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Friday, July 18,2014

Are your brood cows getting pregnant?

by WLJ
According to Wayne Ayers, DVM, of the University of Idaho, profits in the cow/calf business are “determined by the maximum number of cows becoming pregnant in the shortest period of time and raising that calf until weaning.

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Friday, July 18,2014

Genomics enhance beef cattle breeding

by WLJ
Things changed in the 1970s with statistical models that predicted EPDs (expected progeny differences). Then software was developed to combine many EPDs into a single economic index number. Indexes help herd owners search a sire catalog to match a bull’s traits needed to improve a farmer’s cow herd profits.

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Friday, July 18,2014

Forest management 'smart and responsible' when it comes to fires

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Environmentalists’ arguments against forest thinning may have a little less impact after crews from Arizona’s San Juan fire shared reports that the control of the blaze had improved considerably once it hit areas that had longterm forest management practices in place.

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Monday, July 14,2014

Coalition asks for indefinite COOL suspension

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The mystery behind the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) final decision regarding country of origin labeling (COOL) will hopefully be finalized by the end of the month, but coalition members asking for an indefinite suspension of the revised COOL rule believe the public announcement on the final decision probably won’t be seen until September.

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Monday, July 14,2014

Sheep station closure under consideration

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Following World War II, Pastor and Social Activist Martin Niemöller delivered his now iconic “First they came” speech-turnedpoem.

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Monday, July 14,2014

Prolonged drought depletes Lake Mead

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The two million residents of Las Vegas and the city’s tens of millions of annual tourists are nearly completely dependent on Lake Mead for drinking water in arid Nevada, which gets blisteringly hot in the summer. About 90 percent of southern Nevada’s water comes from Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir.

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Friday, July 11,2014

Defending ranching through appropriations

by WLJ
“When you look at the sheer breadth of the issues covered in the [U.S. House of Representatives’] draft Interior appropriations bill, you see just how the administration is trying to get its tentacles around every aspect of the natural resources we depend on as ranchers,” said Lee in an interview with WLJ.

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Friday, July 11,2014

No hurry to finalize RFS standards

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The ongoing RFS debate has divided parts of the ag industry with the food vs. fuel argument. In addition, policymakers have raised concerns with compliance of the current standard, citing rising food and fuel costs and debating whether or not the standards are actually reducing greenhouse gas emissions as planned.

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Friday, July 11,2014

MO governor sides against family farmers and ranchers

by WLJ
According to Missouri Cattlemen’s Association President (MCA) Jim Mc- Cann, Governor Jay Nixon today made the decision to stand against family farmers and ranchers by vetoing bipartisan legislation H.B. 1326 and S.B. 506, which are known as farm bills.

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Friday, July 11,2014

Can charity make retirement tax-free?

by DTN
What are your thoughts about a charitable remainder trust in this instance? The couple could create a lifetime income stream and use the deduction to offset that income. Perhaps they could also set up a wealth replacement trust (life insurance) to benefit the children if they have concerns about leaving those sale proceeds.

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