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Friday, February 7,2014

4-H Club wins World Ag Expo's video contest

by WLJ
Ashly Anderson, who submitted a video on behalf of the Desert Sandblasters 4-H Club, has won World Ag Expo’s “Feeding Tomorrow’s World” video contest. In the video, members of the Desert Sandblasters 4-H Club in Indio, CA, show the different careers they might pursue as adults and how they relate back to the agriculture industry.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Populations of NM, AZ wolves rising

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Arizona’s endangered Mexican gray wolf population continued a four-year trend of reproduction, growing from 75 to 83 in 2013, state and federal officials announced in January. A subspecies of the gray wolf, the Mexican wolf was added to the federal endangered species list in 1976.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Surge in cattle sales blamed on drought

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
With California’s worst drought in history parching vast stretches of pasture and depleting water supplies, the Turlock Livestock Auction and other auctions are experiencing an unseasonable surge in cattle sales for this time of year as ranchers reduce their herds.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Drone, drone on the range

by WLJ
Drones suited for farm applications vary widely in cost and size. Entry level aircraft cost $500- 1,500 and can fly for 10-20 minutes without recharging batteries. Most weigh less than 5 pounds, have a wingspan of less than 3 feet and travel under 30 mph.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Get more out of your feed supply: Cover hay piles properly

by WLJ
“The main goals when covering hay piles are to keep the hay dry and prevent dry matter losses. As the demand and price of alfalfa increases, producers invest more effort in protecting their valuable hay,” said Karla Hernandez, South Dakota State University (SD- SU) Extension Forages Field Specialist.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Monitoring lameness to promote timely culling

by WLJ
These forecasts, combined with the need to grow the national cow herd, challenges all producers to make critical decisions about retaining cows or selling them to capture record high prices, explained Heidi Carroll, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Livestock Stewardship Extension Associate.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Wooing millennials

by DTN
Research shows they love food—or rather, they love to read about it, watch it being made, and take pictures of it. Every day, the millennial generation visits the top five cooking websites 4.5 million times and makes food-related web searches 5.5 million times.

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Friday, February 7,2014

U.S. becomes a "Ground Beef Nation"

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Changing consumer preferences and a production model tailored to the production of top-shelf steaks has put the U.S. cattle industry in a position of losing market share to competitive proteins, according to a new report from the Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research (FAR) and Advisory group.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Mysterious pest threatens Texas’ grain sorghum crop

by WLJ
“For now, we’re calling this pest the sugarcane aphid,” said Dr. Raul Villanueva, an entomologist at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco. “It was first seen last year. We’re not sure if it’s a new invasive pest or if it just switched hosts, from.

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Friday, February 7,2014

More options for meat producers who market local

by WLJ
Consumer demand for locally-grown foods and locally-raised meat, poultry and eggs has grown. After a decline of small farms and slaughterhouses in the 1990s, the U.S. has seen a resurgence in small, locally-owned operations.

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