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Friday, March 14,2014

Who wouldn't want sustainable beef?

by WLJ
“If we’re not sustainable in what we do, we’re out of business,” said Nebraska cattleman Bill Rishel. “Many of us in the cattle business grew up thinking of sustainability as making enough money to keep ranching the next year. Of course that meant we had to care for our natural resources and manage them in a responsible way.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Red meat exports start 2014 on positive note

by WLJ
U.S. beef, pork and lamb exports all opened the New Year on a positive note, although market conditions suggest 2014 could be a challenging year for U.S. red meat exports, according to statistics released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

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Friday, March 14,2014

Texas AgrAbility helping military veterans, agricultural producers with disabilities

by WLJ
For years, Smith, now 54, had to work his land with a 1948 Ford tractor and rototiller or plow with implements either built for the antique tractor or designed to be pulled by a horse. But that was before he found out about the Texas AgrAbility Project administered by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, part of the Texas A&M University System.

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Friday, March 14,2014

The truth about Whole Food's GAP verification

by WLJ
Say the words, “Animal Welfare Group” to any cattleman in America and watch them cringe as visions of organizations that appear to be in the business of killing off the ranching lifestyle stream through their heads.

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Friday, March 14,2014

CA truck regulations could put the brakes on producers

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
With the California Air Resources Board’s staff endorsing a delay for ranchers and livestock haulers to comply with the state’s diesel truck emission regulations, a California Cattlemen’s Association officer hopes the full board will agree with the...

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Friday, March 14,2014

Tax Q&A: Health insurance, depreciating vehicles

by DTN
At present, an old limit of $25,000 is technically the tax law. However, we expect Congress to treat the Section 179 limit as one of its many “extender” provisions that will be updated for 2014 in upcoming legislation.

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Friday, March 14,2014

U.S. producers see global competitive landscape, value in Market Expo

by WLJ
The U.S. agriculture leaders attended the secondlargest food industry show in the world, Gulfood in Dubai, where they met with U.S. exporters; saw the large-scale presence of competitors ranging from Australia, Brazil and India to Canada, Mexico and New Zealand; and received briefings on industry-supported marketing activities in the.

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Friday, March 14,2014

AgriLife workshop to help compare crop profitability

by WLJ
“The grant enables us to develop a crop budget projection tool, conduct training workshops, keep data updated, and then make the budgeting tool and information readily available to producers,” Smith said.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Why increase soil phosphorus?

by WLJ
Lower phosphate fertilizer prices have generated interest among farmers to build soil phosphorus levels. At the same time, the practice is puzzling to some, explained Ron Gelderman, Professor & South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Soils Specialist.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Legislation introduced to prevent EPA release of producer information

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In February and April of 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released names, addresses, geographic coordinates, and even phone numbers and email addresses of over 80,000 producers in 29 states, prompting several lawmakers to propose legislation that would prevent further releases.

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