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Friday, January 13,2012

Environmental stewardship program rewards cattlemen

by WLJ
Cattlemen from across the nation are annually recognized for outstanding environmental stewardship practices and conservation achievements through the Environmental Stewardship Award program. The award program was established in 1991 by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NC- BA) and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation.

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Friday, January 13,2012

CSU, UW plan to sell donated ranch

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
As the dust around the holidays finally begins to settle, it’s never any fun to find out that a heart-felt gift you gave was returned for cash. It’s bad enough when the returned gift is a sweater or a book, but when it’s the family ranch, the heartache reaches a whole different level.

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Friday, January 13,2012

Bay Area rancher receives Leopold Conservation Award

by WLJ
“Tim Koopmann’s commitment to the health of the land and wildlife in his family’s care is exemplary, but he has also made extraordinary improvements in water quality that benefit those on and off of his ranch,” said Brent Haglund, Sand County Foundation president.

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Friday, January 13,2012

Aquifer plan seeks balance

by WLJ
“The Edwards Aquifer Authority board of directors recently approved a funding and management agreement to implement a habitat conservation plan for the Edwards Aquifer,” said Robert Gulley, Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources program coordinator for the Edwards Aquifer Restoration Implementation Plan.

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Friday, January 13,2012

Read the fine print before signing over mineral rights

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
As the prospective lessor, a landowner who is approached for a mineral rights lease should not sign on the dotted line unless absolutely sure the deal is in his best interest. Once that lease is signed, there’s potential of being stuck in it for years if oil or gas is found.

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Friday, January 13,2012

Beef export issues: Australia and South Korea

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
In late December, the Indonesian Agriculture Ministry announced it would halve the 2011 import quota of live cattle from Australia for 2012. The significant cutback on imports of live Australian cattle has been called retaliatory to Australia’s recent temporary month-long ban on live cattle.

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Friday, January 13,2012

Farm Bureau rewrites policy during Hawaii meetings

by DTN
Farm Bureau delegates reversed their position last Tuesday from last year’s farm-policy recommendations that had effectively defended keeping much of the commodity title from the 2008 farm bill intact. Instead, Farm Bureau stripped its policies supporting direct payments, counter-cyclical payments, and the Average Crop Revenue Election program.

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Friday, January 13,2012

VIDEO auction

by WLJ
DIAMOND RING AUCTION AT BILLINGS LIVESTOCK Jan, 9, Billings, MT 110 Head 470 lb steers . . . . . $200 100 Head 500 lb steers . . . . . . 190 110 Head 500 lb heifers . . . . . 200 85 Head 585 lb heifers . . . . . . 165 567 Head 600 lb steers . . . . . . 175 172 Head 620 lb replacement heifers .

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Friday, January 13,2012

Seven technologies that could help your operation

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
You’re likely aware of the Tweeting, blogging, texting world of communication we live in today. But have you ever considered how new technological gadgets could benefit your operation? The more information you have more quickly can help things run more smoothly.

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Friday, January 13,2012

EPA court outcome impacts all landowners

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments last week in an Idaho couple’s challenge against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Water Act (CWA) and wetlands enforcement actions. The case could have far reaching impacts for agriculture, according to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA).

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