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Friday, May 11,2012

TNC sees California ranchers as key conservation partners

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
People in the ranching industry take great pride in their stewardship of the land, but aren’t known for grandstanding about their achievements.

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Friday, May 11,2012

Caution for livestock owners

by WLJ
The nation’s first 2012 confirmed cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) was announced on May 1 in New Mexico; two horses outside of the town of Tularosa, NM, have been found to have lesions caused by VS. Western livestock owners are warned to take added precautions due to the proximity of the virus.

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Friday, May 11,2012

Beef Improvement Federation recognizes excellence

by WLJ
The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) honored a number of people for their contribution to creating excellence in the beef industry. Numerous awards were handed out during the organization’s 44th annual meeting and research symposium held recently in Houston, TX.

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Friday, May 4,2012

EPA official resigns after crucifixion comments go public

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Al Armendariz, the top Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official for Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana, has drawn fire for referring to Roman crucifixions in saying he’d make examples of environmental offenders, and that blaze has been credited for his recent resignation.

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Friday, May 4,2012

Utah passes law to reclaim federal lands

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In what promises to be a closely watched faceoff between the federal government and advocates for states’ rights, the State of Utah threw down the gauntlet late March when republican Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed the “Transfer of Public Lands Act” (H.B. 148) into law.

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Friday, May 4,2012

Farm bill moves to Senate

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
After an overnight delay and a few more adjustments, the Senate Ag Committee did vote, 16-5, to move it forward. The 900-page bill is expected to create $26.4 billion in savings over the next decade, largely by ending the current system of direct cash payments and reinvesting in new forms of crop insurance.

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Friday, May 4,2012

BSE fallout; import halts, inspections, and ID systems

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
The discovery of the fourth case of bovine BSE in the U.S. April 24 has had muted reactions at home. In other areas, however, there has been greater reaction. Indonesia has halted imports of U.S. beef and South Korea and Taiwan have upped inspections of U.S.

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Friday, May 4,2012

Regulation changes not to blame for Montana trich outbreak

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
An outbreak of trichomoniasis in central Montana has producers, local veterinarians, and officials with the Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) working rapidly to contain the disease and lessen the impact to area ranchers.

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Friday, May 4,2012

Clues to beef herd rebuilding

by WLJ
In the aftermath of last year’s drought, it is taking some time to determine where the industry is with respect to stopping herd liquidation and beginning the process of herd rebuilding. The first consideration is that the drought continues in force in the Southwest, in parts of the intermountain Rockies, and in the Southeast.

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Friday, May 4,2012

HSUS forms the new Colorado Agriculture Council

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
According to the HSUS press release, the new advisory group was created “[t]o advance more humane practices on farms and ranches and to promote food producers who share that goal. …” The announcement of CAC’s creation came during a meeting of the Colorado Legislative Animal Welfare caucus chaired by Rep.

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