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Friday, March 15,2013

Oil and gas boom fuels fracking concerns

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The nation’s livestock industry can find itself at odds with the U.S. oil and gas industry with concerns about potential groundwater contamination caused by such “fracking,” which involves injecting highly pressurized fluids into subterranean shale formations to create new veins or fractures, improving recovery of underground oil and gas.

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Friday, March 1,2013

BLM names Nevada man as acting director

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
A Nevadan who served as a public lands, mining and wildlife advisor for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid from January 2003 to January 2011 will be named acting national director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages 253 million acres, or one-eighth of the nation’s entire land mass, mostly in the West.

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Friday, February 22,2013

Wood waste for ethanol may replace “food for fuel”

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Ethanol production now absorbs more than 40 percent of the annual U.S. corn harvest, or about five billion bushels a year, driving up the cost of corn. A federal Renewable Fuel Standard requires 10 percent of the nation’s gasoline supply come from ethanol.

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Friday, February 1,2013

Ethanol mandate not going away anytime soon

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
With Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson resigning after four years, the president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) doubts the EPA’s corn-based ethanol mandate will be revoked soon despite a drastic reduction of corn available for cattle feed and a sharp spike in its cost.

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Friday, January 25,2013

Caution recommended when feeding spuds to livestock

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
With corn prices soaring and potato prices declining, more farmers and ranchers are feeding spuds to their livestock, but those attending a workshop at the 45th Annual Idaho Potato Conference were cautioned that cattle can choke or bloat if their potato consumption is not closely monitored and.

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Friday, December 21,2012

Hay theft and animal abandonment continue to rise

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Missouri Farm Bureau President Blake Hurst said thieves are targeting large bundles of hay left out in fields to be harvested, hauling them off and selling them. With winter approaching and grass dying out in one of the worst droughts in decades, unguarded bales are tempting as the price of hay escalates.

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Saturday, December 1,2012

Judge rules grain traders can proceed with CME price-settlement lawsuit

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
A Cook County Circuit Court judge in Chicago ruled on Monday, Nov. 26, that a group of 24 Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) grain pit traders and brokers can proceed with a federal lawsuit against the CME Group Inc. for electronic trading rules they fear will eliminate their jobs.

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Friday, November 16,2012

Brucellosis area expanded in Idaho, increased testing required

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The Idaho State Department of Agriculture’s expansion of a brucellosis Designated Surveillance Area (DSA) in eastern Idaho to include Fremont County will help ensure the integrity of breeding herds in the Greater Yellowstone region, the immediate past president of the Idaho Cattle Association (ICA) says.

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Friday, November 9,2012

Manure used to restore mined lands

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Research soil scientist Paul White of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Sugar Cane Research Unit in Houma, LA, participated on a team that studied whether adding the compost would provide the carbon needed to support healthy plant cover at damaged postmining sites where there is limited organic soil carbon.

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Friday, November 2,2012

Snake Valley water battle heating up

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
A water dispute between Nevada and Utah is the tip of a controversy that’s likely to worsen as relentless drought grips much of the nation and large volumes of water are pumped from aquifers, dropping underground water levels to dangerously low depths.

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