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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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Friday, September 2,2011

Research

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The Lampasas and Leon rivers watersheds have been listed as impaired by the state due to high counts of E. coli and other bacteria taken in the late 1990s, but from whom, what and where the contamination originates is unclear, say Texas AgriLife Research experts.

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Friday, September 2,2011

Cattle leaving Texas in mass quantities

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
In the late 1800s, thousands of cattle left Texas heading for northern markets. In 2011, thousands of cattle have left Texas heading north looking for something to eat . . . And drink.

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Friday, September 2,2011

Fertilizer will play critical role

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Julie Borlaug, assistant director of partnerships in the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University, said in her keynote speech at the Association of American Plant Food Control Officials meeting in Austin, TX that food production would need to be doubled by 2050 to meet future demand.

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Friday, September 2,2011

TransCanada pipeline path concerns ranchers

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman is urging President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to deny the permit. "I want to emphasize that I am not opposed to pipelines," Heineman wrote. "I am opposed to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline route because it is directly over the Ogallala Aquifer.

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Friday, September 2,2011

DOT reinforces commitment to no new regulations for Americas agricultural community

by WLJ
The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced on Aug. 10, 2011, that it has no intention to propose new regulations governing the transport of agricultural products.

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Friday, September 2,2011

Cattle profits: measuring and managing costs

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Since cattle prices are at historical highs, most people logically assume that producers are making money, lots of money. However, that is not necessarily the case. Profitability and, ultimately, survivability in the cattle business is often related more to managing the cost of production.

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Friday, September 2,2011

Effectiveness of fuel treatments in the West depends on thinning intensity

by WLJ
In the largest ever study of fuel treatment effectiveness, U.S. Forest Service (USFS) researchers have found that intense thinning treatments that leave between 50 and 100 trees per acre are the most effective in reducing the probability of crown fires in the dry forests of the western U.

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Friday, September 2,2011

Oregon grazers at odds with agency over restoration project

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
For ranchers grazing their cattle on portions of central Oregons Malheur National Forest (MNF), the past few years have been characterized by uncertainty.

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