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Friday, August 1,2014

Economic challenges persist for producers looking to expand herds

by WLJ
A recent Financial and Risk Management Assistance report outlined several factors for South Texas cattle producers to consider when purchasing replacements. The publication was compiled by Corpus Christi AgriLife Extension Economists Mac Young and Dr. Levi Russell; Dr.

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Friday, August 1,2014

USDA implements key farm bill crop insurance provision

by WLJ
USDA announced continued progress in implementing provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill that will strengthen and expand insurance coverage options for farmers and ranchers.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Keeping nutrients in the field and out of tile lines

by WLJ
By definition, drainage water management is the practice of managing water discharged from subsurface agricultural systems via a water control structure at the end of a conventional drainage system. It functions as an in-line dam, allowing the outlet to be artificially set at levels ranging from the soil surface to the bottom of the drain.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Building beef cow herd requires quality management, genetics

by WLJ
Producers who do it right benefit in the long-term. Patterson spoke to a national meeting of the American Society of Animal Science in Kansas City July 23. Patterson, developer of the Show-Me-Select (SMS) Replacement Heifer Program, said management and genetics add value to heifers.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Montana Stockgrowers elects new leadership

by WLJ
At their recent mid-year meeting in Miles City, the Research and Education Endowment Foundation of the Montana Stockgrowers Association (REEF) announced a change in leadership as Townsend rancher Dusty Hahn finished his five-year term as Foundation Chairman.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Lawmakers want good ag TPP deal

by WLJ
In a letter sent to President Obama, 140 members of the House, led by Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Charlie Rangel (D-NY), indicated that congressional support for the TPP would be jeopardized if U.S. negotiators accept anything less than elimination of all trade barriers to U.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Producers meet in Denver to establish industry direction

by WLJ
The event included meetings of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Cattlemen’s Beef Board, American National Cattle- Women and National Cattlemen’s Foundation. Among the purposes of the yearly conference is to create a framework for checkoff and policy efforts on behalf of U.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Ag economists: potential counter to low crop prices

by WLJ
Corn and soybeans futures prices have dropped to their lowest levels since 2010—corn below $4 per bushel and soybeans under $11. That is partly because of higher yields expected for many farms this fall. Although high yields result in more bushels for farmers to sell, the abundant supply leads to much lower prices, eroding profits.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Sheep Experiment Station stays open

by WLJ
What if one day you went to pick up dinner at the store, and it just wasn’t there? In this great country, many people take for granted the fact there’s always an abundance of choices and quantity at the meat counter.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Footrot can become more problematic in wet years

by WLJ
Footrot is generally caused by common bacteria found in the soil. The most common causes of footrot include: Fusobacterium necrophorum and Dichelobacter nodosus (more common in sheep); and Bacteroides melaninogenicus (more common in cattle). The resulting lameness will reduce mobility, weight gain and reproductive performance.

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