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Friday, September 2,2011

DOT reinforces commitment to no new regulations for Americas agricultural community

by WLJ
The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced on Aug. 10, 2011, that it has no intention to propose new regulations governing the transport of agricultural products.

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Friday, September 2,2011

Cattle profits: measuring and managing costs

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Since cattle prices are at historical highs, most people logically assume that producers are making money, lots of money. However, that is not necessarily the case. Profitability and, ultimately, survivability in the cattle business is often related more to managing the cost of production.

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Friday, September 2,2011

Effectiveness of fuel treatments in the West depends on thinning intensity

by WLJ
In the largest ever study of fuel treatment effectiveness, U.S. Forest Service (USFS) researchers have found that intense thinning treatments that leave between 50 and 100 trees per acre are the most effective in reducing the probability of crown fires in the dry forests of the western U.

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Friday, September 2,2011

Oregon grazers at odds with agency over restoration project

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
For ranchers grazing their cattle on portions of central Oregons Malheur National Forest (MNF), the past few years have been characterized by uncertainty.

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Friday, September 2,2011

A quick way to grade grasses for ethanol yields

by WLJ
That future has been made possible by a team of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists, including Ken Vogel, Rob Mitchell, and Steve Masterson at Lincoln, NE; Hans Jung at St. Paul, MN; Bruce Dien at Peoria, IL; and Michael Casler at Madison, WI.

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Friday, September 2,2011

Plains, Midwest weather problems affect California

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Rancher Alan Day looks over his cattle herd and the parched landscape in Bosque County, TX. The drought in the southern Plains is forcing many ranchers to sell their cattle because there is nothing for them to eat.

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Friday, September 2,2011

Beef Financial Management Conference addresses impacts

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Two of the most pressing issues facing the beef industry, drought and risk management, will be addressed among other related topics at the 2011 Beef Financial Management Conference on Oct. 6 at the Ambassador Hotel in Amarillo, TX.

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Friday, September 2,2011

Integrating old and new knowledge helps build a future land management system

by WLJ
New and competing uses of rangeland and threats to its resources have reached unprecedented levels. At the same time, we are seeing a high turnover of rangeland management staff and private lands historically handed down through families are being sold more frequently to third parties.

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Friday, September 2,2011

Your national Beef Checkoff Program: 25 years and counting

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Scrutinize. Repeat study. Inquire. Examine OK, you get the picture. By its fundamental definition, its called RESEARCH, and cattle producers and importers nationwide have been investing their beef checkoff dollars into studying, inquiring, examining and scrutinizing for 25 years now.

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Friday, August 26,2011

Iowa environmentalists threaten EPA

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) announcement last week issuing six compliance orders followed on the heels of a recent Notice of Intent to Sue (NOI) filed by three environmental groups in Iowa.

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