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Friday, May 30,2014

When grass seed heads appear, hay quality drops

by WLJ
So far, it’s a bad hay year for Missouri. Cool weather, lack of sun and dry soil slowed grass growth. Dry matter per acre is about one-third of what one should expect this time of year, says Rob Kallenbach, University of Missouri Extension Forage Agronomist.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Restoring pastures is focus of O.D. Butler Forage Field Day

by WLJ
The annual field day is conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and in coordination with the Brazos Area Hay Producers Association. Supporting counties include Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Milam, Robertson and Washington.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Equine specialist warns of heat-related illnesses

by WLJ
“There are several things a person can do to prevent their horse from developing heatstroke, or hyperthermia,” said Jason Turner, New Mexico State University’s Extension Equine Specialist. “The most important things are to prepare your horse for a heat stress environment and to be aware of your horse’s body temperature while in that environment.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Drought-tolerant alfalfa variety created to meet NM growers' needs

by WLJ
“A lot of alfalfa varieties do well under normal irrigation practices, but once water is withheld, they don’t do so well,” said Flynn, Agronomist at NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center at Artesia. “This variety offers the promise of production in a climate where production may not have been possible before.

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Monday, May 26,2014

$16M racketeering animal rights case

HSUS, other animal rights group settle with Ringling Brothers

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
On May 15, a settlement between Feld Entertainment—parent company of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus—and a collection of animal rights groups, including the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), was announced. However, some of the claims made by HSUS’ announcement of the settlement raise questions.

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Monday, May 26,2014

Storm brews over Nevada drought actions

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Cows on the range in Nevada are in the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) sights once again. This time, the agency is making blanket claims of drought to justify grazing cuts in areas where grass is knee-high and stock water is plentiful.

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Monday, May 26,2014

Drought woes continue for CA ranchers

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
For much of California’s central valley, 2013 stands as the driest year in recorded history. Thus far, say area farmers and ranchers, 2014 has provided little relief from a drought now in its third year. The impacts are staggering.

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Friday, May 23,2014

Obama designates half-million acre monument in New Mexico

by WLJ
This is the largest monument designation President Obama has made to date, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association was quick to share its opposition.

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Friday, May 23,2014

Private landowners ready to enroll in sage-grouse program

by WLJ
In a CCAA, landowners voluntarily agree to manage their lands to remove or reduce threats to a species. In return, landowners receive assurances against additional regulatory requirements should that species ever be listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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Friday, May 23,2014

OR's fire protection groups empower landowners

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Congratulations are due; a new agreement between landowners and a branch of state government was born! And while some alliances between landowners and government are tenuous at best, this agreement and its predecessors are examples of true cooperation for the betterment of the land, landowner and state alike.

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