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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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Monday, June 23,2014

Problem weeds grow along the pipelines

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
“It’s certainly a problem. It’s almost inevitable. When ground is disturbed, weeds are the first things that want to come up. It’s a bit of an ongoing battle,” Jim Magagna, Executive Vice President of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, told the Western Livestock Journal.

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Friday, June 6,2014

Fracking debate heats up on increased earthquake activity around injected wells

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Since late 2013, the overall rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has increased by about 50 percent. Between October 2013 and April 2014, there were 183 quakes of magnitude 3.0 or stronger. By contrast, the long-term average between 1978 and 2008 was about two such quakes each year.

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Monday, May 5,2014

El Nino's return expected to cause more weather chaos

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Destructive tornadoes wreaking widespread destruction from Arkansas to North Carolina, blacking out tens of thousands of electricity users, destroying and flattening numerous houses. Flash flooding inundating Alabama and Florida, washing out highways with many inches of rain falling within a brief amount of time.

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Friday, April 18,2014

Bundy case more complex than tortoise, grazing rights

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Following the end of a tense standoff between the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association (NCA) says the incident underscores the steady trend of federal agencies elevating environmental and wildlife issues over livestock grazing.

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