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Friday, September 5,2014

Government, you, and trust

by Pete Crow - Publisher
USDA said in a 2014 risk analysis, “Although the expected consequences of an FMD outbreak in the United States would be severe, the likelihood of such an outbreak occurring due to exposure of the domestic livestock population to FMD-susceptible animals and products imported from the Patagonia region of Argentina is very low.

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Friday, September 5,2014

Beef Talk

Wet and dry; there is no constant

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Instead of sustainability, what we really may need is an organized response to everpresent change. As cattle producers, how we respond to the environment is key to our survival. The world is covered with water and plants. How we use the plants depends on how consumers look at their plates.

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Friday, September 5,2014

Guest Opinion

Mapping the truth

by WLJ
Since releasing our proposal in March to better protect clean water, there have been some questions raised in the press, most recently about maps that use data developed by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Fish & Wildlife Service and show locations and flow patterns of many of the nation’s waterways.

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Friday, September 5,2014

Fall forage conditions and cattle production

by WLJ
The bulk of summer is past and forage conditions are improved for cattle production in many parts of the country. The latest pasture and range conditions indicate that overall range and pasture conditions in the U.S. are 20 percent poor and very poor compared to 31 percent last year and an average of 33.

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Friday, September 5,2014

Using ultrasound to market and manage cows and heifers

by WLJ
Due to ultrasound technology’s ability to detect pregnancy as early as 27 days after conception, Salverson said cows and heifers can be diagnosed open a month or more earlier than by palpation.

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Friday, September 5,2014

Manure storage options for small farms: spread or store

by WLJ
Small farms can choose to spread or store manure. Most small livestock or horse farms are handling solid manures usually with some form of bedding— straw, wood shavings, sawdust, etc.

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Friday, September 5,2014

Ammoniation and WDG

by DTN
A recent Kansas State University feeding trial showed that lower application rates in ammoniation can be effective when feeding low quality forage with wet distillers grains (WDG), according to Justin Waggoner, Beef Systems Specialist for Kansas State University Research and Extension.

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Friday, September 5,2014

The Farmerās Daughter: an agriculture info series

by WLJ
office, 11811 S. Sunset Drive in Olathe. The series is designed to provide information and training on a variety of farm management topics that will cater directly to farm women. Women with any level of experience in farm management or with any degree of farm involvement are invited to attend.

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Friday, September 5,2014

Cow/calf producers could add revenue through cost-effective calf management

by WLJ
A new Farm Assistance study conducted by specialists with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service reveals cattle producers can add significant net cash farm income to their operations on top of already high cattle prices by implementing cost-effective calf management practices.

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Friday, September 5,2014

Spotted frog listed as threatened in WA, OR, CA

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The frog was once native to much of the Pacific Northwest, but is now found in restricted areas in northern California, Oregon, and Washington in the U.S. as well as British Colombia in Canada. According to the USFWS’ final rule, it currently occupies 10-24 percent of its historical range.

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