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Friday, August 10,2012

Final report released on BSE case

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The three-month investigation by the USDA, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) turned up no other cases of BSE, commonly known as Mad Cow Disease. Marsh said he was impressed by the outstanding response of USDA and CDFA to the potentially disastrous incident.

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Friday, August 3,2012

Legal battle ends with BLM and Forest Service employees facing contempt

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Following 10 weeks of a preliminary bench trial in a Reno, NV, federal courthouse, U.S. District Court Chief District Judge Robert C. Jones ruled June 6 that the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) engaged in an intentional conspiracy causing irreparable harm to family members and the estate of the late Wayne Hage.

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Friday, July 27,2012

Ethanol reform needed in wake of drought

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
As a relentless, historic drought continues to blister nearly 65 percent of the nation—decimating huge volumes of U.S. corn and other crops—livestock and dairy organizations are urging Congress to either sharply curtail or entirely eliminate a federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requiring 10 percent of the nation’s gasoline supply come from ethanol.

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Friday, July 13,2012

No relief expected from EPA overreach

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-ID, says he does not expect the full House of Representatives to soon consider an appropriations act that reins in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “overreaching” regulations and contains provisions essential for preserving reasonable livestock grazing access on public lands.

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Friday, June 29,2012

Fires and drought consuming prime grazing land

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Monstrous, raging wildfires consuming massive swaths of parched land in western states, destroying hundreds of homes and forcing tens of thousands to evacuate also are making conditions hotter than blazes for ranchers grazing livestock on the range and in dire need of expensive hay and scarce water for their cattle and sheep.

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Friday, June 22,2012

Idaho sage grouse taskforce scrutinizing grazing areas

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s sage grouse task force completed its recommendations for a conservation plan a week before the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service conducted a June 19 workshop to address the controversial issue in Twin Falls.

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Friday, June 15,2012

No break for CA ag trucks

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
A bill sponsored by the California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) to exempt farmers, ranchers and their employees from needing commercial drivers’ licenses to operate heavy trucks and trailers within 150 miles of their farm operations died in committee, the week of June 4, to the disappointment of agriculture groups in the state.

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Friday, June 8,2012

Privacy breach questioned in EPA flyover inspections

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
In a May 29 letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson, all five members of Nebraska’s congressional delegation demanded answers by June 10 to about 25 questions regarding EPA’s covert aerial surveillance inspections of livestock operations in their state.

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Friday, April 27,2012

Heavy-handed CA runoff program not sitting well with ag businesses

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
New runoff rules adopted by the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Board that cover all or part of eight counties from San Mateo to Ventura, CA, have raised the ire of the California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF), the Grower-Shipper Association of...

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Friday, April 13,2012

EPA issues new runoff permit

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The new permit requires EPA to publicize nutrient management plans of producers who must report manure production volumes, how the manure is treated, and how it is applied on fields. Feedlot operators who have had their existing permits extended will have 90 days after May 9 to apply.

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