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Friday, September 23,2011

NCGA unveils proposal for 2012 Farm Bill

by WLJ
The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) unveiled the Agriculture Disaster Assistance Program (ADAP) on Sept. 14, a commodity title proposal for the 2012 farm bill that will modify and replace the existing Average Crop Revenue Election Program and provide a more effective and responsive safety net for growers.

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Friday, September 16,2011

PLC creates historic trust

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
The cool green mountains of Utahs Park City ski resort may be a vacationers paradise, but it was all work and very little play for Public Lands Council (PLC) members who flocked to the Wasatch Mountains from across the west to hammer out solutions to the myriad of issues currently threatening public lands grazing.

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Friday, September 16,2011

Judge upholds wolf hunts

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
As the wolf battles rage on, a judge in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied environmentalists requests for an emergency injunction to halt wolf hunting in Idaho and Montana while the groups press their legal case against Congress.

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Friday, September 16,2011

Burton Eller retires from NCBA

by WLJ
National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Senior Vice President of Member Services and Industry Affairs Burton Eller will be retiring from NCBA after more than 30 years of service to the U.S. cattle industry. NCBA CEO Forrest Roberts said Eller has been an important part of the NCBA team and an unwavering advocate of the U.

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Friday, September 16,2011

BLM announces winner of 2011 rangeland stewardship award

by WLJ
The Bureau of Land Management announced the winner of the agency's Rangeland Stewardship Award for 2011, which went to Joe Stell, a Carlsbad, NM, rancher who has improved rangeland conditions on his BLM grazing allotment. BLM Assistant Director Ed Roberson presented the award in Park City, UT, at a meeting of the rancher-based Public Lands Council.

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Friday, September 16,2011

Farm dust regulation prevention act

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE.) introduced three pieces of legislation that would ease the regulatory burdens plaguing farmers and ranchers. One of his bills would explicitly prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating farm dust.

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Friday, September 16,2011

Ag spending bill advances

by DTN
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a $19.78 billion fiscal year 2012 Agriculture appropriations bill that provides less discretionary spending than the past two years, but left potential controversial amendments for the Senate floor even though some senators are worried the bill will never come up as an individual piece of legislation.

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Friday, September 16,2011

Veterinary emergency team responds to injured animals in Bastrop

by WLJ
The existing wildfire situations across the state of Texas have The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) emergency responders currently working in Bastrop, Travis, Cass, and Waller counties.

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Friday, September 16,2011

COOL enforcement lax

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Various agricultural and consumer advocacy groups have argued for legislation requiring food products to be labeled, and the 2002 Farm Bill did just that, requiring retailers to notify their customer of the country of origin of certain commodities. The COOL final rule went into effect in March 2009.

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Friday, September 16,2011

World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates recap

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA's latest Supply and Demand report's reduction in yield estimates and supplies has the livestock industries battling ethanol for feed. The reduction in yield estimates removed more than 400 million bushels from an already tight supply/demand balance sheet.

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