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Friday, September 5,2014

The accrual method threat

by DTN
The comprehensive tax reforms under discussion in Washington include a subject of great importance to farmers—the cash method of accounting. The cash method is used by many taxpayers in addition to farmers, specifically service businesses and professional practices.

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Friday, September 5,2014

New PLC president ‚on pitch‚ with producers

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Richards will lead PLC through ESA reform efforts and many other challenges and opportunities over the next two years. She knows first-hand the trials and trib ulations ranchers in the West face: She and her husband Tony run a cow/calf operation that depends part of the year on forage from acres managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

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Friday, September 5,2014

Southwest may face 'megadrought'

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
California’s three years of drought conditions continue across the southern half of the state, with parched soils and destructive wildfires leaving thousands of acres basically void of vegetation, and according to a new study, the state may very well be in for more of the same—for several years.

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Friday, September 5,2014

Free online Beef Quality Assurance certification

by WLJ
Thanks to a partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., the beef checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program is again offering free online BQA Certification for approximately two months. This opportunity is open to all beef and dairy producers, veterinarians, allied partners, agricultural friends, and students from Sept.

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Monday, September 1,2014

Regulations expanded in CWA proposal

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Republican chairman of the House Science Committee sent a scathing letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week, following the release of maps the he says reveal a plan by the agency to “control a huge amount of private property across the country.

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Monday, September 1,2014

Massive quake rocks northern California

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Cattle ranchers and their families were among the hundreds of thousands rudely jolted awake at 3:20 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, when the worst earthquake to hit northern California in 25 years struck with a vengeance, causing an estimated $1 billion in damage, injuring more than 200 people, wreaking widespread havoc.

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Monday, September 1,2014

Farmers' Almanac expects cold winter

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The 198-year-old Farmers’ Almanac got it right last year in predicting the winter that just wouldn’t stop. With winter sneaking up, and leaves starting to change colors already, dj vu is setting in. And according to the Farmers’ Almanac, we just may make history again.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Mexico could increase oil production by 75 percent

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“These laws, which follow previously adopted changes in Mexico’s constitution to eliminate provisions that prohibited direct foreign investment in that nation’s oil and natural gas sector, are likely to have major implications for the future of Mexico’s oil production profile,” EIA shared in an official announcement.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Improved silage management

by WLJ
Corn silage is a major ingredient in most confined cattle rations. To ensure good storage and fermentation, Karla Hernandez, South Dakota State University Extension Forages Field Specialist, said that corn for silage should typically be harvested between 60-70 moisture.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Beef traceback measures combat foodborne illness

by WLJ
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has added another layer of food safety screening to the U.S. beef supply chain. A recent announcement by the agency stated that new procedures would mean quicker traceback of ground beef contaminated with E.

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