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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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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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