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Monday, September 22,2014

Fires burn what drought left parched

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The wildfires that have raged through much of the West this past summer took a heavy toll on cattle, grazing land, fences and ranchers striving to survive one of the most devastating droughts ever recorded. Now many cattle producers are wondering if they will be allowed.

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Monday, September 15,2014

Ranchers say Keystone route unconstitutional

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The attorney representing three Nebraska landowners opposed to construction of TransCanada Corporation’s $5.4 billion Keystone XL Pipeline through their property argued their case before the Supreme Court of Nebraska on Friday, Sept. 5, challenging the Legislature’s fast track routing approval for the massive, controversial project.

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Monday, September 1,2014

Massive quake rocks northern California

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Cattle ranchers and their families were among the hundreds of thousands rudely jolted awake at 3:20 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, when the worst earthquake to hit northern California in 25 years struck with a vengeance, causing an estimated $1 billion in damage, injuring more than 200 people, wreaking widespread havoc.

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Monday, August 25,2014

Crop problems caused by railcar shortage

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
North Dakota appears to be the hardest hit of the northern tiered states that include Montana, South Dakota and Minnesota as they cope with the shipping dilemma. Grain elevators could run out of storage capacity during the looming harvest, requiring grain to be stored on the ground and risk.

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Friday, August 8,2014

Cattle take backseat to salmon in Klamath

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s decision at the end of July to not release extra water into the Trinity River and Klamath River will make conditions in Oregon and northern California more difficult for ranchers, fisheries, tribes and many others as the prolonged drought worsens in those states.

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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 18,2014

Wind energy gets pass on wildlife deaths

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Long lines of large, tall wind turbines are cropping up on range lands and pastures throughout America, changing the appearance of agriculture landscapes as the United States places more emphasis on renewable energy and less reliance on foreign oil imports.

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Monday, July 14,2014

Prolonged drought depletes Lake Mead

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The two million residents of Las Vegas and the city’s tens of millions of annual tourists are nearly completely dependent on Lake Mead for drinking water in arid Nevada, which gets blisteringly hot in the summer. About 90 percent of southern Nevada’s water comes from Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir.

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Monday, July 7,2014

Extreme weather takes heavy toll

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Extremely adverse weather has lashed the Upper Midwest in recent weeks, unleashing tornadoes, heavy hail, unusual cold and flooding on states such as Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio just as farmers are itching to get their tractors into fields and crops planted.

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Friday, June 27,2014

Court ruling limits EPA's power

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) welcomes the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 23 ruling that limits the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of so-called greenhouse gases to the largest sources of emissions, curbing its ability to impose restrictions on smaller operations such as farms and ranches.

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