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Monday, December 29,2014

FSA announces new yield data for crop safety net calculations

by WLJ
U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini announced the release of new yield data last Monday. Farmers can use the new information to update program payment yields that will help them better select protections offered by the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Ranchers sought for trade mission

by WLJ
Australia is currently Montana’s second largest customer for beef semen purchases, yet Montana has never been on a trade mission to the country. “This is an exciting opportunity to grow in an important market and build on existing relationships,” said Marty Earnheart, Meats and Livestock Marketing Officer.

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Friday, December 19,2014

Plenty to celebrate

by WLJ
At the close of each year, it’s helpful to take a look back to analyze not only our own cattle businesses but the entire marketplace as we continue planning for the coming months and year.

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Friday, December 19,2014

Ag producers should do tax planning pre-year end

by WLJ
“In tax planning, it is best to start with year-todate income and expenses and estimate them for the remainder of the year,” says Ron Haugen, North Dakota State University Extension Service Farm Economist. “Do not forget any income that was deferred to 2014 from a previous year.

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Friday, December 19,2014

Carnahan Ranches and the National Western: 108 years and counting

by WLJ
The National Western Stock Show runs on the backs of its dedicated exhibitors, volunteers and other patrons, many of whom measure their participation and support not by years, but by generations.

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Friday, December 19,2014

Cattle market factors to watch in 2015

by WLJ
In 2014, cattle and beef prices advanced from (what were then) record levels at the beginning of the year to a nearly continuous series of record levels throughout the year.

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Friday, December 19,2014

Fraction of total farm income from farming

by WLJ
Because of the broad USDA definition of a farm (which includes places with the potential for as little as $1,000 in annual sales), more than half of farm operator households consistently incur a net loss from farming activities in any given year, and far more do not earn the equivalent of a market wage for their on-farm labor.

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Friday, December 19,2014

Teff grass gaining popularity; works in hay crop rotations

by WLJ
Michigan State University Extension does not recommend planting alfalfa after alfalfa because of disease, insect and autotoxicity issues. Autotoxicity, which is produced by mature alfalfa plants, will cause crop stunting and yield reduction of the new plants.

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Friday, December 19,2014

Sheep need protection from the cold in winter

by WLJ
Production systems in upper Midwest sheep operations often revolve around winter. Sheep producers need to make sure their flock is prepared for the cold weather, according to North Dakota State University Extension Service sheep and livestock stewardship experts.

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Friday, December 19,2014

The modern art of grazing legislation; getting creative to get it passed

by WLJ
Congress sometimes channels Picasso in order to get laws passed. Unexpected parts crop up in unexpected places. There’s an element of surprise, for example, when a public land management package gets laid onto a national defense spending bill before the paint dries.

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