WLJ - News https://wlj.net/articles.sec-26-1-news.html Tue, 27 Sep 16 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Senate report could help push a decision on WOTUS https://wlj.net/article-26-senate-report-could-help-push-a-decision-on-wotus.html Senate report could help push a decision on WOTUS
The report documents through a number of case studies how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) have used broad interpretation of their authority to enforce and regulate WOTUS even while implementation is stayed by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.


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BLM responds to euthanasia recommendation by board https://wlj.net/article-26-blm-responds-to-euthanasia-recommendation-by-board.html BLM responds to euthanasia recommendation by board
The public continues to reel from the shockwave sent through the country by the National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board’s Sept. 9 recommendation that the BLM euthanize or sell without limitation all animals in long- and short-term holding deemed “unadoptable.


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Wolf hearing shows government divide https://wlj.net/article-26-wolf-hearing-shows-government-divide.html Wolf hearing shows government divide
Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives’ Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a public hearing on the federal government’s management—some said mismanagement—of wolves. Two vastly different visions of reality were presented at the hearing.


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NCBA files for intervenor status in checkoff case https://wlj.net/article-26-ncba-files-for-intervenor-status-in-checkoff-case.html NCBA files for intervenor status in checkoff case
In an ongoing dispute regarding the national Beef Checkoff Program, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) announced it will seek intervenor status in a lawsuit filed by attorneys of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) on behalf of the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) against the USDA Office of Inspector General (OIG).


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Antibiotic resistance, animal ag not so neatly connected https://wlj.net/article-26-antibiotic-resistance-animal-ag-not-so-neatly-connected.html Antibiotic resistance, animal ag not so neatly connected
In “Effect of antimicrobial use in agricultural animals on drug-resistant foodborne campylobacteriosis in humans,” researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina reviewed existing literature to assess the existing evidence regarding the...


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Texas Tech has been selected for retail meat surveillance program https://wlj.net/article-26-texas-tech-has-been-selected-for-retail-meat-surveillance-program.html Texas Tech has been selected for retail meat surveillance program
Texas Tech University’s International Center for Food Industry Excellence (ICFIE) has been selected to be a National Surveillance Lab for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) Retail Meat Surveillance Program through a competitive federal grant process.


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Packers and Stockyards amendment passes committee https://wlj.net/article-26-packers-and-stockyards-amendment-passes-committee.html Packers and Stockyards amendment passes committee
The House Committee on Agriculture recently passed a bill intended to modernize the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921 (PSA). The committee described the need for the bill as being “to protect buyers and sellers of livestock from unfair, deceptive, and discriminatory practices.


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ASI accepting nominations for annual awards https://wlj.net/article-26-asi-accepting-nominations-for-annual-awards.html ASI accepting nominations for annual awards
Dedicated to volunteer commitment and service, this award is presented to a sheep producer who has made substantial contributions to the sheep industry and its organizations in his/her state, region, or nation. The award may recognize a lifetime of achievement or may recognize a noteworthy, shorter-term commitment and service to the industry.


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Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame recognizes two leaders https://wlj.net/article-26-cattle-production-veterinarian-hall-of-fame-recognizes-two-leaders.html Cattle Production Veterinarian Hall of Fame recognizes two leaders
Since the veterinary profession began 250 years ago, veterinarians have been helping farmers and ranchers do what they do best; produce safe, nutritious food for the world. And there is no one more dedicated to the health and well-being of animals than the cattle production veterinarian.


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California Farm Bureau says proposed water plan will harm farmers, economy https://wlj.net/article-26-california-farm-bureau-says-proposed-water-plan-will-harm-farmers-economy.html California Farm Bureau says proposed water plan will harm farmers, economy
The California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) recently released a draft proposal to update water quality requirements for salinity in the southern delta and water flows in major tributaries to the San Joaquin River (the Stanislaus, Tuolumne, and Merced Rivers), which drain into the southern delta of the state.


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Board: Euthanasia for unwanted horses https://wlj.net/article-26-board-euthanasia-for-unwanted-horses.html Board: Euthanasia for unwanted horses
On the final day of its biannual regular meeting, this year held in Elko, NV, the board advised BLM to follow the stipulations of the Wild and Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971 that allow for “all suitable animals in long- and short-term...


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Future for livestock auctioneers remains bright https://wlj.net/article-26-future-for-livestock-auctioneers-remains-bright.html Future for livestock auctioneers remains bright
The words from Leroy Van Dyke’s song, The Auctioneer, hold true for many entering the auction profession. The song tells the story of a young boy who sneaks away from school to go to the local auction barn and listen to an auctioneer.


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Fed Cattle Exchange returns with bid ideas https://wlj.net/article-26-fed-cattle-exchange-returns-with-bid-ideas.html Fed Cattle Exchange returns with bid ideas
Ten lots of steers and one heifer lot ranging from New Mexico to the Corn Belt were offered for sale. Some lots didn’t sell, but at the end of the rapid-fire sale almost 1,000 head had been sold at prices ranging from $105-108.


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Court: EPA’s info release may be injurious to CAFO owners https://wlj.net/article-26-court-epa%25E2%2580%2599s-info-release-may-be-injurious-to-cafo-owners.html Court: EPA’s info release may be injurious to CAFO owners
Personal information about the owners of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) should never have been released by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) back in 2014, a federal appeals court ruled unanimously Friday, Sept. 9.


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Protect vaccines from heat, cold to ensure healthier livestock https://wlj.net/article-26-protect-vaccines-from-heat-cold-to-ensure-healthier-livestock.html Protect vaccines from heat, cold to ensure healthier livestock
“A lot of people store their vaccines in a refrigerator in the garage, or shop or barn but most of the time those refrigerators are the old one that was replaced,” he said. “But even a new refrigerator can have trouble maintaining proper temperatures in some situations.


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Digital 'agvocates' tout personal connection https://wlj.net/article-26-digital-agvocates-tout-personal-connection.html Digital 'agvocates' tout personal connection
“Become an agvocate,” they say to farmers and ranchers. “Tell your story. Agvocate!” It is indeed valuable to tell the story of agriculture. Market research repeatedly finds consumers trust farmers and ranchers above most other sources when it comes to information about food.


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KS cattle producers wanted to help with anaplasmosis study https://wlj.net/article-26-ks-cattle-producers-wanted-to-help-with-anaplasmosis-study.html KS cattle producers wanted to help with anaplasmosis study
The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSVDL) is looking for Kansas cattle producers to participate in a study to determine the prevalence of bovine anaplasmosis in cow herds within the state and to investigate management risk factors associated with blood test results.


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Helping fall-calving cows and heifers during the calving process https://wlj.net/article-26-helping-fall-calving-cows-and-heifers-during-the-calving-process.html Helping fall-calving cows and heifers during the calving process
Fall calving season is (or soon will be) upon the Oklahoma ranches that have fall and winter calving. An issue facing the rancher at calving time is the amount of time heifers or cows are allowed to be in labor before assistance is given.


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U.S. budget pending, ag issues in limbo https://wlj.net/article-26-us-budget-pending-ag-issues-in-limbo.html U.S. budget pending, ag issues in limbo
While there are many issues in the spending measure, finding funds for Zika research is top of mind, and a sticking point for some lawmakers.


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Utah rancher takes reins of the Public Lands Council https://wlj.net/article-26-utah-rancher-takes-reins-of-the-public-lands-council.html Utah rancher takes reins of the Public Lands Council
meeting earlier this month with a high desert range and operation tour in southern Idaho. The meeting drew more than 150 public lands ranchers along with affiliate representatives to engage in the grassroots policy process, hear from agency officials, and discuss critical issues that are impacting the West.


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Extensions have helpful tools for farmers, ranchers https://wlj.net/article-26-extensions-have-helpful-tools-for-farmers-ranchers.html Extensions have helpful tools for farmers, ranchers
Along with research, development, training, and education related to agriculture, the nation’s Extension programs have fully embraced the digital age. Both the University of Missouri (MU) and Kansas State University (K-State) Extensions have announced new digital tools to help farmers and ranchers recently.


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AgriLife Research looks at practicality of drone use in ranching https://wlj.net/article-26-agrilife-research-looks-at-practicality-of-drone-use-in-ranching.html AgriLife Research looks at practicality of drone use in ranching
you can use it to check things,” he said. “You can locate lost stock and eventually check fences and waterings. One of the neat things with the more expensive ones is you can program them to run a route, so if you want to check fences, do it once and save that route into the drone.


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Court: EPA violated personal privacy of farmers, ranchers https://wlj.net/article-26-court-epa-violated-personal-privacy-of-farmers-ranchers.html Court: EPA violated personal privacy of farmers, ranchers
The ruling in American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and National Pork Producers Council vs. EPA concerned the federal agency’s 2013 release to three environmental groups of a vast compilation of spreadsheets containing personal information about farmers and ranchers who raise livestock and poultry in 29 states.


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Focus on health assurance for the cow herd https://wlj.net/article-26-focus-on-health-assurance-for-the-cow-herd.html Focus on health assurance for the cow herd
Cow/calf producers can’t buy insurance to protect their cattle, but good livestock stewardship will go a long way toward making sure the animals stay in good health, according to Gerald Stokka, the North Dakota State University Extension Service’s Veterinarian and Livestock Stewardship Specialist.


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Are booster vaccinations needed for beef calves? https://wlj.net/article-26-are-booster-vaccinations-needed-for-beef-calves.html Are booster vaccinations needed for beef calves?
Soon beef cow/calf producers will be separating calves from cows, and many will precondition those calves through a weaning and vaccination program to help ensure calves remain healthy through the sale and shipping process.


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Feeding weaned calves during a pre-conditioning program https://wlj.net/article-26-feeding-weaned-calves-during-a-pre-conditioning-program.html Feeding weaned calves during a pre-conditioning program
Spring-born calves have already been, or soon will be weaned to meet the 45-day requirement for value-added calf sales. A minimum of a 45-day weaning period is recommended to maximize the benefits of pre-conditioning.


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Why are auctioneers called 'colonel?' https://wlj.net/article-26-why-are-auctioneers-called-colonel.html Why are auctioneers called 'colonel?'
The tradition of calling an auctioneer “colonel” can be traced to the Civil War. After a battle, the winning side would scour the battlefield and collect all the equipment and personal belongings of the deceased. These items were then displayed and auctioned.


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Auctioneers qualify for 2017 world championship at regional event https://wlj.net/article-26-auctioneers-qualify-for-2017-world-championship-at-regional-event.html Auctioneers qualify for 2017 world championship at regional event
Will Epperly, Dunlap, IA, was named Champion at the 2017 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) Western Regional Qualifying Event. Lewiston Livestock Market, Lewiston, ID, hosted the first of three WLAC qualifying events.


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U.S. takes on China corn, rice, wheat subsidies https://wlj.net/article-26-us-takes-on-china-corn-rice-wheat-subsidies.html U.S. takes on China corn, rice, wheat subsidies
Administration leaders gathered last Tuesday at the USDA for a late-morning press event to announce the new trade case against the People’s Republic of China. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was joined by U.S.


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Continued growth in meat supply hurts livestock prices https://wlj.net/article-26-continued-growth-in-meat-supply-hurts-livestock-prices.html Continued growth in meat supply hurts livestock prices
As a livestock economist, Scott Brown hears the same question every day: “How low can prices go?” The University of Missouri Extension specialist can’t say when prices will hit bottom, as many factors affect the sharp decline. That includes weather, dollar strength and exports.


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