html The composting of animal manure
Composting animal manure has long been used as a soil amendment to improve soil health. Composting has increased use as a tool to manage animal manure in recent years for livestock producers.


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RMA announces APH Yield Exclusion expansion https://wlj.net/article-26-rma-announces-aph-yield-exclusion-expansion.html RMA announces APH Yield Exclusion expansion
Two features of the 2014 farm bill’s crop insurance coverage will be expanded to winter wheat and other crops starting in 2016, US- DA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced recently. The move should aid growers besieged by extreme yield swings due to drought or excess moisture, although the benefits won’t come without higher premium costs.


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Wyoming Business Council ag photo contest https://wlj.net/article-26-wyoming-business-council-ag-photo-contest.html Wyoming Business Council ag photo contest
All submissions for both youth and adult photographers must be agricultural-related and taken in Wyoming. Adult categories include livestock, crops, people/ recreation, scenic and best edit. Contestants can submit a maximum of 25 photos. All contestants are eligible for the $300 grand prize.


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Sheep industry retains COOL https://wlj.net/article-26-sheep-industry-retains-cool.html Sheep industry retains COOL
“In contrast to the beef, pork and poultry industries, sheep from other countries are not generally slaughtered in the United States, alleviating much of the controversy around labeling,” said ASI Executive Director Peter Orwick.


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Researchers identify gene that controls seed coat and calcium https://wlj.net/article-26-researchers-identify-gene-that-controls-seed-coat-and-calcium.html Researchers identify gene that controls seed coat and calcium
Purdue University researchers have pinpointed the gene that controls whether soybean seed coats are hard or permeable, a finding that could be used to develop better varieties for southern and tropical regions, enrich the crop’s genetic diversity and boost the nutritional value of soybeans.


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Scientists discover temperature’s role in Palmer amaranth control https://wlj.net/article-26-scientists-discover-temperature%25E2%2580%2599s-role-in-palmer-amaranth-control.html Scientists discover temperature’s role in Palmer amaranth control
The popular “HPPD-inhibitor” class of herbicides would control Palmer amaranth well under cool conditions (less than 80 degrees F), but often were less effective as temperatures increased into the upper 80s and into the 90s, said Curtis Thompson, K-State Professor and Weed Management Specialist.


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