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Monday, September 15,2014

Futures decline in late trade

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The cash fed trade last week was slow, but this was not surprising. Analysts expected packers to hold off buying cattle until the release of the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WAS- DE) on Thursday, and that seemed to work out for them, though not because of WASDE.

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Monday, September 15,2014

Ranchers say Keystone route unconstitutional

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The attorney representing three Nebraska landowners opposed to construction of TransCanada Corporation’s $5.4 billion Keystone XL Pipeline through their property argued their case before the Supreme Court of Nebraska on Friday, Sept. 5, challenging the Legislature’s fast track routing approval for the massive, controversial project.

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Friday, September 12,2014

More checkoff drama

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The Beef Checkoff is being threatened again. It’s absolutely amazing to me that the Beef Checkoff continues to cause problems for this industry. A simple dollarper-head is no big deal. Even two or three dollars a head shouldn’t be a big deal.

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Friday, September 12,2014

Legally Speaking

Tax deductions for advertising, promotional expenses

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
Advertising and promotional expenses are usually deductible along with other ordinary and necessary expenses in horse and livestock activities operated as a business. Traditional print ads in magazines can be expensive, and must be repeated in order to be effective.

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Friday, September 12,2014

Guest Opinion

Local leadership important for ag’s future

by WLJ
Agriculture faces many challenges, and strong, effective leadership has never been more critical to the future of agriculture than it is today. In order to meet the nutritional demands of an ever-increasing global population, we must find solutions to the problems that limit our capacity for producing and transporting food.

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Friday, September 12,2014

NCBA internship applications due Oct. 6th

by WLJ
This year will mark the 117th Cattle Industry Convention, which is the oldest and largest convention for the cattle industry. The convention and trade show create a unique, fun environment for cattle industry members to come together to network and create policy for the industry.

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Friday, September 12,2014

PLC to explore states' involvement in public land management

by WLJ
Before pouring the gas into it and driving it like he stole it, Richard Petty always made sure he was in the right race. So, too, must an organization that protects the families and communities of over 20,000 ranchers with public land grazing rights in the West.

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Friday, September 12,2014

Land lawsuit: mineral rights over property rights

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
In mid-August, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of oil and gas company Entek GRB in its appeal of an earlier case against Stull Ranches in Colorado. Stull owned the surface rights to the area in question, while Entek owned the mineral rights under much of Stull’s ranch and adjoining surface parcels.

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Friday, September 12,2014

Tips on drying wheat: Turn up the heat

by WLJ
“Adding heat reduces the air relative humidity and the final grain moisture content, so it should be used when outdoor air relative humidity is too wet to dry wheat to the desired moisture content,” he says. “Adding too much heat frequently causes wheat in the bottom of the bin to dry to a lower than desired moisture content.

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Friday, September 12,2014

Tour shows options for young producers

by WLJ
“The Iowa Beef Center, via the Beginning and Young Livestock Producer Network, is proud to host the free tour on Thursday, Sept. 25,” said Patrick Wall, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Beef Program Specialist.

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