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Friday, November 28,2014

Letters to the editor

by WLJ
Steve Alder, Executive Director of the ironically named Idaho for Wildlife, does a wonderful job highlighting the attitudes behind the Salmon Idaho Predator Derby (“Predator hunt delayed a week in Idaho,” Nov.

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Friday, November 28,2014

Guest Opinion

Renewable accounts: Rules of the game

by WLJ
We have a federal law, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which mandates minimum biofuel use by type and year through 2022. By November, the EPA is required to finalize mandates for the upcoming year. That includes lowering the mandates in the event of expected economic harm or inadequate supply.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Strange alliance

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Last week we reported that the Organization of Competitive Markets (OCM) filed a lawsuit in the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals and that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) attorneys prepared and submitted the suit.

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Friday, November 21,2014

What beef demand numbers mean

by WLJ
In 16 of the last 17 quarters, we’ve had year-over-year increases in beef demand, the only exception being the first quarter of 2014. I think a large part of why that’s going on is success in marketing the right products to the right people and, quite frankly, to the segment of the public that continues to purchase beef.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Legally Speaking

The new Senate and tax reform

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
Top aides to the president have made the IRS hostile turf to honest taxpayers. The IRS has targeted individuals and organizations. IRS bureaucracy has demanded agents to lead no-change audits, to make greater demands for documents, and to disfavor settlements.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Vet's Perspective

Therapy for bovine respiratory disease

by WLJ
The complex of viral and bacterial causes for bovine respiratory disease (BRD) does not respect age or condition of cattle and will become opportunistic whenever the advantage may arise. Outbreaks of pneumonia can occur sporadically and without warning, causing a high incidence of disease within.

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Friday, November 14,2014

Checkoff drama continues

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Well, guess what? It’s going back to court. This time the Organization for Competitive Markets, (OCM) filed the suit but have attorneys from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) doing the work— pro bono, I assume. The OCM has strong relationships with the aforementioned groups that have been targeting the beef checkoff for years.

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Friday, November 14,2014

Black Ink

Profit with strings attached?

by Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef
Talk marketing with any longtime feeder, and they’re likely to tell you that they were skeptical of grid marketing at first.

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Friday, November 14,2014

Beef Talk

Cull deep enough to find those freeloaders

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Even though cow numbers are down, keeping cows that are not likely to produce a worthy calf next year is fruitless. Culling really is a process of drawing a line in the sand, and those cows that cannot cross the line are sent to market. At the Dickinson Research Extension Center, the line is a combination of managerial chute-side judgments and data.

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Friday, November 7,2014

Sustainability defined

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It’s fine that this group took on the task of this definition, which is more of a conservation plan that can be adapted to any ecosystem worldwide.

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