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Friday, January 16,2015

UAS exemption given to real estate and commercial ag use companies

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
There’s little doubt: The drones are coming, and likely in masses, but the regulations behind the airspace use is still up in the air, where the drones for the most part are not allowed to be.

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Friday, January 16,2015

New antibiotic research, costly resistance

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
In recent weeks, the topic of antibiotic resistance has been in the public consciousness. On the one hand, a pair of reports was released in the UK on the topic of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) looking at the costs of AMR and efforts to forestall it. And on the other hand, a potentially massive breakthrough was discovered in the U.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Gunnison sage-grouse listing spurs litigation

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
To the courts we go! After the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) decided in November to list the Gunnison sage-grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to designate 1.7 million acres of critical habitat, Colorado, Utah, and Gunnison County, CO, have all filed their notices of intent to sue.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Byproduct exports are important to cattle prices

by WLJ
beef exports to the U.S. cattle markets has been well- documented. Beef exports on a value basis set a record high in 2014, and so did beef byproducts. Beef byproducts are less glamorous, so their importance sometimes gets overlooked by cattle producers.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Bull buying decisions in good times

by WLJ
“We’re witnessing a cattle market for calves, feeder and live cattle unlike anything we’ve ever seen,” said Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. “That’s the good news—at the same time the amount of capital at risk and the dollars at stake with every decision have never been higher.

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Friday, January 16,2015

The evolving role of Canadian, Mexican cattle and beef trade

by WLJ
The most recent monthly trade data provides an update to recent cattle and beef trade flows in North America. They emphasize the longer term evolution and change in the roles of Canada and Mexico in North American and global markets. Cattle and beef trade flows between the U.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Deadlines for farm bill

by WLJ
“These are five-year decisions,” said Dr. Joe Outlaw, Co-Director of the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University and AgriLife Extension Economist. “Farmers have to decide what is best for their operation, knowing that their choices will extend through the life of the farm bill.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Roberts makes history as ag chair for both House and Senate

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
He officially took over the Senate’s Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry chair title Jan. 8, with plans for an “aggressive schedule,” including hearings on farm programs, school meals, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Friday, January 16,2015

Moving forward in 2015; predictions and outlook

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The year 2015 is likely to turn out some big decisions affecting agriculture, considering the new GOP-led House and Senate, and the long list of unresolved topics at the Capitol. A number of agriculture organizations have been busy making plans for the New Year and have shared with WLJ.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Seeking new ways for producing healthier, drug-free feedlot cattle

by WLJ
Northeast New Mexico and the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandle, known as “cattle feeding country,” is the largest cattle-feeding region in America. The facilities annually market more than six million fed cattle—28 percent of the nation’s feed-cattle production, according to the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

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