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Monday, December 29,2014

Ranchers sought for trade mission

by WLJ
Australia is currently Montana’s second largest customer for beef semen purchases, yet Montana has never been on a trade mission to the country. “This is an exciting opportunity to grow in an important market and build on existing relationships,” said Marty Earnheart, Meats and Livestock Marketing Officer.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Producers concerned about evolving resistance

by Todd Neeley - DTN
A number of technology developers have stepped up efforts in the past decade to commercialize seed and chemical combinations to overcome weed resistance, but farmers indicated in their answers to those conducting the survey that they’re unsure where the battle will lead.

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Monday, December 22,2014

Congress passes temporary tax extentions

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
One of Congress’s last votes for 2014 gave U.S. taxpayers a temporary Christmas present. While the gift may not be noticed by most, in that it extends tax breaks that have been used for years, had it not been extended, the outcome could have been devastating to producers.

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Monday, December 22,2014

Basketball legend Billups leads NWSS parade

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Leaders of Denver’s National Western Stock Show (NWSS) and city officials announced plans to share a much-anticipated draft plan to transform the 95-acre complex into a new “National Western Center” that would attract visitors and businesses from around the globe.

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Monday, December 22,2014

And no sage-grouse listing next year

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
On the ninth day (before) Christmas, a lot of people in the West got some early gifts when the president signed what might be one of the most bipartisan supported—and bipartisan opposed—bills of the 113th Congress. Of course, that also means a lot of people got the legislative equivalent of a whopping chunk of coal early too.

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Friday, December 19,2014

Ag producers should do tax planning pre-year end

by WLJ
“In tax planning, it is best to start with year-todate income and expenses and estimate them for the remainder of the year,” says Ron Haugen, North Dakota State University Extension Service Farm Economist. “Do not forget any income that was deferred to 2014 from a previous year.

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Friday, December 19,2014

EPA still plans final WOTUS

by DTN
Speaking of the provision to stop implementation of the interpretive rule on agricultural exemptions accompanying WOTUS proposal and other environmental policy riders in the omnibus, Mc- Carthy said, “I am not unhappy with what went through the legislature.

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Friday, December 19,2014

Carnahan Ranches and the National Western: 108 years and counting

by WLJ
The National Western Stock Show runs on the backs of its dedicated exhibitors, volunteers and other patrons, many of whom measure their participation and support not by years, but by generations.

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Friday, December 19,2014

Teff grass gaining popularity; works in hay crop rotations

by WLJ
Michigan State University Extension does not recommend planting alfalfa after alfalfa because of disease, insect and autotoxicity issues. Autotoxicity, which is produced by mature alfalfa plants, will cause crop stunting and yield reduction of the new plants.

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Friday, December 19,2014

Sheep need protection from the cold in winter

by WLJ
Production systems in upper Midwest sheep operations often revolve around winter. Sheep producers need to make sure their flock is prepared for the cold weather, according to North Dakota State University Extension Service sheep and livestock stewardship experts.

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