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Friday, November 21,2014

Lawsuit follows in the tracks of predator hunting decision

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Several environmental groups have filed lawsuits to block a controversial hunting derby in Idaho set for early January on public lands. This comes after the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) decided to approve Idaho for Wildlife’s request for a special recreation permit allowing wolves, coyotes and other predators to be hunted for cash prizes.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Giant goals from the CA Sheep Commission

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The review is required by California law every five years to ensure the CSC, and other commodity marketing commissions like it, are accomplishing their goals. Lacking any serious outcry against it, the CSC will be renewed for another five years.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Farmers and scientists divided over climate change

by WLJ
Associate Professor of Natural Resource Social Science Linda Prokopy and fellow researchers surveyed 6,795 people in the agricultural sector in 2011-2012 to determine their beliefs about climate change and whether variation in the climate is triggered by human activities, natural causes or an equal combination of both.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Veterans returning to Missouri farms

by WLJ
Cody Waters of Fulton, MO, is armed to farm. He is one of 300,000 veterans expected to return to Missouri in the next decade, according to University of Missouri Extension State Health and Safety Specialist Karen Funkenbusch. She works with the growing number of veterans who want to return because of the quality of life in rural Missouri.

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Wednesday, November 19,2014

AFTERNOON MARKET UPDATE; Nov. 19

by DTN
Light to moderate pressure is holding through the livestock complex through early electronic trade Wednesday as traders focus on the lack of buyer support and concern that overall volume may continue to erode heading into the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Tuesday, November 18,2014

DAILY FED CATTLE; Nov. 18

by WLJ
So far for Tuesday negotiated cash trading has been inactive on very light demand. Not enough sales for a market trend. The last reported markets were last week with live sales selling from 168.00-170.00 in the Texas Panhandle on a light test.

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Monday, November 17,2014

Dietary guidelines talk turns to sustainability

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Sustainability, the industry buzz-word, has now made its way into the discussions on USDA’s 2015 diet guidelines, creating a bit of an industry stir and opening up some questions on the actual purpose of the guidelines. USDA issues new dietary guidelines every five years, traditionally based on sound science, but the next release may have a twist, with USDA telling Americans to not just follow good diets, but also pay attention to how their food is grown.

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Monday, November 17,2014

Checkoff-funded beef innovation targets the Millennial market

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
One industry detail you’ve likely seen bandied about since summer is the return on investment numbers for the Beef Checkoff Program. For every dollar invested in the checkoff, the program has reportedly returned about $11.20 to the beef industry. But dollars alone don’t capture the value of the research and development work being done to open new markets and build domestic beef demand.

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Monday, November 17,2014

The Constitution does apply... even to ESA

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Thanks to a group of landowners and concerned citizens in southwestern Utah who took the federal government to court over prairie dog regulations, implementation of the ESA could see a nationwide change of course.

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Monday, November 17,2014

Lawsuit-inspired listing ends 20 years of sage-grouse conservation efforts

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“The Gunnison sage-grouse listing takes a large step backward in species conservation and capitulates to extreme activists disregarding over 20 years of successful science-based conservation outcomes,” the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) shared in a press release.

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