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Friday, June 20,2014

Precision feeding the beef herd

by WLJ
Precision agriculture can be many different things. Using precision agriculture management practices frequently results in minimizing inputs and saving dollars. While there are few new technologies available to allow beef producers to more precisely feed the cow herd, established methodologies have existed to do just that.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Proposed water regulations need agriculture's voice

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
It seems there is a neverending flood of proposed government activities that seek public comment. And the tide is high for proposed changes to water regulations right now, so you have the opportunity to voice your opinion and perspectives on an issue near and dear to the heart of ranching.

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Monday, June 16,2014

DOT exemption for livestock haulers

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Truck drivers hauling livestock and poultry received a reprieve last week with the Department of Transportation (DOT) announcement that they would be exempt for one year from a government regulation requiring drivers to take a half-hour break for every eight hours of service.

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Monday, June 16,2014

President proposes new approach to addressing wildfire suppression costs

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The president’s FY15 budget proposed a new approach to addressing wildfire suppression costs, modeled after bipartisan legislation introduced in both houses of Congress.

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Friday, June 13,2014

Start your vaccination program with heifers

by WLJ
Vaccines are used to challenge the immune system of livestock so that they can combat disease pathogens that may be faced in the future. Some of those pathogens can increase abortions, infect calves or reduce dam ability to nurture the calf.

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Friday, June 13,2014

Agriculture, animal rights on the ballot

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
It’s the thick of primary season in the political sphere, and with it comes the march of animal rights groups pushing for or against issues that might show up on states’ ballots. While there are only three confirmed ballot measures regarding agricultural interests, some of the usual suspects are starting to stir.

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Friday, June 13,2014

National conference on ag waste, environmental quality seeks input

by WLJ
The deadline for abstracts and other inputs is Sept. 15, 2014, though the “From Waste to Worth” conference itself is not scheduled until March 30-April 1, 2015, said Dr. Saqib Mukhtar, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Engineer and Associate Head of the Texas A&M University Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, College Station.

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Friday, June 13,2014

Emergency response to manure spills—are you prepared?

by WLJ
There are no simple solutions to a manure spill, but thinking through your specific situation, and monitoring daily can help prevent, or at least minimize, the environmental risks and potential regulatory issues.

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Friday, June 13,2014

Emergency hay crop is a good alternative to prevented-planting

by WLJ
Acreage too wet to plant on time for most insured crops is again prevalent in North Dakota and Minnesota. An alternative some producers may want to consider is to not request a prevented-planting payment and instead seed a warm-season grass for hay later in June when the land dries enough to plant.

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Friday, June 13,2014

Sheep genome project completed

by WLJ
“The release of the sheep genome assembly is the culmination of a very large international effort,” acknowledges Noelle Cockett, Ph.D., Provost of Utah State University (USU) and Professor in the Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences at USU.

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