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Friday, June 8,2012

Sorting out beef production data

by WLJ
Cattle producers and market analysts alike are trying to sort out seemingly conflicted data on beef production to understand what to expect in the coming weeks. Year-to-date cattle slaughter is down 4.8 percent but feedlot marketings this year are down only slightly.

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Friday, June 8,2012

Emergency wild horse gather in Jackson Mountains

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on June 8 began an emergency horse gather in the Winnimucca, NV, herd management area (HMA) based on concern for the health of the over 900 wild horses that are living on limited resources because of the drought and overpopulation.

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Friday, June 1,2012

Report release times examined

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
“It is important that USDA continue to ensure the integrity of its report release process, particularly as global exchanges move closer to 24-hour trading,” said Glauber. “To this end, USDA is reviewing our procedures and will solicit public input to determine the needs of those who use our data.

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Friday, June 1,2012

Lack of participation threatens trucking program

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
After more than 15 years of backand-forth negotiations, threatened lawsuits, retaliatory tariffs and other barriers, the U.S. and Mexico agreed last October to the program that would allow big trucks to cross the border and operate on each other’s highways.

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Friday, June 1,2012

Leaked Interior Department emails point to political motives in mining ban

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In what could prove to be a major embarrassment for the Department of Interior (DOI), a clutch of recently leaked emails suggest that the department may have had little to no scientific evidence supporting its January decision to withdraw over 1...

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Friday, June 1,2012

HSUS board of directors emphasizes media, law

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has been in the news lately for its videos. But some less-publicized activities should raise some interested eyebrows. Recently announced additions to the HSUS board of directors include a marketing vice president of HBO and a beauty product CEO with a marketing background.

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Friday, June 1,2012

Producers can up wheat grain protein

by WLJ
MSU Extension recently published a bulletin, entitled “Practices to Increase Wheat Grain Protein,” which presents crop and fertilizer management practices that can increase grain protein without sacrificing yield.

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Friday, June 1,2012

CALP seeking applicants

by WLJ
The Ag Leadership Program, operated by CALP, is considered to be one of the premier leadership development experiences in the U.S. Nearly 300 men and women have participated in the program and are influential leaders and dedicated volunteers in the agriculture industry, communities and other areas.

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Friday, June 1,2012

Research study focuses on feeding beef steers with algae co-products

by WLJ
Two of the three phases are currently complete and the third phase is slated for completion this month, according to researchers. Their research is part of an overall bioenergy research program led by AgriLife Research and is supported by the Department of Energy as a component of the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuel and Bio-Products.

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Friday, June 1,2012

International cattle welfare standards set

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
At its 80th General Session, OIE adopted new welfare standards for livestock production systems. The new standards were approved by OIE’s 178 members, other than South Africa, and address welfare measurements, nutrition and housing details.

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