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Thursday, July 3,2014

Poison hemlock is a manageable menace

by WLJ
Legleiter said there are a few ways to identify poison hemlock and distinguish it from two other plants it closely resembles: Queen Anne’s lace and wild carrot. Poison hemlock can be spotted by its finely divided, triangle-shaped leaves and small, white flowers that grow in an umbrella shape and don’t bloom until the weed’s second year of growth.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

New interpretation of ESA phrase ruffles feathers

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
At the end of June, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) released a final notice of interpretation regarding the phrase “significant portion of its range” in the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The interpretation is the result of a process that began back in 2011, and in its own words, it will be the final ruling on the matter and “legally binding.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Schuler Red Angus was named Seedstock Producer of the Year

by WLJ
Schuler Red Angus, Bridgeport, Neb., was named the 2014 Beef Improvement Federation Seedstock Producer of the Year during an awards ceremony June 20 at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in Lincoln, Neb.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

CB Farms Family Partnership named BIF Commercial Producer of the Year

by WLJ
CB Farms Family Partnership of Preston, KS, was named the 2014 Beef Improvement Federation Commercial Producer of the Year during an awards ceremony June 19 at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in Lincoln, NE.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Rabobank: Volume of protein imports to China remain high

by WLJ
According to the latest Rabobank report, Beef Quarterly Q2 2014, the global beef market will regain its positive momentum in Q3, once the current, temporarily high supply has worked through the system. This will likely support further strengthening of prices, as supply of competing animal proteins tighten.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Korea takes proactive approach on animal welfare, sustainability

by WLJ
Animal welfare and sustainability are not yet popular topics of conversation in Asian markets, such as South Korea, but it is only a matter of time before the trends that take root in Europe and the United States will find their way around the globe..

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Thursday, July 3,2014

SCOTUS announcement is a setback for ethanol

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Midwest corn ethanol’s possible inroads into a potential 1.4-billion gallon California market suffered its biggest defeat yet when the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) announced last Monday it would not hear a case brought by the industry against the state’s lowcarbon fuel standard.

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Monday, June 30,2014

Rule could devastate on-farm conservation

Perspectives on what Interpretive Rule would do differ wildly

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The IR details 56 specific permitting-exempt activities. The more overtly ranching-oriented exemptions on the list include: • Brush management; • Prescribed burning; • Fencing; • Firebreak; • Forage harvest management; • Prescribed grazing; • Grazing land mechanical treatment; and • Range planting.

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Monday, June 30,2014

Agreement reached in sage-grouse habitat plan

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Obama administration has made plans to spend $31 million through 2024 to boost sage-grouse protection by helping ranchers and other landowners to improve habitat along the California-Nevada borders. Stakeholders in the plan are hopeful that this will keep the sage-grouse off the endangered species list.

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Monday, June 30,2014

BIF conference looks to industry's future

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
The Annual Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) meeting was recently held in Lincoln, NE, with an eye on future genetic improvement in the beef industry. This included the role of the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (MARC), increasing cattle output through efficiency, selection for novel traits and new models for genetic selection.

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