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Monday, October 20,2014

U.S. wins WTO trade enforcement dispute for poultry industry

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last Tuesday, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ended a long-standing trade dispute between the U.S. and India over primarily poultry imports, with the U.S. touting victory. U.S. Trade Representative (US- TR) Michael Froman announced the WTO victory on behalf of U.S. farmers, including the U.S. poultry industry.

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Monday, October 20,2014

U.S. STB action needed for transparency on rail shipments

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Producers, farmers and elevator operators, along with a number of politicians, are optimistic that an improved reporting system for railroads will at least allow agricultural shippers to see whether they’re getting the same kind of service as oil, coal and other industries.

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Monday, October 20,2014

Secretary's checkoff hijack spurs concern

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
A number of cattle associations across the states have joined together to contest USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s plans to end the long-standing battle over the national beef checkoff by establishing a supplemental, secondary beef checkoff under a 1996 legislative act.

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Friday, October 17,2014

U.S. wins WTO trade enforcement dispute for poultry industry

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last Tuesday, the World Trade Organization (WTO) ended a long-standing trade dispute between the U.S. and India over primarily poultry imports, with the U.S. touting victory. U.S. Trade Representative (US- TR) Michael Froman announced the WTO victory on behalf of U.

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Friday, October 17,2014

U.S. STB action needed for transparency on rail shipments

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Producers, farmers and elevator operators, along with a number of politicians, are optimistic that an improved reporting system for railroads will at least allow agricultural shippers to see whether they’re getting the same kind of service as oil, coal and other industries.

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Monday, October 13,2014

Senators join last minute push to keep COOL

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
September came and went, with no final announcement on the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) dispute held up at the World Trade Organization (WTO). While there has been some speculation among stakeholders and a preliminary document shared with the governments involved, the final decision has yet to be announced.

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Friday, October 10,2014

Section 1031 exchanges targeted in congressional tax reforms

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Since 1921, Federal tax law under IRC Section 1031 has permitted a taxpayer to exchange business use or investment assets for other like-kind business use or investment without recognizing taxable gain on the sale of the old assets. The taxes, which otherwise would have been due from the sale, are thus deferred.

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Friday, October 10,2014

University of Wyoming Foundationās Riverbend Ranch off the market

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Riverbend Ranch is 15 miles west of Laramie and consists of 6,700 acres with 6.5 miles of the river. It’s an excellent hay ranch and winter headquarters for livestock. It is permanently protected by a conservation easement held by Wyoming Game and Fish, which added some extra complexities to the sale.

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Friday, October 10,2014

WOTUS comment period re-extended

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
EPA’s proposed regulations that would expand federal regulatory authority relating to the Clean Water Act, has the agency swimming in its own hot water, and once again, EPA has pushed back the final deadline for public comments to Nov. 14, after midterm elections.

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Monday, October 6,2014

Brazilian cotton subsidies case closed

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The long-standing U.S. cotton dispute between Brazil and other cotton exporters has finally been settled, with Secretary of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman signing a deal with their Brazilian counterparts on Oct.

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