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Friday, November 21,2014

Southwest ranchers receive first Mexican wolf 'Pay for Presence' payments

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Mexican gray wolf was reintroduced into a small area of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico in 1998. While the success of the reintroduction is actually in the midst of a court battle with environmentalists, a volunteer livestock depredation plan successfully completed its first year.

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Friday, November 21,2014

ESA protection sought for unique Yellowstone bison

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Two environmental activist organizations petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to protect Yellowstone bison through the Endangered Species Act (ESA), claiming that the Yellowstone bison are “unique, significant, and genetically and behaviorally distinct.

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Monday, November 17,2014

Dietary guidelines talk turns to sustainability

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Sustainability, the industry buzz-word, has now made its way into the discussions on USDA’s 2015 diet guidelines, creating a bit of an industry stir and opening up some questions on the actual purpose of the guidelines. USDA issues new dietary guidelines every five years, traditionally based on sound science, but the next release may have a twist, with USDA telling Americans to not just follow good diets, but also pay attention to how their food is grown.

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Monday, November 17,2014

Lawsuit-inspired listing ends 20 years of sage-grouse conservation efforts

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“The Gunnison sage-grouse listing takes a large step backward in species conservation and capitulates to extreme activists disregarding over 20 years of successful science-based conservation outcomes,” the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) shared in a press release.

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Friday, November 14,2014

Dietary guidelines talk turns to sustainability

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The sixth meeting of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, made up of a 14-member panel appointed by the Department of Health and Human Services, was held Friday, Nov. 7. The committee has been taking into consideration a number of comments on the future guidelines, including the sustainability topic.

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Friday, November 14,2014

USDA moves forward with second checkoff plan; comments welcome

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“Beef industry representatives agree that this important program needs more resources. USDA is stepping up at a critical juncture to help achieve the industry’s goal,” said Vilsack. “With this action we can boost research investments, increase beef exports, and encourage folks here at home to support American beef producers.

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Monday, November 10,2014

State ballot issues include ag topics

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last week’s elections sent several Democrat senators packing, with the Republican Party taking control of the Senate and maintaining the House. Senate Republicans won seats in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia to shift the Senate to Republican majority with 53 seats.

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Friday, November 7,2014

TPP making headlines following election

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Prior to Election Day, Senator Rand Paul, a potential Republican Presidential candidate, gave a foreign policy address at the Center for the National Interest dinner in New York City. He was the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Service Award, and offered some compelling arguments for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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Friday, November 7,2014

Newly created task force to look at antibiotics in agriculture

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The race between New York’s Democratic incumbent Rep. Louise Slaughter and Republican challenger Mark Assini in the 25th Congressional District was still in counting stages at press time, despite Slaughter declaring victory shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday in an email: “This is a win in what was a very tough environment for Democrats.

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Friday, October 31,2014

California adopts gray wolf listing

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) met in Mount Shasta to make some decisions on finalizing the details of listing the gray wolf as endangered under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA). The findings on the agenda included the Commission’s rationale for determin ing.

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