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Friday, March 13,2015

AI offers affordable options that can improve genetics

by Rae Price, Editor
AI has been used in countries outside of the U.S. and with a variety of animals since at least 1678, but the practice didn’t become practical for use in cattle herds until much later.

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Friday, March 13,2015

Bison project uses high-tech breeding to halt disease, conserve icon

by WLJ
A seed herd of purebred American bison—offspring of the iconic native species in Yellowstone National Park— will be reintroduced this fall to a natural area at the hinge of the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains after an agreement was finalized last week between Colorado State University (CSU) and three government agencies.

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Friday, March 13,2015

2015 Heifer synchronization protocols announced; plan for breeding season

by WLJ
“With bull sales underway and 2015 AI beef sire directories available, it is time to think about breeding season—especially if you will be using synchronization,” Salverson said. “Depending on which protocol is selected, it could be more than 39 days from start of the program to artificial insemination.

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Friday, March 13,2015

Watershed protection effort benefits from community participation

by WLJ
“It takes a community” like the one involved through the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Partnership to ensure adequate water quantity and quality to meet current and future needs, said Ward Ling, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist who coordinates the partnership.

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Friday, March 13,2015

Livestock to the rescue!

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
explained, by breaking the soil crust; compacting the soil to improve germination; returning standing plant material to the soil through trampling; providing fertilizer; and cropping plants to keep them at optimum photosynthesis, which in turn improves soil health and stores carbon in the soil.

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Friday, March 13,2015

Oil and environmental groups highlight biofuel industry divide

by Todd Neeley - DTN
A course reversal by the Advanced Biofuels Association in calling for reform of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) last week was touted by a handful of oil industry and environmental groups as a sign RFS support is waning even among segments of the biofuels industry.

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Friday, March 13,2015

Water battle brewing in Iowa over nitrates in rivers

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
On Mar. 10, the board voted to sue 10 rural drainage districts in and around the Des Moines and Raccoon River areas for elevated nitrate levels. According to the board’s news release, the elevated nitrate levels have forced the filtering of the local drinking water.

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Friday, March 13,2015

Bird flu confirmed on Arkansas farm

by Chris Clayton - DTN
The H5N2 strain might not be considered as virulent as other strains of avian influenza, but the virus has been a surprising world traveler. H5N2 is a Eurasian strain that is considered the first avian influenza to cross from Asian flyways to North American ones.

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Friday, March 13,2015

Harvesting timber can provide multiple benefits

by WLJ
“By working with that forester, you know what trees need to come out and how much timber is going to come out, and you can do what we call competitive bid,” Stelzer says. “You invite buyers to come in and then buyers will compete against each other. You will always get a better price by doing a competitive, sealed bid process.

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Friday, March 13,2015

Traceability compliance

by WLJ
USDA first announced new rules for animal disease traceability in March 2013, which included a two-year transition period to adopt official ear-tag criteria. Each state was charged with reviewing policies and, if necessary, revising them to meet national standards.

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