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Friday, February 14,2014

Keystone passes climate test; President urged to act

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
After five years of delays, the voices in support of the Keystone pipeline are growing a little louder. The entire Senate Republican caucus sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to approve the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The letter came one week after the release of a U.

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Friday, February 14,2014

NCBA approves policy resolutions

by WLJ
During the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) membership meeting in Denver at the beginning of the month, NCBA members approved 2011 policy resolutions developed by cattlemen and women, including policy on immigration, food safety, marketing, cattle health and federal lands.

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Friday, February 14,2014

U.S. red meat exports close 2013 on a mixed note

by WLJ
Exports of U.S. beef, pork and lamb closed 2013 on a mixed note. Beef exports eclipsed the $6 billion mark for the first time, setting a new annual value record. At the same time, pork exports declined below 2012’s record highs while lamb sales rose in value on lower volumes, according to statistics released by the USDA and compiled by the U.

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Friday, February 14,2014

Gray Wolf delisting controversy continues

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The study did, however, convince USFWS to reopen the comment period on its proposal to list the Mexican wolf as an endangered subspecies and remove the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List. Interested stakeholders provide information that may be helpful in making a final determination on the proposal.

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Friday, February 14,2014

Ag reports coming, participation needed

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has announced two important data-keeping moves. On the one hand, the Prospective Plantings report is on the horizon and needs producer participation, and on the other hand, it has announced that some of the previously sequesterended agricultural reports will be reinstated.

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Friday, February 14,2014

NCBA division elects officers, reaffirms vision

by WLJ
Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Nashville last week. Elected Vice Chair was Jennifer Houston of Sweetwater, TN. The Federation of State Beef Councils, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program and national home of state beef councils, is a division of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA).

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Friday, February 14,2014

CattleWoman of the Year from California

by WLJ
Hemsted has served many important roles throughout her tenure as a CattleWoman. She was the President of the California CattleWomen, an ANCW Region Director, Chair of the National Beef Cook-off committee, Co-chair of the ANCW Education Committee and served on numerous regional committees.

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Friday, February 14,2014

Spirits high despite drought

by Jerry York - WLJ Field Representative
The talk prior to this year’s event was all about the record-breaking drought conditions particularly in California but also pretty much throughout the West. As could be expected, there was a great deal of anxiety on everyone’s mind as to how 320 bulls were going to find new homes in light of the drastically reduced cow herd and no feed.

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Friday, February 14,2014

Genetic selection could produce cattle resistant to toxic larkspurs

by WLJ
Cattle are not picky eaters. Put them in a pasture with toxic plants and edible grasses, and they quickly swallow both. For ranchers, this diet comes at a heavy price, with up to 10 percent of steers that graze fields containing toxic larkspurs dying after eating the poisonous plants.

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Friday, February 14,2014

2014 farm bill signing used to promote rural growth initiative

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“We’ve had the strongest stretch of farm exports in our history,” Obama said. “We are selling more stuff to more people than ever before,” he said, adding, “What we grow here and what we sell is a huge boost to the entire economy, but particularly the rural economy.

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