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Monday, November 10,2014

Want to feed cattle? Feed the bugs first

Cattle digestion depends upon microbes

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
When you see a cow out on the range with her nose to the ground, or a steer with his head buried in a feedyard bunk, what do you see? If “bovine-shaped microbe homestead” or “four-legged fermentor vat” isn’t among your mental list, you should add them.

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Monday, November 10,2014

Predator hunt delayed a week in Idaho

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Sarah Wheeler, Public Affairs Officer in the BLM’s Idaho Falls District office, said the BLM had hoped to announce its decision on Nov. 5, but definitely will do so by Nov. 12. The week’s delay allows the bureau to analyze a large volume of responses, she said.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Brand fees go up in CA

by WLJ
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced an increase in the brand inspection-related fees in late August. Under California law, as with other states, cattle must be inspected by a local brand inspector whenever cattle are sold/ transferred, slaughtered or moved out of state.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

by WLJ
“ T e l l your story!” Ranchers get this message drilled into them on a regular basis. It stems from the basic truth that public opinion influences public policy, and those laws and regulations—especially on public lands—can make or break a ranching family.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Plan for farm succession

by WLJ
To help Kansas farmers and ranchers with the succession process, K-State Research and Extension and Kansas Agricultural Mediation Services are teaming up with other agencies to offer five “Planning for Farm & Ranch Succession” conferences around the state.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Proposed Clean Water Act rule could affect entire farm

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Plat maps of the area northwest of Willow Lake show nothing but farmland near the center of what is now another prairie pothole lake. The area was drier in the 1970s, and this spot on the Vandersnick’s land was a small marsh from which cattails could be baled for hay.

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Friday, November 7,2014

WOTUS comments due November 14

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
This is the final week to submit comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) and the Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps’) proposed Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) re-definition. Assuming the deadline isn’t extended again, comments are due Friday, Nov.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Tiling farmland could face challenges under WOTUS

by Todd Neeley - DTN
The pending Clean Water Act rule has him worried about the isolated, standing waters on his farm, which could conceivably be part of a significant nexus including larger bodies of water under the proposed rule.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Newly created task force to look at antibiotics in agriculture

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The race between New York’s Democratic incumbent Rep. Louise Slaughter and Republican challenger Mark Assini in the 25th Congressional District was still in counting stages at press time, despite Slaughter declaring victory shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday in an email: “This is a win in what was a very tough environment for Democrats.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Cattle leaders discuss BVDV eradication

by WLJ
According to event organizer Jeff Baxter, Senior Product Manager at Thermo Fisher Scientific, the symposium explored and opened lively discussion about how diagnostic and surveillance tools can be orchestrated in a comprehensive program to manage and control BVDV on a nationwide basis.

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