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Monday, September 22,2014

Ranchers seek due process with USFS

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, but the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) says it isn’t a duck…granted, nobody is likely to care. But sometimes, what the agency calls something is important, according to Public Lands Council (PLC) member, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NC- BA) Federal Lands Chairman and Arizona rancher David Cook.

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Monday, September 22,2014

Ag tops list for most fatal injuries on the job

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Overall, the report found the rate of fatal workplace injuries declined, but “cattle ranching and farming,” which includes both dairy and beef operations, represented over a third of all agricultural (crop and animal production) occupational fatalities, and the massive majority of all fatalities within the animal production category.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Your beef checkoff

by Pete Crow - Publisher
So let’s see who has the most influence. I figured that Facebook may have some answers about membership or something close to it. According to Facebook stats, NCBA is the clear winner with 34,239 folks liking their page. On the other hand R-CALF has 1,048 “likes” and the United States Cattlemen has 698 “likes.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Black Ink

On the Plains: trains and $2 corn

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
“The grain farmer is absolutely going to get hammered to move his grain,” said Dan Basse, President of AgResource Company. “All of this passes back to you,” the analyst told cattle feeders and other attendees at last month’s Feeding Quality Forum in Kearney, NE, and Amarillo, TX.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Beef Talk

Have some bulls to cull?

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
For many, the bulls are left on pasture and rounded up with the cows and calves as fall progresses. Throughout the summer, various bulls are moved around or brought home. In some cases, they are injured. In other cases, they simply won’t stay in the pasture.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Farming on the Mother Road

by DTN
Route 66 stretches across the high desert and through to valleys on the other side of the San Bernardino Mountains before blending into the weaving interstates and highways of greater Los Angeles. Any reflection of the old highway heading to Santa Monica Pier gets lost in the intensity of daily Los Angeles interstate traffic.

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Friday, September 19,2014

USDA focusing on railcar shortages

by DTN
Speaking to reporters after a Growth Energy event, Vilsack said the conversation took place in Buffett’s Omaha office and that Buffett had noted that the BNSF railroad, in which he is a major investor, has made commitments to improve service and the railroad’s infrastructure.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Farmer corn bins, elevators full

by DTN
In a letter written by Tim Luken, Manager of Oahe Grain in Onida, SD, and presented at the Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) recent rail hearing, Luken stated, “I have sold very little small grain into the market due to not knowing when I will be receiving cars to ship out in a timely manner.

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Friday, September 19,2014

AMI and co-plaintiffs seek rehearing in COOL appeal

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
On Sept. 12, the American Meat Institute (AMI), as lead plaintiff, along with eight co-plaintiffs of meat and livestock organizations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding the ongoing litigation over COOL.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Tax Q&A: Cutting health benefits?

by DTN
If a small employer has been providing group coverage and the group premiums remain affordable for that employer, there is no reason to change. Further, the employer and employee continue to be free to negotiate any split of the premium costs.

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