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Friday, November 21,2014

Strange alliance

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Last week we reported that the Organization of Competitive Markets (OCM) filed a lawsuit in the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals and that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) attorneys prepared and submitted the suit.

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Friday, November 21,2014

What beef demand numbers mean

by WLJ
In 16 of the last 17 quarters, we’ve had year-over-year increases in beef demand, the only exception being the first quarter of 2014. I think a large part of why that’s going on is success in marketing the right products to the right people and, quite frankly, to the segment of the public that continues to purchase beef.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Legally Speaking

The new Senate and tax reform

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
Top aides to the president have made the IRS hostile turf to honest taxpayers. The IRS has targeted individuals and organizations. IRS bureaucracy has demanded agents to lead no-change audits, to make greater demands for documents, and to disfavor settlements.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Southwest ranchers receive first Mexican wolf 'Pay for Presence' payments

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Mexican gray wolf was reintroduced into a small area of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico in 1998. While the success of the reintroduction is actually in the midst of a court battle with environmentalists, a volunteer livestock depredation plan successfully completed its first year.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Vet's Perspective

Therapy for bovine respiratory disease

by WLJ
The complex of viral and bacterial causes for bovine respiratory disease (BRD) does not respect age or condition of cattle and will become opportunistic whenever the advantage may arise. Outbreaks of pneumonia can occur sporadically and without warning, causing a high incidence of disease within.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Using plant recruitment, mortality to support rangeland management

by WLJ
The authors begin by discussing the concept of regeneration niche (mortality/ recruitment) and the difficulty of determining a plant’s life span. Some grasses may have an average life span of only 10 years whereas some woody species have been known to live for 1,350 years.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Updated feedlot monitor software to be introduced

by WLJ
Cattle producers and agribusiness staff are invited to a workshop featuring the newly updated version of the Feedlot Monitoring Program software. The workshop will be Thursday, Dec. 4, from 1-3 p.m. at the Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach office in Sac County.

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Friday, November 21,2014

ESA protection sought for unique Yellowstone bison

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Two environmental activist organizations petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to protect Yellowstone bison through the Endangered Species Act (ESA), claiming that the Yellowstone bison are “unique, significant, and genetically and behaviorally distinct.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Cost of Thanksgiving dinner rises, still under $50

by WLJ
The American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF’s) 29th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.41, a 37-cent increase from last year’s average of $49.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Carbon credits keep grasslands grassy

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA had partnered with Chevrolet, a division of General Motors, and a number of other groups to create a market for carbon credits in defense of grasslands.

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