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Friday, June 27,2014

Drop in global malnutrition depends on ag productivity, climate change

by WLJ
“The prevalence and severity of global malnutrition could drop significantly by 2050, particularly in the poorest regions of the world,” said Thomas Hertel, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics. “But if productivity does not grow, global malnutrition will worsen even if incomes increase.

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Friday, June 27,2014

'It is time to act' on expanding livestock industry in state

by WLJ
Nebraska’s uniquely intertwined agricultural economy, although still the engine of the state’s economy, may not be operating to its full potential, says a new University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) report that outlines the potential impact of several livestock industry expansion scenarios.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Workshop discusses delving deeper into the animal genome

by WLJ
The idea that around 80 percent of human DNA is “junk” DNA with no real purpose never sat well with scientists. So in 2003, researchers funded by the U.S.

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Monday, June 23,2014

WWP anti-grazers now face trespass charges levied by Wyoming ranchers

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
In a lawsuit filed in Wyoming District Court on June 13, the ranchers allege that, between 2005 and 2012, more than 25 instances of willful trespass occurred.

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Monday, June 23,2014

Hong Kong fully opens to U.S. beef

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In December 2003, Hong Kong banned U.S. beef and beef products following the detection of a bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)-positive animal in the United States (one of only four cases ever discovered in America). In December 2005, Hong Kong partially reopened its market to allow imports of deboned U.

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Monday, June 23,2014

Problem weeds grow along the pipelines

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
“It’s certainly a problem. It’s almost inevitable. When ground is disturbed, weeds are the first things that want to come up. It’s a bit of an ongoing battle,” Jim Magagna, Executive Vice President of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, told the Western Livestock Journal.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Lawsuits abound

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
During last week alone, the Center for Biologic Diversity (CBD)—just one of several groups that frequently employ the “sue and settle” tactic—announced six lawsuits and one legal petition against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and one lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Friday, June 20,2014

More time needed for public input on new endangered species regulations

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Since 1973, the U.S. government has spent billions of dollars on more than 1,500 animal and plant species listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), with just 2 percent of the protected species’ coming off the evergrowing list.

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Friday, June 20,2014

RI-AF forage insurance sign-up deadlines coming

by WLJ
In spite of recent rains, livestock producers may be considering adding a layer of protection against drought loss on annual forage crops, and the deadline to sign up for that insurance is approaching, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.

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Friday, June 20,2014

As heat, humidity set in, livestock heat stress is danger

by WLJ
Heat stress is hard on cattle and other livestock, especially when combined with high humidity and low wind speeds. Heat stress can reduce feed intake, weight gain, reproductive efficiency and milk production, while increasing susceptibility to diseases.

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