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Montana’s largest landowners continue to grow

They big just keep getting bigger.

Montana’s largest private landowners — Dan and Farris Wilks — moved up six notches in an annual survey of the nation’s largest landowners.

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MSU Extension offers advice on use of sprouted grains feed for livestock

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Because of this summer's weather - Montana and parts of the Northern Plains have been hot, cold, rainy and, in some parts, snowy - the grain harvest was delayed in many areas, and some barley and wheat have sprouted in the seed heads. These sprouted grains, although not suitable for traditional markets, can be used as a feedstuff for livestock.

Based on research, sprouted grains have similar feed value to non-sprouted grains. Daily gains and feed efficiency in the feedlot are similar between cattle consuming non-sprouted or sprouted grains. However, due to the high starch content of wheat and barley, feeding below 20 percent of the total ration on a dry matter basis is recommended to minimize incidences of acidosis.

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Group says NCBA's claims against COOL are baloney

The following is a press release from R-CALF:

Billings, Mont. - The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), which receives 82 percent of its annual revenues from government-mandated producer assessments under the national Beef Checkoff Program, is most likely using those government payments to offset the costs of its three-prong campaign to defeat country of origin labeling (COOL), that according to R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard.

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Canada threatens US with tariffs

OTTAWA (Dow Jones) -- Canada is looking at slapping duties on iconic U.S. products ranging from California wine to ketchup after the World Trade Organization (WTO) found America's meat-labeling laws offside for a third time in five years.

A WTO appeal panel ruled that a U.S. law requiring grocery stores to list the country of origin on meat products discriminates against Canadian and Mexican livestock, in a decision made public Monday.

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American Farm Bureau survey shows big data use increasing, big questions remain

The following is an article from the MFBF:

A survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows more farmers are reaping the benefits of the latest agricultural technologies, but most remain wary of risks involved with big data collection. Fully 77.5 percent of farmers surveyed said they feared regulators and other government officials might gain access to their private information without their knowledge or permission. Nearly 76 percent of respondents said they were concerned others could use their information for commodity market speculation without their consent.

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