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Friday, January 23,2015

DOT to open border to Mexican long-haul truckers

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced plans to open the Mexican border for longhaul truckers early this month. The discussion on the topic has spanned years, and became a sticking point for some on the U.S. side. But Mexican trade officials applauded DOT’s decision.

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Friday, January 23,2015

Starlings are a costly problem for producers

by WLJ
“During a year like our last one, when the weather is particularly cold and the ground is snow-covered, these birds are looking for convenient food sources,” North Dakota State University Extension Service Dairy Specialist J.W. Schroeder says. “Unfortunately, cattle feeding areas provide these sources.

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Friday, January 23,2015

USDA's Excellence in Extension award

by WLJ
Kallenbach received the Excellence in Extension Award at the November 2014 meeting of the Association of Public and Landgrant Universities in Orlando, FL. The award, from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Cooperative Extension System, goes to an extension professional showing visionary leadership and programming impact.

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Friday, January 23,2015

EPA baseless indecision hurting renewable fuels industry

by DTN
“The drop in production represents lost jobs and economic activity. It represents a lost opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants. And it represents another year in which we fail to tackle our dangerous dependence on oil in the fuels sector.

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Friday, January 23,2015

Suing, settling criticisms

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Farmers and agriculture interest groups across the country have raised concerns about a seemingly growing number of lawsuits filed by environmental groups aimed at agriculture and other industries during the Obama administration beginning in 2008.

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Friday, January 23,2015

Lawsuits against USWFS not included in report

by WLJ
The recently-released Governmental Accountability Office (GAO) report came to the conclusion that environmental litigation has had “limited” effect on the actions of federal agencies. A couple environmental litigation groups, particularly the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), hailed this as vindication against “right-wing fearmongering.

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Friday, January 23,2015

Experts predict growing water supply uncertainty

by WLJ
A combination of population growth, increasing environmental demands and climate change poses longterm questions for water availability, particularly in the western U.S.

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Friday, January 23,2015

What is BQA and why should I consider certification?

by WLJ
ers. Quality means producing and providing a beef product that is wholesome and safe, but it also means providing a product that is going to deliver a desirable eating experience.

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Friday, January 23,2015

Gates goal: African self-sufficiency by 2030

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Every year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation issues its annual letter. For those who find hope and inspiration in the advancement of science and technology it is an exciting tradition. This year they have set their sights high, envisioning a self-sufficient Africa in terms of food security in 2030.

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Friday, January 23,2015

FAO food price index drops in December

by WLJ
This year-on-year drop came despite FAO’s subindex for meat rising to an all-time high annual average of 199 points, up 8.1 percent from 2013. Cereals, by contrast, dropped 12.5 percent from the previous year, buoyed by forecasts of record production and ample inventories.

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