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Monday, February 20,2012

Obama's budget proposes to increase federal lands grazing fee

by WLJ
According to the Public Lands Council (PLC) and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), President Barack Obama’s proposed budget includes elements, such as an effective increase in the public lands grazing fee assessment, which would force family-owned ranches to shell out more cash to Uncle Sam.

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Monday, February 20,2012

Texas drought drops sheep numbers

by WLJ
Texas is by far the leading lamb-producing state, so what happens there also affects the entire country. On Jan. 1, 2011, there were 515,000 ewes in Texas, which is more than the next two leading states combined (California with 273,000 and Wyoming with 220,000).

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Monday, February 20,2012

Management program deals with feral hogs, other pests

by WLJ
The program will offer five continuing education units to holders of Texas Department of Agriculture private applicators licenses, three in the general category, one in integrated pest management, and one in laws and regulations, said Dr. Vanessa Corriher, AgriLife Extension forage specialist and one of the program speakers.

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Monday, February 20,2012

Report calls for beef export demand to continue growth

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In USDA’s recent report, titled “USDA Agricultural Projections to 2021,” the agency predicted U.S. corn prices would average $6.70 per bushel in the 2011/12 marketing year ending Sept. 1, 2012, but remain at or below $5 per bushel for the next nine years.

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Monday, February 20,2012

MSU converts cameline to fuel

by WLJ
Using a continuous-flow process at low temperature and pressure, the technology yields butane, pentane, gasoline, diesel, triglycerides and oleo-chemicals, among other products, although the research is primarily directed at jet fuel production.

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Monday, February 20,2012

Five names added to Livestock Marketeers Hall of Fame

by WLJ
The Livestock Marketeers inducted three members of their fraternity—Don Cagwin, Dick Carmichael and Jay George—into the Hall of Fame during the 2012 National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO.

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Monday, February 20,2012

Forecasts could mean good news for Kansas farmers

by WLJ
December precipitation across Kansas averaged 1.69 inches, which was almost double the normal amount. That helped ease drought conditions in parts of the state and early forecasts point to a further reduction in 2012, according to Kansas climatologist Mary Knapp.

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Monday, February 20,2012

Bison research funded

by WLJ
In announcing the grant, Montana Bison Association President Andrew Bardwell said, “As more ranchers build their herds in response to the rising consumer demand for bison meat, we want to be proactive in supporting research to make sure that we protect the health of our bison.

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Monday, February 20,2012

Feed time impacts calving time

by WLJ
For generations, cattlemen have heeded the advice of their fathers and changed the time they feed their cows as calving approaches.

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Friday, February 17,2012

Partnership seeks to ease trade agreements

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
American ranchers both big and small stand to benefit from the new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The Pacific-countries trade agreement aims to reduce barriers to trade and integrate companies of all sizes into the global market.

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