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Friday, April 18,2014

Farmers, deputies use proven tools to prevent crime

by WLJ
Farmers and ranchers lose millions of dollars’ worth of property each year to thieves who steal metal, equipment, crops and livestock.

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Monday, April 14,2014

Australia, Japan announce trade agreement

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
It’s never fun to try to organize a big party, only to learn some of the key guests are planning their own festivities on the side. For some, this can be a social “faux pas” that goes well beyond hurt feelings and ruffled feathers.

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Monday, April 14,2014

Livestock disaster aid sign-up begins

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Producers who lost livestock or crops in the 2012 drought or the 2013 blizzards are eligible for some relief with the 2014 farm bill Livestock Forage Program (LFP) and Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) that are now permanent packages and include retroactive payments for eligible losses back to Oct.

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Monday, April 14,2014

Range war controversy

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Cattle producers in Nevada and Utah are somewhat torn about the controversial standoff between embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management that has resulted in the federal government’s confiscation of Bundy’s livestock..

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Friday, April 11,2014

Full speed ahead for EPA's spending spree

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
With the weather finally turning a little more seasonal, spring cleaning seems to be on the minds of more than just homeowners. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is on a roll to clean up a number of different areas, and that clean up comes with a large ticket price.

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Friday, April 11,2014

Disaster assistance programs available

by WLJ
Livestock Indemnity Payments: Pays up to 75 percent of the market value for livestock mortality that exceeds normal rates. That includes paying for attacks by animals or adverse weather conditions, as well. Market value of the animal is based on the market value of that animal the day befo...

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Friday, April 11,2014

Beef herd expansion threatened

by WLJ
It’s April and pastures are, or should be, greening up in the southern half of the country. However, cold weather this spring has delayed pasture development in many areas. Winter conditions still exist in several regions in the northern half of the country where spring green-up is still a month away.

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Friday, April 11,2014

Farmers, ranchers are eligible for assistance

by WLJ
Last week Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued contiguous disaster designations for eight Colorado counties due to recent drought conditions. The designations mean farmers and ranchers are eligible for assistance from the Farm Service Agency.

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Friday, April 11,2014

Shorten breeding, calving season for saved time, money

by WLJ
Calves born in the first 21 days of the calving season are often the heaviest in their contemporary group at weaning, and that advantage often carries through to harvest, if the producer retains ownership.

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Friday, April 11,2014

Comments sought, changes coming to futures

by WLJ
There are some things changing with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and potential changes coming to its overseer, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). On the one hand, CME is seeking stakeholder input on a proposed change to cattle futures, and on the other the U.

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