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Friday, August 12,2011

Small mouse relisting may bring big conflict

by WLJ
The Preble’s meadow jumping mouse has hopped its way back onto the threatened species list folowing a controversial court ruling in Denver, CO, by U.S. District Judge John L. Kane last month. The consequences of this relisting are still unknown as Wyoming ranchers are forced back to past practices. "Our hope is that it isn’t

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Friday, August 12,2011

Oregon governor signs wolf compensation bill

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
With the addition of his signature on Aug. 2, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has taken the final step in the ratification of a bill authorizing the use of state funds to compensate ranchers and other landowners for losses incurred as a result of wolf depredation. Known as the Livestock Compensation and Wolf Co-Existence Act

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Friday, August 12,2011

New opportunity for putting up hay in Nebraska

by WLJ
As a result of extreme drought in the southern U.S., there is a dramatic need for hay both in Nebraska and further south.

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Friday, August 12,2011

BEEF bits

by WLJ
The American Meat Institute (AMI) offered reassur- ances about U.S. turkey safety following news of a ground turkey recall. The U.S. turkey supply has an excellent safety record, said AMI Executive Vice President James H. Hodges.

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Friday, August 12,2011

Ranches, dairies hurt by drought

by Chris Clayton - DTN
Look at that grass, Larry Pratt said during a presentation at the National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) summer meeting. A historic drought across the southern Plains caused tales echoing in the hallways of painful choices, shared most by ranchers whose name badges included a TX or OK.

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Friday, August 12,2011

Producers may need to allow pastures time to recover

by WLJ
Though many warmseason grass pastures are dormant this time of year, the extended drought has reduced normal forage production somewhere near 70 percent of the usual seasonal total.

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Friday, August 12,2011

Replacing a regulatory vision in California

by Chris Clayton - DTN
The state recognized the challenges in a report last December. The Ag Visions 2030 group declared Californias regulatory system duplicative, conflicting, uncoordinated, inflexible, inconsistently administered or needlessly burdensome. To move ahead, the statewide committee recommended working on ways to reconcile often-conflicting mandates.

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Friday, August 12,2011

Texas alters testing requirements

by WLJ
Effective Aug.1, 2011, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) will no longer require brucellosis testing of adult cattle for change of ownership. TAHC will also cease to pay the $2 per head supplement to markets for the testing.

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Friday, August 12,2011

NCBA commends administration for dropping transportation regs

by WLJ
National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) Manager of Legislative Affairs Kent Bacus said the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) made the right decision to walk away from proposing additional transportation regulations on Americas farmers and ranchers last week.

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Friday, August 12,2011

USFWS reaches agreement with Wyoming concerning wolf plan

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
After four years of negotiations, debate and litigation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the state of Wyoming have at last reached an agreement that may allow the state to begin managing its wolf population. Announced on Aug.

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