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Friday, July 8,2011

PRODUCT news

by WLJ
When a farmer or rancher has to clear fields of round hay bales before moisture ruins them, theres nothing that does the job like a hay trailer. But what kind is best for you? That depends on your equipment (tractor or pick up), your use (bale size, quantity, and labor), and your budget.

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Friday, July 8,2011

E. coli can survive in streambeds for months

by WLJ
Even though most strains dont cause illness, its an indicator organismone that waterquality managers use to measure fecal contamination, says Agricultural Research Service (ARS) soil scientist Yakov Pachepsky. When its found in surface water, agriculture or urban runoff is usually implicated as the source.

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Friday, July 8,2011

Young Stockmens Academy tours agribusiness and retail beef industry

by WLJ
The 2011 Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Young Stockmens Academy (YSA) gathered for its second educational tour of the year June 27-29. The group of young KLA members from across the state spent three days in Kansas City learning more about the agribusiness and retail beef industries.

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Friday, July 8,2011

Widespread crop failure reported in southern Plains

by WLJ
Because of the drought, theres going to be no such thing as dryland crops in the Panhandle and south Plains this year, said Nicholas Kenny, Texas AgriLife Extension Service irrigation specialist based in Amarillo, TX.

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Friday, July 8,2011

$37 million available for value-added producer grants

by WLJ
USDA recently announced that $37 million is available for the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program. A special reserve is set aside for beginning farmers and ranchers and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. The deadline to apply is Aug. 29, 2011.

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Friday, July 8,2011

Demand issues still impacting beef market

by WLJ
Some people might say the past 30 years have been unkind to the U.S. beef industry. Buffeted by a sharp drop in exports in 2004, stiff competition from a marketing-savvy poultry industry, and occasional news of recalls, the industry continues to grapple with U.

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Friday, July 8,2011

Although delayed, many producers still have time to make more hay

by WLJ
Exceptionally wet weather delayed hay cutting this spring, but producers likely still have time to make enough hay to last them through the winter in the southeast.

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Friday, July 8,2011

As summer heats up, so do water toxicity issues

by WLJ
The 2011 Fourth of July holiday brought warnings for humans about bluegreen algae in one of the large Oklahoma lakes used for recreation. Blue-green algae has often been a concern to livestock producers in late summer in Oklahoma.

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Friday, July 8,2011

Hot branding on the front burner

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Page three of the Wall Street Journal is usually reserved for international affairs, major financial news, or significant political developments. So it was quite a departure from the WSJ’s standard fare when last month the esteemed financial daily’s inside spread featured a large photo of a couple of cowboys stretching out a calf, which

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Friday, July 1,2011

Report minimizes economic benefits of grazing

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
What’s public lands grazing worth to the economy? According to a report recently released by the Department of Interior (DOI), it’s not as much as you might think. The June 21 report, titled "The Department of Interior’s Economic Contributions," gives a breakdown of

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