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Friday, November 21,2014

Southwest ranchers receive first Mexican wolf 'Pay for Presence' payments

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The Mexican gray wolf was reintroduced into a small area of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico in 1998. While the success of the reintroduction is actually in the midst of a court battle with environmentalists, a volunteer livestock depredation plan successfully completed its first year.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Using plant recruitment, mortality to support rangeland management

by WLJ
The authors begin by discussing the concept of regeneration niche (mortality/ recruitment) and the difficulty of determining a plant’s life span. Some grasses may have an average life span of only 10 years whereas some woody species have been known to live for 1,350 years.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Updated feedlot monitor software to be introduced

by WLJ
Cattle producers and agribusiness staff are invited to a workshop featuring the newly updated version of the Feedlot Monitoring Program software. The workshop will be Thursday, Dec. 4, from 1-3 p.m. at the Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach office in Sac County.

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Friday, November 21,2014

ESA protection sought for unique Yellowstone bison

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Two environmental activist organizations petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to protect Yellowstone bison through the Endangered Species Act (ESA), claiming that the Yellowstone bison are “unique, significant, and genetically and behaviorally distinct.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Cost of Thanksgiving dinner rises, still under $50

by WLJ
The American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF’s) 29th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.41, a 37-cent increase from last year’s average of $49.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Carbon credits keep grasslands grassy

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the USDA had partnered with Chevrolet, a division of General Motors, and a number of other groups to create a market for carbon credits in defense of grasslands.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Lawsuit follows in the tracks of predator hunting decision

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Several environmental groups have filed lawsuits to block a controversial hunting derby in Idaho set for early January on public lands. This comes after the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) decided to approve Idaho for Wildlife’s request for a special recreation permit allowing wolves, coyotes and other predators to be hunted for cash prizes.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Giant goals from the CA Sheep Commission

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The review is required by California law every five years to ensure the CSC, and other commodity marketing commissions like it, are accomplishing their goals. Lacking any serious outcry against it, the CSC will be renewed for another five years.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Veterans returning to Missouri farms

by WLJ
Cody Waters of Fulton, MO, is armed to farm. He is one of 300,000 veterans expected to return to Missouri in the next decade, according to University of Missouri Extension State Health and Safety Specialist Karen Funkenbusch. She works with the growing number of veterans who want to return because of the quality of life in rural Missouri.

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Monday, November 17,2014

The Constitution does apply... even to ESA

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Thanks to a group of landowners and concerned citizens in southwestern Utah who took the federal government to court over prairie dog regulations, implementation of the ESA could see a nationwide change of course.

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