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Monday, February 23,2015

Canada confirms case of BSE, first since 2011

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Like the U.S., Canada’s beef cattle industry takes BSE surveillance seriously. The Alberta BSE case finding, while unfortunate, demonstrates the robustness of the National BSE Surveillance Program Canada has in place, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) shared.

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Monday, February 23,2015

Obama creates 21,000-acre monument in CO

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Last week, President Obama announced three new national monuments, adding to the 13 monuments he’s already designated during his presidency. Traveling to Illinois, Obama officially proclaimed the Pullman Historic District of Chicago, Browns Canyon in Colorado, and a former Honouliuli Internment Camp site in Hawaii to be national monuments.

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Monday, February 16,2015

Checkoff MOU OKed at annual convention

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
This year’s Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show had a record-breaking attendance! More than 8,200 convention attendees and 360 exhibitors filled the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, TX.

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Friday, February 13,2015

COOL opponents drop lawsuit

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Last week, meat industry opponents of the U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL), dropped their 2013 lawsuit against USDA. But the debate and discussion surrounding the controversial labeling is far from over, according to the North American Meat Institute, a party in the dropped lawsuit.

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Friday, February 13,2015

Congress approves Keystone bill despite veto threat

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
must increase our energy security and grow jobs in America. After years of delay, it’s time for the president to finally allow the Keystone XL jobs and infrastructure project to go forward.

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Monday, February 9,2015

Ethanol mandate is a 'kitchen table' issue

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The RFS Elimination Act, introduced last week in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Bob Goodlatte (R-VA.), Peter Welch (D-VT.

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Friday, February 6,2015

CA GRAP listening sessions lacking sound science

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
According to California ranchers, the California water board’s plan to regulate livestock grazing near rivers and streams is nothing short of a waste of time, and a repeat of a process that’s already in place. But recent listening sessions have definitely left California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) on edge.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Obama's budget plan calls for consolidating USDA food safety and FSIS under DHHS

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget plan included a number of surprises, including plans to make America’s food supply safer by consolidating USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the food safety components of the Food and Drug Administration.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Expanded farm bill workshop, webinar series for 'cramming' before deadlines

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Individuals who wish to participate in the remaining webinars must register for each session separately. The webinars are conducted through a software program called Zoom. Upon registration, users will receive an email confirmation with the link to join the webinar and the system requirements for Zoom.

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Monday, February 2,2015

Court sides with EPA in CAFO information suit

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Last week, a federal district court in Minnesota dismissed the lawsuit seeking to block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from releasing the personal information (such as a person’s name, home address, GPS location and telephone number) of livestock and poultry farmers and ranchers in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

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