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Friday, July 11,2014

High prices bring mixed emotions in the beef industry

by WLJ
The beef industry is experiencing a wide range of emotions at the current time. The level of excitement is obvious as cattle and beef prices have pushed even beyond record levels of earlier this year. Cattle prices are at values unimaginable just a few years ago.

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Friday, July 11,2014

'Out-of-sight' beef prices pose opportunity for those with grass

by WLJ
“‘Out of sight’ is a good term for the prices,” said Dr. David Anderson, AgriLife Extension Specialist in Livestock and Food Products Marketing. “And it doesn’t really matter whether we’re talking about retail prices to consumers, the wholesale beef market or at sale barns for calves and feeder steers.

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Friday, July 11,2014

Registration open for 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference

by WLJ
McCan said the event, hosted in Denver, CO, July 30-Aug. 2, gives cattlemen and women an opportunity to engage in NCBA’s grassroots policy process, as well as network with producers from across the country.

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Friday, July 11,2014

Texas beef producers approve Beef Checkoff program

by WLJ
The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) announced Texas beef producers have voted to establish a state-level Beef Checkoff program, which was approved by a wide margin of 66.7 percent of voters. Overall, 33.3 percent of voters opposed the measure.

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Friday, July 11,2014

Unmanned aircraft offer ag potential

by WLJ
Farmers and crop scouts may find using unmanned aircraft outfitted with advanced imaging sensors beneficial in locating problem areas in fields, such as weeds, water stress, insect stress and crop stress, and in fact, it is expected agriculture will account for an 80 percent share of the emerging unmanned aircraft market, Woldt said.

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Friday, July 11,2014

Drones may become crop pest scout

by WLJ
Other new technology includes precision mapping of crop fields that can improve yields by localized treatment of field variability. Brent Myers, MU Corn Specialist, will show how field maps are made and loaded into cornplanter computers. Most farm equipment, from tractors to combines, has computers.

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Friday, July 11,2014

Clean Water Act proposal has muddied the waters

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
On Thursday, July 10, EPA Region 4 held a press conference call to discuss an all-day meeting of the Agency’s Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) in Atlanta to discuss the proposed rule that is supposed to clarify Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction.

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Monday, July 7,2014

Obama to 'act alone' on immigration reform

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
President Obama directed the Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to move additional resources to the border to protect the area.

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Monday, July 7,2014

Fed cattle go higher in short week trade

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Cash fed trade developed early last week in a start and stop sort of fashion. About 1,500 head were confirmed sold on Monday at $152- 153 live in Kansas, then by Wednesday afternoon, over 3,500 head were sold in addition at prices ranging from $155-158 live and $245-246 dressed.

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Monday, July 7,2014

DOI requests horse lawsuit be dismissed

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Nevada Association of Counties (NACO) and the Nevada Farm Bureau Federation filed the suit, claiming that overpopulation of horses was a symptom of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) negligence to follow the Wild Horse and Burro Act, resulting in damage to the range, wildlife and wild horses.

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