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Friday, August 1,2014

USDA implements key farm bill crop insurance provision

by WLJ
USDA announced continued progress in implementing provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill that will strengthen and expand insurance coverage options for farmers and ranchers.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Keeping nutrients in the field and out of tile lines

by WLJ
By definition, drainage water management is the practice of managing water discharged from subsurface agricultural systems via a water control structure at the end of a conventional drainage system. It functions as an in-line dam, allowing the outlet to be artificially set at levels ranging from the soil surface to the bottom of the drain.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Building beef cow herd requires quality management, genetics

by WLJ
Producers who do it right benefit in the long-term. Patterson spoke to a national meeting of the American Society of Animal Science in Kansas City July 23. Patterson, developer of the Show-Me-Select (SMS) Replacement Heifer Program, said management and genetics add value to heifers.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Sheep industry gets grass-fed, grant funds

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
On Monday, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Ed Avalos met with agricultural media representatives at the American Sheep Industry (ASI) headquarters in Denver to announce the programs. First, he announced the inclusion of U.S. lambs and sheep into the USDA Grass Fed Program for Small and Very Small Producers.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Montana Stockgrowers elects new leadership

by WLJ
At their recent mid-year meeting in Miles City, the Research and Education Endowment Foundation of the Montana Stockgrowers Association (REEF) announced a change in leadership as Townsend rancher Dusty Hahn finished his five-year term as Foundation Chairman.

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Friday, August 1,2014

COOL battle far from over; ruling upheld in court

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“The court’s decision today is disappointing,” said AMI Interim President and CEO James Hodges in a statement. “We have maintained all along that the country of origin rule harms livestock producers and the industry and affords little benefit to consumers.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Lawmakers want good ag TPP deal

by WLJ
In a letter sent to President Obama, 140 members of the House, led by Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Charlie Rangel (D-NY), indicated that congressional support for the TPP would be jeopardized if U.S. negotiators accept anything less than elimination of all trade barriers to U.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Producers meet in Denver to establish industry direction

by WLJ
The event included meetings of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Cattlemen’s Beef Board, American National Cattle- Women and National Cattlemen’s Foundation. Among the purposes of the yearly conference is to create a framework for checkoff and policy efforts on behalf of U.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Ag economists: potential counter to low crop prices

by WLJ
Corn and soybeans futures prices have dropped to their lowest levels since 2010—corn below $4 per bushel and soybeans under $11. That is partly because of higher yields expected for many farms this fall. Although high yields result in more bushels for farmers to sell, the abundant supply leads to much lower prices, eroding profits.

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Monday, July 28,2014

Harvested hay projected down in 2014

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA’s June Acreage report doesn’t appear to give much hope for 2014 hay prices to come down much, with producers harvesting less hay compared to previous years. But Washington and Oregon, according to the report, seem to be holding their own, with a banner year expected in hay production.

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