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Monday, February 16,2015

OR Cattlemen consider sage-grouse options

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
With the prospect of a decision on whether or not to list the greater sage-grouse under the protections of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) looming in the near future, ranchers throughout the bird’s range are taking steps to help prevent a decision to list the now infamous species.

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Friday, February 13,2015

USDA sets 256 natural disaster areas due to drought

by WLJ
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has previously designated natural disaster areas in 256 counties across Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah due to drought conditions in 2015.

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Friday, February 13,2015

An integrated road map to a more functional West

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
All too often the narrative of conservation and production agriculture is one of conflict. Us against them. Knights and knaves. Winning and losing. But in the middle ground there are those who focus on getting things done and making measurable, positive change for all involved.

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Friday, February 13,2015

Artificial insemination increases value, profits

by WLJ
Calf prices have steadily increased for several years. Since spring 2014, replacement female prices have remained at record levels as well. It is only reasonable that bull prices would follow the trend. This has led many producers to explore options to owning enough bulls to cover their cows in a defined breeding season.

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Friday, February 13,2015

NRCS report: Sage-grouse Initiative successes

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Ranchers’ conservation actions are going a long way to protect greater sage-grouse habitat, says a new report from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

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Friday, February 13,2015

COOL opponents drop lawsuit

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Last week, meat industry opponents of the U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL), dropped their 2013 lawsuit against USDA. But the debate and discussion surrounding the controversial labeling is far from over, according to the North American Meat Institute, a party in the dropped lawsuit.

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Friday, February 13,2015

Agricultural producer's income tax filing deadline is March 2

by WLJ
• The 179 expense election for 2014 is $500,000. Generally, the 179 expense election allows producers to deduct up to $500,000 of machinery or equipment purchases for the year of the purchase. There is a dollarfor-dollar phase-out for purchases of more than $2 million.

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Friday, February 13,2015

Congress approves Keystone bill despite veto threat

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
must increase our energy security and grow jobs in America. After years of delay, it’s time for the president to finally allow the Keystone XL jobs and infrastructure project to go forward.

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Friday, February 13,2015

Woodland owners have opportunity for tax break

by WLJ
The tax filing due date is a couple of months away, but it’s not too early to start collecting information and planning for your return.

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Friday, February 13,2015

Five questions non-operator landowners need to ask

by WLJ
But how do non-operator landowners (people who rent their land to farmers) know if their tenants are doing everything they need to do to make and keep their soil healthy? Barry Fisher, an Indiana farmer and nationally recognized soil health...

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