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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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Friday, September 5,2014

Cellulosic ethanol production begins; final RFS numbers a mystery

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
With a little extra pomp and circumstance last Wednesday, POET-DSM launched the first commercial cellulosic ethanol production in the United States, in Emmetsburg, IA. Attended by the Court of His Majesty Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands, along with the U.

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Friday, September 5,2014

Producers urged to enroll by Oct. 1

by WLJ
The USDA is encouraging producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date.

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Friday, September 5,2014

The accrual method threat

by DTN
The comprehensive tax reforms under discussion in Washington include a subject of great importance to farmers—the cash method of accounting. The cash method is used by many taxpayers in addition to farmers, specifically service businesses and professional practices.

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Friday, September 5,2014

New PLC president ‚on pitch‚ with producers

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Richards will lead PLC through ESA reform efforts and many other challenges and opportunities over the next two years. She knows first-hand the trials and trib ulations ranchers in the West face: She and her husband Tony run a cow/calf operation that depends part of the year on forage from acres managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

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Friday, September 5,2014

Southwest may face 'megadrought'

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
California’s three years of drought conditions continue across the southern half of the state, with parched soils and destructive wildfires leaving thousands of acres basically void of vegetation, and according to a new study, the state may very well be in for more of the same—for several years.

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Friday, September 5,2014

Free online Beef Quality Assurance certification

by WLJ
Thanks to a partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., the beef checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is again offering free online BQA Certification for approximately two months. This opportunity is open to all beef and dairy producers, veterinarians, allied partners, agricultural friends, and students from Sept.

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Friday, September 5,2014

Restaurant Performance Index declines slightly for the second consecutive month

by WLJ
The National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) for July was released at the end of August. The index registered a modest decline in July as a result of a dampened outlook among restaurant operators.

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Monday, September 1,2014

Regulations expanded in CWA proposal

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Republican chairman of the House Science Committee sent a scathing letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week, following the release of maps the he says reveal a plan by the agency to “control a huge amount of private property across the country.

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Monday, September 1,2014

Live futures rebound, may stabalize briefly

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
“However, I believe we get past Labor Day and further into the month of September and the market will be dealing with increased supplies of competing proteins and heavier carcass weights. This likely resumes the recent downtrend in cash cattle prices from the historic highs posted earlier [in August].

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