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Monday, March 30,2015

Committee passes bill to repeal Death Tax

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
A divided House panel passed a bill March 25 that would repeal the federal estate tax—the “Death Tax.” The House Ways and Means Committee voted 22-10 to approve H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, introduced by Representatives Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Sanford Bishop (D-GA), sending it to the full House.

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Monday, March 30,2015

Coalition challenges government science

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
A coalition of industries and county governments across the West last week filed a challenge of the supposed science being used by the federal government, “science” that portends monstrous future regulations in the name of the sage-grouse.

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Monday, March 30,2015

House subcommittee blasts Obama budget

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Last Tuesday, the House of Representative’s Subcommittee on Federal Lands starkly criticized President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2016 (FY16) proposed budget during a subcommittee hearing. The topics of concern were proposed increases in public lands.

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Friday, March 27,2015

Grass-finished beef marketing information growing

by WLJ
Due to less information availability in the grassfinished beef market, producers have a difficult time gaining access to the going rate for their cattle.

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Friday, March 27,2015

Proper manure management important for CAFOs

by Rae Price, Editor
Proper management of livestock manure is a top of mind concern for livestock managers, especially those involved with dairy and feedlot operations. Proper management techniques are designed to help protect surface and groundwater quality while also reducing odors associated with confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

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Friday, March 27,2015

Bill would create voluntary GMO labeling certificate

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Last week, the House Committee on Agriculture held a public hearing to examine the costs and impacts of states implementing mandatory biotechnology labeling laws. In 2014, 125 bills mandating the labeling of biotechnology were introduced in 30 different states.

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Friday, March 27,2015

Canada continues its retaliation tariff talk over country-of-origin labeling war

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Hearings were underway last week over country-of-origin labeling (COOL) during the Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee Public Hearing on meat labeling requirements held by the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture.

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Friday, March 27,2015

Beef fuels New York City

by WLJ
The beef industry reached more than 30,000 athletes, their friends and families attending the 2015 United Airlines NYC Half Marathon Health & Fitness Expo in Manhattan Mar. 12-14, thanks to a first-time sponsorship by the National Beef Checkoff, in partnership with the New York and South Dakota Beef Councils.

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Friday, March 27,2015

'Tis the season for grass tetany; preparation and prevention

by WLJ
Although it is still early, the temperatures in some parts of cow country have been relatively warm and a few of the cool season grasses are beginning to green up sooner than expected. With that green-up and cows lactating heavily comes the concern of grass tetany, said Adele Harty, South Dakota State University Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.

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Friday, March 27,2015

DOI releases final rule on hydraulic fracturing

by WLJ
Following a robust and transparent public process that included more than 1.5 million public comments, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, on Mar. 20, released final standards that will support safe and responsible hydraulic fracturing on public and American Indian lands.

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