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Monday, July 7,2014

Obama to 'act alone' on immigration reform

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
President Obama directed the Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to move additional resources to the border to protect the area.

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Monday, July 7,2014

DOI requests horse lawsuit be dismissed

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Nevada Association of Counties (NACO) and the Nevada Farm Bureau Federation filed the suit, claiming that overpopulation of horses was a symptom of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) negligence to follow the Wild Horse and Burro Act, resulting in damage to the range, wildlife and wild horses.

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Monday, July 7,2014

Extreme weather takes heavy toll

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Extremely adverse weather has lashed the Upper Midwest in recent weeks, unleashing tornadoes, heavy hail, unusual cold and flooding on states such as Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio just as farmers are itching to get their tractors into fields and crops planted.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Considerations on the value of wheat straw

by WLJ
As wheat harvest continues, the question always comes up regarding the value of wheat straw sold out of the field. From a pure fertilizer standpoint, wheat straw contains very little in terms of phosphorus (P2O5), but moderate amounts of nitrogen (N) and potassium (K2O).

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Calf health in the shadow of drought

by WLJ
For any feedyard, fall is a challenging time. Calves coming in when weather is widely variable are always at risk of health problems, and drought conditions in recent years only magnified the issue. Though many areas have seen some relief, this summer has cattlemen wary of lingering effects and what else the coming season will bring.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Cattle numbers are tight across North America

by WLJ
USDA will release the July Cattle report in about a month which will provide a mid-year estimate of feeder supplies, though no yearover-year comparisons will be possible since the report was canceled last year. U.S. feeder supplies will likely be down again with a 2014 U.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

How to maintain open cattle yards

by WLJ
The performance and cost of gain to background or finish cattle depends in large part on the quality of their feeding environment; as little as 4-8 inches of mud can reduce performance and feed efficiency by about 13 percent, said Warren Rusche, South Dakota State University Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Clean Water Act rule clarity sought

by Todd Neeley - DTN
As critics contend a proposed Clean Water Act rule will extend EPA’s authority over water in ditches and that the rule will be open to inconsistent enforcement, one agriculture industry representative told a House subcommittee last Tuesday that at least one EPA region already is looking closely at ditches as point-sources in need of CWA permits.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

'Top Ten' list of food-borne parasites released

by WLJ
As a first step in tackling the problem, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) are initially focusing on the 10 food borne parasites with the greatest global impact.

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Thursday, July 3,2014

Ground beef under greater scrutiny for Salmonella

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
According to the original May documents on the increased inspection, as well as FSIS instructions for inspectors released mid-June, the data collected from the salmonella surveillance will “allow FSIS to gather baseline data to determine the...

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