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Friday, January 31,2014

Study: Americans cutting red meat

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Furthermore, 25 percent of pork consumers claimed to have eaten less pork in 2013 than they did in 2012, according to the research. In contrast, only 10 percent of beef and other red meat eaters are eating more, and only 13 percent of pork consumers are eating more.

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Friday, January 31,2014

Immigration reform back on the GOP itinerary

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“In one of the great traditions of our democracy, the President is invited to the House chamber each year to discuss how he and Congress can work together for the American people. After five years, President Obama is clearly out of ideas.

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Friday, January 31,2014

NWSS closes with total attendance of 640,022

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The 108th National Western Stock Show (NWSS) wrapped up the annual Colorado tradition with a grand total attendance of 640,022. That is an increase of 11,656 guests over last year for the 16-day event.

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Monday, January 27,2014

Substitutes in Senate Grazing Improvement Act raises concerns

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In a move hailed by some ag organizations, the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee passed a measure entitled the Grazing Improvement Act sponsored by Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) in late November, 2013.

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Friday, January 24,2014

Corn producers make final push for comments on EPA proposal

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“We’ve seen a terrific grassroots response on behalf of our growers and our state affiliates, who have pulled out all the stops to make sure the farmer voice is heard loud and clear,” said National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) President Martin Barbre, an Illinois corn grower.

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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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