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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Spray pesticide drift danger

by DTN
“A bad inversion day is the absolute worst time to spray,” Thostenson said. Avoiding temperature inversions during the spray season is challenging even for professional sprayers, but researchers are slowly gathering more information about how they work and how growers can avoid them.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

USDA mum on ARC-PLC farm programs´ extension

by DTN
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the Senate Agriculture Committee last Tuesday that he monitors the rate of sign-up for the new farm programs for crops on a daily basis.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

2014 Farm Bill crop safety net enrollment deadline approaching

by WLJ
With deadlines set for enrollment in the 2014 Farm Bill’s crop programs in March, farmers have only a few weeks left to make decisions about key farm safety net decisions, said a farm policy expert in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Renewal option for expiring conservation stewardship contracts

by WLJ
Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Jason Weller announced that the USDA is offering a renewal option through Tuesday, March 31, 2015 for eligible agricultural producers and forest landowners with expiring Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts.

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Monday, March 2,2015

Producers step up to battle for the bird

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
With populations spanning 11 energy- and agriculture-rich western states, the sage-grouse is considered an icon of the West. By some estimates, its population has been reduced from millions to perhaps 500,000 today. But groups encouraging habitat plans have concluded that what is good for the sage-grouse is good for the land.

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Monday, March 2,2015

Dietary guidelines comments sought

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), a group of prestigious outside experts, according to USDA, submitted its recommendations to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in order to inform the 2015 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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Monday, February 23,2015

Canada confirms case of BSE, first since 2011

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Like the U.S., Canada’s beef cattle industry takes BSE surveillance seriously. The Alberta BSE case finding, while unfortunate, demonstrates the robustness of the National BSE Surveillance Program Canada has in place, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) shared.

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Monday, February 23,2015

Obama creates 21,000-acre monument in CO

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Last week, President Obama announced three new national monuments, adding to the 13 monuments he’s already designated during his presidency. Traveling to Illinois, Obama officially proclaimed the Pullman Historic District of Chicago, Browns Canyon in Colorado, and a former Honouliuli Internment Camp site in Hawaii to be national monuments.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Tax Q and A: More compliance issues with Affordable Care Act

by DTN
As a result, the LLC can provide health insurance coverage for three of its employees, but yet choose to not provide coverage for you. That will change in a few years when the IRS regulations are issued and become effective, but in the interim, the tax law has no.

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Friday, February 20,2015

Consider storage options for hay

by WLJ
Dr. Stephen Hammack, AgriLife Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Emeritus, Stephenville, shared his perspective—as well as AgriLife Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Dr. Jason Banta’s research options— for producers to consider at the recent Blackland Income Growth Conference held in Waco.

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