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Monday, July 21,2014

EPA that ends well

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The EPA and the Department of Defense (DoD) announced mid- June that a long-running program, which made surplus military vehicles available to civilian organizations such as voluntary rural fire fighters, would end. The result would have cut off the availability of low- or no-cost equipment upon which rural and voluntary fire agencies depend.

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Monday, July 21,2014

UNL study takes some of the heat off of Merck's beta agonist Zilmax

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to a recent study by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), beta agonists do not harm cattle, contrary to last year’s concerns brought up by industry partners.

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Friday, July 18,2014

Heed BQA guidelines in cow treatment

by WLJ
Summer time often brings a few infectious ailments to beef cows. Common problems include eye infections and foot rot. Treatment of affected cows will often involve the use of antibiotics. On very rare occasions violative residues of pharmaceutical products have been found in carcass tissues of cull beef cows.

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Friday, July 18,2014

California agriculture faces greatest water loss ever seen

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Drought conditions in California have the state’s water officials taking extreme measures to curb water waste in urban areas, and local universities pointing out future agricultural losses if there’s not a break in the clouds soon. In addition, the lack of water has some residents looking at the export of alfalfa as the possible culprit.

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Friday, July 18,2014

Wind energy gets pass on wildlife deaths

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Long lines of large, tall wind turbines are cropping up on range lands and pastures throughout America, changing the appearance of agriculture landscapes as the United States places more emphasis on renewable energy and less reliance on foreign oil imports.

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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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