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Saturday, October 29,2011

EPA changes CAFO requirements

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published a proposed rule for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) that was written primarily to settle another dispute between EPA and environmentalist groups, although EPA claims it is necessary to meet water quality protection responsibilities under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

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Saturday, October 29,2011

NMSU experts help with Las Conchas wildfire recovery efforts

by WLJ
As New Mexico’s recordbreaking 2011 wildfire season got under way last spring, New Mexico State University (NMSU) personnel found themselves involved in emergency response efforts around the state.

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Saturday, October 29,2011

DNA test for gain, grade available soon

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
A new DNA test for marbling and post-weaning growth will soon help cattle producers better hit the high-quality beef target. The tool, set to debut in early 2012, will be made available under a development agreement between Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) and Pfizer Animal Genetics, the companies announced.

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Saturday, October 29,2011

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack’s priorities for the 2012 farm bill

by WLJ
Speaking at the John Deere Des Moines Works in Iowa last week, Vilsack emphasized the importance of simplifying existing programs.

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Saturday, October 29,2011

NCBA stays firm on farm dust

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Although rumors are circulating that refer to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) attempt to regulate farm dust as a myth, a hearing hosted by Chairman Ed Whitfield, R-KY, of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, cleared up what many call profound misconceptions.

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Saturday, October 29,2011

Bill provides certainty to rural America

by Todd Neeley - DTN
Though Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson told members of Congress that the agency has no intention to regulate farm dust, some lawmakers and their rural constituents aren’t convinced.

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Saturday, October 29,2011

Survey raises doubts on consumer views regarding U.S. ag feeding the world

by DTN
Consumers want the U.S. to help other countries feed themselves rather than relying on American farmers to feed the world, according to a food-industry survey released last week.

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Saturday, October 29,2011

Flint Hills Legacy recognized

by WLJ
U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar was joined by U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran and senators from three other states last week during a ceremony recognizing new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conservation areas.

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Saturday, October 29,2011

Controlling destructive wild hogs

by DTN
The fast-proliferating critters may make exciting target shooting, but farmers in a large swath of the U.S. find wild hogs to be a serious— and expensive— pest.

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Saturday, October 29,2011

COMING events

by WLJ
Nov. 10-12 - Washington Cattlemen’s www.nebraskacattlemen.org or call Association Convention, Walla Walla, 402/475-2333 WA; for more information visit www. washingtoncattlemen.org

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