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Friday, September 30,2011

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Cattle are no different from any other living thing. Rule No. 1 is that cattle must eat and meet their daily nutritional requirements. Occasional imbalances may be tolerated for short periods, but through the long haul, every cow, calf, yearling, replacement heifer, finishing calf and bull must eat.

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Friday, September 30,2011

BLM to review Triple B gather in Nevada

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey has called for a review of existing operating procedures that relate to instances of alleged animal abuse. During the recently completed Triple B wild horse gather in Nevada, more than 1,200 wild horses were removed.

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Friday, September 30,2011

A labor saving way to monitor vast rangelands

by WLJ
USDA scientists have found that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), a tool used by the military, may be suitable for keeping an eye on changing land-use patterns across vast tracts of western rangeland.

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Friday, September 30,2011

USMEF releases livestock ID/traceability economic assessment

by WLJ
A study assessing the impact of traceability and animal identification programs on the international market for red meat was released by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

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Friday, September 30,2011

Animal traceability comment period continues

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Secretarys Advisory Committee on Animal Health recently met to discuss various aspects of the new proposed rule on traceability for livestock moving interstate. Like the recent National Animal Identification System, discussion about the proposed traceability rule has become a hot topic throughout the industry.

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Friday, September 30,2011

Lynne Cheney named 2012 Citizen of the West

by WLJ
The National Western Stock Show has named Lynne Cheney its 2012 Citizen of the West. She will accept the prestigious award at a dinner on Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at the National Western Events Center Paddock and Arena. This is the first year the event is being held at the National Western Complex.

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Friday, September 30,2011

Fight over pipeline weighs value of oil and water

by DTN
Standing outside waiting for a U.S. State Department hearing on the Keystone XL pipeline, rancher Todd Cone described the water around his area in north-central Nebraska.

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Friday, September 30,2011

Kentucky grand jury accuses livestock broker of theft

by DTN
Thomas Gibson and Steve McDonald, Eastern Livestock Companys owner and chief operating officer, were each indicted on one federal charge of mail fraud related to activity from Aug. 9, 2004, to Nov. 2, 2010, that was related to the alleged checkkiting scheme that left more than 700 producers across the country holding $130 million in bad checks.

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Friday, September 30,2011

NCGA praises farm safety net

by WLJ
The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) applauded the bipartisan work of Sens. Sherrod Brown, D- OH, John Thune, R-SD, Dick Durbin, D-IL, and Dick Lugar, R-IN, to introduce legislation that will create the Aggregate Risk and Revenue Management (ARRM) Program.

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Friday, September 23,2011

Crop insurance on the chopping block

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Like clock-work, every five years Congress renews the farm bill, while lobbyists and lawmakers fight to save critical pieces that support the ag industry. But this year, to the surprise of many farmers and agriculture organizations, congressional drive for large savings is forcing early debates.

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