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Friday, June 20,2014

Senate debates ag appropriations bill

by DTN
It is unclear how long the Senate debate will last because the agriculture bill has been packaged with two other appropriations measures in what is being referred to as a “minibus” as opposed to the omnibus bills that sometimes fund the government when Congress doesn’t pass individual appropriations bills.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Diet studies a dime a dozen during grilling season

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The list of dos and don’ts in a healthy diet just got a few new additions from some questionable diet “gurus.” A new review of old research co-authored by a group with strong animal rights connections includes six new dietary recommendations that supposedly will help prevent cancer, “even when evidence on certain issues are up for debate.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Keystone action coming

by DTN
Though a decision on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would traverse farm and ranch lands in the Nebraska Sandhills is unlikely to come from the Obama administration ahead of the November elections, a U.S.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Everyday beef advocates

by WLJ
Chores. Even the word sounds unpleasant. But when it comes to advocating about beef, I don’t feel that it’s a chore, but rather something that should be on our “to do” list every day. Find something that inspires you to take action, and share your farming and ranching story.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Protect hay from wet conditions

by WLJ
Added feeding losses can compound the problem and result in an additional 25 percent of the feed being wasted. Research has shown that differences between covered and uncovered large round bales can be almost 30 percentage points with.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Animal trapping records reveal strong wolf effect across North America

by WLJ
This effect requires that enough wolves be present to suppress coyotes over a wide area. Fur trapping records from Saskatchewan and Manitoba reveal that where wolves are absent in the southern agricultural regions of each province, coyotes outnumber foxes on average by 3-to-1.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Blue-green algae poisoning livestock

by WLJ
Cases usually occur in late summer or early fall, when stagnant ponds and the right nutrient conditions allow for overgrowth of algae, according to Gerald Stokka, North Dakota State University Extension Veterinarian and Livestock Stewardship Specialist.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Precision feeding the beef herd

by WLJ
Precision agriculture can be many different things. Using precision agriculture management practices frequently results in minimizing inputs and saving dollars. While there are few new technologies available to allow beef producers to more precisely feed the cow herd, established methodologies have existed to do just that.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Proposed water regulations need agriculture's voice

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
It seems there is a neverending flood of proposed government activities that seek public comment. And the tide is high for proposed changes to water regulations right now, so you have the opportunity to voice your opinion and perspectives on an issue near and dear to the heart of ranching.

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Monday, June 16,2014

Production estimates decline with supplies

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The most recent World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report was released last Wednesday. Though much of the grain-trading world was awaiting its release, the Crop Progress report had more interesting data than did WASDE. Projections of meat and poultry production show the effect of decreased supplies in beef, however.

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