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Friday, April 4,2014

Western Resources Legal Center: investing in ag's legal future

by WLJ
W h i l e most ranchers would probably be quick to tell you they sure aren’t lawyers, they might also admit they find themselves needing an awful lot of help in the courtroom. Grazing, particularly on federal lands, is a prime target of radical enviro-litigators.

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Friday, April 4,2014

Heavy, wet spring storms can take a toll on calf crop

by WLJ
For many producers across the U.S., calving season has arrived and with it comes a series of rewards and challenges. Nothing warms the heart more than a cool, spring morning and the sight of a healthy calf, frolicking in the dew-covered pasture and stopping to regard you with a milk-covered face.

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Friday, April 4,2014

Delayed 2012 droughtloss aid is on the way

by WLJ
University of Missouri Extension plans educational support to producers. “Livestock disaster aid is our first priority,” says Dave Baker, Assistant Dean for Extension, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources..

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Monday, March 31,2014

House calls for monument designation oversight

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
If the president designates 2 million acres of federal land as a national monument, and nobody is around to hear it, can it still bring a local economy to its knees? According to university research, interviewed locals, and Congress, yes, it can. In fact, it’s precisely what happened after President.

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Monday, March 31,2014

EPA defines 'Waters of the U.S.'

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Tuesday of last week saw the joint release of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) and the Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps’) proposed rule defining the “waters of the U.S.” The rule will be up for public comment for 90 days once it is published in the Federal Register sometime this or next week.

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Monday, March 31,2014

Oklahoma attorney general sues FWS

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
According to the lawsuit, FWS violated the Endangered Species Act by agreeing to a settlement with New Mexico-based WildEarth Guardians that led to a consent decree requiring the agency to determine the listing status of 250 other species by Sept. 30, 2015, essentially sidestepping the rulemaking process.

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Friday, March 28,2014

Early registration encouraged for FSA programs

by WLJ
The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan Garcia recommends farmers and ranchers who plan to participate in FSA programs register in advance. Producers are encouraged to report farm records and business structure changes to a local FSA Service Center before April 15, 2014.

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Friday, March 28,2014

Total numbers on litigation fees not adding up in GAO report

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
While the Center for Biological Diversity was quick to jump on the report with another misleading press release claiming that House Republicans have imagined the “calamity-inducing threat to the National Forest system,” GAO did confess in its report that all the numbers were not all accounted for.

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Friday, March 28,2014

Hold cows off pasture until grass reaches a minimum of four inches

by WLJ
Extreme variations in temperature made winterkill worse. There would be 60 degrees one day. Three days later it would fall below zero again. “The plant would react to the springlike temperatures—and then get zapped. The cure for weak stands is rest and regrowth to restore depleted sugar reserves.

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Friday, March 28,2014

Let the plants do it; managing for high corn yields

by WLJ
corn growers know the importance of understanding what a crop needs to reach its maximum genetic yield potential. Here are some recommendations: • Start with a thorough analysis of the soil to determine the potential of a crop reaching its full genetic yield.

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