WLJ - News https://wlj.net/articles.sec-26-1-news.html Sun, 28 Aug 16 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 100 years: A history of science and service https://wlj.net/article-26-100-years-a-history-of-science-and-service.html 100 years: A history of science and service
Last week, the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station (USSES) celebrated its centennial anniversary in Dubois, ID....]]>
'Massive' ESA lawsuit threatened—again https://wlj.net/article-26-massive-esa-lawsuit-threatened%25E2%2580%2594again.html 'Massive' ESA lawsuit threatened—again
Five years ago saw an ESA “mega-settlement” which forced USFWS to crank out over 1,200 backlogged listing and critical habitat decisions.


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Guidelines offered for non-GMO labeling https://wlj.net/article-26-guidelines-offered-for-non-gmo-labeling.html Guidelines offered for non-GMO labeling
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued new guidelines on how companies can make label or labeling claims concerning the fact that bio-engineered or genetically modified organism (GMO) ingredients or animal feed were not used in the production of meat, poultry, or egg products.


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Long-term grain storage requires good management https://wlj.net/article-26-long-term-grain-storage-requires-good-management.html Long-term grain storage requires good management
Some grain will be stored for many months or even more than a year due to low grain prices, so maintaining grain quality during extended storage will require extra care and management, according to a North Dakota State University (NDSU) grain storage expert.


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Poisonous plants pose dangers to livestock https://wlj.net/article-26-poisonous-plants-pose-dangers-to-livestock.html Poisonous plants pose dangers to livestock
A University of Wyoming educator is warning about poisonous plants in pastures this late summer and early fall. The species of poisonous plants posing danger can change as pastures move through the seasons, said Brian Sebade, based in Albany County and serving southeast Wyoming.


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National beef feed efficiency program provides calculator https://wlj.net/article-26-national-beef-feed-efficiency-program-provides-calculator.html National beef feed efficiency program provides calculator
The National Program for Genetic Improvement of Feed Efficiency in Beef Cattle is primarily focused on genomics, with one of the goals being to identify genes associated with differences in feed efficiency in beef cattle.


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Health systems urge producers, manufacturers, to offer more sustainably raised meat, poultry https://wlj.net/article-26-health-systems-urge-producers-manufacturers-to-offer-more-sustainably-raised-meat-poultry.html Health systems urge producers, manufacturers, to offer more sustainably raised meat, poultry
A group of nine U.S. health systems, supported by a network of thousands of health care facilities across the U.S., are calling on food producers and manufacturers to meet the growing demand for sustainable meat and poultry within health care, according to a press release from Health Care Without Harm (HCWH)....]]>
Environmental groups seek to halt ranching expansion at PRNS https://wlj.net/article-26-environmental-groups-seek-to-halt-ranching-expansion-at-prns.html Environmental groups seek to halt ranching expansion at PRNS
A number of environmental groups recently filed for a preliminary injunction to block the National Park Service (NPS) from pursuing a ranching expansion and elk-removal plan until the agency updates the park’s “general management plan” and assesses...


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TCFA members participate in Palo Duro II planning exercise https://wlj.net/article-26-tcfa-members-participate-in-palo-duro-ii-planning-exercise.html TCFA members participate in Palo Duro II planning exercise
The Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA) partnered with other agriculture associations, government officials, regulatory agencies, public safety officials, agricultural producers and many others to test the Texas Panhandle area’s preparedness for a potential future foreign animal disease outbreak.


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Atlanta court won’t decide WOTUS case https://wlj.net/article-26-atlanta-court-won%25E2%2580%2599t-decide-wotus-case.html Atlanta court won’t decide WOTUS case
The Atlanta court heard oral arguments in July in a case challenging the WOTUS rule. In that case, 11 states—Georgia, Kentucky, Kansas, West Virginia, South Carolina, Alabama, Wisconsin, Utah, Indiana, North Carolina and Florida—asked the court to overturn the Sixth Circuit on the question of jurisdiction.


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Are you a CA rancher? Got wild pigs? https://wlj.net/article-26-are-you-a-ca-rancher-got-wild-pigs.html Are you a CA rancher? Got wild pigs?
In managed rangelands and farms, wild pigs are significant pests, wreaking havoc in a number of ways. Whether you call them wild hogs, feral pigs, feral hogs, wild boars, Russian boars, or Eurasian boars, in California, they are all the same destructive animal.


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Credit becomes gatekeeper in cash rent crunch https://wlj.net/article-26-credit-becomes-gatekeeper-in-cash-rent-crunch.html Credit becomes gatekeeper in cash rent crunch
A year ago, university economists warned that typical Illinois corn farmers would need to shave $100 an acre off average cash rent and production costs if they hoped to break even in 2016. Renters hesitated, landlords balked, most input suppliers held firm....]]>
Indirect initiatives for ag on state ballots https://wlj.net/article-26-indirect-initiatives-for-ag-on-state-ballots.html Indirect initiatives for ag on state ballots
Though some states attempted to get such initiatives on their ballots this year, none have successfully made it, and most have been rejected. This year, the confirmed state ballot initiatives dealing with energy have been directly energy-focused.

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Nebraska signs letters of intent with Taiwan for ag export opportunities https://wlj.net/article-26-nebraska-signs-letters-of-intent-with-taiwan-for-ag-export-opportunities.html Nebraska signs letters of intent with Taiwan for ag export opportunities
A Nebraska trade delegation, led by Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach, participated in an official ceremony on Aug. 17 in Taipei, Taiwan to sign letters of intent to purchase more than $400 million in Nebraska agricultural products.


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Japanese trade leader to speak at UNL https://wlj.net/article-26-japanese-trade-leader-to-speak-at-unl.html Japanese trade leader to speak at UNL
Hiroyuki Ishige, Chairman and CEO of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), will speak at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln (UNL), on Sept. 13 as a guest of the developing Clayton K. Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance. Ishige will address the progress made toward Asia-Pacific economic integration and the role of the U.


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Access to China’s beef market remains a priority https://wlj.net/article-26-access-to-china%25E2%2580%2599s-beef-market-remains-a-priority.html Access to China’s beef market remains a priority

Regaining access to export beef to China remains a priority for producers in the U.S. The market to that country was closed in 2003 after a cow in Washington State tested positive for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has since classified



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BLM releases Gunnison sage grouse plan - BLM releases Gunnison sage grouse plan https://wlj.net/article-26-blm-releases-gunnison-sage-grouse-plan.html BLM releases Gunnison sage grouse plan - BLM releases Gunnison sage grouse plan

On Aug. 11, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released draft land-use regulations in the name of Gunnison sage-grouse protection in Colorado and southeast Utah. The draft regulations come in light of the U.S.





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Cash corn drops below $3 on news of record production https://wlj.net/article-26-cash-corn-drops-below-%25243-on-news-of-record-production.html Cash corn drops below $3 on news of record production

On Friday, Aug. 12, the USDA released its most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report. The report’s corn column caused quite a stir, both positive and negative.



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Producers should monitor water sources https://wlj.net/article-26-producers-should-monitor-water-sources.html Producers should monitor water sources

In the summer months, cattle will consume approximately two gallons of water per hundred pounds of body weight. Heat waves may increase this intake by 50 percent or more. If the water source you have is high in iron or sulfur, this represents a dramatic increase in.



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Korean cattle herd shrinks https://wlj.net/article-26-korean-cattle-herd-shrinks.html Korean cattle herd shrinks

Average June prices for hanwoo beef stood at 19,142 won ($16.89) per kilogram ($37.24/lb.), an increase of 20.8 percent from the previous year. Hanwoo is a local breed that shares traits with both European and African cattle breeds and its heavily marbled meat is prized by Koreans as of greater value than imported beef.



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Environmental groups file lawsuit challenging Montana’s proposed grizzly hunting regulations https://wlj.net/article-26-environmental-groups-file-lawsuit-challenging-montana%25E2%2580%2599s-proposed-grizzly-hunting-regulations.html Environmental groups file lawsuit challenging Montana’s proposed grizzly hunting regulations

Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to remove grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) from the endangered species list and turn their management over to the states.





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WASDE makes a few beef changes https://wlj.net/article-26-wasde-makes-a-few-beef-changes.html WASDE makes a few beef changes

Projected production for 2016 rose slightly to 25.03 billion pounds and rose to 25.86 billion pounds for 2017. The report credited the increase for 2016 on higher-than-projected third-quarter slaughter which is currently underway. The increases made to the 2017 production estimates were credited to the projected decline in feed prices.



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Trump names agricultural and rural advisers https://wlj.net/article-26-trump-names-agricultural-and-rural-advisers.html Trump names agricultural and rural advisers

The 64-person committee announced by the campaign last Tuesday has five current members of Congress, including the chairmen of both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees; as well as eight current or former governors; nine current or former



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Few state ag initiatives on November ballots https://wlj.net/article-26-few-state-ag-initiatives-on-november-ballots.html Few state ag initiatives on November ballots

The summer heat makes it hard to remember that the upcoming—impending?— November election is just around the corner. Congress is still at recess and the presidential nominees continue to lob insults at one another, but it is not too early to check in on state issues.



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Investigating the wolves that aren’t https://wlj.net/article-26-investigating-the-wolves-that-aren%25E2%2580%2599t.html Investigating the wolves that aren’t
The study—led in part by Bridgett vonHoldt of Princeton University and Robert Wayne of University of California, Los Angeles—focused on the evolutionary and genetic background of wolves and coyotes in the U.S. and Canada. Researchers sequenced 28 different canine genomes looking at over 5.


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CME changes the live cattle futures https://wlj.net/article-26-cme-changes-the-live-cattle-futures.html CME changes the live cattle futures
At the beginning of August, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Group announced changes to the live cattle futures market.


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National Historic Preservation Act in its 50th year https://wlj.net/article-26-national-historic-preservation-act-in-its-50th-year.html National Historic Preservation Act in its 50th year
Anyone who has stepped foot inside Notre Dame Cathedral or Prague Castle is sure to be grateful to the French and Czechian governments for preserving such awesome pieces of history. America has her own spectacular historic sites—ranging from Pueblo adobe buildings of the Southwest to the French Quarter of New Orleans.


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Managing the margins of cattle feeding https://wlj.net/article-26-managing-the-margins-of-cattle-feeding.html Managing the margins of cattle feeding
Round bales are often priced by the bale but the amount of hay in a bale depends on bale size and density. For example, assume a 5’x6’ round bale (5 feet wide and 6 feet in diameter or height) is priced at $52.50/bale. If the bale weighs 1,500 pounds, the price is equivalent to $70/ ton.


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WCA seeks repeal of Endangered Species Act detail https://wlj.net/article-26-wca-seeks-repeal-of-endangered-species-act-detail.html WCA seeks repeal of Endangered Species Act detail
The Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to repeal a regulation that applies the take provision of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to every threatened species listed, according to a 19-page petition filed late last week.


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Extra forage from oats https://wlj.net/article-26-extra-forage-from-oats.html Extra forage from oats
Livestock producers who are in need of additional pasture or hay in late September and October could use an August seeding of oats for some additional forage. This system can produce extra tons of forage, but the crop needs moisture during this time and also enough time to grow before the end of the growing season.


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