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Friday, April 4,2014

Ohio ranchers increase the state's checkoff fee

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“We were very happy to get the news,” said Frank Phelps, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) President. “I would like to thank cattlemen throughout Ohio and those organizations who got behind this effort and understood the need to increase checkoff resources to better promote our product.

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Friday, April 4,2014

Western Resources Legal Center: investing in ag's legal future

by WLJ
W h i l e most ranchers would probably be quick to tell you they sure aren’t lawyers, they might also admit they find themselves needing an awful lot of help in the courtroom. Grazing, particularly on federal lands, is a prime target of radical enviro-litigators.

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Friday, April 4,2014

Heavy, wet spring storms can take a toll on calf crop

by WLJ
For many producers across the U.S., calving season has arrived and with it comes a series of rewards and challenges. Nothing warms the heart more than a cool, spring morning and the sight of a healthy calf, frolicking in the dew-covered pasture and stopping to regard you with a milk-covered face.

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Friday, April 4,2014

Delayed 2012 droughtloss aid is on the way

by WLJ
University of Missouri Extension plans educational support to producers. “Livestock disaster aid is our first priority,” says Dave Baker, Assistant Dean for Extension, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources..

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Friday, April 4,2014

Prices will remain high until numbers increase

by WLJ
Live-weight steers reached $130 per hundredweight for the first time last October. January brought $140 per hundredweight and in February prices cleared $150 for the first time. Those prices were enough to interest cattlemen in expanding their herds..

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Friday, April 4,2014

Cold and wet spring adds to cattle management, marketing challenges

by WLJ
A myriad of factors are at work in cattle and beef markets now. Spring has arrived, according to the calendar, but it isn’t obvious yet in many parts of the country. Cold weather continues to delay grass greenup in many regions in a fashion that is reminiscent of last year.

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Friday, April 4,2014

Planned corn acres down for 2014-15

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Every year, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) collects surveys from a large number of American farmers and ranchers asking what they plan to plant. This information is collected into the Prospective Plantings report, and the information is invaluable to the markets and subsequent reports.

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Friday, April 4,2014

Restaurant performance rises, despite slowdowns

by WLJ
Although challenging weather conditions in many parts of the country continued to impact customer traffic in February, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) remained above 100 for the 12th consecutive month. The RPI—a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.

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Monday, March 31,2014

House calls for monument designation oversight

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
If the president designates 2 million acres of federal land as a national monument, and nobody is around to hear it, can it still bring a local economy to its knees? According to university research, interviewed locals, and Congress, yes, it can. In fact, it’s precisely what happened after President.

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Monday, March 31,2014

EPA defines 'Waters of the U.S.'

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Tuesday of last week saw the joint release of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) and the Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps’) proposed rule defining the “waters of the U.S.” The rule will be up for public comment for 90 days once it is published in the Federal Register sometime this or next week.

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