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Thursday, July 3,2014

SCOTUS announcement is a setback for ethanol

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Midwest corn ethanol’s possible inroads into a potential 1.4-billion gallon California market suffered its biggest defeat yet when the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) announced last Monday it would not hear a case brought by the industry against the state’s lowcarbon fuel standard.

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Monday, June 30,2014

Rule could devastate on-farm conservation

Perspectives on what Interpretive Rule would do differ wildly

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The IR details 56 specific permitting-exempt activities. The more overtly ranching-oriented exemptions on the list include: • Brush management; • Prescribed burning; • Fencing; • Firebreak; • Forage harvest management; • Prescribed grazing; • Grazing land mechanical treatment; and • Range planting.

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Monday, June 30,2014

Agreement reached in sage-grouse habitat plan

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Obama administration has made plans to spend $31 million through 2024 to boost sage-grouse protection by helping ranchers and other landowners to improve habitat along the California-Nevada borders. Stakeholders in the plan are hopeful that this will keep the sage-grouse off the endangered species list.

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Monday, June 30,2014

BIF conference looks to industry's future

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
The Annual Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) meeting was recently held in Lincoln, NE, with an eye on future genetic improvement in the beef industry. This included the role of the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (MARC), increasing cattle output through efficiency, selection for novel traits and new models for genetic selection.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Forest Service at it again: New groundwater regs?

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
The USFS proposal, which is out for public comment until August 4, asserts federal reserved rights of water on USFS land while at the same time directing agency employees to enforce new permitting requirements on water rights holders, Van Liew explained.

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Friday, June 27,2014

El Nino/La Nina can help forecast crop yields

by WLJ
Lupo says a weak La Niña played a role in the devastating drought of 2012. That summer was marked by high temperatures and sparse rain. As is typical for La Niña years, the rains that did come tended to be brief, heavy downpours, dropping lots of water so quickly that much of the rain was lost as runoff.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Crops taking a hit with unstable weather patterns

by WLJ
In Wisconsin, 21 percent of the state’s corn crop is in fair or poor condition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported, and there were less than two days that were suitable for field work across Wisconsin during the week of June 16. Strong wind and hail accompanying the storms damaged crops in a number of Wisconsin’s counties.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Frogs join the ESA fray

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Sage-grouse and desert lizards aren’t the only creatures on the brink of listing that have inspired landowners to roll up their sleeves. In the Pacific Northwest, the threat of listing a small frog has locals putting their heads together to preserve private land rights and help the amphibian.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Court ruling limits EPA's power

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) welcomes the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 23 ruling that limits the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of so-called greenhouse gases to the largest sources of emissions, curbing its ability to impose restrictions on smaller operations such as farms and ranches.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Maximize crop profits through better management

by WLJ
Crop producers have experienced record-high prices for their commodities the past few years—so how are some of these producers still losing money? Although weather and, specifically, drought conditions can play a role in crop and profit loss, management also plays a major role in profitability.

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