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Monday, December 8,2014

Could Utah benefit from land transfer?

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Can the states afford to own and manage the federal lands within their borders? The question is echoing across the West as several states make moves to transfer hundreds of millions of acres from Uncle Sam’s hands to the states’.

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Friday, December 5,2014

What 'coexisting' with wolves means from a rancher's perspective

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
If a rancher receives cash payments in exchange for feeding his cattle or sheep to wolves, is he still a rancher? And what is a cow or a sheep truly worth? Ranchers in Arizona and New Mexico are being asked to support wolf populations on their ranches in exchange for payments from the “Mexican Wolf/Livestock Coexistence Council.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Taking on the IRS

by DTN
Over my 40-year tax career, I’ve had countless situations representing taxpayers in IRS exams. Most are resolved at various levels within the IRS, but I’ve had three get to litigation. Fortunately, all were taxpayer victories. Two of those, however, took two rounds.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Preparing beef cows for winter conditions

by WLJ
The winter of 2013-14 is fresh in the mind of most cow/calf producers. Many producers experienced severe conditions that started in October in the Dakotas and lasted until May in many states. Cold stress, mud and marginal feed quality and supplies lead to significant losses in many areas and nobody wants a repeat of last winter.

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Friday, December 5,2014

NWSS announces the 2015 Grand Marshal

by WLJ
A true Colorado native, Billups has grown up in the city that embarks on the 109th year of the National Western Stock Show.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Ranchers participate in Food for Tomorrow Conference

by WLJ
It’s estimated that today’s consumer is four generations removed from the family farm. As a result, there’s a lot of misinformation about food and the farmers who produce it. The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), partially funded by the Beef Checkoff Program, took part in the first annual New York Times.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Data still not secure: EPA does not address ag privacy concerns

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Despite outcry from ag interest groups following the release of farmers’ personal information to environmental groups and others early in 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said last Monday the agency won’t try to keep permit details confidential under a proposal to require more data be sent to it electronically.

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Friday, December 5,2014

HSUS-backed legislation gets vetoed in NJ

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Friday, Nov. 28, Christie vetoed New Jersey Senate Bill 998, a widely supported bill that would have banned the use of gestation crates for pregnant sows in the state. While mainstream media and the Humane Society of the U.S.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Plan now for colostrum needs this spring

by WLJ
It is not too soon to begin to prepare for the spring calving season. Locating, obtaining, and storing several doses of colostrum or colostrum replacer will come in handy before the first heifers start to go into labor.

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Friday, December 5,2014

Management tools to prepare for 2015

by WLJ
It is no secret that crop prices this season are lower and production costs higher. For those who are old enough to remember the 1980s or who have studied that time in U.S. agricultural history, the question may be: Will we see a repeat? No one knows the answer, but there are some fundamental management thoughts to consider as we begin 2015.

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