WLJ - News https://wlj.net/articles.sec-26-1-news.html Sat, 23 May 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 TPA appears to be on track for passage https://wlj.net/article-26-tpa-appears-to-be-on-track-for-passage.html TPA appears to be on track for passage
By moving to invoke cloture, McConnell set the stage for a vote, but several amendments remained in consideration. Still, hope remained that a vote would be taken and the bill would be passed before Congress left town for Memorial Day recess. On May 18, Sen.


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House of Representatives passes new bill to block sage-grouse listing, overreaching regs https://wlj.net/article-26-house-of-representatives-passes-new-bill-to-block-sage-grouse-listing-overreaching-regs.html House of Representatives passes new bill to block sage-grouse listing, overreaching regs
The U.S. House of Representatives has made a move to prevent an Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing of the sage-grouse—this time in the name of national defense. Legislators and military officials are concerned that a listing would limit military access to critical facilities and training areas.


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U.S. loses the final battle over COOL https://wlj.net/article-26-us-loses-the-final-battle-over-cool.html U.S. loses the final battle over COOL
The U.S. is 0 for 4 on COOL and the game is over. Last Monday, as predicted, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled on the U.S.’ most recent appeal on the issue of mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL). This was the WTO’s fourth and final ruling on the matter.


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Wet, cold weather creates calf health risks https://wlj.net/article-26-wet-cold-weather-creates-calf-health-risks.html Wet, cold weather creates calf health risks
“The stress of cold, wet weather and fighting muddy conditions seems to weaken the immune system to the point whereby bacteria, viruses and certain protozoa such as coccidia gain a foothold and can cause clinical disease,” says Extension Veterinarian and Livestock Stewardship Specialist Gerald Stokka.


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Revisions to ESA process proposed https://wlj.net/article-26-revisions-to-esa-process-proposed.html Revisions to ESA process proposed
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing process could change under a notice of proposed rulemaking released last week. The U.S.


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CA Leopold award seeks nominees https://wlj.net/article-26-ca-leopold-award-seeks-nominees.html CA Leopold award seeks nominees
The Leopold Conservation Award Program recognizes agricultural landowners who are actively committed to a land ethic. Working with prominent state conservation partners, Sand County Foundation presents the prestigious honor, which consists of $10,000 and a crystal award, in settings that showcase the landowner’s achievements among their peers.


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MSGA seeks applicants for 2015 environmental stewardship award https://wlj.net/article-26-msga-seeks-applicants-for-2015-environmental-stewardship-award.html MSGA seeks applicants for 2015 environmental stewardship award
Do you know a Montana rancher who is a leader in stewardship and sustainability, implementing conservation practices to ensure the social, economic, and environmental sustainability of their operation? Encourage them to apply for the Montana Environmental Stewardship Award, presented by the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA).


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Interior releases wildfire roadmap https://wlj.net/article-26-interior-releases-wildfire-roadmap.html Interior releases wildfire roadmap
Catastrophic wildfire is the number one threat to sage-grouse across a good portion of the West. As such, the U.S. Department of Interior has just released a comprehensive strategy meant to address that threat, particularly in the Great Basin region.


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Eight tips to save money, use sprayers efficiently https://wlj.net/article-26-eight-tips-to-save-money-use-sprayers-efficiently.html Eight tips to save money, use sprayers efficiently
Using clean water when calibrating a pesticide sprayer and carrying extra nozzles for quick repair of simple problems in the field are just some of the tricks of the trade that can help growers save time, energy and money during spraying season,...


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Another look at fall vs. spring calving https://wlj.net/article-26-another-look-at-fall-vs-spring-calving.html Another look at fall vs. spring calving
As cow herd managers monitor the pasture conditions this spring and make decisions about rebuilding a depleted cow herd, some may wish to rethink the time of year that breeding and calving take place. New data from Tennessee on a fescue-based forage system gives more information about the direct comparison between fall and spring calving.


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NDSU represented on meat science board https://wlj.net/article-26-ndsu-represented-on-meat-science-board.html NDSU represented on meat science board
Rob Maddock, North Dakota State University Associate Professor of Animal Sciences, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the board of directors of the American Meat Science Association.


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FDA proposes rule to collect antimicrobial sales information https://wlj.net/article-26-fda-proposes-rule-to-collect-antimicrobial-sales-information.html FDA proposes rule to collect antimicrobial sales information
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on May 20 released its proposed rule presenting revisions to its annual reporting requirements for drug sponsors (pharmaceutical companies). The purpose is to obtain estimates of all antimicrobials sold or distributed for use in food-producing animal species (cattle, swine, chickens and turkeys).


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Morrison, TN cattleman Jack Ward named EVP by Hereford Association https://wlj.net/article-26-morrison-tn-cattleman-jack-ward-named-evp-by-hereford-association.html Morrison, TN cattleman Jack Ward named EVP by Hereford Association
As EVP, Ward will lead, direct, manage and support all functions of the association, including serving as the association secretary.


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USDA invests $6.5 million to help Ogallala Aquifer region https://wlj.net/article-26-usda-invests-%252465-million-to-help-ogallala-aquifer-region.html USDA invests $6.5 million to help Ogallala Aquifer region
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced May 14 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $6.5 million in the Ogallala Aquifer region this year to help farmers and ranchers conserve billions of gallons of water and improve water quality.


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Win for grazing in Ninth Circuit Court https://wlj.net/article-26-win-for-grazing-in-ninth-circuit-court.html Win for grazing in Ninth Circuit Court
The livestock industry has made a win in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Two anti-grazing groups had challenged the U.S. Forest Service for renewing grazing permits on two allotments in Arizona.


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Professor explains importance of animals in global food security https://wlj.net/article-26-professor-explains-importance-of-animals-in-global-food-security.html Professor explains importance of animals in global food security
Larry Reynolds, North Dakota State University (NDSU) Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences, along with colleagues from around the country, recently published: “Importance of Animals in Agricultural Sustainability and Food Security” in the Journal of Nutrition.


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Rural projects a priority https://wlj.net/article-26-rural-projects-a-priority.html Rural projects a priority
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced USDA’s plan to implement a farm bill provision that will have a major policy impact on the way the Department of Agriculture helps rural communities plan and finance regional economic development strategies.


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Vet loan repayment program available https://wlj.net/article-26-vet-loan-repayment-program-available.html Vet loan repayment program available
The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is seeking applications for the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP). The program is available to repay qualified educational loans for eligible veterinarians in exchange for veterinary services in designated shortage situations.


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Lawsuit keeps sheep off their grazing land https://wlj.net/article-26-lawsuit-keeps-sheep-off-their-grazing-land.html Lawsuit keeps sheep off their grazing land
The University of Idaho announced recently that it will not graze sheep this summer on the Centennial Mountains, citing an ongoing unresolved lawsuit with environmental litigation groups. This keeps sheep off the range at the U.S. Sheep Experiment Station’s (USS- ES’) high-elevation allotments for the second year in a row.


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C.K. 'Sonny' Booth named to Limousin Hall of Fame https://wlj.net/article-26-ck-sonny-booth-named-to-limousin-hall-of-fame.html C.K. 'Sonny' Booth named to Limousin Hall of Fame
Auctioneer C.K. “Sonny” Booth, Miami, OK, will be the sixth person inducted into the North American Limousin Foundation (NA- LF) Hall of Fame with a ceremony on June 30, 2015 in Tulsa, OK. Induction into the NALF Hall of Fame is the highest honor the foundation can bestow upon an individual.


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House passes bill to withdraw WOTUS https://wlj.net/article-26-house-passes-bill-to-withdraw-wotus.html House passes bill to withdraw WOTUS
The U.S. House of Representatives on May 13 passed HR 1732, the “Regulatory Integrity Protection Act” by a vote of 261-155 to withdraw the proposed “Waters of the U. S.” (WOTUS) rule.


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Livestock antimicrobial use discussion goes on https://wlj.net/article-26-livestock-antimicrobial-use-discussion-goes-on.html Livestock antimicrobial use discussion goes on
The discussion on antibiotic use in food animals has been going on for many years. Beef producers have been following and joining the discussion in efforts to continue producing safe meat products and to ease concerns of consumers and government leaders.


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A 'hands-on' approach to mechanical pest control for cattle https://wlj.net/article-26-a-hands-on-approach-to-mechanical-pest-control-for-cattle.html A 'hands-on' approach to mechanical pest control for cattle
Back in the 1930, entomologist Willis Bruce designed and patented a simple walk-through trap for horn flies. The trap is now called the Bruce trap as a result.


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Foothill Abortion vaccine enters final testing phase https://wlj.net/article-26-foothill-abortion-vaccine-enters-final-testing-phase.html Foothill Abortion vaccine enters final testing phase
For decades, ranchers in the foothills surrounding California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, as well as in portions of the Great Basin, have been forced to accept high rates of late term abortion and reduced calf crops in their herds as a matter of course.


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Pasture cohabitation: grazing sheep and cattle together https://wlj.net/article-26-pasture-cohabitation-grazing-sheep-and-cattle-together.html Pasture cohabitation: grazing sheep and cattle together
Dave Ollila, a field sheep specialist for South Dakota State University Extension at the Rapid City Regional Center, said those who commingle cattle and small ruminants could see several benefits. The obvious plus would be that adding another enterprise to the operation creates more income, he said.


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Beef Checkoff calling for BQA award nominations https://wlj.net/article-26-beef-checkoff-calling-for-bqa-award-nominations.html Beef Checkoff calling for BQA award nominations
Award applications for the 10th annual checkoff-funded National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Award now are being accepted.


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MCOOL causes meat industry, consumer losses https://wlj.net/article-26-mcool-causes-meat-industry-consumer-losses.html MCOOL causes meat industry, consumer losses
[Editor’s note: This story reports on the same report discussed in last week’s story “Study: Country-of-Origin labels provide no industry benefit.” However, this story focuses more on the economic details rather than political situation behind MCOOL.].


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Iowa beef producers cultivate relations with Mexico https://wlj.net/article-26-iowa-beef-producers-cultivate-relations-with-mexico.html Iowa beef producers cultivate relations with Mexico
Mexico is the second largest importer of U.S. beef and beef variety meats in volume (216,386 metric tons) and third largest by value ($925 million), according to the United States Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Mexico is also one of our largest trading partners, as more than $1.


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In dry weather, consider early grazing alternatives https://wlj.net/article-26-in-dry-weather-consider-early-grazing-alternatives.html In dry weather, consider early grazing alternatives
“With the dry conditions this spring, forage production will be lower than average,” Rangeland Management Specialist Kevin Sedivec cautions. “Early spring grazing, especially under dry conditions, can be costly in terms of total forage production during the entire grazing season.


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Looking back at the spring calving season https://wlj.net/article-26-looking-back-at-the-spring-calving-season.html Looking back at the spring calving season
Only one to two months ago, the spring-calving cows were calving, the temperature was cold and some of the calving pastures were muddy. Experience would say that you do not want to ask cow/ calf operators how “calving” is then, because the response would be less than objective, reflecting bone-chilling cold and not enough sleep.


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