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Friday, August 1,2014

COOL battle far from over; ruling upheld in court

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“The court’s decision today is disappointing,” said AMI Interim President and CEO James Hodges in a statement. “We have maintained all along that the country of origin rule harms livestock producers and the industry and affords little benefit to consumers.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Lawmakers want good ag TPP deal

by WLJ
In a letter sent to President Obama, 140 members of the House, led by Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Charlie Rangel (D-NY), indicated that congressional support for the TPP would be jeopardized if U.S. negotiators accept anything less than elimination of all trade barriers to U.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Producers meet in Denver to establish industry direction

by WLJ
The event included meetings of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Cattlemen’s Beef Board, American National Cattle- Women and National Cattlemen’s Foundation. Among the purposes of the yearly conference is to create a framework for checkoff and policy efforts on behalf of U.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Ag economists: potential counter to low crop prices

by WLJ
Corn and soybeans futures prices have dropped to their lowest levels since 2010—corn below $4 per bushel and soybeans under $11. That is partly because of higher yields expected for many farms this fall. Although high yields result in more bushels for farmers to sell, the abundant supply leads to much lower prices, eroding profits.

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Monday, July 28,2014

Harvested hay projected down in 2014

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA’s June Acreage report doesn’t appear to give much hope for 2014 hay prices to come down much, with producers harvesting less hay compared to previous years. But Washington and Oregon, according to the report, seem to be holding their own, with a banner year expected in hay production.

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Monday, July 28,2014

Study: beef is the least sustainable protein

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
The journal article by lead researcher Gidon Eshel—“Land, irrigation water greenhouse gas, and reactive nitrogen burdens of meat, eggs, and dairy production in the United States”—was published in the July 21 issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Monday, July 28,2014

CA cattle bills have ranchers cheering

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Those convicted will be required to submit to more frequent inspections by the California Bureau of Livestock Identification. Fines of $1,000 per incident also will be imposed.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Sheep Experiment Station stays open

by WLJ
What if one day you went to pick up dinner at the store, and it just wasn’t there? In this great country, many people take for granted the fact there’s always an abundance of choices and quantity at the meat counter.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Footrot can become more problematic in wet years

by WLJ
Footrot is generally caused by common bacteria found in the soil. The most common causes of footrot include: Fusobacterium necrophorum and Dichelobacter nodosus (more common in sheep); and Bacteroides melaninogenicus (more common in cattle). The resulting lameness will reduce mobility, weight gain and reproductive performance.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Senators meet with McCarthy

by DTN
Republican members of the Senate Agriculture Committee finally got their meeting with Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy last Tuesday and urged her to withdraw the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, but a McCarthy spokeswoman said issues with the rule can be handled in the agency’s comment process.

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