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Friday, May 28,2010

USDA announces funding for wetlands conservation

by WLJ
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced funding for the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) that will add an expected 75,000 additional acres to the approximately 2.2 million acres currently enrolled in the program.

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Friday, May 28,2010

PRODUCT news

by WLJ
The New SILENCER Hydraulic Squeeze Chute Kick Bars hydraulically rotate in behind the animal restrained in the chute, adding operator safety from potential animal rear leg kicking motion.

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Friday, May 28,2010

First dairy buyout of 2010 announced

by WLJ
Last week, the dairy group Cooperatives Working Together (CWT) announced a new round of dairy herd retirements with an immediate sign-up period starting last Friday and running through June 25. The program is expected to send cull dairy cattle to slaughter from July to early August, a time of seasonally low beef cow slaughter.

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Friday, May 28,2010

Strategies for sustainable livestock grazing

by WLJ
The growth of grasses on South Dakota rangeland provides forage for livestock, habitat for wildlife, and a number of ecosystem services. For ranchers, grass growth affects the health and profitability of the cattle they graze as well as the value of their land.

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Friday, May 28,2010

Business is booming for farm and ranch managers

by DTN
One of the statistics people forget is how much farmland is owned by folks who do not farm it. Throughout the central Midwest, 50 percent or better is owned by people who do not farm it. Its all land that is leased to farmers either custom farmed, share cropped or cash rent, Farrell said.

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Friday, May 28,2010

Study proves no-till farming improves soil stability

by WLJ
A joint Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-multiuniversity study across the central Great Plains on the effects of more than 19 years of various tillage practices shows that no-till makes soil much more stable than plowed soil.

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Friday, May 28,2010

Methods available to estimate forage quality

by WLJ
Neutral detergent fiber (NDF) concentrations can help producers determine when to harvest alfalfa, according to North Dakota State University Extension Service dairy specialist J.W. Schroeder.

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Friday, May 28,2010

ARS researching camelina for biofuels

by WLJ
Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have long-term studies underway to examine growing camelina as a bioenergy crop for producing jet fuel for the military and the aviation industry.

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Friday, May 28,2010

Hops help eliminate ammonia in ruminant waste

by WLJ
An Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist may have found a way to cut the amount of ammonia produced by cattle. To do it, hes using a key ingredient of the brewers art: hops.

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Friday, May 21,2010

Environmentalists attempt to block development in southeast Oregon

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
As the push for wind power has increased nationwide, windmills have become a common sight on western horizons. Ranchers in various regions throughout the West now find themselves carefully weighing the option of leasing their land for wind development in order to increase

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