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New Yellowstone horse plan approved

A new long-term plan to manage commercially guided saddle and pack stock trips in Yellowstone National Park has been approved.

Under the plan, new contracts will be subject to a day-ride reservation system and temporary closures to address resource and safety concerns. The park will also monitor the impacts of commercial stock use on vegetation, water, wildlife and other resources, recommending changes and mitigation measures to keep impacts at an acceptable level.

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Lease or loan? What you need to know to decide

When farmers consider acquiring equipment, they often think of their payment option as a “lease versus buy” decision. In any economic environment, when preserving owner or shareholder capital is an important goal, financing equipment through a lease or loan will enable your business to preserve its cash.

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USCA supports USDA review of Beef Checkoff, encourages rewrite under the 1996 Act

USCA (September 15, 2014) - The United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA) board of directors voted to support the Secretary of Agriculture's stated intent to overhaul the Beef Checkoff program. Secretary Vilsack has related publicly his frustration with the lack of substantial progress being made by the Beef Checkoff Enhancement Working Group (BCEWG) and said he is considering using his own authority to make changes to the program.  The USCA board feels the same frustration and officially voted unanimously not to support the proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) drafted by the BCEWG.

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U.S. Cattlemen's Association membership meeting October 3

USCA (September 12, 2014) ~  The United States Cattlemen's Association (USCA) will hold its annual directors' and membership meeting in conjunction with the Independent Beef Association of North Dakota's (I-BAND) annual meeting at the Ramada Bismarck Hotel in Bismarck, ND on October 3 and 4.

The two-day, dual event will feature speakers from across the country including USDA Under Secretary Ed Avalos; Mary Kay Thatcher, American Farm Bureau Federation; National Farmers Union; Dr. Susan Keller, North Dakota State Veterinarian and award-winning agriculture journalist Alan Guebert. 

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USDA: Even more corn, wheat, and beans!

WASHINGTON (DTN) -- USDA pegged the national average corn yield at 171.7 bushels per acre and the soybean yield at 46.6 bpa, both new record highs.

Corn production is forecast at a record 14.4 billion bushels, up 3% from the August forecast. The yield increase is a 4.3 bpa bump up from August and 12.9 bpa increase from last year.

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