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Friday, February 3,2012

BLM seeks public comments on proposed wind energy project near Searchlight

by WLJ
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Las Vegas Field Office is initiating a 90-day scoping period to solicit review and comment on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Notice of Segregation addressing a proposed wind energy facility near Searchlight, NV.

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Friday, February 3,2012

More not necessarily better in corn irrigation

by WLJ
Last summer, Kenny, along with AgriLife Extension agents in five counties, cooperated on the “Efficient Profitable Irrigation in Corn,” or EPIC project, as it is known to producers. The project is a result-demonstration effort conducted by AgriLife Extension and funded primarily by the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District.

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Friday, February 3,2012

First nanotechnology lawsuit filed

by WLJ
Consumer safety and environmental groups sued the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month citing scientific reports cautioning against the unregulated use of nanotechnology in consumer products. The case is the first lawsuit over the health and environmental risks of nanotechnology and nanomaterials.

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Friday, February 3,2012

Challenging weather conditions troubled the crop year

by WLJ
Hindered by unfavorable planting and growing conditions during 2011, U.S. farmers produced a smaller crop than the previous year, according to the Crop Production 2011 Summary released last week by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

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Friday, February 3,2012

Restaurant industry outlook, for sales growth and overall economy, improved

by WLJ
Driven by positive samestore sales and an increasingly optimistic outlook among restaurant operators, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) rose to its highest level in five months. The RPI—a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.

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Friday, January 27,2012

Cow/calf producers in the driver's seat?

by WLJ
Wow, what a time at the Range Beef Cow Symposium in Nebraska this year. You could almost use the song title “The Future’s so Bright, I gotta Wear Shades,” by Timbuk3. One of the speakers I really enjoyed hearing at the symposium, which took place Nov. 29 to Dec.

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Friday, January 27,2012

California slaughter law overturned

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Supreme Court released its unanimous decision in favor of the National Meat Association (NMA) in NMA v. Harris last week, a case determining that the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) preempts a 2008 California law whose requirements differ from and add to federal law and regulations.

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Friday, January 27,2012

Egg producers' bargain concerns livestock industry

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) criticized legislation introduced by Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-OR, that would seal an agreement made between HSUS and UEP, and codify the federally-mandated egg production practices the two groups agreed...

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Friday, January 27,2012

BEEF bits

by WLJ
Burger King, the No. 2 burger chain, has quietly begun testing home delivery from four of its restaurants in the greater Washington, D.C., area.

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Friday, January 27,2012

Nebraska cattle feeder to lead NCBA

by WLJ
“In general terms, the thing that we will be doing is watching that—to make sure that it is conducive to our business climate and being able to raise cattle, in all aspects of our industry, in a good manner,” Alexander says. “We don’t want anything to come out that would be detrimental to our industry.

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