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Friday, November 18,2011

Lenders shocked at lax oversight

by DTN
Rural bankers and brokers are in no mood for mercy. They are furious with MF Global, the CME Group and federal regulators who allowed the country’s third largest clearinghouse to dip into customer accounts for their own high-risk trades.

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Friday, November 18,2011

Hearing held on Bay Delta Conservation Plan

by WLJ
The California General Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee held a hearing on the status of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP) in late October. Participating in the hearing were members from the Legislative Analysts’ Office, the deputy secretary of the Natural Resources Agency, and members of the legislature.

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Friday, November 11,2011

Cattle components missing in GIPSA rule

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA submitted modified sections of the proposed Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) livestock marketing rule as Final and Interim Rules for review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

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Friday, November 11,2011

WASDE report lowers corn production

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Corn and soybean yields and production were both reduced in USDA’s Nov. 9 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, and came in below average from pre-report trade expectations, according to analysts.

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Friday, November 11,2011

Evaluations guide supplementing decisions

by Maria E. Tussing - WLJ Correspondent
On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 is usually a good thing. But when it comes to body condition scores (BCS) for cattle, somewhere around a 5 is ideal.

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Friday, November 11,2011

GUEST opinion

by WLJ
Business is often built on relationships rather than contracts. Many deals have been made on a handshake. Realistically, in today’s world, you still need the contract to complete the deal. However, building a strong relationship and a great deal of trust must come before that contract is even a possibility.

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Friday, November 11,2011

Bull Tales

by D. "Bing" Bingham - contributing columnist
Over the years, I’ve seen horsemen work with their horses, but never experienced it. A long time ago, I gave it a try from the ground up. I adopted a young colt from the Bureau of Land Management. He was born deep in the desert of the Great Basin and had likely never seen a human before the gathering.

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Friday, November 11,2011

OBITUARY

by WLJ
Irv’s siblings, children, and grandchildren were able to make it to the hospital before he died. Family meant so much to Irv, and it was only fitting that the family be with him at the time of his death. Irv’s faith in Jesus Christ was the most important thing to him, which he lived out in every aspect of his life.

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Friday, November 11,2011

Supreme Court lets RFS stand

by WLJ
“The RFS program is working just as Congress intended. It’s creating jobs across the country. It’s breaking our addiction to oil. It’s helping clean our air, and it’s reducing greenhouse gases,” said Steckel.

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Friday, November 11,2011

Rep. Scott Tipton blows whistle on water rights

by WLJ
Rep. Scott Tipton, R-CO, is taking a stand for private property rights by urging USDA to reconsider implementing a permit condition to require the transfer of privately held water rights to the federal government in order to utilize National Forest System lands.

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