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Friday, July 23,2010

Nebraska producers face rising property tax assessments

by Maria E. Tussing - WLJ Correspondent
The difference of opinion regarding land valuation isn’t just between the landowners and current assessor. In 1998—two assessors ago—Haynes’ property was valued at approximately twice what he figured it was actually worth as ag land. After a protest and successful appeal to the Nebraska

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Friday, July 9,2010

Grasshopper population is still hopping

by Maria E. Tussing - WLJ Correspondent
Imagine an area that is 3 feet by 3 feet square. Now, imagine a grasshopper in it. Imagine 14 grasshoppers in it. Imagine 50 grasshoppers in it. Imagine 100 grasshoppers in it. The square with 14 grasshoppers indicates there may be a need for control. The square with 50 grasshoppers is how some areas of Wyoming looked last

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Friday, July 9,2010

Split decision in Malheur grazing case yields some progress for Permittees

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Sometimes a win isn’t as simple a thing as carrying home a trophy. In some cases, notably war and litigation, it’s often necessary for the smoke to clear before determining who, if anyone, came out on top. Such was the case in the June 4 final ruling by Judge Ancer Haggerty

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Friday, July 9,2010

BEEF bits

by WLJ
The beef checkoff has launched a new website for veal, this time geared toward the foodservice professional. Features include a database of recipes as well as a special section with a featured restaurant, chef and recipe.

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Friday, July 9,2010

Farmers, labor groups say illegal immigrants not taking away ag jobs

by DTN
When Loren Greenfields family built Hilltop Dairy in 2002, they had a lot of early labor help from the surrounding community. High school and college students came to help milk at first, but local workers quickly disappeared.

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Friday, July 9,2010

New study shows 48,000 jobs could be lost if atrazine is banned

by WLJ
The sorghum industry would suffer devastating job losses if the agricultural herbicide atrazine is banned, according to University of Chicago economist Don Coursey. It would cost between 21,000 and 48,000 jobs from corn production losses alone. The inclusion of sorghum and sugar cane makes that total even greater.

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Friday, July 9,2010

Californian David Macedo Livestock Marketing Associationss new president

by WLJ
David Macedocity councilman, 2006 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion, and veteran California marketmanis Livestock Marketing Associations (LMA) president for 2010-2012.

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Friday, July 9,2010

Idaho Beef Council elects officers

by WLJ
Idaho beef producers Laurie Lickley, Jerome, ID, Brenda Richards, Murphy, ID, and Jay Theiler, Boise, ID were named to leadership positions at the June 1-2, 2010, Idaho Beef Council (IBC) meeting in Boise, ID, at the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.

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Friday, July 9,2010

Colorado agriculture groups comment on proposed plover listing

by WLJ
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently proposed listing the mountain plover as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Citing agriculture, oil and gas, and other alleged threats, a listing would severely affect agriculture activities in Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico.

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Friday, July 9,2010

Monsanto, BASF to develop GM wheat

by DTN
Monsanto Co. said last week they will nearly double their investments into an already established joint venture to develop biotech crops, expanding their efforts to include a focus on wheat, a key food crop that as yet has no commercialized biotech variety.

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