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Monday, July 28,2014

Harvested hay projected down in 2014

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA’s June Acreage report doesn’t appear to give much hope for 2014 hay prices to come down much, with producers harvesting less hay compared to previous years. But Washington and Oregon, according to the report, seem to be holding their own, with a banner year expected in hay production.

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Monday, July 28,2014

Study: beef is the least sustainable protein

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The journal article by lead researcher Gidon Eshel—“Land, irrigation water greenhouse gas, and reactive nitrogen burdens of meat, eggs, and dairy production in the United States”—was published in the July 21 issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Monday, July 28,2014

CA cattle bills have ranchers cheering

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Those convicted will be required to submit to more frequent inspections by the California Bureau of Livestock Identification. Fines of $1,000 per incident also will be imposed.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Sheep Experiment Station stays open

by WLJ
What if one day you went to pick up dinner at the store, and it just wasn’t there? In this great country, many people take for granted the fact there’s always an abundance of choices and quantity at the meat counter.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Footrot can become more problematic in wet years

by WLJ
Footrot is generally caused by common bacteria found in the soil. The most common causes of footrot include: Fusobacterium necrophorum and Dichelobacter nodosus (more common in sheep); and Bacteroides melaninogenicus (more common in cattle). The resulting lameness will reduce mobility, weight gain and reproductive performance.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Senators meet with McCarthy

by DTN
Republican members of the Senate Agriculture Committee finally got their meeting with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy last Tuesday and urged her to withdraw the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, but a McCarthy spokeswoman said issues with the rule can be handled in the agency’s comment process.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Bills anyone? Agricultural legislation to watch

by WLJ
Rep. Steve Sutherland (R- FL2) has introduced a bill seeking to strike down the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) and its attending Interpretive Rule. House Bill 5078 would bar the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) from implementing either of the two contentious water rules.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Adding forage options with summer annuals

by WLJ
The most common warm season annuals planted in the Northern Plains are the hay millets, pearl millet, sudangrass and sorghumsudan hybrids, and forage sorghums. “Each of these crops has advantages and disadvantages, depending on the environmental con ditions and the planned usage,” Rusche said.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Record cattle prices create opportunities to increase profit margins

by WLJ
Record cattle prices are creating opportunities for producers to increase revenue and several of these strategies will be discussed at the 60th Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course scheduled Aug. 4-6 on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Discovery could mean better soybean

by WLJ
Researchers from Purdue University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have discovered a soybean gene whose mutation affects plant stem growth, a finding that could lead to the development of improved soybean cultivars for the northern United States.

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