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Friday, February 6,2015

Rabobank explores cow confinement and semi-confinement

by WLJ
Cattle producers across the U.S. are heeding economic indications to rebuild and expand their herds, but a 32 million-acre decline in pasture availability over the last 10 years is hindering expansion and causing producers to weigh options that...

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Friday, February 6,2015

Railways pushed toward more efficiency, transparency

by DTN
A “perfect storm” last year slowed agricultural transportation by rail, barge and ship. The challenges included a long, cold, snowy winter; high-yielding crops that increased what needed to be moved; and labor issues stretched on at West Coast ports..

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Friday, February 6,2015

Forest Service's 'doublespeak' model on bighorn

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Talking out of both sides of one’s mouth may be impossible for the ordinary person, but not for the allpowerful federal government. In fact, in the dispute over domestic sheep and bighorn sheep sharing the range in the West, doublespeak seems to be the U.

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Friday, February 6,2015

One-third of U.S. farm operators are at least 65

by WLJ
Retirement farms had the highest percentage of older operators (67 percent)—as might be expected— followed by low-sales farms (41 percent). The advanced age of farm operators is understandable, given that the farm is the home for most farmers, and farmers can gradually phase out of farming over a decade or more.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Winners of the 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum student diversity program

by WLJ
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the selection of 30 university students to attend USDA’s 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum titled “Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century” to be held Feb. 19-20, 2015, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Demand for sorghum at an all-time high

by WLJ
Five years ago, the export sector accounted for 30 percent of the U.S. grain sorghum market. At that time, Mexico was the largest importer, committing to approximately 973,042 bushels of grain sorghum weekly. However, in 2013 sorghum exports skyrocketed when Gun Jen Juee Agriculture Trading Company became the first company to import U.

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Friday, February 6,2015

New aphid hurts small grains

by WLJ
is one of the most important and destructive diseases of small grain crops,” she said. “This particular aphid can feed on more than 30 different species of grasses and cereal crops, including corn and sorghum, although wheat and barley are reported to be its preferred hosts.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Expanded farm bill workshop, webinar series for 'cramming' before deadlines

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Individuals who wish to participate in the remaining webinars must register for each session separately. The webinars are conducted through a software program called Zoom. Upon registration, users will receive an email confirmation with the link to join the webinar and the system requirements for Zoom.

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Friday, February 6,2015

NMSU researchers use crowdfunding for Mexican wolf tracking experiments

by WLJ
Researchers at New Mexico State University (NMSU) are seeking donations to fund a project that could help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) estimate the population of Mexican wolves in the country in a way that is faster, cheaper and more accurate than the current method of tracking.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Spirit of Colorado Agriculture showcased in winning photos

by WLJ
The winners were selected based on relation to Colorado agriculture, creativity and technical quality. The grand prize winner is Travis Harvey of Castle Rock, CO, with his entry entitled “Day Break.” The winning photograph shows the morning sun beaming through the clouds onto a combine in a newly harvested field.

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