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Friday, December 19,2014

Ag producers should do tax planning pre-year end

by WLJ
“In tax planning, it is best to start with year-todate income and expenses and estimate them for the remainder of the year,” says Ron Haugen, North Dakota State University Extension Service Farm Economist. “Do not forget any income that was deferred to 2014 from a previous year.

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Friday, December 19,2014

EPA still plans final WOTUS

by DTN
Speaking of the provision to stop implementation of the interpretive rule on agricultural exemptions accompanying WOTUS proposal and other environmental policy riders in the omnibus, Mc- Carthy said, “I am not unhappy with what went through the legislature.

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Friday, December 19,2014

Carnahan Ranches and the National Western: 108 years and counting

by WLJ
The National Western Stock Show runs on the backs of its dedicated exhibitors, volunteers and other patrons, many of whom measure their participation and support not by years, but by generations.

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Friday, December 19,2014

Teff grass gaining popularity; works in hay crop rotations

by WLJ
Michigan State University Extension does not recommend planting alfalfa after alfalfa because of disease, insect and autotoxicity issues. Autotoxicity, which is produced by mature alfalfa plants, will cause crop stunting and yield reduction of the new plants.

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Friday, December 19,2014

Sheep need protection from the cold in winter

by WLJ
Production systems in upper Midwest sheep operations often revolve around winter. Sheep producers need to make sure their flock is prepared for the cold weather, according to North Dakota State University Extension Service sheep and livestock stewardship experts.

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Friday, December 19,2014

The modern art of grazing legislation; getting creative to get it passed

by WLJ
Congress sometimes channels Picasso in order to get laws passed. Unexpected parts crop up in unexpected places. There’s an element of surprise, for example, when a public land management package gets laid onto a national defense spending bill before the paint dries.

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Monday, December 15,2014

New spending, tax laws will affect rural West

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Last week, Congress was scheduled to make some big decisions just after print time. Late Thursday or Friday, Congress was expected to pass a spending measure to avoid a government “shutdown”—or, more accurately, “slowdown”—and possibly a tax extender package.

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Monday, December 15,2014

WY suit to force BLM to manage wild horses

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Last week, the State of Wyoming filed suit against the United States Department of the Interior and the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over the federal government’s failure to appropriately manage wild horses in Wyoming. Wyoming announced its intent to sue in August.

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Monday, December 15,2014

Study: Killing wolves increases attacks

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The paper—“Effects of wolf mortality on livestock depredations”— was published in the open-source academic journal PLOS One at the beginning of December. The study the paper describes was conducted by Robert Wielgus and Kaylie Peebles of Washing State University using U.

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Friday, December 12,2014

Former GMO criticâs change of heart

by Chris Clayton - DTN
A British author and environmentalist, Lynas gained his reputation in the 1990s as a leader in European campaigns against genetically engineered crops. He helped build resistance to GMOs that remains entrenched in Europe today. There are online videos of Lynas throwing a pie at an author who wrote an environmental book Lynas and others opposed.

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