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Friday, October 24,2014

Court of Appeals dismisses API, EPG E15 lawsuit

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last week, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled against the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the Engine Products Group (EPG) in a lawsuit over EPA’s approval of a blend of 15 percent ethanol and 85 percent gasoline (E15).

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Friday, October 24,2014

New herbicide approval adds two more lawsuits to agriculture's running list

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
A new herbicide manufactured by Dow AgroSciences to manage problem resistant weeds in corn and soybeans got the green light from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Oct. 15.

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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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