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Friday, March 7,2014

PLC: Standing up for ranchers' rights since 1968

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
If you are a rancher with public lands grazing rights, then you know that property rights are as dear as they are fleeting. For you, every day is a fight for the principles that make America great: independence, self-reliance and property rights.

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Friday, March 7,2014

CFI: More research on consumer trust

by WLJ
“The model provides a clear path to effectively address growing skepticism about today’s food,” Fleck said. “Consumers have been asking for more transparency, but it has not been well defined. This research defines transparency and provides direction.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Precautionary Principle center stage at NIAA's annual conference

by WLJ
Four speakers at the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s (NIAA’s) 2014 Annual Conference in Omaha, NE, will tackle the highly debated “Precautionary Principle,” a controversial risk management strategy developed to cope with possible risks where scientific understanding is yet incomplete.

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Friday, March 7,2014

AMI urges Dietary Guidelines Committee to consider important nutrition benefits of meat

by WLJ
Meat and poultry products are important and rich sources of highly bioavailable micronutrients and inclusion of meat and poultry products in the diet can prevent well-documented vitamin deficiencies, according to American Meat Institute (AMI) comments submitted yesterday to the 2015 U.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Assessing winter wheat

by WLJ
Fanning explained how soil moisture factors in winter wheat condition. Moist soil has higher specific heat than dry soil, so is not as sensitive to temperature fluctuations, both high and low. Also, winter wheat plants that are adequately hydrated are much better able to withstand low temperatures than those under moisture stress.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Stored grain needs attention as spring arrives

by WLJ
The stored grain temperature increases in the spring due to an increase in outdoor temperatures and solar heat gain on the bin. Solar energy produces more than twice as much heat gain on the south wall of a bin in early spring as it does during the summer.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Food: What is in a name?

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
In Shakespeare’s famous play of star-crossed lovers, titular Juliet argues that a thing’s name isn’t important, but rather what a thing is at heart. Despite her heartfelt—and often quoted—assertion that names are irrelevant regarding roses’ sweetness and Romeo’s lovability, the modern day food world disagrees.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Conventional agriculture winning some, losing some in culture war

by WLJ
That’s not to say conventional agriculture won’t have to make adjustments in the face of ongoing challenges from its detractors, said Robert Paarlberg, who spoke at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln (UNL) as part of the Heuermann Lecture series.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Tax Q&A: Depreciation, land rent and Social Security, owner-employee taxes

by WLJ
The disposition of the tractor would be treated as a sale at its market value. You would be considered to invest that same amount in the new machine shed. And assuming that 50 percent bonus depreciation on new assets is not renewed, the tax cost of the new machine shed would be spread over a long 20-year recovery period.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Wolf attacks cause PTSD in cows

by WLJ
Unlike cows that haven’t ever had a run-in with wolves, ones that have can experience stress-related illnesses and have a harder time getting pregnant— meaning decreased profits for ranchers, according to a new study by Oregon State University (OSU)..

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