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Friday, December 9,2011

LEGALLY speaking

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Kahla of Tomball, TX, were denied farm deductions of $2,658,774 for their cattle and deer ranches, even though Mr. Kahla was knowledgeable about livestock farming and was highly successful in other businesses. They owned 300 head of cattle.

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Friday, December 9,2011

Vetīs perspective

by WLJ
The microorganism is slightly larger than a red blood cell and resides on the surface skin within the penile sheath. Spread of disease is most often via coital contact. Bulls are affected after breeding with other infected cows— and often develop a carrier state without demonstrating clinical signs of illness.

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Friday, December 9,2011

More choices, less Choice beef

by WLJ
A wider price gap between Select grade boxed beef and Choice or better—the Choice/ Select spread—always comes back to supply and demand. Consumers vote with their dollars, and recent shifts in merchandising put much more high-quality beef on the ballot, just as those supplies began to fall off.

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Friday, December 9,2011

Ag producers should do income tax planning before year-end

by WLJ
“It is best to start with year-to-date income and expenses and estimate them for the remainder of the year,” says Ron Haugen, North Dakota State University Extension Ser vice farm economist. “Do not forget any income that was deferred to 2011 from a previous year.

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Friday, December 9,2011

Freshly elected president at helm of Idaho Cattle Association

by WLJ
“We’re very excited to be working under Richard’s leadership in the upcoming year,” says Wyatt Prescott, the association’s executive vice president. “He has a very pragmatic mind that will help us to address crit ical industry issues on the local, state and federal level.

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Friday, December 9,2011

A ranch wife’s basic Christmas list

by WLJ
As the season progresses to Christmas, advertisements bombard with suggestions for the perfect gifts; custom-designed fountains, hand-crafted boats, new cars with big bows, or lots of big jewels. The ranch wife, however, is not so easily swayed by other’s take on the perfect gift; they tend toward the more practical.

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Friday, December 9,2011

House ranking member pitches reviving supercommittee plan

by DTN
House Agriculture Committee ranking member Collin Peterson, D-MN, wants Congress to consider adding the farm bill, which was prepared for the failed supercommittee on deficit reduction, to a bill to pay for an extension of payroll tax relief and...

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Friday, December 9,2011

Caring for cold stressed or hypothermic cattle

by WLJ
Charles L. Stoltenow, North Dakota State University Extension veterinarian. Newborns are often hypoglycemic (low energy reserves) and have electrolyte imbalances. Animals with preexisting conditions (pneumonia, old age) have impaired body reserves and may succumb more readily to very cold and windy conditions.

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Friday, December 9,2011

Farm dust regulation prevention act called unnecessary

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received a clear signal last week from the U.S. House of Representatives that placing burdensome and scientifically unfounded regulations on U.S. farmers and ranchers is unacceptable.

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Friday, December 9,2011

Loss of rural grocery stores drawing congressional attention

by WLJ
“The inability to access food during the storms prompted residents to make re-establishing a local grocery store a priority,” said Procter, who reported that residents organized, sold shares to raise capital to reestablish a local grocery, and made a commitment to shop locally.

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