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Friday, October 10,2014

Lizard listing averted, ESA strategy forming

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
On Oct. 1, a federal district court struck down activist groups’ efforts to force the dunes sagebrush lizard onto the federal endangered species list. States, counties and advocates of private industry in New Mexico and Texas, the lizard’s home states, have hailed the decision as a great success.

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Monday, October 6,2014

Retired PLC head: a modern-day pioneer

by WLJ
Who were the pioneers? People who forged into new territory and used their labor, water and the soil to create a life for themselves and those who followed. If it hadn’t been for their ingenuity and determination, we wouldn’t have a home here in the United States.

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Monday, October 6,2014

Brazilian cotton subsidies case closed

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The long-standing U.S. cotton dispute between Brazil and other cotton exporters has finally been settled, with Secretary of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman signing a deal with their Brazilian counterparts on Oct.

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Monday, October 6,2014

Court requires BLM to consider 'no-grazing'

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Monday last week saw the Idaho District Court rule in favor of the environmental litigation group, Western Watersheds Project (WWP).

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Friday, October 3,2014

IRS extends drought deferrals

by WLJ
Livestock producers who sell more livestock than they otherwise would because of drought are allowed to defer tax on the extra gains from those sales. To qualify, the livestock generally must be replaced within a four-year period. The IRS is authorized to extend this period if the drought continues, the agency stated.

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Friday, October 3,2014

Crunch time for beef demand

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Beef demand has been a pleasant surprise so far this year. Wholesale and retail beef prices have increased fast enough to maintain decent margins for beef packers and allow feedlots profitability for the first three quarters of the year.

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Friday, October 3,2014

BVD testing could pay off big

by WLJ
Cow infertility, early embryonic death within 42 days of gestation, aborted calves and calves born with skeletal abnormalities, can all occur in a BVD-infected herd, he added. When BVD enters feedlots and stocker units, it can suppress the immune system of calves and result in issues with bovine respiratory disease.

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Friday, October 3,2014

Keep Grandpa out of prison

by DTN
First of all, the young couple will insist on a legal transfer of title. There is a deed to record that is on public record. When the closing does occur, the title company or attorney will file a 1099 tax form to the IRS, which is required on real estate sales transactions.

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Friday, October 3,2014

Climate report data shows warming; debate continues

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
In 2013, the vast majority of worldwide climate indicators—greenhouse gases, sea levels, global temperatures, etc.—continued to reflect trends of a warmer planet, according to the indicators assessed in the State of the Climate in 2013 report, released by the American Meteorological Society.

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Friday, October 3,2014

Extending fall grazing with cover crops can halve your feed costs

by WLJ
In early August the Nicklas family no-tilled a seven-species cover crop grazing mix into wheat stubble. With the great growing conditions they have received, they started grazing the 16-acre field with beef cows this month and will continue into early winter as long as Mother Nature will allow.

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