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Friday, March 7,2014

Conventional agriculture winning some, losing some in culture war

by WLJ
That’s not to say conventional agriculture won’t have to make adjustments in the face of ongoing challenges from its detractors, said Robert Paarlberg, who spoke at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln (UNL) as part of the Heuermann Lecture series.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Tax Q&A: Depreciation, land rent and Social Security, owner-employee taxes

by WLJ
The disposition of the tractor would be treated as a sale at its market value. You would be considered to invest that same amount in the new machine shed. And assuming that 50 percent bonus depreciation on new assets is not renewed, the tax cost of the new machine shed would be spread over a long 20-year recovery period.

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Friday, March 7,2014

Wolf attacks cause PTSD in cows

by WLJ
Unlike cows that haven’t ever had a run-in with wolves, ones that have can experience stress-related illnesses and have a harder time getting pregnant— meaning decreased profits for ranchers, according to a new study by Oregon State University (OSU)..

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Friday, February 28,2014

Letters to the Editor

by WLJ
Recent radio and TV programs have focused on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) management of wild horses, bringing up slaughter. No one has faced the simple solution to ending millions of tax dollars spent on wasteful, cruel, ineffective, stupid policies.

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Friday, February 28,2014

Vet's Perspective

E. coli vaccine... are we ready?

by WLJ
The importance of public health cannot be avoided, and researchers have been steadily working on a “One Health” program to ensure that both human and animal health is appropriately managed. A high risk illness caused by the bacterium known as Escherichia coli has been in the news headlines for years.

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Friday, February 28,2014

Continuing drought conditions threaten beef cow herd expansion

by WLJ
“Herd expansion plans currently in place are the result of significantly improved drought conditions in the second half of 2013,” said Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist. “Though 2013 started dry, much of the state received close to average precipitation during the year.

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Friday, February 28,2014

New farm bill ups funding for on-farm energy conservation

by WLJ
five-year farm bill, the Rural Energy for America (REAP) program is expected to issue a Notice of Funding Availability for FY14 applications. Mandatory funding of $50 million per year has been designated and the application process has been simplified and streamlined.

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Friday, February 28,2014

National FFA president promotes ag literacy in Kansas

by WLJ
A tradition that began in 1947, National FFA (Future Farmers of America) Week is always celebrated on the week that includes the first U.S. president’s birthday. Why? George Washington wasn’t only a good leader and politician. He was an innovative agriculturalist and farmer.

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Friday, February 28,2014

Picking PLC or ARC?

by WLJ
Growers and their landlords will have a one-time chance to commit to a farm program option, and that decision will be in force through the life of the fiveyear law.

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Friday, February 28,2014

Remember insurance needs with cover crops

by WLJ
In a time of tight supplies of both forage and agricultural land, many producers are interested in making use of cover crops as alternative forages. Most cover crop species have a long history of use as forage crops for livestock and offer great potential for dual use to improve soil while providing forage.

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