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Monday, August 25,2014

Crop problems caused by railcar shortage

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
North Dakota appears to be the hardest hit of the northern tiered states that include Montana, South Dakota and Minnesota as they cope with the shipping dilemma. Grain elevators could run out of storage capacity during the looming harvest, requiring grain to be stored on the ground and risk.

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Monday, August 25,2014

Battle Mountain ranchers hope for BLM reversal

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Three Northern Nevada families with grazing rights on a range managed by the Bureau of Land Management are hoping for the reversal of BLM actions that are on track to put them out of the ranching business.

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Monday, August 25,2014

Keystone pipeline a hot topic in debates

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Despite any signs of a green light from the current administration for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, it continues to make headlines with those opposing it planning benefit concerts and making field art in Nebraska. In addition to the art talents coming out, the project also faces a new hurdle involving South Dakota tribes.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Hoop systems for beginning ranchers

by WLJ
During a recent multiple production system bus tour, participants learned how controlled environments may provide an option for expanding beef production in South Dakota, explained Adele Harty, South Dakota State University Extension Cow/ Calf Field Specialist.

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Friday, August 22,2014

California kicks off the fall bull market

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
The fall bull selling season is about to be in full swing starting with the early sales in California. Obviously, California has been dealt a tough hand in the last few years with a severe drought, which has caused cow numbers to decline.

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Friday, August 22,2014

The farm bill keeps on going

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
U.S. farmers and ranchers finally got a farm bill in 2014 after waiting years for an update on the 2008 version. The bill was passed with little fanfare—or booing—outside of the agricultural community, but there have been a steady stream of implementation dates and milestones since it was signed by the president.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Four men indicted in Rancho beef scandal

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Last Monday, the U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag and Lori Chan, USDA Office of Inspector General, announced the indictment and charges against two co-owners and two employees of Rancho Feeding Corporation, the slaughter plant that resulted in 8.7 million pounds of recalled beef in February 2014.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Manure management for the small farm

by WLJ
Small farms are different than large farms; the challenges of managing manure nutrients are different but the principles are the same. Small farms may have fewer animals and sometimes several animal species on the same farm. Those farms could also have limited acreage and possibly lack the equipment necessary for spreading manure.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Marbling matters as weaning time approaches

by WLJ
Marbling in cattle—the taste fat—was long considered the feedlot’s responsibility, until research pointed to opportunities all the way back to the ranch. Genetic potential is a key, and deposition of this intramuscular fat links to management decisions much earlier than those final months on feed.

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Friday, August 22,2014

PETA video backfires

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
PETA’s most recent video, taken at a small North Carolina dairy, shows Holstein cows walking through hockdeep liquid manure. The voiceover claims the cows are emaciated and forced to live in the squalid conditions, a detail that caught the attention of dairy farmer and active ag blogger, Carrie Mess, better known online as “Dairy Carrie.

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