WLJ - News https://wlj.net/articles.sec-26-1-news.html Sat, 30 Jul 16 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Compare the candidates https://wlj.net/article-26-compare-the-candidates.html Compare the candidates
Last week saw the mess that was the second act on the summer’s presidential stage. The Democratic National Convention was held last week in Philadelphia, PA. The week before, the Republican National Convention was held in Cleveland, OH.


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USFWS prioritizes ESA listing efforts https://wlj.net/article-26-usfws-prioritizes-esa-listing-efforts.html USFWS prioritizes ESA listing efforts
Last Wednesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) released its final prioritization methodology regarding listing petitions under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The agency said it created the priority plan out of need; current and projected ESA-related workloads exceed resources.


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K-State diagnostic lab processing more samples https://wlj.net/article-26-k-state-diagnostic-lab-processing-more-samples.html K-State diagnostic lab processing more samples
The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSDVL) at Kansas State University (K-State) is known for providing bovine testing services to veterinarians and cattle producers nationwide, and is now the new service provider for samples previously submitted to Gold Standard Labs....]]>
Former CSU Professor Sutherland passes away https://wlj.net/article-26-former-csu-professor-sutherland-passes-away.html Former CSU Professor Sutherland passes away
Thomas Sutherland, a Fort Collins, CO, community leader and an Emeritus Professor at Colorado State University (CSU), who inspired the world with his strength and resilience, has passed away at the age of 85, according various news agencies and a statement from CSU.


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Veterinary researcher receives grant to work on vaccine against E. coli https://wlj.net/article-26-veterinary-researcher-receives-grant-to-work-on-vaccine-against-e-coli.html Veterinary researcher receives grant to work on vaccine against E. coli
“Currently, there are no available vaccines against this type of diarrhea,” Zhang said. “Whole-cell vaccine candidates have been under development but require further improvements because they provide inadequate protection and produce unwanted adverse effects....]]>
To bale or not to bale, that is the silage question https://wlj.net/article-26-to-bale-or-not-to-bale-that-is-the-silage-question.html To bale or not to bale, that is the silage question
Marvin Hall, Professor of Forage Management at Pennsylvania State University, offers producers some pros and cons of storing silage in large round bales. In order to make round bale silage, the forage must be wilted to 50-60 percent moisture, then baled in a round baler, then ensiled inside a plastic cover....]]>
Navicular syndrome most common cause of lameness in horses https://wlj.net/article-26-navicular-syndrome-most-common-cause-of-lameness-in-horses.html Navicular syndrome most common cause of lameness in horses
Racing, cutting and roping horses have a higher incidence of navicular disease than pleasure horses. It is one of the most common causes of lameness in horses and usually affects both forefeet. However, one foot may have more extensive damage than the other....]]>
The genetics of bovine viral diarrhea infections https://wlj.net/article-26-the-genetics-of-bovine-viral-diarrhea-infections.html The genetics of bovine viral diarrhea infections
Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) infections cost cattle producers $50 to $100 per head of cattle. Most BVDV vaccines require multiple doses, and that increases production costs. Decades of vaccination and voluntary programs aimed at controlling the virus have reduced the disease’s prevalence but have not eliminated it in the United States....]]>
Hillary Clinton https://wlj.net/article-26-hillary-clinton.html Hillary Clinton
In her “Plan for a Vibrant Rural America,” Clinton outlines goals to bolster the rural economy, including the creation of more Rural Business Investment Companies (RBICs) through the Farm Credit Administration and reducing regulations on rural banks.....]]>
A third option https://wlj.net/article-26-a-third-option.html A third option
Say what you like about third parties, but Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are not the only options on the field. While the big names battle it out in a neck-and-neck race, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, former Republican governor of New Mexico, is trailing along behind hoping to upset the status quo....]]>
Donald Trump https://wlj.net/article-26-donald-trump.html Donald Trump
In his acceptance speech as well as his officially-stated standing on issues, Trump’s agriculturally-related positions center on the indirect issue of trade deals, taxation issues, and natural resource management.


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UC Davis researchers name bizarre bacteria causing cattle disease https://wlj.net/article-26-uc-davis-researchers-name-bizarre-bacteria-causing-cattle-disease.html UC Davis researchers name bizarre bacteria causing cattle disease
After more than 50 years of research, the tick-borne bacterium responsible for one of the most troubling and economically devastating cattle diseases in the western United States has been named and genetically characterized by researchers at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis)....]]>
Livestock producers should supplement vitamins A and E during drought https://wlj.net/article-26-livestock-producers-should-supplement-vitamins-a-and-e-during-drought.html Livestock producers should supplement vitamins A and E during drought
Essential to maintaining early pregnancy and immunity is pro-vitamin A or beta carotene, and specifically helping ward off pink eye is vitamin E; if these vitamins are not available through grazing, Garcia encourages livestock producers to consider supplements that contain them....]]>
Uncommon forage grasses found on Michigan beef farm https://wlj.net/article-26-uncommon-forage-grasses-found-on-michigan-beef-farm.html Uncommon forage grasses found on Michigan beef farm
You never know what you’ll see when visiting with an innovative farmer. Jim Isleib, Michigan State University Extension Crop Production Educator, says he recently saw a couple of “new” forage grasses....]]>
July rains on toxic tall fescue pastures add heat stress to cows, says specialist https://wlj.net/article-26-july-rains-on-toxic-tall-fescue-pastures-add-heat-stress-to-cows-says-specialist.html July rains on toxic tall fescue pastures add heat stress to cows, says specialist
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Time of day of harvest does not impact nitrate concentration levels https://wlj.net/article-26-time-of-day-of-harvest-does-not-impact-nitrate-concentration-levels.html Time of day of harvest does not impact nitrate concentration levels
Forage sorghums are used by cattle producers for summer grazing or harvested for hay. Forage sorghums can be very productive and high quality, but can also accumulate toxic levels of nitrate when stressed....]]>
GAO looks at unauthorized grazing on public lands https://wlj.net/article-26-gao-looks-at-unauthorized-grazing-on-public-lands.html GAO looks at unauthorized grazing on public lands
The GAO examined incident reports and interviewed employees from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (FS) in gathering information for the report titled “Unauthorized Grazing: Actions Needed to Improve Tracking and Deterrence Efforts.


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Appropriations bill aims to limit regulatory overreach https://wlj.net/article-26-appropriations-bill-aims-to-limit-regulatory-overreach.html Appropriations bill aims to limit regulatory overreach
The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5538, the “Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017,” July 14 by a 231-196 vote. The measure contains numerous provisions that would limit regulatory overreach as well as measures important to.


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Lesser prairie-chicken delisted on court order https://wlj.net/article-26-lesser-prairie-chicken-delisted-on-court-order.html Lesser prairie-chicken delisted on court order
Last Wednesday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) issued a final rule vacating the listing of the lesser prairie-chicken as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The rule was announced in the Federal Register and resulted from a court-ordered delisting following a lawsuit brought by numerous counties in New Mexico.



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Bills seek to reform checkoff programs https://wlj.net/article-26-bills-seek-to-reform-checkoff-programs.html Bills seek to reform checkoff programs
Just a couple days before Congress began its seven-week recess, Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced a bill seeking to amend commodity checkoff programs. The bill seeks to prohibit what it and the senators describe as illegal use of checkoff funds.


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Getting those 2-year-olds ready to ride https://wlj.net/article-26-getting-those-2-year-olds-ready-to-ride.html Getting those 2-year-olds ready to ride
This time of year can be an exciting one for horse owners. Many people enjoy doing the breaking and starting of their 2-year-olds and now is great time to get the process going. The goal of ground work is to make the riding part much easier and less worrisome for both horse and rider.


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Montana landowner sentenced for Clean Water Act violations https://wlj.net/article-26-montana-landowner-sentenced-for-clean-water-act-violations.html Montana landowner sentenced for Clean Water Act violations
A Montana landowner was sentenced last Wednesday to 18 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $130,000 in restitution after a grand jury in April found him guilty on two counts of unauthorized discharge of pollutants into waters of the U.S. and one count of injury or depredation of U.S.


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Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame honors outstanding industry leaders https://wlj.net/article-26-cattle-feeders-hall-of-fame-honors-outstanding-industry-leaders.html Cattle Feeders Hall of Fame honors outstanding industry leaders
Feeding cattle is a challenging job. There are everchanging grain prices, shifting consumer demand, dynamic input costs, a fluctuating cattle market, in addition to all the other typical business responsibilities.


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USDA awards more than $26 million for affordable farmworker housing https://wlj.net/article-26-usda-awards-more-than-%252426-million-for-affordable-farmworker-housing.html USDA awards more than $26 million for affordable farmworker housing
USDA recently announced $26 million in funding to help provide safe and sanitary housing for farmworkers in nine affordable rental communities in four states. The funding will support 439 rental units in California, Florida, Kansas and Texas.


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Beefmaster selection indices developed to increase profitability https://wlj.net/article-26-beefmaster-selection-indices-developed-to-increase-profitability.html Beefmaster selection indices developed to increase profitability
Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is pleased to announce the development and release of their Terminal ($T) and Maternal ($M) Indices. The release of $T Terminal Index and $M Maternal Index now allows commercial cattlemen to target their bull selections to achieve specific production goals.


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Six ranches honored for stewardship efforts https://wlj.net/article-26-six-ranches-honored-for-stewardship-efforts.html Six ranches honored for stewardship efforts
The recipients who were honored during the 2016 Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting span the country and were nominated for their outstanding efforts to protect land, air and water resources on their individual farming and ranching operations.


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Crop producers should watch for pests in alfalfa and corn https://wlj.net/article-26-crop-producers-should-watch-for-pests-in-alfalfa-and-corn.html Crop producers should watch for pests in alfalfa and corn
As corn and alfalfa crops continue to grow, Kansas State University (K-State) Research and Extension crop specialists are observing different pests currently in Kansas.


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AMS proposes changes to Beef Checkoff Program https://wlj.net/article-26-ams-proposes-changes-to-beef-checkoff-program.html AMS proposes changes to Beef Checkoff Program
The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has proposed changes to both the beef and soybean checkoff programs that would allow producers, under certain circumstances, to request that their assessments paid to a qualified state board or council be redirected to the national program, the agency announced in a press release.


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Horse owners beware of extreme heat in pastures and stables https://wlj.net/article-26-horse-owners-beware-of-extreme-heat-in-pastures-and-stables.html Horse owners beware of extreme heat in pastures and stables
Even well-designed horse barns can benefit from strategically placing large fans to circulate air. This may be the best option for older remodeled buildings that only have a couple windows or doors that facilitate airflow if the wind is blowing.


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The “positive associative effect” of high protein supplements https://wlj.net/article-26-the-%25E2%2580%259Cpositive-associative-effect%25E2%2580%259D-of-high-protein-supplements.html The “positive associative effect” of high protein supplements
Most of Oklahoma has substantial standing forage in pastures as we go into late summer. As the day length shortens, plants become more mature and lower in protein content. However, the protein requirements for growth, milk production, and body condition maintenance of beef cattle do not decrease as the “dog days of summer” arrive.


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