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Friday, February 21,2014

Recent grazing study, with sound science, contradicts 2012 conclusion

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“We dispute the notion that eliminating grazing will provide a solution to problems created by climate change,” the 27 authors wrote in the peer-reviewed paper, which was a summary of scientific literature that was published online this month by the journal Environmental Management.

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Friday, February 21,2014

Producer support of the Beef Checkoff highest in 21 years

by WLJ
The random survey conducted by the independent firm Aspen Media & Market Research in late December 2013 and early January 2014 found an overwhelming majority of beef and dairy producers continue to say their beef checkoff has value for them in many...

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Friday, February 21,2014

High crop production challenges Brazil

by WLJ
Rabobank expects another year of record production for several of Brazil’s major agricultural crops in 2014, including soybeans and, depending on weather developments, sugarcane. However, according to a recent research note, international prices for many of Brazil’s agricultural commodities fell in 2013 and could decline further in 2014.

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Friday, February 21,2014

The sacred cow of cash accounting targeted

by DTN
Cash accounting—a time-honored method small businesses use to ease their taxes on income they have yet to receive— could be severely restricted, along with depreciation schedules on farm equipment and buildings and the use of 1031 tax-deferred exchanges on real estate.

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Monday, February 17,2014

War of attrition continues on grazing numbers

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
“It is no use saying, ‘We did our best.’ You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.” It could be said that Sir Winston Churchill’s philosophy on winning a war is shared by members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) federal lands committee.

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Monday, February 17,2014

Water wars continue over Klamath wells

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The ongoing issues of the Klamath Basin water wars have run head on with the increasing drought the West Coast is experiencing. In the face of less water and conflicts over water rights, official efforts to shut down private wells have surfaced.

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Monday, February 17,2014

CA bill seeks to preserve water for agriculture

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF) is praising legislation moving through Congress that would help the Golden State preserve dwindling water supplies by boosting storage as it copes with an extreme drought that threatens food production, economic output, power generation and thousands of jobs.

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Friday, February 14,2014

China's stance on biotech complicated

by DTN
China’s government has officially decided “to use new technology and look to global markets” but “there is still an intense and increasingly public debate in China when genetic modification and trade intersect,” said Scott Sindelar, the Minister Counselor for Agricultural Affairs at the U.

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Friday, February 14,2014

Tax topic: deferred grain sales

by WLJ
“This is because deferred grain contracts qualify as installment sales, and with installment sales producers may ‘elect out’ of reporting income when received and instead report the income in the year the grain was sold,” said Kim Dillivan, South...

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Friday, February 14,2014

Keystone passes climate test; President urged to act

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
After five years of delays, the voices in support of the Keystone pipeline are growing a little louder. The entire Senate Republican caucus sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to approve the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The letter came one week after the release of a U.

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