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Friday, July 30,2010

El Paso Corp. pays off environmental groups

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
El Paso Corporation, parent company of Ruby Pipeline LLC, has struck an agreement with Western Watersheds Project and the Oregon Natural Desert Association to donate approximately $22 million over the next 10 years for conservation and grazing permit buy-outs in exchange for

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Friday, July 30,2010

Congress revives Beef Caucus meetings

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson expects the recently revived U.S. House Beef Caucus to meet soon in Washington after a lapse into dormancy. Elevating awareness of issues that impact the beef, cattle and ranching industry will top the 25-member caucus’ agenda.

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Friday, July 23,2010

Nebraska producers face rising property tax assessments

by Maria E. Tussing - WLJ Correspondent
The difference of opinion regarding land valuation isn’t just between the landowners and current assessor. In 1998—two assessors ago—Haynes’ property was valued at approximately twice what he figured it was actually worth as ag land. After a protest and successful appeal to the Nebraska

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Friday, July 9,2010

Grasshopper population is still hopping

by Maria E. Tussing - WLJ Correspondent
Imagine an area that is 3 feet by 3 feet square. Now, imagine a grasshopper in it. Imagine 14 grasshoppers in it. Imagine 50 grasshoppers in it. Imagine 100 grasshoppers in it. The square with 14 grasshoppers indicates there may be a need for control. The square with 50 grasshoppers is how some areas of Wyoming looked last

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Friday, July 9,2010

Split decision in Malheur grazing case yields some progress for Permittees

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Sometimes a win isn’t as simple a thing as carrying home a trophy. In some cases, notably war and litigation, it’s often necessary for the smoke to clear before determining who, if anyone, came out on top. Such was the case in the June 4 final ruling by Judge Ancer Haggerty

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Friday, July 9,2010

BEEF bits

by WLJ
The beef checkoff has launched a new website for veal, this time geared toward the foodservice professional. Features include a database of recipes as well as a special section with a featured restaurant, chef and recipe.

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Friday, July 9,2010

Farmers, labor groups say illegal immigrants not taking away ag jobs

by DTN
When Loren Greenfields family built Hilltop Dairy in 2002, they had a lot of early labor help from the surrounding community. High school and college students came to help milk at first, but local workers quickly disappeared.

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Friday, July 9,2010

New study shows 48,000 jobs could be lost if atrazine is banned

by WLJ
The sorghum industry would suffer devastating job losses if the agricultural herbicide atrazine is banned, according to University of Chicago economist Don Coursey. It would cost between 21,000 and 48,000 jobs from corn production losses alone. The inclusion of sorghum and sugar cane makes that total even greater.

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Friday, July 9,2010

Californian David Macedo Livestock Marketing Associationss new president

by WLJ
David Macedocity councilman, 2006 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion, and veteran California marketmanis Livestock Marketing Associations (LMA) president for 2010-2012.

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Friday, July 9,2010

Idaho Beef Council elects officers

by WLJ
Idaho beef producers Laurie Lickley, Jerome, ID, Brenda Richards, Murphy, ID, and Jay Theiler, Boise, ID were named to leadership positions at the June 1-2, 2010, Idaho Beef Council (IBC) meeting in Boise, ID, at the Idaho State Department of Agriculture.

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