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Monday, November 24,2014

Senate shoots down Keystone plans

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In a bit of a dramatic showdown last Tuesday, a Senate bill that would have given the green light for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, got the big stop sign—again. After the final vote was read, a man reportedly with the Lakota Tribe of South Dakota began singing, followed by protesters who called out Democrats who voted in support of the pipeline.

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Monday, November 24,2014

Ranchers speak out about Gunnison listing

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
“We worked hand-in-hand with FWS in good faith that our actions were going to prevent a listing,” said Colorado rancher and Public Lands Council (PLC) member, Robbie LeValley. “Producers have made a lot of big sacrifices—some of them permanent. The population is documented to be stable.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Southwest ranchers receive first Mexican wolf 'Pay for Presence' payments

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Mexican gray wolf was reintroduced into a small area of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico in 1998. While the success of the reintroduction is actually in the midst of a court battle with environmentalists, a volunteer livestock depredation plan successfully completed its first year.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Using plant recruitment, mortality to support rangeland management

by WLJ
The authors begin by discussing the concept of regeneration niche (mortality/ recruitment) and the difficulty of determining a plant’s life span. Some grasses may have an average life span of only 10 years whereas some woody species have been known to live for 1,350 years.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Updated feedlot monitor software to be introduced

by WLJ
Cattle producers and agribusiness staff are invited to a workshop featuring the newly updated version of the Feedlot Monitoring Program software. The workshop will be Thursday, Dec. 4, from 1-3 p.m. at the Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach office in Sac County.

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Friday, November 21,2014

ESA protection sought for unique Yellowstone bison

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Two environmental activist organizations petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to protect Yellowstone bison through the Endangered Species Act (ESA), claiming that the Yellowstone bison are “unique, significant, and genetically and behaviorally distinct.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Cost of Thanksgiving dinner rises, still under $50

by WLJ
The American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF’s) 29th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.41, a 37-cent increase from last year’s average of $49.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Carbon credits keep grasslands grassy

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA had partnered with Chevrolet, a division of General Motors, and a number of other groups to create a market for carbon credits in defense of grasslands.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Lawsuit follows in the tracks of predator hunting decision

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Several environmental groups have filed lawsuits to block a controversial hunting derby in Idaho set for early January on public lands. This comes after the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) decided to approve Idaho for Wildlife’s request for a special recreation permit allowing wolves, coyotes and other predators to be hunted for cash prizes.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Giant goals from the CA Sheep Commission

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The review is required by California law every five years to ensure the CSC, and other commodity marketing commissions like it, are accomplishing their goals. Lacking any serious outcry against it, the CSC will be renewed for another five years.

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