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Friday, August 15,2014

Corn is again a low cost feedstock for biofuel use

by WLJ
As commodity producers, American farmers are no stranger to the rollercoaster ride of prices being offered for their products. The last several years have offered opportunities for profits for corn growers due to low national yields, robust exports and increased domestic demand.

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Friday, August 15,2014

U.S. beef, pork exports on record pace through June

by WLJ
Beef exports were up 5 percent in volume; 106,609 metric tons (mt) which equals 2,204.622 pounds) in June and set a new monthly value record of $631.7 million ( 12 percent). First-half export value also set a new record of $3.27 billion ( 16 percent).

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Monday, August 11,2014

Vet med mobility act signed into law

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The passage of the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act in the U.S. House of Representatives in July, and its signing by President Obama Aug. 1, ensures that veterinarians will be able to continue to use controlled substances on farms and ranches, outside of clinic settings.

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Monday, August 11,2014

Differing views on trespassing laws

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
As a brief background, several Wyoming ranchers filed a trespass suit against WWP’s Wyoming Director Jonathan Ratner and 10 unnamed WWP interns/employees back in mid-June. The ranchers are the plaintiffs in the case, being represented in part by Karen Budd-Falen, Public Lands Attorney with Budd-Falen Law Offices based in Cheyenne, WY.

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Monday, August 11,2014

Russia sets one-year import ban on ag products

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last week, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev delivered Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement that he was banning imports of meat, fish, milk and milk products and fruit and vegetables from the United States, the European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway.

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Monday, August 11,2014

Emotional reaction to Russia tanks markets

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Cash fed cattle trade took its own time in happening last week. By close of the markets on Thursday, 18,288 head had been confirmed sold over the course of the week—not exactly sluggish, but not overly speedy either. The bulk of that volume traded Thursday at $159-162 live and $253-255 dressed, steady to down $4 in both areas.

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Friday, August 8,2014

Agricultural community is not alone with WOTUS troubles

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
It’s easy to think the world is coming down around your ears when attacks come from all directions, but agriculture is not alone. In this case, the infamous Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS) from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will impact more than cows and crops.

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Friday, August 8,2014

NMSU developing food supplement to improve cattle digestive system

by WLJ
Pregnant cows have a harder time during drought because they are eating for two. If they are not able to consume and digest the required nutrients during pregnancy, calf development can be negatively influenced, which in turn has an impact on the dollars in the cattle producer’s bank account.

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Friday, August 8,2014

EPA seeking friendlier relations with ag, beef

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
“I know everybody here really cares about their land, and everybody here is an environmental steward,” Nagle said, speaking to an audience of mostly stoic cattle producers. “Those are some of the same values we have at EPA.

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Friday, August 8,2014

Missourians side with family farmers

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last Tuesday, August 5, Missouri residents headed to the polls to vote on a “right to farm” amendment that protects farmers’ every day livelihoods. The amendment, which passed by just 2,500 votes, states “the right of farmers and ranchers to engage in farming and ranching practices shall forever be guaranteed.

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