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Friday, March 28,2014

Below normal temperatures are expected to persist

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
While farmers across the Midwest are getting geared up for spring planting, Mother Nature seems to be up to her typical bi-polar weather patterns, with excessive moisture in some areas, and a return of the Dust Bowl in others. According to the calendar, spring officially started Mar.

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Friday, March 28,2014

Placements surprise, exceed estimates by 5 percent

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
There were some definite surprises in the most recent Cattle on Feed report, released Friday, Mar. 21. Onfeed numbers were higher than expected and placements were much higher than expected. These realities paint a picture of the unique marketing situation facing the cattle world today.

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Friday, March 28,2014

Tax Q&A: how to defeat new 3.8 percent investment tax

by DTN
For higher-income individuals, a 1031 exchange may be particularly beneficial, as they will be able to duck the 5 percent increase in the capital gain rate, and will also avoid the new 3.8 percent net investment income tax.

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Friday, March 28,2014

GMO polls indicate public uncertainty

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The topic of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is a sure thing for a media frenzy. The American public just can’t agree and argues viciously over the topic with passion usually reserved for religious conviction. But forget the GMOs themselves, what people think about them has been in the spotlight lately.

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Monday, March 24,2014

Report: Beta agonists up death risk in cattle

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
When it comes to disputes of a factual nature, the referee comes wearing solid white rather than zebra stripes. But problems arise when two lab-coated refs show up claiming to have seen vastly different plays, and arguments over whose science is best are never pretty.

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Monday, March 24,2014

Water rights protected

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Whiskey’s for drinking, and water’s for…handing over to the federal government so that they’ll issue you the permits you need to keep your ranching operation going. At least, this appears to be the U.S. Forest Service’s catchy new variation on the old adage.

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Monday, March 24,2014

Immigration reform wanted this year

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Partnership for a New American Economy and the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform released a new report last week showing how American families are eating more imported fresh produce today than ever before, in substantial part because U.

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Friday, March 21,2014

Forage growers advised to scout fields as plants break dormancy after harsh winter

by WLJ
Forages growing in areas affected by below-zero temperatures during periods of no snow cover are the most at risk for damage because snow serves as insulation for the plants and protects them from bitter cold. Low-lying parts of fields where snow accumulated and then iced over also are at risk for loss from suffocation.

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Friday, March 21,2014

Big names in beef attempt to define beef sustainability

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
When a big player like Mc- Donald’s says they want something, the response needs to be a big one. So when offering a definition of sustainable beef, one international organization gave a global answer. The definition isn’t new, but the approach might be.

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Friday, March 21,2014

Affordable Care Act deadline March 31

by WLJ
“This doesn’t mean you must sign up for a plan through the federal or a state health insurance exchange,” Johnson said. “If you are already covered under a workplace plan, Medicare, Medicaid, or a private policy that meets the law’s requirements, you do not need to do anything.

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