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Friday, May 23,2014

Guest Opinion

Livestock security: It affects us all

by WLJ
When people go shopping for food on their dinner table, they may consider its nutritious value and its cost, but many don’t consider the farmer and rancher behind every piece of food on their plate. For every bite you take, the agricultural community strives to provide a healthy, abundant food supply.

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Friday, May 23,2014

Obama designates half-million acre monument in New Mexico

by WLJ
This is the largest monument designation President Obama has made to date, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association was quick to share its opposition.

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Friday, May 23,2014

Private landowners ready to enroll in sage-grouse program

by WLJ
In a CCAA, landowners voluntarily agree to manage their lands to remove or reduce threats to a species. In return, landowners receive assurances against additional regulatory requirements should that species ever be listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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Friday, May 23,2014

Checkoff keeping beef fresh and exciting

by WLJ
Recent research shows that price is a primary reason that consumers limit beef consumption, but the fact is, there are a variety of beef options to fit any budget. Food prices have increased across the board; beef is not alone, but when you compare current beef prices at retail to 2012 prices, the increase amounts to just about $0.

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Friday, May 23,2014

Legislation introduced to ensure state management of sage-grouse

by WLJ
Last week, United States Representatives Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced legislation to the House, along with Senator Enzi’s (R-WY) companion legislation in the Senate, that would prohibit the Department of Interior’s U.S.

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Friday, May 16,2014

Role of E. coli 'supershedder' cattle scrutinized

by WLJ
Findings from studies by Arthur and his colleagues at the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Roman L. Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, NE, may provide a scientifically sound basis for new and effective strategies to curb shedding of this bacterium.

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Friday, May 16,2014

Regional changes in cow/calf production tied to drought, forage production

by WLJ
The U.S. beef cow herd decreased by 11 percent from 2007 to 2014, dropping from 32.6 to 29.0 million head. Drought has been responsible for large beef cow inventory decreases in Texas (down 25 percent); Oklahoma (down 12 percent) and New Mexico (down 16 percent).

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Friday, May 16,2014

Vet's Perspective

Pinkeye in cattle

by WLJ
Pinkeye is a constant challenge to producers during the spring and summer months, especially in younger cattle. This bacterial infection causes ulceration of the cornea and inflammation within the eye and conjunctiva (the skin surrounding the rim of the eye).

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Friday, May 16,2014

Warning signs on Brazil proposal

by WLJ
USDA estimates the costs of a U.S. outbreak of Footand-Mouth Disease (FMD) at $34 billion in consumer impact and $28 billion for a government vaccination program.

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Friday, May 16,2014

Export opportunities abound for small companies

by WLJ
The program provides financial assistance to small (less than 500 employees) for-profit companies or U.S. agricultural cooperatives that own a commodity brand, with the provision that products promoted under the program must contain at least 50 percent U.

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