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Friday, November 7,2014

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The beef with ever-heavier carcass weights

by WLJ
So why is this occurring? We would argue genetics is a huge part of the equation. Today’s cattle can be fed to 950-lb. or even 1,000-lb. carcasses without excess fat. Certainly feeding and management strategies have had an impact. Today, many feeder cattle are grown to 850 or 900 lbs.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Stockers rise above commodity roots

by WLJ
Although margins are often tight in the stocker business, the higher dollar risk of recent years points to a need to think beyond buying low and light and selling high and heavy. Seasoned stockers like Mark Yazel, who operates along the border from Kiowa, KS, to northeastern Oklahoma, know there is more to it than weight.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Brand fees go up in CA

by WLJ
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced an increase in the brand inspection-related fees in late August. Under California law, as with other states, cattle must be inspected by a local brand inspector whenever cattle are sold/ transferred, slaughtered or moved out of state.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

by WLJ
“ T e l l your story!” Ranchers get this message drilled into them on a regular basis. It stems from the basic truth that public opinion influences public policy, and those laws and regulations—especially on public lands—can make or break a ranching family.

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Friday, November 7,2014

TPP making headlines following election

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Prior to Election Day, Senator Rand Paul, a potential Republican Presidential candidate, gave a foreign policy address at the Center for the National Interest dinner in New York City. He was the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Service Award, and offered some compelling arguments for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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Friday, November 7,2014

Plan for farm succession

by WLJ
To help Kansas farmers and ranchers with the succession process, K-State Research and Extension and Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services are teaming up with other agencies to offer five “Planning for Farm & Ranch Succession” conferences around the state.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Proposed Clean Water Act rule could affect entire farm

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Plat maps of the area northwest of Willow Lake show nothing but farmland near the center of what is now another prairie pothole lake. The area was drier in the 1970s, and this spot on the Vandersnick’s land was a small marsh from which cattails could be baled for hay.

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Friday, November 7,2014

WOTUS comments due November 14

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
This is the final week to submit comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) and the Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps’) proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) re-definition. Assuming the deadline isn’t extended again, comments are due Friday, Nov.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Tiling farmland could face challenges under WOTUS

by Todd Neeley - DTN
The pending Clean Water Act rule has him worried about the isolated, standing waters on his farm, which could conceivably be part of a significant nexus including larger bodies of water under the proposed rule.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Newly created task force to look at antibiotics in agriculture

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The race between New York’s Democratic incumbent Rep. Louise Slaughter and Republican challenger Mark Assini in the 25th Congressional District was still in counting stages at press time, despite Slaughter declaring victory shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday in an email: “This is a win in what was a very tough environment for Democrats.

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