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Monday, April 14,2014

Range war controversy

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Cattle producers in Nevada and Utah are somewhat torn about the controversial standoff between embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management that has resulted in the federal government’s confiscation of Bundy’s livestock..

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Monday, March 31,2014

Oklahoma attorney general sues FWS

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
According to the lawsuit, FWS violated the Endangered Species Act by agreeing to a settlement with New Mexico-based WildEarth Guardians that led to a consent decree requiring the agency to determine the listing status of 250 other species by Sept. 30, 2015, essentially sidestepping the rulemaking process.

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Friday, March 14,2014

CA truck regulations could put the brakes on producers

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
With the California Air Resources Board’s staff endorsing a delay for ranchers and livestock haulers to comply with the state’s diesel truck emission regulations, a California Cattlemen’s Association officer hopes the full board will agree with the...

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Friday, March 7,2014

USDA: Bison can expand without threatening cattle

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
A USDA study concluding that wild Yellowstone National Park bison deemed free of brucellosis could safely establish new herds across the West, including Indian reservations, without posing risk to livestock is getting mixed reviews from Montana ranchers.

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Monday, March 3,2014

Proposed transportation requirements could cause problems for agriculture

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Kedzie was among those in attendance Feb. 18 when President Barack Obama announced in Maryland that he was instructing Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to develop stricter fuel economy standards for medi um and heavy duty trucks by March 2016.

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Monday, February 24,2014

Reality conflicts with USDA projections

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Jim Robb, Director of the Denver-based Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC), cautions that the USDA’s long-term baseline report issued this month may not be as accurate as data indicated three months ago, especially regarding the crop outlook.

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Monday, February 17,2014

CA bill seeks to preserve water for agriculture

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF) is praising legislation moving through Congress that would help the Golden State preserve dwindling water supplies by boosting storage as it copes with an extreme drought that threatens food production, economic output, power generation and thousands of jobs.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Surge in cattle sales blamed on drought

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
With California’s worst drought in history parching vast stretches of pasture and depleting water supplies, the Turlock Livestock Auction and other auctions are experiencing an unseasonable surge in cattle sales for this time of year as ranchers reduce their herds.

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Friday, January 31,2014

Propane shortages, price hikes make cold winter worse

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Charles Maude raises cattle and hogs on his family’s South Dakota homestead about 40 miles southeast of Rapid City. He just paid $2.89 a gallon for propane to fill a 220-gallon tank and heat a farrowing building on his property. That figures out to about $635 in one payment.

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Friday, January 24,2014

California proposes to ban most antibiotic use in livestock

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
A California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) officer says his organization is sorting out the details of new legislation introduced by state lawmakers to restrict the use of antibiotics used on livestock—before the CCA takes an official stance on the measures.

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