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New Gas Flaring Rules

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming's top elected officials have approved more oversight of the practice of flaring, or burning off excess gas from oil and gas wells on state land.

The purpose is to charge royalties on at least some of that gas

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AP Newsbreak: Dallas-Fort Worth Emerge From Drought

HOUSTON (AP) — For millions of residents in the Dallas area, one of the most severe droughts in Texas history is no longer a concern — for now.

The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor map posted online Thursday classifies the Dallas-Fort Worth area as officially out of drought for the first time since July, making it Texas' first major metropolitan area to emerge from the most severe one-year drought in state history

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Plant Hardiness Zones Revised, First Time In 20 Years

Plant hardiness zones have been adjusted by the USDA and Casper, Wyoming is moving up.

Horticulturalist, Donna Cuin, at the U-W Agricultural Extension office in Casper says the new map has moved us from a 4-b to 5-a

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Strong Farm Income Means Higher Profit For Ag Banks

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City says strong farm income in Midwest and Western states improved agricultural banks' balance sheets but reduced demand for new loans.

The Fed released a new report on agricultural credit conditions on Wednesday

The Fed said bank profits in the region improved in the third quarter of 2011 because many borrowers paid down some of their farm debts

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Packers Vs Feeders, It Ain’t No Football Game

A big game of chicken is being played in the beef industry for high 'steaks'. (pun very much intended)

Its a battle between the cattle feeders and the packers with each hoping to get the prices they need to lessen their losses

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Wyo Gets More Crowded, Diverse, Old [AUDIO]

The Wyoming Economic Analysis Division has compiled a summary for Wyoming from the 2010 Census.

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City Satisfaction Survey Moves to Cyberspace [AUDIO]

The Casper City Council wants to know how people like living in Casper. Phase one, a random sampling, and now the survey is open online.

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Stockgrowers Road Trip to Wyoming Day Rodeo [AUDIO]

Saturday, January 21st the Wyoming Stock Growers Association is going on a trip to Denver for the Wyoming Day celebration and rodeo, and the more, the merrier.

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USDA To Close 4 Offices In Wyoming, Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it plans to shutter four offices in Montana and Wyoming as part of a $150 million cost cutting measure that includes 259 closures nationwide

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Livestock Exports A Bright Spot For Ag In 2011

For the nations livestock producers profits were minimal  in 2011. That according to a USDA analyst who says there was one exception.

"The export market really has been a bright spot."

Agriculture Department Chief Economists, Joe Glauber, says exports helped prop up prices over the year

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