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Friday, February 6,2015

EPA hits Keystone over low oil prices

by Todd Neeley - DTN
In the letter, EPA warns that construction of the pipeline will lead to increased greenhouse gas emissions through expanded production of tar sands oil in Canada. Further, EPA points to falling oil prices in recent months as reason for the State Department to re-evaluate what those oil prices will mean for.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Ag chairmen detail priorities: regs top agenda

by DTN
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman also will brief the House Agriculture Committee on trade issues, including trade promotion authority, Conaway said. He told the nation’s agriculture commissioners the briefing would take place, and then later told reporters that a briefing for the full committee was needed because there are so many new members.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Obama's budget plan calls for consolidating USDA food safety and FSIS under DHHS

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget plan included a number of surprises, including plans to make America’s food supply safer by consolidating USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the food safety components of the Food and Drug Administration.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Fact-checking HSUS

by Kerry Halladay, Editor
At the end of January, six environmental and citizens groups filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failure to answer a 2011 petition. The petition enjoined the EPA to rule ammonia a pollutant under the Clean Air Act and establish air standards relative to ammonia “to protect public health and welfare.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Rabobank explores cow confinement and semi-confinement

by WLJ
Cattle producers across the U.S. are heeding economic indications to rebuild and expand their herds, but a 32 million-acre decline in pasture availability over the last 10 years is hindering expansion and causing producers to weigh options that...

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Friday, February 6,2015

Railways pushed toward more efficiency, transparency

by DTN
A “perfect storm” last year slowed agricultural transportation by rail, barge and ship. The challenges included a long, cold, snowy winter; high-yielding crops that increased what needed to be moved; and labor issues stretched on at West Coast ports..

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Friday, February 6,2015

Forest Service's 'doublespeak' model on bighorn

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Talking out of both sides of one’s mouth may be impossible for the ordinary person, but not for the allpowerful federal government. In fact, in the dispute over domestic sheep and bighorn sheep sharing the range in the West, doublespeak seems to be the U.

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Friday, February 6,2015

One-third of U.S. farm operators are at least 65

by WLJ
Retirement farms had the highest percentage of older operators (67 percent)—as might be expected— followed by low-sales farms (41 percent). The advanced age of farm operators is understandable, given that the farm is the home for most farmers, and farmers can gradually phase out of farming over a decade or more.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Winners of the 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum student diversity program

by WLJ
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the selection of 30 university students to attend USDA’s 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum titled “Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century” to be held Feb. 19-20, 2015, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Demand for sorghum at an all-time high

by WLJ
Five years ago, the export sector accounted for 30 percent of the U.S. grain sorghum market. At that time, Mexico was the largest importer, committing to approximately 973,042 bushels of grain sorghum weekly. However, in 2013 sorghum exports skyrocketed when Gun Jen Juee Agriculture Trading Company became the first company to import U.

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