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Friday, August 12,2011

Producers may need to allow pastures time to recover

by WLJ
Though many warmseason grass pastures are dormant this time of year, the extended drought has reduced normal forage production somewhere near 70 percent of the usual seasonal total.

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Friday, August 12,2011

Replacing a regulatory vision in California

by Chris Clayton - DTN
The state recognized the challenges in a report last December. The Ag Visions 2030 group declared Californias regulatory system duplicative, conflicting, uncoordinated, inflexible, inconsistently administered or needlessly burdensome. To move ahead, the statewide committee recommended working on ways to reconcile often-conflicting mandates.

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Friday, August 12,2011

Texas alters testing requirements

by WLJ
Effective Aug.1, 2011, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) will no longer require brucellosis testing of adult cattle for change of ownership. TAHC will also cease to pay the $2 per head supplement to markets for the testing.

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Friday, August 12,2011

NCBA commends administration for dropping transportation regs

by WLJ
National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) Manager of Legislative Affairs Kent Bacus said the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) made the right decision to walk away from proposing additional transportation regulations on Americas farmers and ranchers last week.

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Friday, August 12,2011

USFWS reaches agreement with Wyoming concerning wolf plan

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
After four years of negotiations, debate and litigation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the state of Wyoming have at last reached an agreement that may allow the state to begin managing its wolf population. Announced on Aug.

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Friday, August 12,2011

Federation to increase support for efforts in large population states

by WLJ
Increases in support for beef demand-building efforts were approved by directors of the Federation Division (Federation) of the National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) at the organizations board meeting held in conjunction with the 2011 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Kissimmee, FL.

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Friday, August 12,2011

Beef producers could learn from chicken farmers

by WLJ
In two decades, poultry producers increased consumer consumption of chickens by 40 pounds per capita. In the same era, 1980 to 2001, beef consumption slipped slowly away.

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Friday, August 5,2011

NCBA adopts farm bill guiding principles, interim policies

by WLJ
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall said the "proof is in the pudding" that NCBA’s grassroots policy process works as the 2011 Cattle Industry Summer Conference wrapped up in Kissimmee, FL.

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Friday, August 5,2011

Judge restores grazing on Jarbidge allotment

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
A J.R. Simplot Company spokesman welcomes a federal judge's ruling that overturns a ban on livestock grazing on some southern Idaho public lands and that states limited grazing could benefit the lands by reducing kindling that stokes wildfires.

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Friday, August 5,2011

USDA scientists study effects of rising carbon dioxide on rangelands

by WLJ
Rising carbon dioxide (CO2) levels can reverse the drying effects of predicted higher temperatures on semi-arid rangelands, according to a study published last week in the scientific journal Nature by a team of USDA and university scientists.

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