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Friday, July 11,2014

Defending ranching through appropriations

by WLJ
“When you look at the sheer breadth of the issues covered in the [U.S. House of Representatives’] draft Interior appropriations bill, you see just how the administration is trying to get its tentacles around every aspect of the natural resources we depend on as ranchers,” said Lee in an interview with WLJ.

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Friday, July 11,2014

No hurry to finalize RFS standards

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The ongoing RFS debate has divided parts of the ag industry with the food vs. fuel argument. In addition, policymakers have raised concerns with compliance of the current standard, citing rising food and fuel costs and debating whether or not the standards are actually reducing greenhouse gas emissions as planned.

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Friday, July 11,2014

MO governor sides against family farmers and ranchers

by WLJ
According to Missouri Cattlemen’s Association President (MCA) Jim Mc- Cann, Governor Jay Nixon today made the decision to stand against family farmers and ranchers by vetoing bipartisan legislation H.B. 1326 and S.B. 506, which are known as farm bills.

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Friday, July 11,2014

Can charity make retirement tax-free?

by DTN
What are your thoughts about a charitable remainder trust in this instance? The couple could create a lifetime income stream and use the deduction to offset that income. Perhaps they could also set up a wealth replacement trust (life insurance) to benefit the children if they have concerns about leaving those sale proceeds.

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Friday, July 11,2014

Fish and Wildlife Service redefining the ESA one phrase at a time

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Following last week’s coverage of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) redefining a key phrase in the Endangered Species Act (ESA) [“New interpretation of ESA phrase ruffles feathers,” pg. 7], it came to light that there were several other related areas being tweaked in the ESA, as well.

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Friday, July 11,2014

Registration open for 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference

by WLJ
McCan said the event, hosted in Denver, CO, July 30-Aug. 2, gives cattlemen and women an opportunity to engage in NCBA’s grassroots policy process, as well as network with producers from across the country.

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Friday, July 11,2014

Texas beef producers approve Beef Checkoff program

by WLJ
The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) announced Texas beef producers have voted to establish a state-level Beef Checkoff program, which was approved by a wide margin of 66.7 percent of voters. Overall, 33.3 percent of voters opposed the measure.

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Friday, July 11,2014

Unmanned aircraft offer ag potential

by WLJ
Farmers and crop scouts may find using unmanned aircraft outfitted with advanced imaging sensors beneficial in locating problem areas in fields, such as weeds, water stress, insect stress and crop stress, and in fact, it is expected agriculture will account for an 80 percent share of the emerging unmanned aircraft market, Woldt said.

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Friday, July 11,2014

Drones may become crop pest scout

by WLJ
Other new technology includes precision mapping of crop fields that can improve yields by localized treatment of field variability. Brent Myers, MU Corn Specialist, will show how field maps are made and loaded into cornplanter computers. Most farm equipment, from tractors to combines, has computers.

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Friday, July 11,2014

Clean Water Act proposal has muddied the waters

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
On Thursday, July 10, EPA Region 4 held a press conference call to discuss an all-day meeting of the Agency’s Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) in Atlanta to discuss the proposed rule that is supposed to clarify Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction.

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