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Friday, September 9,2011

Consider early weaning for the beef herd

by WLJ
This article could probably be titled What to Do If All Else Fails. Certainly no one ever plans to find himself in a drought, short of forage, and with a group of cows too thin to breed. It does happen, however, and early weaning of calves at 6 to 8 weeks of age is an effective way to get high rebreeding rates, even in very thin cows.

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Friday, September 9,2011

Preconditioning gives calves a chance to succeed

by WLJ
Experience taught feedlot manager to be more particular on sale day. The benefits of calf preconditioning programs are often touted as premiums

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Friday, September 9,2011

Working both ends of the arena

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
If a Top Hand Award was given for the production of a Ranch Bronc Riding, Traci Butler of Guthrie, TX would take home the buckle. Butler works both ends of the arena, not on horseback, but as the event coordinator hustling from the crow's nest to the stands then dashing back to the sidelines to get a glimpse of the action.

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Friday, September 9,2011

Farmers hurt by ESA face water quality challenge

by DTN
At more than 4,100 feet above sea level, the Upper Klamath Lake north of Klamath Falls, OR, is the largest freshwater body in Oregon. The 160-square-mile lake already is naturally high in phosphorous and other nutrients because of historic volcanic activity in the region.

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Friday, September 9,2011

Water for Life sponsoring water law seminars

by WLJ
Water for Life, Inc. is hosting Oregon Water Law Institute, a seminar on water law in the state of Oregon. These seminars will cover the Pros & Cons of Conservation Easements and Water Quality and Toxics.

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Friday, September 9,2011

Farmers are in good shape regarding debt

by DTN
Borrowers can benefit from the economys anxiety! Interest rates are at historic lows, with 10-year Treasuries bouncing under 2 percent in intra-day trading in recent weeks and closing at levels not seen since the 1950s.

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Friday, September 9,2011

FDA: Pilot projects to explore ways to trace sources of food-borne illness

by WLJ
USDA said last week that two new pilot projects will enhance the agency's and industry's ability to trace products responsible for food-borne illness outbreaks.

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Friday, September 2,2011

Corn yields cause supply/demand concerns

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
With the hottest summer on record in several regions, yield prospects for corn crops are eroding. The decrease in yields is raising concerns among food processors, livestock producers and biofuel makers since a bumper crop is needed to replenish stocks.

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Friday, September 2,2011

Idaho counties propose new management of federal forests

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Five rural Idaho counties are proposing a pilot program that would turn management of 200,000 acres of federally owned forests over to the state. The plan, which has been endorsed by Idaho Gov. C.L.

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Friday, September 2,2011

New child-labor rules for ag eyed

by DTN
The U.S. Department of Labor, responding to a surge in fatal grain-elevator accidents, proposed last Wednesday to ban children under the age of 18 from working around these towering structures which hold massive amounts of crops such as corn, wheat and soybeans.

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