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Friday, September 19,2014

'Shrink' and your bottom dollar

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In the beef production business, finding something “predictable” is kind of like finding the gold at the end of the rainbow…chances are slim. The weather is unpredictable. The markets are unpredictable. The government is unpredictable. Even the hired help can be unpredictable.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Water management under limited irrigation

by WLJ
Getting the most value out of irrigation water is likely on the minds of many farmers and ranchers. As groundwater supplies diminish, pumping rates decline and talk of local water conservation policies surface, and these farmers face even more difficulty in determining how to best manage limited water.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Insure your crop revenue guarantee

by DTN
Most Midwest crop producers fixate on February futures prices. That’s the month when market averages set the bulk of federal crop insurance guarantees for the coming growing season. But Luke Smith, a partner in his family’s Rochester, IN, grain operation and commercial elevator, thinks outside that February timeframe.

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Monday, September 15,2014

CA groundwater bills could harm; not help

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Three bills sit on California Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. They were passed by the state’s assembly and await the governor’s signature. With three strokes of a pen, Gov. Brown could drastically reshape the water landscape of the parched Golden State, overturning over 100 years of water law tradition.

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Monday, September 15,2014

House approves bill to stop WOTUS

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Legislation to prevent the administration from bypassing Congress, changing the scope of existing law without authority, and expanding its own limited powers to regulate waters under the Clean Water Act, was approved by the House of Representatives last week.

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Monday, September 15,2014

Ranchers say Keystone route unconstitutional

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The attorney representing three Nebraska landowners opposed to construction of TransCanada Corporation’s $5.4 billion Keystone XL Pipeline through their property argued their case before the Supreme Court of Nebraska on Friday, Sept. 5, challenging the Legislature’s fast track routing approval for the massive, controversial project.

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Friday, September 12,2014

NCBA internship applications due Oct. 6th

by WLJ
This year will mark the 117th Cattle Industry Convention, which is the oldest and largest convention for the cattle industry. The convention and trade show create a unique, fun environment for cattle industry members to come together to network and create policy for the industry.

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Friday, September 12,2014

PLC to explore states' involvement in public land management

by WLJ
Before pouring the gas into it and driving it like he stole it, Richard Petty always made sure he was in the right race. So, too, must an organization that protects the families and communities of over 20,000 ranchers with public land grazing rights in the West.

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Friday, September 12,2014

Land lawsuit: mineral rights over property rights

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
In mid-August, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of oil and gas company Entek GRB in its appeal of an earlier case against Stull Ranches in Colorado. Stull owned the surface rights to the area in question, while Entek owned the mineral rights under much of Stull’s ranch and adjoining surface parcels.

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Friday, September 12,2014

Tips on drying wheat: Turn up the heat

by WLJ
“Adding heat reduces the air relative humidity and the final grain moisture content, so it should be used when outdoor air relative humidity is too wet to dry wheat to the desired moisture content,” he says. “Adding too much heat frequently causes wheat in the bottom of the bin to dry to a lower than desired moisture content.

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