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Friday, March 23,2012

CAFO inspections from the air

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) increasing surveillance flights over feedlots in Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa are generating a controversial buzz among ranchers and cattle producers who chafe at what they perceive as an invasion of privacy that easily could be abused.

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Friday, March 23,2012

Oregon Legislature kills wolf bill, retains compensation program

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
A bill that would have allowed Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) officials the legal latitude necessary to control problem wolves failed to make it to the Senate floor prior to the March 5 adjournment of their most recent session,...

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Friday, March 23,2012

USMEF Market Education Program visits Korea, China, Hong Kong

by WLJ
Fifteen representatives of U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) member organizations received an indepth look at the red meat industry in South Korea, China and Hong Kong last week as part of the 2012 USMEF Market Education Program.

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Friday, March 23,2012

Senators introduce legislation to place hard caps and close loopholes

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Sens. Chuck Grassley, R- IA and Tim Johnson, D-SD, introduced legislation that would place a hard cap on the farm payments an individual farmer could receive in a year and would close what they consider, longabused and well-documented loopholes in the farm payment program.

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Friday, March 23,2012

Treatment of calf scours begins with correct diagnosis

by WLJ
Various organisms can be the source of scours, including viruses, bacteria and protozoa. South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension veterinarian Russell Daly explains that determining the pathogen causing the scours can be helpful in treating the sickness.

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Friday, March 23,2012

Klamath dam removal on hold

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
With no authorization from Congress, Salazar said that he won’t be able to make this month’s deadline for deciding whether to remove four dams on the Klamath River in Oregon and California that some believe will help salmon recovery and provide a better water balance between fish and farms.

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Friday, March 23,2012

Weatherproof with wind, hail insurance

by DTN
A fact surprising accountants as they study yearend farm financials for 2011 is how well private policies paid for wind and hail coverage, separate from more than $10 billion in claims paid nationwide under federal crop insurance last year.

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Friday, March 23,2012

Activists offer cash to keep cows off NM ranch preserve

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Managers of the scenic Valles Caldera National Preserve near Los Alamos, NM, have given the green light to leasing animal unit months (AUMs) on the preserve to New Mexico State University (NMSU) and Jemez Pueblo for the 2012 grazing season, turning down an offer of $35,000 from Santa Fe-based group WildEarth Guardians to keep stocking rates at zero.

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Friday, March 23,2012

2011 Texas agricultural drought losses total $7.62 billion

by WLJ
“2011 was the driest year on record and certainly an infamous year of distinction for the state’s farmers and ranchers,” said Dr. David Anderson, AgriLife Extension livestock economist. “The $7.62 billion mark for 2011 is more than $3.5 billion higher than the 2006 drought loss estimates, which previously was the costliest drought on record.

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Friday, March 23,2012

Drought extends into Mexican cattle industry

by WLJ
This level of imports is not sustainable and will be offset by sharply reduced imports in the future. However, without better data, it is uncertain how much additional liquidation might occur in 2012 if the drought persists and thus what level of imports might be possible this year.

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