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Friday, April 4,2014

The need to measure ranch economic sustainability

by WLJ
It’s common for food service providers and retailers to communicate that they are committed to sourcing food from sustainable beef production systems.

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Friday, April 4,2014

Western Resources Legal Center: investing in ag's legal future

by WLJ
W h i l e most ranchers would probably be quick to tell you they sure aren’t lawyers, they might also admit they find themselves needing an awful lot of help in the courtroom. Grazing, particularly on federal lands, is a prime target of radical enviro-litigators.

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Friday, April 4,2014

Heavy, wet spring storms can take a toll on calf crop

by WLJ
For many producers across the U.S., calving season has arrived and with it comes a series of rewards and challenges. Nothing warms the heart more than a cool, spring morning and the sight of a healthy calf, frolicking in the dew-covered pasture and stopping to regard you with a milk-covered face.

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Friday, April 4,2014

Delayed 2012 droughtloss aid is on the way

by WLJ
University of Missouri Extension plans educational support to producers. “Livestock disaster aid is our first priority,” says Dave Baker, Assistant Dean for Extension, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources..

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Friday, April 4,2014

Prices will remain high until numbers increase

by WLJ
Live-weight steers reached $130 per hundredweight for the first time last October. January brought $140 per hundredweight and in February prices cleared $150 for the first time. Those prices were enough to interest cattlemen in expanding their herds..

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Friday, April 4,2014

Cold and wet spring adds to cattle management, marketing challenges

by WLJ
A myriad of factors are at work in cattle and beef markets now. Spring has arrived, according to the calendar, but it isn’t obvious yet in many parts of the country. Cold weather continues to delay grass greenup in many regions in a fashion that is reminiscent of last year.

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Friday, April 4,2014

Restaurant performance rises, despite slowdowns

by WLJ
Although challenging weather conditions in many parts of the country continued to impact customer traffic in February, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) remained above 100 for the 12th consecutive month. The RPI—a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.

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Friday, March 28,2014

What a Chef wants

RingSide with legendary steaks

by WLJ
For the past 70 years, beef has undoubtedly been the driver at this legendary eatery in the Pacific Northwest, along with its elder sister, RingSide Uptown. And despite his vast culinary knowledge and cooking ability, Turke knows that starting with a high quality product is paramount to the restaurant’s success.

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Friday, March 28,2014

Early registration encouraged for FSA programs

by WLJ
The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan Garcia recommends farmers and ranchers who plan to participate in FSA programs register in advance. Producers are encouraged to report farm records and business structure changes to a local FSA Service Center before April 15, 2014.

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Friday, March 28,2014

Hold cows off pasture until grass reaches a minimum of four inches

by WLJ
Extreme variations in temperature made winterkill worse. There would be 60 degrees one day. Three days later it would fall below zero again. “The plant would react to the springlike temperatures—and then get zapped. The cure for weak stands is rest and regrowth to restore depleted sugar reserves.

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