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Friday, June 27,2014

Frogs join the ESA fray

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Sage-grouse and desert lizards aren’t the only creatures on the brink of listing that have inspired landowners to roll up their sleeves. In the Pacific Northwest, the threat of listing a small frog has locals putting their heads together to preserve private land rights and help the amphibian.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Court ruling limits EPA's power

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) welcomes the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 23 ruling that limits the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of so-called greenhouse gases to the largest sources of emissions, curbing its ability to impose restrictions on smaller operations such as farms and ranches.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Maximize crop profits through better management

by WLJ
Crop producers have experienced record-high prices for their commodities the past few years—so how are some of these producers still losing money? Although weather and, specifically, drought conditions can play a role in crop and profit loss, management also plays a major role in profitability.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Storage of vaccines can affect efficacy

by WLJ
Respiratory disease in cattle, also known as BRD, shipping fever or pneumonia, may cost the U.S. cattle industry more than $2 billion annually. Management techniques can offset much of this cost and having a good vaccination program can maintain the health of a calf all the way through the production system.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Turkey Creek Ranch receives 2014 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award

by WLJ
The Turkey Creek Ranch owned and operated by Gary and Georgia Walker received the 2014 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award this last week during the 2014 Protein Producer Summit. The Pueblo-based ranch consists of approximately 65,000 deeded acres, managed for both wildlife and livestock.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Farmland prices: Paying for a trophy or an investment?

by DTN
When Farmers National Co. sold another 80-acre Sioux County, IA, farm for $20,300 per acre this month, observers chalked it up as another trophy sale. The buyer won’t necessarily expect a competitive return on investment anytime soon, but did acquire a prized possession.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Control flies, minimize resistance to insecticides

by WLJ
While flies seldom cause mortality problems in beef cattle, they frequently cause stress and discomfort to cattle through the summer months. Fly control is an important economic management decision that needs to be made with concern of potential insecticide resistance problems.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Blaine Lotz takes title at auctioneer championship

by WLJ
Lotz’s parents met while his mother was selling cattle, and his father was buying them. As a third-generation auctioneer, the world champion was quite familiar with the livestock marketing industry.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Drop in global malnutrition depends on ag productivity, climate change

by WLJ
“The prevalence and severity of global malnutrition could drop significantly by 2050, particularly in the poorest regions of the world,” said Thomas Hertel, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics. “But if productivity does not grow, global malnutrition will worsen even if incomes increase.

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Friday, June 27,2014

'It is time to act' on expanding livestock industry in state

by WLJ
Nebraska’s uniquely intertwined agricultural economy, although still the engine of the state’s economy, may not be operating to its full potential, says a new University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) report that outlines the potential impact of several livestock industry expansion scenarios.

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