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Friday, August 22,2014

PLC annual meeting on grazing

by WLJ
Public Lands Council (PLC) will hold its annual meeting Sept. 3-6 in the southwest Colorado town of Ignacio. PLC is the only organization in Washington, D.C., dedicated solely to representing ranchers with public land grazing rights.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Spring and summer weather conditions prime for ergot

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
This year’s wet, cool spring, followed with heat and humidity created the ideal conditions for ergot growth, according to extension specialists in some states across the upper Midwest.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Prevented planting acres decline

by DTN
“The temptation here is to subtract FSA’s prevent planted acres from USDA’s planting estimates, but later [World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates] reports don’t always turn out that way,” Hultman said.

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Friday, August 22,2014

USDA seeks input on revisions to outdated beef grading standards

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The current U.S. Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef were set in 1997, and 17 years later, some key players in the industry are wondering if they may very well be a little outdated. The U.S. Department of Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is included in that and has plans to make some adjustments with a little help from producers and consumers.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Temple Grandin stresses the little things on ways to handle livestock

by WLJ
Grandin gave a lecture Aug. 14 to Texas A&M University’s department of animal science faculty. Grandin also was the commencement speaker and received an honorary doctoral degree from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences during Friday’s graduation ceremonies at Texas A&M in College Station.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Forest Service's 'plan revision' rejected

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Eastern Oregon and southeastern Washington are asking the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to go back to the drawing board on a planning effort that would direct the management of three national forests in the Blue Mountain range. The plan would revise the management framework for the Malheur, Umatilla and Wallowa- Whitman National Forests, roughly 5.

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Friday, August 22,2014

New report shows budget impact of rising firefighting costs

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Vilsack shared a new report last week that showed that the cost of fighting forest fires has rapidly increased over the last 20 years, and that the budgets for other forest programs, including those that can help prevent and mitigate fire damage, have substantially shrunk.

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Monday, August 18,2014

Processing plant closures on the rise

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Tyson Foods Inc. announced last week, ahead of its purchase of Hillshire Brands Co., it will close three facilities it acquired in the 2001 purchase of beef and pork processor IBP Inc. Tyson’s closures come on the heels of Cargill’s announcement to close its Milwaukee, WI, plant and L&H’s announcement to close it San Antonio, TX, plant.

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Monday, August 18,2014

Vesicular Stomatitis cases on the rise

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Both Texas and Colorado have seen a surge in Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) cases this summer, and that has local and state official watching animal movement a little closer. The numbers have surpassed 200 in both states, with primarily horses making the list, but the two states now have added cattle to the numbers of infected.

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Friday, August 15,2014

NMSU turns to cattle producers to help support judging teams

by WLJ
“We are asking cattle producers throughout the state to donate a steer calf each fall to our program,” said Tim Ross, retired animal and range sciences department head. “We will raise it, use it in many of our classes, including our judging teams training, and when it reaches slaughter weight, we will sell it.

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