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Friday, January 24,2014

No relief in sight for California´s record drought

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
More than 90 percent of California is experiencing severe drought conditions. Last year, dozens of cities in California set new records for lowest levels of precipitation; Occidential, Big Sur and Crescent all recorded rain totals 30 to 40 inches below average, according to National Weather Service statistics.

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Monday, January 20,2014

Senate passes Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
On Jan. 9, the United States Senate passed the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act (S. 1171), sponsored by Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS). The bill was passed unanimously without amendment and has been sent to the House of Representatives where it awaits further action.

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Friday, January 17,2014

U.S. horse slaughter on the chopping block again

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) makes a determination that meat from American horses can be made safe to enter the food supply. The FDA regulates which drugs are safe in meat animals, as well as their withdrawal times. The FDA currently categorizes horses as companion (non-food) animals.

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Friday, January 17,2014

Deregulation of 2,4-D is the "preferred alternative" for corn and soybean

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
New data from November of 2013 indicate that 86 percent of corn, soybean and cotton growers in the South have herbicide-resistant or hard-to-control weeds on their farms. The number of farmers impacted by tough weeds in the Midwest has climbed as well, and now tops 61 percent.

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Monday, January 13,2014

ESA delisting dilemma could keep wolves in the system

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Celebrations of ESA’s 40 year milestone were minimal, in part because of the continued controversy over a flawed law. Intended to conserve species and habitat, ESA has recovered less that 2 percent of the approximately 2,100 species listed as endangered or threatened since its 1973 inception.

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Friday, January 10,2014

Mitigating drought is program focus

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Records are being broken all over the state, according to the National Weather Service. San Jose has only received 3.8 inches since last January, well short of its 14-inch average. Oakland is even drier—3.39 inches this year, compared with its 22.8-inch average.

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Friday, January 10,2014

NRCS fees debated in budget talks

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“Reducing nutrients from farm runoff costs almost 60 percent less than the same reduction from a sewage treatment plant,” said McElwaine. “We should be rewarding farmers who voluntarily put conservation plans in place. Instead we’re going to charge them.

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Friday, January 10,2014

National School Lunch program gets a permanent overhaul

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“A one-size-fits-all approach to school lunch left students hungry and school districts frustrated with the additional expense, paperwork and nutritional research necessary to meet federal requirements. These are exactly the changes included in our Sensible School Lunch Act,” Hoeven said.

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Saturday, January 4,2014

King Amendment could be deal breaker on farm bill

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The optimists are still voicing plans for a final farm bill signed by mid-January, but the latest extension and deadline, along with a number of controversial amendments, make the task seem a bit more daunting. Without a farm bill, laws could revert back to what was on the books in the 1940’s, wreaking havoc on today’s agriculture.

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Friday, December 27,2013

Out with 2013, now bring on 2014!

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
With 2013 on its way out this week, it’s out with the old and in with the new…time to make and break those New Year’s resolutions. The past year has definitely not been short on the news end, with climate change, Obamacare, the farm bill, COOL and a number of other hot topics to fill the ink pages and the world wide web.

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