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Monday, December 29,2014

Study: preserving the soil´s health

by WLJ
The five-year study provides the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service with science-based information needed to develop incentives for wheat farmers to change from traditionaltillage fallow practices to undercutter-tillage or no-till fallow systems.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Aid to Navajo shepherds

by WLJ
More than 47 percent of the 89,745 sheep raised in New Mexico are in Navajo herds in McKinley and San Juan counties, while 83 percent of Arizona’s state herd is raised on Navajo land in the northeast region of the state, according to the USDA 2012 Census of Agriculture.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Veto doesn't stop antibiotic bill

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
California state Senator Jerry Hill (D-13) submitted SB 27 to the state’s senate last month. Among other things, the bill would require a veterinary prescription for any use of “medically important” antibiotics in food animals. It would prohibit the use of such antibiotics for the sole purpose of weight gain or improved feed efficiency.

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Monday, December 29,2014

USDA dropping checkoff plan

by Chris Clayton - DTN
In a phone interview, Vilsack said USDA won’t pursue efforts to create another checkoff under the 1996 commodity promotion law. A policy rider in the recently passed and signed federal appropriations bill prevents USDA from continuing to write a rule for the plan during this fiscal year.

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Monday, December 29,2014

FSA announces new yield data for crop safety net calculations

by WLJ
U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announced the release of new yield data last Monday. Farmers can use the new information to update program payment yields that will help them better select protections offered by the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Ranchers sought for trade mission

by WLJ
Australia is currently Montana’s second largest customer for beef semen purchases, yet Montana has never been on a trade mission to the country. “This is an exciting opportunity to grow in an important market and build on existing relationships,” said Marty Earnheart, Meats and Livestock Marketing Officer.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Producers concerned about evolving resistance

by Todd Neeley - DTN
A number of technology developers have stepped up efforts in the past decade to commercialize seed and chemical combinations to overcome weed resistance, but farmers indicated in their answers to those conducting the survey that they’re unsure where the battle will lead.

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Monday, December 22,2014

Congress passes temporary tax extentions

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
One of Congress’s last votes for 2014 gave U.S. taxpayers a temporary Christmas present. While the gift may not be noticed by most, in that it extends tax breaks that have been used for years, had it not been extended, the outcome could have been devastating to producers.

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Monday, December 22,2014

Basketball legend Billups leads NWSS parade

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Leaders of Denver’s National Western Stock Show (NWSS) and city officials announced plans to share a much-anticipated draft plan to transform the 95-acre complex into a new “National Western Center” that would attract visitors and businesses from around the globe.

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Monday, December 22,2014

And no sage-grouse listing next year

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
On the ninth day (before) Christmas, a lot of people in the West got some early gifts when the president signed what might be one of the most bipartisan supported—and bipartisan opposed—bills of the 113th Congress. Of course, that also means a lot of people got the legislative equivalent of a whopping chunk of coal early too.

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