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Friday, July 25,2014

Conservation compliance changes

by WLJ
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has reminded producers that changes mandated through the 2014 Farm Bill require them to have on file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification (AD-1026).

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Friday, July 25,2014

South Texas study results show Brahman receive higher premiums

by WLJ
“The research here shows the value of crossbreeds in this region,” said Dr. Levi Russell, AgriLife Extension Economist in Corpus Christi. “The increase in the number of calves a rancher could expect from his or her breeding stock due to Brahman influence certainly increases profit potential for the herd.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Go north little dogies

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
As of July 16, APHIS’ Veterinary Services (VS) provisionally re-instated the live cattle import certificate to 56 municipalities in Chihuahua, Mexico. The provisional move lasts until July 1, 2015, according to an emailed Import Alert sent out from APHIS to industry stakeholders.

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Friday, July 25,2014

RoundUp rat study, take two

by WLJ
French researcher Gilles- Eric Séralini published his now-infamous RoundUp rat study back in late 2012. The study looked at the toxicity of “Roundup Ready” corn and the pesticide which gives it its casual name. It found that consuming the corn and/or the pesticide individually increased tumor growth and organ failure.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Wet hay may cause a barn fire

by WLJ
This season has been a problem because the number of days between rain has not been adequate, in many cases, to allow cut forage to dry to a safe moisture level when stored as hay, Keith Johnson said. Farmers that rushed to bale hay without using a preservative when moisture content was greater than 20 percent are at risk.

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Friday, July 25,2014

BLM fire program to focus on wildlife

by WLJ
As an integral part of its collaborative efforts with the states and other federal agencies to conserve sage grouse habitat and that of more than 350 other wildlife species including mule deer and pronghorn antelope that share habitat, the Bureau of...

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Friday, July 25,2014

Watershed rehabilitation funding to repair dams in 26 states

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In addition, 500 dam sites will also be assessed for safety through Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Watershed Rehabilitation Program. The projects were identified based on recent rehabilitation investments and the potential risks to life and property if a dam failure occurred.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Managing feedlot cattle to eliminate stress during a heat wave

by WLJ
Summer heat waves pose a serious danger to cattle in feedlots. Not only is there elevated risk of death loss, but there is also the reduction in performance and efficiency to consider. Developing a plan before hot and humid conditions hit will put producers in a better position to deal with the conditions and minimize the impact on their cattle.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Recycled water deemed suitable for irrigation

by WLJ
Last year was California’s driest on record, and the state is now in its third straight year of drought. Growers have fallowed fields they can’t irrigate, ranchers have sold cattle they can’t feed, and the state wants cities to cut water use by 20 percent.

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Monday, July 21,2014

EPA that ends well

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The EPA and the Department of Defense (DoD) announced mid- June that a long-running program, which made surplus military vehicles available to civilian organizations such as voluntary rural fire fighters, would end. The result would have cut off the availability of low- or no-cost equipment upon which rural and voluntary fire agencies depend.

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