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Friday, November 28,2014

Markets gone wild

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It is remarkable how high cattle prices have come; we’re producing just 6 percent less beef than a year ago but the prices of fed steers have increased roughly 30 percent, when fed cattle were trading at $130, and late week fed cattle were trading at $171 with some trades as high as $174.

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Friday, November 28,2014

Kay's Korner

When is big too big?

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Cattle feeders have done a masterful job this year of feeding cattle as long as possible, at the same time remaining fairly current in their marketings. The result has been record heavy steer and heifer carcasses and the percentage of cattle grading USDA Prime breaching 5 percent for the first time.

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Friday, November 28,2014

Letters to the editor

by WLJ
Steve Alder, Executive Director of the ironically named Idaho for Wildlife, does a wonderful job highlighting the attitudes behind the Salmon Idaho Predator Derby (“Predator hunt delayed a week in Idaho,” Nov.

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Friday, November 28,2014

Guest Opinion

Renewable accounts: Rules of the game

by WLJ
We have a federal law, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which mandates minimum biofuel use by type and year through 2022. By November, the EPA is required to finalize mandates for the upcoming year. That includes lowering the mandates in the event of expected economic harm or inadequate supply.

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Friday, November 28,2014

BLM reverses course on hunt after environmentalists' lawsuits

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
On Wednesday, Nov. 12, the BLM approved issuing a five-year special recreation permit (SRP) to Idaho for Wildlife (IFW) for the hunt, but announced on Tuesday, Nov. 25, that its approval was rescinded after several environmental groups filed lawsuits to block it.

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Friday, November 28,2014

Walk your wheat fields

by DTN
But before you pack it all in, consider scouting your wheat fields one last time this fall. A thorough walkthrough of young winter wheat stands can help you troubleshoot your planting system, plan for the spring, and maybe even earn that second helping of Thanksgiving leftovers.

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Friday, November 28,2014

UW seeks better brucellosis control though vaccines

by WLJ
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources scientists at the University of Wyoming are hopeful their brucellosis studies may produce a better vaccine for livestock and are studying whether a change in vaccination procedures could offer better control.

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Friday, November 28,2014

No agreement on tax extenders; delay will affect tax filers

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Sen. Charles Grassley (R- IA) says it’s bad for the economy if more than 50 tax breaks for businesses are not reauthorized by the end of the year, but the White House might actively oppose a bill unless certain provisions are added for middle-class families.

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Friday, November 28,2014

EPA's micromanagement plan beating up businesses

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
While ag groups are typically focused on the big picture when it comes to EPA’s plans for more water control, changing emission standards, or handling climate change, there is another side to the overreach that doesn’t typically get as much coverage— the actual bottom line of EPA’s damage—the never ending fines.

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Friday, November 28,2014

Brazil's infrastructure is the transport handicap

by DTN
Take the Brazilian boom town of Sorriso, Mato Grosso, which stood on the northernmost edge of the state’s soybean frontier 15 years ago. It is as remote from the Atlantic port terminals as North Dakota is from Pacific Northwest ports, but back then, visiting U.

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