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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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Friday, January 24,2014

Daley on the drought

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
California Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent declaration of a drought emergency in the Golden State underscores the gravity of what the extreme water shortage portends for the state’s massive agriculture industry, in addition to virtually all sectors of society, a California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) officer warns.

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Friday, January 17,2014

Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act would boost demand

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF)— charged with increasing demand for U.S. beef, lamb and pork exports in international markets—and International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) have thrown their support behind the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities Act (BCTPA) introduced in Congress earlier this month.

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Friday, January 10,2014

Fracking controversy heats up with well water contamination

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Fracking is a drilling process that injects millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals under high pressure to free up gas or oil trapped deep underground by cracking shale formations. That technique and horizontal drilling have tapped vast oil and gas resources in the United States.

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Saturday, January 4,2014

Oil train collision reignites XL Pipeline concerns

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
When an eastbound train hauling oil collided with a westbound train hauling soybeans that had derailed near an eastern North Dakota town on Monday, Dec. 30, more than 2,000 residents had to be evacuated when toxic fumes from a fire that engulfed Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co.

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Monday, December 23,2013

New law extends biofuel tax credits

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
U.S. livestock and dairy organizations have urged Congress to either sharply curtail or eliminate the RFS that requires 10 percent of the nation’s gasoline supply come from ethanol, which has driven up corn feed prices and overhead costs for farmers and ranchers in recent years.

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