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Monday, June 23,2014

Problem weeds grow along the pipelines

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
“It’s certainly a problem. It’s almost inevitable. When ground is disturbed, weeds are the first things that want to come up. It’s a bit of an ongoing battle,” Jim Magagna, Executive Vice President of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, told the Western Livestock Journal.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Lawsuits abound

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
During last week alone, the Center for Biologic Diversity (CBD)—just one of several groups that frequently employ the “sue and settle” tactic—announced six lawsuits and one legal petition against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and one lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Friday, June 20,2014

More time needed for public input on new endangered species regulations

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Since 1973, the U.S. government has spent billions of dollars on more than 1,500 animal and plant species listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), with just 2 percent of the protected species’ coming off the evergrowing list.

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Friday, June 20,2014

RI-AF forage insurance sign-up deadlines coming

by WLJ
In spite of recent rains, livestock producers may be considering adding a layer of protection against drought loss on annual forage crops, and the deadline to sign up for that insurance is approaching, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.

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Friday, June 20,2014

As heat, humidity set in, livestock heat stress is danger

by WLJ
Heat stress is hard on cattle and other livestock, especially when combined with high humidity and low wind speeds. Heat stress can reduce feed intake, weight gain, reproductive efficiency and milk production, while increasing susceptibility to diseases.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Conditional license issued for deadly PEDv vaccine

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Last week the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced they have conditionally licensed a vaccine against Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). The virus has run rampant through the nation’s hog herd and spread to other countries including Canada, Mexico and Columbia.

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Friday, June 20,2014

IRS targets 'passive' landowners

by DTN
Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in a landmark tax case last week that would not only set a precedent for absentee landowners with Conservation Reserve Program contracts, but could potentially redefine tax treatment of cash rents, conservation easements and other types of passive income if allowed to stand, farm managers and legal scholars say.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Tax Q&A: Tax shock, charitable giving and gifts

by DTN
As to solutions, there is really only one choice: A short-term lease that is rewritten every year or two to reflect the diminishing value of the equipment.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Senate debates ag appropriations bill

by DTN
It is unclear how long the Senate debate will last because the agriculture bill has been packaged with two other appropriations measures in what is being referred to as a “minibus” as opposed to the omnibus bills that sometimes fund the government when Congress doesn’t pass individual appropriations bills.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Diet studies a dime a dozen during grilling season

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The list of dos and don’ts in a healthy diet just got a few new additions from some questionable diet “gurus.” A new review of old research co-authored by a group with strong animal rights connections includes six new dietary recommendations that supposedly will help prevent cancer, “even when evidence on certain issues are up for debate.

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