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Friday, September 19,2014

EPA seeks feedback

by WLJ
“We want consumers to be able to easily find safer products that work well,” said Jim Jones, Assistant Administrator for Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Sale barn history: old, new, full of nostalgia

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Along with the cows coming home, the leaves changing and winter feedings just around the corner, the livestock auctions are gearing up for fall calf sales—the long-standing tradition that dates back to the mid-1800s.

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Friday, September 19,2014

'Shrink' and your bottom dollar

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In the beef production business, finding something “predictable” is kind of like finding the gold at the end of the rainbow…chances are slim. The weather is unpredictable. The markets are unpredictable. The government is unpredictable. Even the hired help can be unpredictable.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Water management under limited irrigation

by WLJ
Getting the most value out of irrigation water is likely on the minds of many farmers and ranchers. As groundwater supplies diminish, pumping rates decline and talk of local water conservation policies surface, and these farmers face even more difficulty in determining how to best manage limited water.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Insure your crop revenue guarantee

by DTN
Most Midwest crop producers fixate on February futures prices. That’s the month when market averages set the bulk of federal crop insurance guarantees for the coming growing season. But Luke Smith, a partner in his family’s Rochester, IN, grain operation and commercial elevator, thinks outside that February timeframe.

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Monday, September 15,2014

CA groundwater bills could harm; not help

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Three bills sit on California Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. They were passed by the state’s assembly and await the governor’s signature. With three strokes of a pen, Gov. Brown could drastically reshape the water landscape of the parched Golden State, overturning over 100 years of water law tradition.

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Monday, September 15,2014

House approves bill to stop WOTUS

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Legislation to prevent the administration from bypassing Congress, changing the scope of existing law without authority, and expanding its own limited powers to regulate waters under the Clean Water Act, was approved by the House of Representatives last week.

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Monday, September 15,2014

Futures decline in late trade

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The cash fed trade last week was slow, but this was not surprising. Analysts expected packers to hold off buying cattle until the release of the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WAS- DE) on Thursday, and that seemed to work out for them, though not because of WASDE.

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Monday, September 15,2014

Ranchers say Keystone route unconstitutional

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The attorney representing three Nebraska landowners opposed to construction of TransCanada Corporation’s $5.4 billion Keystone XL Pipeline through their property argued their case before the Supreme Court of Nebraska on Friday, Sept. 5, challenging the Legislature’s fast track routing approval for the massive, controversial project.

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Friday, September 12,2014

More checkoff drama

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The Beef Checkoff is being threatened again. It’s absolutely amazing to me that the Beef Checkoff continues to cause problems for this industry. A simple dollarper-head is no big deal. Even two or three dollars a head shouldn’t be a big deal.

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