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Monday, November 18,2013

USDA unveils new beta agonist-free certification

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Beef and pork exports took a hit earlier this year, after Russia’s refusal to accept exports fed betaagonists, and the topic surfaced again this fall, following Tyson’s ban on the feed additive. But a new USDA certification program for livestock producers may permit them to market their products with a special “Never Fed Beta Agonists” label.

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Friday, November 15,2013

EPA's draft water rule called private property power grab

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
A recent draft rule proposed by the Enviromental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers relating to the Clean Water Act has the cattle industry buzzing with concern, wondering what the agency has in its regulation coffers this time.

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Friday, November 15,2013

House committee passes water rights bill; another win for agriculture

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The bill, H.R. 3189, introduced in early October by Scott Tipton (R-CO), gained bipartisan support early on and received strong support from a broad coalition of local, state and national stakeholders concerned with recent federal attempts to hijack privately held water rights.

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Friday, November 15,2013

Study finds biodiesel industry supports over 62,000 jobs

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“This is further evidence that a growing biodiesel industry and a strong Renewable Fuel Standard are good for the economy,” said Anne Steckel, Vice President of Federal Affairs at the National Biodiesel Board (NBB).

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Monday, November 11,2013

APHIS finalizes BSE ruling

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced its final rule to complete efforts to modernize the agency’s import regulations for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), demonstrating to the international community that the United States is committed to bas ing.

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Friday, November 8,2013

Cargill announces new labeling for finely textured beef

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
beef products containing finely textured beef should be clearly labeled,” said John Keating, Cargill Beef president. “We’ve listened to the public, as well as our customers, and that is why today we are declaring our commitment to labeling finely textured beef.

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Friday, November 8,2013

Innovative conservation partnership offers economic incentives

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), along with project partners Ducks Unlimited (DU), The Climate Trust (TCT) and The Nature Conservancy, announced positive results from their joint collaboration — an innovative Avoided Grassland Conversion carbon project.

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Friday, November 8,2013

Research to convert beetle-killed trees to renewable energy

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it has awarded nearly $10 million to a consortium of academic, industry and government organizations led by Colorado State University (CSU) and their partners to research using insectkilled trees in the Rockies as a sustainable feedstock for bioenergy.

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Friday, November 1,2013

Immigration reform gaining Republicans' support

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last Wednesday, Congressman David Valadao (R-CA) joined two other Republicans in his support of H.R. 15, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, legislation aimed at reforming the United States immigration system..

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Friday, November 1,2013

Farm bill discussions begin with search for consensus

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“I hope we are keenly aware of our responsibility to put policy in place that is good for our farmers, ranchers, consumers and those who have hit difficult times. This takes place despite considering a complicated bill in an environment where the political battles can be loud and unhelpful.

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