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Friday, February 7,2014

Ag producers' tax filing deadline draws near

by WLJ
Items to note for 2013 income tax preparation: New for 2013 is an additional Medicare tax of 0.9 percent on wages and self- employment income in excess of a modified adjusted gross income of $250,000 if married or $200,000 if single. • New for 2013 is a surtax of 3.

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Friday, January 31,2014

Wanted: Women involved in agriculture

by WLJ
“Annie’s Project was designed to empower women by providing detailed farm/ ranch management information and building networks among women,” said Kim Dillivan, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Crops Business Management Field Specialist..

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Friday, January 31,2014

An inside look at beef processing

by WLJ
Tours are difficult for companies to accommodate due to ensuring the safety of visitors, animals and workers. Most plants simply do not have extra space for visitors to safely view what is happening at each step. A video showing the process and inside of a beef packing plant is available from the American Meat Institute’s Glass Walls Project.

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Friday, January 31,2014

World's richest and most prestigious rodeo to continue its run of 270 consecutive sold-out performances in Las Vegas

by WLJ
Per the agreement, LVE will guarantee $16.5 million annually in purse and sponsorship for the Wrangler NFR. From 2015-19, the contestant purse will be $10 million, while stock contractors will receive $3 million annually. The contestants will be guaranteed $10,000 each year, which will not be offset by contestant win nings.

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Friday, January 31,2014

U.S. ag research spending lags, but it must remain global leader

by WLJ
Public investment in agricultural research in the U.S. is lagging behind other nations, but land-grant university scientists still have the intellectual heft to make the country a leader in the challenge of feeding a growing global population, a former Secretary of Agriculture said in January.

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Friday, January 31,2014

Bull sale catalog: homework required

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“The volume of data and information included in the sale catalog should serve as a ‘sorting stick’ for making selection decisions; however, it can be overwhelming come sale time if producer homework has not been performed,” said Jim Krantz, South Dakota State University Extension Cow/ Calf Field Specialist.

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Friday, January 31,2014

Sorting the January cattle, beef market run

by WLJ
It appears that the phenomenal January run of wholesale beef prices may be over. Choice and Select boxed beef prices peaked on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at $240.05/cwt (Choice) and $237.44/cwt. (Select). Choice boxed beef dropped back nearly $3/cwt by Friday with Select dropping just over $1/cwt.

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Friday, January 31,2014

Cutting grazing won’t reduce climate change

by WLJ
Some scientists argue that livestock, deer, elk and wild horses and burros exacerbate the effects of climate change on vegetation, soils, water and wildlife on western rangelands. As a result, they claim that removing or reducing these animals would alleviate the problem.

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Friday, January 31,2014

Winter's early start may increase hay demand

by WLJ
An early start to winter has caused many farms in the upper Midwest to reconsider whether they will have enough hay and other feeds to get their animals to spring. The summer of 2013 allowed many farms to replenish exhausted forage supplies that were caused by the drought the previous year.

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Friday, January 31,2014

NDSF offering scholarships

by WLJ
• NDSF Junior Scholarships, which are available to college sophomores who, among other criteria, are enrolled in a beef-related major at an accredited North Dakota college or university; • NDSF Legacy Scholarships, which are available to high school...

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