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Monday, February 9,2015

BLM public grazing fees raised for 2015

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The Jan. 30 announcement that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service (USFS) will increase federal grazing fees for 2015 by 25 percent or from $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) in 2014 to $1.69 per AUM did not entirely surprise J.J. Goicoechea, a Nevada rancher, veterinarian and Eureka County Commission Chairman.

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Monday, February 9,2015

Ethanol mandate is a 'kitchen table' issue

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The RFS Elimination Act, introduced last week in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Bob Goodlatte (R-VA.), Peter Welch (D-VT.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Taking on the IRS; the heroes of 2014

by DTN
on pg. 5 with the same headline. In that earlier installment, Biebl recounted the story of a recent taxpayer victory in the Morehouse case. This landmark Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals decision holds that a landlord/investor is not subject to the 15.3 percent selfemployment tax (SE tax) on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) rents.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Dystocia not tied to feed

by WLJ
A topic often discussed in cattle production is whether the level of nutrition given to a pregnant female late in gestation affects birth weight and dystocia. Many producers worry providing good nutrition to a pregnant female—especially heifers— increases birth weight of the calf and, subsequently, dystocia.

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Friday, February 6,2015

CA GRAP listening sessions lacking sound science

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
According to California ranchers, the California water board’s plan to regulate livestock grazing near rivers and streams is nothing short of a waste of time, and a repeat of a process that’s already in place. But recent listening sessions have definitely left California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) on edge.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Environmental report on public costs of grazing leaves out key value details

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
At the very end of January, the Center for Biologic Diversity (CBD) released a report on the economics of the public grazing programs. The report concluded that grazing on public lands is costly to the U.S. taxpayer and does not come close to covering the funds appropriated to operate it.

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Friday, February 6,2015

EPA hits Keystone over low oil prices

by Todd Neeley - DTN
In the letter, EPA warns that construction of the pipeline will lead to increased greenhouse gas emissions through expanded production of tar sands oil in Canada. Further, EPA points to falling oil prices in recent months as reason for the State Department to re-evaluate what those oil prices will mean for.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Ag chairmen detail priorities: regs top agenda

by DTN
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman also will brief the House Agriculture Committee on trade issues, including trade promotion authority, Conaway said. He told the nation’s agriculture commissioners the briefing would take place, and then later told reporters that a briefing for the full committee was needed because there are so many new members.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Obama's budget plan calls for consolidating USDA food safety and FSIS under DHHS

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget plan included a number of surprises, including plans to make America’s food supply safer by consolidating USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the food safety components of the Food and Drug Administration.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Fact-checking HSUS

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
At the end of January, six environmental and citizens groups filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failure to answer a 2011 petition. The petition enjoined the EPA to rule ammonia a pollutant under the Clean Air Act and establish air standards relative to ammonia “to protect public health and welfare.

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