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Friday, January 16,2015

Agriculture a 'noble profession'

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
“We’re talking about growing the world population by 75-80 million people a year,” he said, citing averages derived from the projection of 9 billion people in 2050. “Who’s going to feed them? Whose role is it to feed those people? Is that an opportunity for U.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Civilizations rise and fall on soil quality

by WLJ
Many authors have documented the rise and fall of civilizations throughout time. Reasons for this rollercoaster effect are numerous—from human-influenced changes such as conquest, culture or religion, to events that occur in the natural environment including changes in climate or the presence of natural resources, such as soil.

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Friday, January 16,2015

NWSS breaks opening day attendance record

by WLJ
“Stock Show fans came out to help us celebrate the history, tradition and western spirit of Stock Show. We appreciate all who attended and look forward to continuing the excitement over the next 15 days,” states Andrews..

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Monday, January 12,2015

Under the microscope: ESA peer reviews

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
A new report shows the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USF- WS) may need to take a course on scientific peer review. Peer review is where independent scientists try to find holes in other scientists’ work. It’s a vetting process, an effort to produce high quality science for important decisions, such as Endangered Species Act (ESA) listings.

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Monday, January 12,2015

Cash cattle, feeders heading back up

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
It was off to the races at breakneck speed in the New Year’s first full week of market activity last week. Cash fed cattle traded early in the week at much higher money. By Thursday afternoon, over 97,000 head had been confirmed sold at $168-172 live and $270-275 (mostly $270-272) dressed.

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Friday, January 9,2015

More (dairy) beef in the potato state

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
J.R. Simplot, together with Texas-based Caviness Beef Packers, announced last week that they will be building a new beef processing plant near Kuna, ID. The projected 300,000 square foot facility is expected to begin operations in fall of 2016, assuming no permitting setbacks.

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Friday, January 9,2015

EPA accepting comments for sorghum biofuels

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting public comments through Jan. 30 on its preliminary analysis of the life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the growth and transport of biomass sorghum for use as biofuel feedstock.

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Friday, January 9,2015

Vet's Perspective

Preparing for calving season

by WLJ
Adequate preparation is crucial to calving success and an upward economic return on your investment. Keeping track of herd records and preparing for the calving season are important measures to enhance production success. As we see more calves in the upcoming fall months, a few specific points are worthy of consideration on your farm.

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Friday, January 9,2015

The short-lived life and death of checkoff plan two

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
In December, U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced he would withdraw his October plans to create a second Beef Checkoff assessment under the Commodity, Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act of 1996, in part because of Congress’ lack of funding for the program.

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Friday, January 9,2015

Deadline missed for mechanically tenderized label, description added

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Just before the U.S. rang in the New Year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture closed the old one out with a final rule, adding another piece to the labeling for processors of raw meat and poultry. Store bought meat products will now have any added solutions listed on the labels.

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