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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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Friday, December 13,2013

Producers maintain through weather rollercoaster

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
In 2007, the National Weather Service started looking at how to prevent adverse weather impacts on cattle in eastern Montana by issuing cold advisories. “The biggest concern is new livestock so vulnerable to heavier, wetter snow,” said Tanja Fransen, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with NWS in Glasgow, MT.

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Friday, December 6,2013

Utah grazing review is trouble for ranchers

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument encompasses 1.9 million acres in southern Utah, making it the largest land area of all U.S. national monuments. It has been controversial since its inception in September, 1996, when President Bill Clinton used his authority under the Antiquities Act to create it while campaigning for a second term.

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Monday, November 11,2013

Cattle rustling on the rise in California

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Justin Oldfield, government relations vice president for the California Cattlemen’s Association, notes cattle herds nationwide are at their lowest numbers since 1953. Cattle rustling always has been a problem for the livestock industry, he says, adding he has seen an increase in such incidents.

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Friday, November 1,2013

FUELS Act exempts small storage units from SPCC plan

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
A U.S. House of Representative committee on Oct. 29 endorsed the Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship (FUELS) Act, which allows the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to exempt small farmers and ranchers from maintaining expensive oil storage facilities.

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Friday, October 25,2013

Wyoming annual wolf hunt downsized

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Five wolves killed during Wyoming’s second annual wolf hunt in an area next to Yellowstone National Park’s Lamar Valley may have been part of a well-known pack in the area. They were killed in Hunt Area 2 northeast of Cody over three days in mid-October.

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Friday, October 11,2013

MT brucellosis case sparks restrictions

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Another case was confirmed Sept. 26 in Madison County. Brucellosis was since found in two more animals from its 1,100-head herd. All of the animals had been vaccinated. Testing on animals from herds adjacent to the ranches with infections continue in both Madison and Park counties.

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Monday, October 7,2013

Shutdown won't hurt ranchers... for now

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The American Farm Bureau’s director for public policy says the federal government’s shutdown should not immediately impact the nation’s farmers and ranchers, but if it goes beyond a few days, their frustration and inconvenience could turn into serious problems.

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Friday, September 13,2013

Dustin Focht takes title at LMA's 50th Anniversary World Livestock Auctioneer Championship

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Since taking the Livestock Marketing Association’s World Livestock Auctioneer (WLA) Championship in Alabama last June, Dustin Focht estimates he has driven 12,000 miles in the customized 2013 Ford F-150 pickup truck he won and flown up to 20,000 miles—and that’s after only about 30 percent into his year-long term.

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