WLJ - News https://wlj.net/articles.sec-26-1-news.html Tue, 28 Jul 15 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 ESA reform discussed at industry conference https://wlj.net/article-26-esa-reform-discussed-at-industry-conference.html ESA reform discussed at industry conference
During the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) summer conference, held July 15-18 in Denver, CO, the ESA was a matter of considerable concern. The matter of reforming the ESA—or rather, “modernizing” it—was a focal point of the Property Rights and Environmental Management/Federal Lands Policy Committee.


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Roundtable focuses on sage-grouse initiatives https://wlj.net/article-26-roundtable-focuses-on-sage-grouse-initiatives.html Roundtable focuses on sage-grouse initiatives
Ranchers from several western states participated in a roundtable discussion with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Partners for Conservation (PFC) and Utah Grazing Improvement Program last week to discuss their efforts at improving and maintaining habitat for the greater sage-grouse.


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Farmers and ranchers certify to follow conservation compliance guidelines https://wlj.net/article-26-farmers-and-ranchers-certify-to-follow-conservation-compliance-guidelines.html Farmers and ranchers certify to follow conservation compliance guidelines
Implementing the 2014 farm bill provisions for conservation compliance is expected to extend conservation provisions for an additional 1.5 million acres of highly erodible lands and 1.1 million acres of wetlands, which will reduce soil erosion, enhance water quality, and create wildlife habitat.


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Supplemental feed to stretch pasture forage https://wlj.net/article-26-supplemental-feed-to-stretch-pasture-forage.html Supplemental feed to stretch pasture forage
Available acres for summer grazing have been shrinking in recent years, particularly in areas where it is feasible to convert grass into cropland. The combination of fewer acres and strong cow/calf returns results in increased pasture costs, either for purchase or for rent.


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Tips for preventing insect-borne vesicular stomatitis in horses https://wlj.net/article-26-tips-for-preventing-insect-borne-vesicular-stomatitis-in-horses.html Tips for preventing insect-borne vesicular stomatitis in horses
Colorado’s first vesicular stomatitis (VS) cases of 2015 have been detected in horses, and Colorado State University’s (CSU’s) Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories have gained special certification to test for the highly contagious virus, which causes painful sores in animals’ mouths and forces mandatory quarantines.


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The 'positive associative effect' of high protein supplements https://wlj.net/article-26-the-positive-associative-effect-of-high-protein-supplements.html The 'positive associative effect' of high protein supplements
For the first time in several years, western states such as Oklahoma have substantial standing forage in most pastures as summer continues. As the day length shortens, plants become more mature and lower in protein content.


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Select breeding bulls for grass-finished beef https://wlj.net/article-26-select-breeding-bulls-for-grass-finished-beef.html Select breeding bulls for grass-finished beef
Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) are the best selection tool available to beef cow/calf producers for bull selection. The data is derived from performance information collected on the given individual, its ancestors, collateral relatives and progeny.


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Federal government denies liability on U.S. Forest Service-lit Pautre fire https://wlj.net/article-26-federal-government-denies-liability-on-us-forest-service-lit-pautre-fire.html Federal government denies liability on U.S. Forest Service-lit Pautre fire
“Our review of the claim discloses no liability on the part of the United States. Therefore your FTCA (Federal Tort Claims Act) claim is denied,” said an assistant with the Office of General Counsel under the USDA to the claimants, in individual letters received last week.


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Cattle-feeding leaders in Hall of Fame https://wlj.net/article-26-cattle-feeding-leaders-in-hall-of-fame.html Cattle-feeding leaders in Hall of Fame
These are just some of the adjectives used to describe those who have been successful in the cattle-feeding industry. What makes this industry so demanding and distinguishes it from other vocations? Former Hall of Fame inductee Roy Dinsdale shares one reason: “It’s a challenge every year between Mother Nature and me.


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Harvest a tax loss? https://wlj.net/article-26-harvest-a-tax-loss.html Harvest a tax loss?
This calendar year is predicted to deliver the worst economics in grain farming in 20 years. Low grain prices and high input costs could actually lead to an operating loss, unless yields come in exceptionally high. However, this looming dark cloud may have a silver lining in the form of tax benefits.


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Beef industry leaders lay out strategies for future https://wlj.net/article-26-beef-industry-leaders-lay-out-strategies-for-future.html Beef industry leaders lay out strategies for future
During the 2015 Cattle Industry Summer Conference July 15-16 in Denver, CO, beef industry leaders representing every link in the beef value chain presented a plan for meeting aggressive goals to strengthen the industry from 2016-2020. The Beef Industry Long Range Plan Task Force has been meeting since December, 2014.


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Researchers investigate salmonella in Texas feedlots https://wlj.net/article-26-researchers-investigate-salmonella-in-texas-feedlots.html Researchers investigate salmonella in Texas feedlots
A study examining the presence of salmonella in beef cattle feedyards was the focus of a series of studies by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists and faculty in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University, College Station.


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Hay helping facilitate expansion https://wlj.net/article-26-hay-helping-facilitate-expansion.html Hay helping facilitate expansion
A common metric that indicates expansion or contraction in the cattle herd is the availability of forage. Pasture conditions are one indicator of the short-run amount of grass, while measures of current and expected stockpiled forage indicate the level of feed available to mitigate short-run changes.


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USDA chief economist announced https://wlj.net/article-26-usda-chief-economist-announced.html USDA chief economist announced
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the selection of Dr. Robert Johansson as U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Chief Economist, effective July 12. Johansson has served as USDA’s Acting Chief Economist since Jan. 3, 2014, and as Deputy Chief Economist since 2012.


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No rest for the watery https://wlj.net/article-26-no-rest-for-the-watery.html No rest for the watery
The Environmental Protection Agency is waging a watery war on two fronts over its Waters of the U.S. rule. While over half the states in the nation and industry groups are suing the agency saying the rule goes too far, environmental groups are suing the agency claiming it doesn’t go far enough.


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Red Angus board announces changes https://wlj.net/article-26-red-angus-board-announces-changes.html Red Angus board announces changes
Marston stated, “It has been a privilege to serve as CEO of RAAA. While the board and I have mutually agreed to pursue other options, I leave RAAA with great memories of bringing outstanding talent to key staff positions and building industry-leading teams in key areas.


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Test grains before feeding damaged wheat to livestock https://wlj.net/article-26-test-grains-before-feeding-damaged-wheat-to-livestock.html Test grains before feeding damaged wheat to livestock
Wet growing conditions in the Midwest have opened the door for several challenges in the 2015 wheat crop. As a result, farmers are seeing price docks and discounts at the elevator, mainly due to increased disease, low test weight, and sprout-damaged wheat.


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1 million acres of new monuments designated https://wlj.net/article-26-1-million-acres-of-new-monuments-designated.html 1 million acres of new monuments designated
With the stroke of his pen, President Obama on July 10 designated three new national monuments that together comprise over one million acres. The new “Basin and Range” monument in south-central Nevada covers roughly 704,000 acres or about 1,100 square miles.


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Beef from South America? Not so fast! https://wlj.net/article-26-beef-from-south-america-not-so-fast_.html Beef from South America? Not so fast!
The House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to the 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill July 8 that would block imports of fresh beef from Brazil and Argentina. The amendment requires the U.S.


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Early weaning beef calves https://wlj.net/article-26-early-weaning-beef-calves.html Early weaning beef calves
“Between reduced nutrient requirements and feed intake for the cow, plus the forage that the calf would have consumed, early weaning results in a 28 percent reduction in daily forage demand,” Rusche said.


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Economics, ecology can work together for success https://wlj.net/article-26-economics-ecology-can-work-together-for-success.html Economics, ecology can work together for success
“Oftentimes we hear that ecology and environment don’t mix with economics, but the Mortensons prove you can have both.


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Prepare for heat stress in cattle https://wlj.net/article-26-prepare-for-heat-stress-in-cattle.html Prepare for heat stress in cattle
Heat stress has the greatest impacts when cattle are exposed to a combination of elevated temperatures and humidity for a period of time, according to North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service animal experts.


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National Cattlemen’s Foundation scholarship https://wlj.net/article-26-national-cattlemen%25E2%2580%2599s-foundation-scholarship.html National Cattlemen’s Foundation scholarship
The National Cattlemen’s Foundation is now accepting applications for the W.D. Farr Scholarships for the 2015-16 school year. The annual W.D. Farr Scholarship awards were established by the National Cattlemen’s Foundation in 2007 to recognize outstanding students who plan to pursue careers in meat science and animal agriculture.


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California drought discussion continues in U.S. House https://wlj.net/article-26-california-drought-discussion-continues-in-us-house.html California drought discussion continues in U.S. House
The House of Representatives last Thursday approved H.R. 2898 by a vote of 245-176. Known as the Western Water and American Food Security Act of 2015, the bill addresses the drought and water issues in the West, especially in the Central Valley of California—a source of much of the country’s food.


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Forest fire bill takes aim at environmental litigation https://wlj.net/article-26-forest-fire-bill-takes-aim-at-environmental-litigation.html Forest fire bill takes aim at environmental litigation
On July 9, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2647, the “Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015,” in a 262- 167 vote. The bill deals with matters of funding for forest fire fighting, environmental litigation, and reforestation among other things.


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Summer pneumonia in beef calves https://wlj.net/article-26-summer-pneumonia-in-beef-calves.html Summer pneumonia in beef calves
Generally, mid- to latesummer is a time when cow/ calf producers relax a little. Calving is over, cows and calves are on summer pastures and typically it is a relatively uneventful time. But as summer progresses, producers should be on the lookout for summer calf pneumonia.


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More lawsuits issued against WOTUS https://wlj.net/article-26-more-lawsuits-issued-against-wotus.html More lawsuits issued against WOTUS
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) joined 12 other agricultural, building, and resource industry groups in filing a lawsuit over WOTUS. The suit names as defendants: the EPA; EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy; the.


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Additional jail time for ranchers’ range fires? https://wlj.net/article-26-additional-jail-time-for-ranchers%25E2%2580%2599-range-fires.html Additional jail time for ranchers’ range fires?
An eastern Oregon family with a long history in ranching is fighting to keep its cow/calf operation afloat against an onslaught of blows from the federal government. Two members of the Hammond family have been charged under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 for starting two range fires that ended up on federal land.


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Think forage quality when planning hay schedule https://wlj.net/article-26-think-forage-quality-when-planning-hay-schedule.html Think forage quality when planning hay schedule
“Plant stage and maturity at the time of cutting directly impact the quality of the final hay, whether grass, alfalfa or a mixture of forages,” says Fara Brummer, area Extension Service Livestock Systems Specialist at North Dakota State University’s (NDSU’s) Central Grasslands Research Extension Center near Streeter.


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Options for mixed water uses https://wlj.net/article-26-options-for-mixed-water-uses.html Options for mixed water uses
The Poudre Water Sharing (PWS) group, made up of representatives from Cache la Poudre River Basin irrigation companies and the city utilities and special districts that provide municipal and industrial water from the Poudre, advised the research...


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