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Friday, August 8,2014

Vet's Perspective

Algae Toxicity

by WLJ
Those calm, warm days are awfully pleasant—but danger may be lurking in the tepid waters. Blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria are a natural organism identified in stagnant waterways. Although many species of pond scum are completely harmless, some forms have the potential to cause severe liver disease and neurologic toxicity.

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Friday, August 8,2014

Attorneys general: interpretive rule called invalid

by Todd Neeley - DTN
The so-called interpretive rule identified 56 conservation practices that are exempt from Clean Water Act regulations, so long as they meet Natural Resources Conservation Service specifications.

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Friday, August 8,2014

Can I gift livestock to a charity?

by DTN
The manner in which you described the action of your friends would not pass muster with the IRS as a charitable gift of unsold property.

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Friday, August 8,2014

Cattle take backseat to salmon in Klamath

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s decision at the end of July to not release extra water into the Trinity River and Klamath River will make conditions in Oregon and northern California more difficult for ranchers, fisheries, tribes and many others as the prolonged drought worsens in those states.

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Friday, August 8,2014

Heat stress on the range

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
“The biggest effect of heat stress is reduced reproduction,” he said of the range cow. “When body temperature is elevated, which happens when a cow or a bull can’t regulate its body temperature, that can damage the egg in the ovary, it can reduce symptoms of estrus, and it can it kill the really early embryo.

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Friday, August 8,2014

Cover crops make stover more sustainable, profitable

by WLJ
The research points to the age-old conservation method as a way to protect the soil and add value. Using cover crops—plants such as crimson clover or annual ryegrass that blanket the soil—farmers can sustainably remove 1.8 tons more stover per acre than they otherwise would remove, the researchers say.

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Friday, August 8,2014

Public lands grazing fees: What are they for?

by WLJ
When ranchers pay the federal government grazing fees to run their cattle and sheep on public lands, what are they paying for? Are they leasing the ground? Covering the ever-growing administrative costs associated with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.

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Friday, August 8,2014

ROI study shows $11.20 return on checkoff dollar

by WLJ
In the most comprehensive study ever rend e r e d about the Return on Investment (ROI) of beef checkoff assessments, Dr. Harry Kaiser of Cornell University concludes that each dollar invested in the Beef Checkoff Program between 2006 and 2013 returned about $11.

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Friday, August 8,2014

FAO Food Price Index hits a six-month low in July

by WLJ
The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Food Price Index decreased for a fourth consecutive month in July mainly due to a sharp decline in international prices for maize, wheat and certain oilseeds, reflecting ample supplies for these commodities.

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Friday, August 8,2014

U.S. Sheep Experiment Station: It's not over yet

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The listening sessions were the result of Chairman of the House Ag Appropriations subcommittee Robert Aderholt’s (R-AL4) response to Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack’s request to close the USSES by defunding it.

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