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Friday, December 5,2014

Data still not secure: EPA does not address ag privacy concerns

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Despite outcry from ag interest groups following the release of farmers’ personal information to environmental groups and others early in 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said last Monday the agency won’t try to keep permit details confidential under a proposal to require more data be sent to it electronically.

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Friday, December 5,2014

HSUS-backed legislation gets vetoed in NJ

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Friday, Nov. 28, Christie vetoed New Jersey Senate Bill 998, a widely supported bill that would have banned the use of gestation crates for pregnant sows in the state. While mainstream media and the Humane Society of the U.S.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Meeting beef demand in 2015

by WLJ
Many years of cattle herd liquidation, due to drought and other factors, have left the beef industry with such low cattle inventories that severe reductions in beef production are inevitable. Beef production in 2014 is projected to total roughly 24.4 billion pounds, down 5.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Plan now for colostrum needs this spring

by WLJ
It is not too soon to begin to prepare for the spring calving season. Locating, obtaining, and storing several doses of colostrum or colostrum replacer will come in handy before the first heifers start to go into labor.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Management tools to prepare for 2015

by WLJ
It is no secret that crop prices this season are lower and production costs higher. For those who are old enough to remember the 1980s or who have studied that time in U.S. agricultural history, the question may be: Will we see a repeat? No one knows the answer, but there are some fundamental management thoughts to consider as we begin 2015.

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Friday, December 5,2014

NCBA, PLC 2015 internship applications due Feb. 9th

by WLJ
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA’s) and the Public Lands Council’s (PLC’s) government affairs office in Washington, D.C., is accepting applications for the summer 2015 public policy internship. The deadline to submit an application is Feb.

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Friday, December 5,2014

NCF accepting applications for beef industry scholarship

by WLJ
The National Cattlemen’s Foundation administers the program. Applicants for the 2015-16 scholarship will be required to write a one-page letter expressing future career goals related to the beef industry. They also must write a 750-word essay describing an issue in.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Pasture Management

How we treat our land determines how the land will treat us

by Wayne Burleson
Everything under the sun that sits unused for a long time goes backwards, including land and people. Healthy grasslands require periodic, positive disturbance and adequate rest. This is a controlling biological law. Break any part of this law and you will have consequences.

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Monday, December 1,2014

Immigration action complicates reform

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Last week, President Obama announced his plans to address the immigration issue in the U.S., and in the process, renewed the frustration many feel about Congress’ inability to come to an agreement. Obama’s plan includes three executive actions he plans to use that would keep millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.

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Monday, December 1,2014

New RFS decision creates frustration

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
“In light of this delay in issuing the 2014 RFS standards, the compliance demonstration deadline for the 2013 RFS standards will take place in 2015.

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