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Friday, September 9,2011

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Labor Day also signals the end of the summer and is the last big back yard grilling weekend. Reports suggest that beef sales over the holiday weekend were lighter than many market analysts had hoped. However, post Labor Day cattle markets appear to be stronger.

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Friday, September 9,2011

BEEF talk

by Kris Ringwall, North Dakota State University
Back at the ranch, some of the Dickinson Research Extension Centers small grain hay, which is winter-seeded triticale and hairy vetch, will yield almost 5 tons per acre. The soft dough is around 12.5 percent moisture. For typical dryland production, those are some big numbers.

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Friday, September 9,2011

GUEST opinion

by WLJ
2012 Farm Bill discussions are well underway. In fact, I suspect words will begin to appear in writing a lot sooner than most of us originally expected. We are hearing that congressional leaders may begin drafting a farm bill this fall.

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Friday, September 2,2011

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
It's time somebody gets a handle on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and reins in this outfit. This is one of those government agencies that started with good intentions and has done a good service for the most part. However, over the past few years, CROW.

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Friday, September 2,2011

KAY'S korner

by Steve Kay - Contributing Columnist
Cow/calf producers and stocker operators in western and northern states are enjoying one of their best grass seasons for some years. Contrast this with the dire conditions in Texas, Oklahoma, parts of surrounding states and all the way to Florida.

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Friday, August 26,2011

Interactive farm fiction

by Steve Suther, Certified Angus Beef
A sub-genre in fiction is called fan fiction. Look it up online and youll see how the interactivity keeps story engines humming as mostly school-age writers explore plot twists, hinges and consequences. Facebook has an interactive fiction game called Farmville.

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Friday, August 26,2011

LEGALLY speaking

by John Alan Cohan - Contributing Columnist
Under the IRS hobby loss rule, if you have losses in connection with any farming activity, whether livestock, horses, or crops, the IRS may suspect that the activity is engaged in as a hobby rather than a business, particularly if there is a history of losses.

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Friday, August 19,2011

COMMENTS

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Many cattlemen in the southern Plains and south have been forced to sell deep into their cow herds, knowing that restocking in the future will come at a much higher price level. Many have scoured the country for pasture, trying to keep their valuable cow herds intact regardless of trucking costs.

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Friday, August 19,2011

Management topics

by Dr. Bob Hough, WLJ Contributor
There is an old comp u t e r phrase garbage in, g a r b a g e out. The same can be said for performance data and its use to the seedstock and commercial sectors.

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Friday, August 12,2011

ID a smart move

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Any proposed National Animal Identification System has been a contentious issue in the past. Now it looks as if it is going to be a condition of trade soon. Last week, USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service kicked out its proposed rule for Animal Disease Traceability, or what some might call mandatory animal identification. This time the

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