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Friday, May 30,2014

When grass seed heads appear, hay quality drops

by WLJ
So far, it’s a bad hay year for Missouri. Cool weather, lack of sun and dry soil slowed grass growth. Dry matter per acre is about one-third of what one should expect this time of year, says Rob Kallenbach, University of Missouri Extension Forage Agronomist.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Restoring pastures is focus of O.D. Butler Forage Field Day

by WLJ
The annual field day is conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and in coordination with the Brazos Area Hay Producers Association. Supporting counties include Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Milam, Robertson and Washington.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Equine specialist warns of heat-related illnesses

by WLJ
“There are several things a person can do to prevent their horse from developing heatstroke, or hyperthermia,” said Jason Turner, New Mexico State University’s Extension Equine Specialist. “The most important things are to prepare your horse for a heat stress environment and to be aware of your horse’s body temperature while in that environment.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Drought-tolerant alfalfa variety created to meet NM growers' needs

by WLJ
“A lot of alfalfa varieties do well under normal irrigation practices, but once water is withheld, they don’t do so well,” said Flynn, Agronomist at NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center at Artesia. “This variety offers the promise of production in a climate where production may not have been possible before.

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Friday, May 23,2014

Letters to the editor

Open letter regarding Battle Mountain BLM investigation

by WLJ
My husband, Dan, and I have three grazing allotments in the Battle Mountain district, North Buffalo, Copper Canyon and Argenta. Last May, 2013, Badger Ranch was issued a Full Force and Effect (FFE) decision closing the North Buffalo and Copper Canyon Allotments to livestock grazing for the remainder of the drought and one growing season.

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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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