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Friday, March 16,2012

Public lands ranchers face siege of regulations

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is defending the agency’s decision to close some roads in national forests, despite the growing conflicts and concerns. Intermountain Regional Forester Harv Forsgren told guests at a congressional hearing in Elko, NV, last week that the travel management plans are part of an on-going process across the West.

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Friday, March 16,2012

Senate fails to pass biofuel tax incentive

by WLJ
March 13, the Senate failed to pass the Stabenow amendment extending key biofuel tax incentives, such as the Cellulosic Biofuels Producer Tax Credit, the Accelerated Depreciation Allowance for Cellulosic Biofuel Plant Property, and the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit available to blender pumps and other ethanol fueling infrastructure.

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Friday, March 16,2012

Investigative report on

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Last week’s media blitz was buzzing with pink slime bites after ABC News’ March 7 investigative report on the use of the beef filler. According to their report, the lowgrade beef product, dubbed pink slime, is present in 70 percent of ground beef sold at supermarkets.

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Friday, March 16,2012

Comprehensive BSE rule written

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
If the proposed rule is finalized, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) import regulations for BSE would become more science based. As a result, commodities that are now restricted but pose no risk for BSE could be imported, according to APHIS.

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Friday, March 16,2012

Highway Bill amendments benefit ag

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
Many amendments were suggested and shot down for Highway Bill S.1813. Two of the small handful that got through should make farmers and ranchers breathe a sigh of relief. The bill will no longer require commercial licenses for drivers of farm vehicles and will lift restrictions that might have interfered with key seasonal activities.

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Friday, March 16,2012

NFU wants beef checkoff split

by Chris Clayton - DTN
NCBA and the Cattlemen’s Beef Board disagreed over a similar argument regarding the role of the Federation last year before leadership changes at the beef board. Some other groups also have called for the Federation to be broken off from NCBA, but Federation leaders have rejected such requests.

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Friday, March 16,2012

Livestock warranty takes guesswork out of payments

by WLJ
WSGA has become a Member Services Partner with U.S. Livestock Producers (uslp). Uslp provides unique warranty products to cattlemen, providing them with financial safeguards when faced with brucellosis and other catastrophic diseases such as foot and mouth, tuberculosis, BSE and anthrax.

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Friday, March 16,2012

Europe ends beef trade war with U.S., Canada

by WLJ
Europe ended the twodecade beef trade war March 14 with the U.S. and Canada over beef. Though still maintaining its ban on beef from animals treated with any number of common feed supplements, broadly and indiscriminately dubbed “hormones,” Europe increased imports of high-quality meat from the two countries.

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Friday, March 16,2012

Thirty years of improving the environmental impact of beef production

by WLJ
J.L. Capper, assistant professor of Animal Science at Washington State University, who compared the environmental impact of modern beef production (2007) and beef production in 1977.

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Friday, March 16,2012

Idaho sheep grazing reduction on hold

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Under a plan implemented in 2010, officials on the Payette National Forest (PNF) in central Idaho proposed to reduce sheep grazing on the forest, abandoning entire allotments, in an effort to protect resident populations of bighorn sheep.

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