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Friday, June 6,2014

Conserving sensitive land with CRP

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
CRP is a land conservation program administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). In exchange for a yearly rental payment, farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally-sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Fed cattle lose $1 on larger show lists

by WLJ
Cash fed cattle trade started fairly early last week with most trade occurring late Wednesday afternoon at lower money than the prior week. Northern Plains live trade was between $143- $144 with some cattle reaching $145. And dressed trade was between $230-$232.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Peaceful protesters unite at Battle Mountain over NV BLM drought policy

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Moms and dads tighten cinches. A bunch of men argue with a team of white mules destined to pull a chuckwagon bearing the Nevada state flag. Finally, the chaos lines out into a procession through downtown Battle Mountain towards an empty lot across from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) district office.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Two Oregon counties vote to ban GM crops

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Voters in Oregon’s Josephine County passed Measure 17-58 by a slightly narrower margin, 58 percent to 42 percent. This one is expected to end up with a court date because the state passed a law in October 2013 limiting counties’ rights to ban GMOs.

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Friday, May 30,2014

New conservation program announced

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
A common refrain in the West is that government needs to step aside and allow local and private interests to come to a marketbased solution to environmental issues. A new conservation effort might be among the first government programs that takes such concepts to heart.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Kay's Korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Americans are still buying beef despite record high prices in grocery stores and restaurants. Foreign buyers are also involved by ordering more than last year, despite the price. All this is good news, as all wealth to the beef industry comes from consumers, whether at home or abroad.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Sage-grouse bill would give states a chance to prevent an ESA listing

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Allen Freemyer, President of the Western Grouse Coalition (WGC), spoke these words in an interview with WLJ . WGC, of which grazing organization Public Lands Council (PLC) is an active member and supporter, worked with members of Congress to craft and introduce the Sage-Grouse Protection and Conservation Act.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Beef Talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
One of my first farm visits as a new county Extension Service agent years ago was to visit a producer in distress because of several dead cows. The dead cows were dotted around the pasture and lying in abundant spring grass. Grass tetany was evident..

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Friday, May 30,2014

What do you do when IRS says you aren't a business?

by DTN
a hobby loss issue. But individuals with a substantial income from another source who undertake a sideline farming activity and use cash method accounting deferrals to create a negative, need to recognize that Section 183 can allow the IRS to eliminate the loss.

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Friday, May 30,2014

More storage tips to save more hay

by WLJ
The storage site is an important consideration in reducing bale losses. Select a site that is not shaded and is open to breezes to enhance drying conditions. The site should also be well-drained to minimize moisture absorption into the underside of the bales.

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