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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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Friday, December 27,2013

China's demand for high-end meat to boost 2014 markets

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Rabobank Global Cattle Price Index has risen 6 percent since June, driven by lower-than-expected beef supply in the main exporting countries and strong Asian demand, according to a new report from the Rabobank Food & Agribusiness (FAR) Research and Advisory group.

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Monday, December 23,2013

NWSS kick-off includes parade of Longhorns

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The beginning of the New Year is like a changing of the season for producers, with calving season to follow. But for some, it also marks a week of fun, possibly a vacation, a week of showing cattle, or a trip to the rodeo at Denver’s National Western Stock Show (NWSS).

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Monday, December 16,2013

New meaning to vet oversight in FDA plan

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
It appears that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is jumping on the “no antibiotic” bandwagon, with its plan to implement new regulations. Citing a potential threat to public health, the FDA is hoping to phase out the use of antibiotics in meat production, using a voluntary approach.

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Friday, December 13,2013

TPP talks make progress

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USTR representatives shared benefits of the partnership, claiming global income benefits by 2025 are estimated at $223 billion per year and real income benefit to the United States of $77 billion per year. U.S. export benefits are expected to reach $3.3 billion for beef and $4.

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Friday, December 13,2013

Farm bill extension debate heats up

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
With the House planned recess on Friday, Dec. 13, until after the New Year, another extension became last week’s discussion on the hotly debated topic. Despite negotiating since October, the Farm Bill Conference Committee has yet to reach an agreement, instead proposing an extension through January.

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