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Friday, February 10,2012

Prairie dog credits buy conservation easements

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Some western and Midwestern states are resorting to innovative measures to control prairie dogs that wreak havoc wherever they proliferate and voraciously devour vast expanses of grasslands, depriving grazing livestock of feed and boosting costs for ranchers.

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Friday, February 3,2012

Fed cattle trade softens ahead of inventory report

by WLJ
Cash fed cattle markets were lightly tested last week, with a few cattle selling in Iowa at $124-126 live and $1.96-1.98 dressed. There was some softening in the beef markets and futures contracts traded lower for much of the week, lending to last week’s price decline.

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Friday, February 3,2012

Proposed legislation targets hidden cameras in agriculture

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Iowa’s House File 589, known as the “ag gag bill,” if passed would become the nation’s toughest legislation against animal rights activists who use what they call covert operations to take videos and photos of alleged animal cruelty. The bill would make it illegal to videotape at farms, ranches, and other animal operations while undercover.

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Friday, February 3,2012

BLM and Forest Service announce 2012 grazing fee

by WLJ
The federal grazing fee for 2012 will be $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and $1.35 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The 2012 fee is the same as last year’s.

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Friday, February 3,2012

KAY'S korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Industry leaders have rightly focused on the shrinking U.S. cattle herd as one of the industry’s biggest issues. While a smaller herd means higher prices for cow/calf producers, it means small or negative margins for everyone else in the beef chain. And it’s not healthy for only one sector to be making money.

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Friday, February 3,2012

GUEST opinion

by WLJ
As expected, the cattle report issued last week by USDA confirmed that the U.S. beef cattle industry got smaller last year. The inventory of all cattle and calves on Jan. 1, 2012, was 90.77 million head, the smallest inventory since 1952. The inventory of beef cows was 29.

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Friday, February 3,2012

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Indiana-based Elanco Animal Health, a division of Eli Lilly, has announced it is acquiring ChemGen Corporation, a privately held company specializing in food enzyme products for poultry, egg and meat production.

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Friday, February 3,2012

Livestock groups find U.S. Forest Service planning rule unworkable

by WLJ
The Public Lands Council (PLC), the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NC- BA) and the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) said USDA’s Forest Service ignored concerns of industry and members of Congress, disregarded federal statute and...

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Friday, February 3,2012

USDA unveils new plant hardiness zone map

by WLJ
USDA recently released the new version of its Plant Hardiness Zone Map (PHZM), updating a useful tool for gardeners and researchers for the first time since 1990 with greater accuracy and detail.

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Friday, February 3,2012

First wolf enters California amid management concerns

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Following a month´s long sojourn across Oregon, the wolf designated OR-7 by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials has become the first verified member of the species to enter California in nearly 90 years.

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