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Friday, May 16,2014

Seeking more cost-effective diets for pregnant beef cows

by WLJ
Dry conditions in Kansas and other areas of the Midwest have caused many cow/ calf producers to look at more cost-effective ways to adequately feed their herd.

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Monday, May 12,2014

House passes EAJA tracking, reporting plan

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
If the Senate decides to sign off on the House’s latest decision to make some changes to the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA), environmental groups may be looking for a little extra cash for their legal funds. Last week, the U.S. House approved by voice vote the Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act (H.

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Monday, May 12,2014

Money available to Klamath irrigators

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced it will make $4.5 million available this year to assist agricultural producers seeking to make water conservation efforts. This is the first year’s allocation of $11 million, which will be made available for that purpose over the next five years.

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Monday, May 12,2014

Bighorn regs threaten U.S. sheep industry

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
These were the words of 5th-generation sheep rancher Shaun Sims, who is working to defend his federal lands grazing rights while the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) insists that domestic sheep are threatening “viable” populations of bighorn sheep.

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Friday, May 9,2014

Cargill correction

by WLJ
“Securing a conditional use permit is a requirement in the Fresno area and one of the first steps necessary prior to Cargill considering funding such investments, but it does not necessarily guarantee the projects will be approved by Cargill and carried through to fruition,” he explained.

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Friday, May 9,2014

UAVs: The key for precision agriculture?

by WLJ
Unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) may be the next tool to improve precision agriculture. By September 2015, it is expected that the Federal Aviation Administration will have regulated the commercial use of UAVs. Despite their use by law enforcement, privacy concerns may limit UAV use in urban areas.

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Friday, May 9,2014

Saving the lesser prairie chicken: what landowners should know

by WLJ
Cumulative habitat loss, encroachment by invasive woody plants, wind energy development, petroleum production and the ongoing drought are just a handful of reasons why there are fewer lesser prairie chickens in the wild today, according to the U.S.

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Friday, May 9,2014

Climate change stressing soil: more efforts needed

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Soil conservation practices will become more critical as weather volatility increases with higher temperatures and rising atmospheric carbon-dioxide levels, said one of the lead authors of the agriculture chapter in the National Climate Assessment released last Tuesday.

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Friday, May 9,2014

Plan your pastures and extend the grazing season

by WLJ
Give or take, spring is “green-up” time for grazing operations. The day the gate opens from the winter drylot is the most enjoyable day for many grazers. This begins the season when the livestock work for the producer instead of the other way around..

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Friday, May 9,2014

Science flashes warning signs on USDA Brazil proposal

by WLJ
Key facts about the Footand-Mouth Disease virus (FMDV) shape recommendations from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) report.* The incubation period between infection and the onset of clinical signs ranges from 2-14 days, depending on dose, but most commonly is 3-5 days.

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