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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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Friday, March 23,2012

Senators concerned with H-2A

by WLJ
Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, along with a bipartisan group of his Senate colleagues, recently expressed concerns with how the H-2A visa program—critical to providing labor for agricultural producers in Colorado and around the country—is being administered.

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Friday, March 23,2012

Rain-fed winter cover crops offer multiple benefits at low cost

by WLJ
Even on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley, where average rainfall is a mere 7 inches per year, farmers can reap the benefits of winter cover crops without the expense of irrigation, University of California (UC) research has found.

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Friday, March 23,2012

Legislation protects the tradition of family farms

by WLJ
Just in time to honor National AG Day, Iowa Congressman Tom Latham introduced bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Congress that will block Washington’s attack on America’s long-standing family farm tradition.

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Friday, March 23,2012

Bull selections capitalize on up markets

by WLJ
“If we can buy bulls that will produce offspring that will be born with a minimum of dystocia, grow a little bit faster, will produce a little bit higher-quality carcass, and produce replacement females that perform above average, I think our cow/calf producers have the opportunity to capitalize,” Ron Lemenager said.

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Friday, March 23,2012

Fire damage to cattle may be more than the eye can see

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Approximately 24,000 acres of half grass/crop fields on private lands were burned, along with cattle. Three firefighters were injured and two homes were completely destroyed, along with fences, barns and outbuildings. And it all happened in a matter of hours with the help of 45 mile per hour winds and parched top soils.

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Friday, March 23,2012

Responding to demand

by WLJ
“The message of consumer demand is more complicated than it has ever been,” John Stika said at the Kansas State University Cattlemen’s Day earlier this month. Regardless of position in the beef industry, “we must interpret and respond by balancing those needs and expectations of consumers with our need to make a profit.

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Friday, March 16,2012

Investors bet on Oregon horse slaughter plant

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
The congressional rider that had prohibited USDA from inspecting horse meat—a necessity for interstate commerce—was quietly left out of the 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill signed into law by President Obama in November.

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