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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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Monday, October 28,2013

Farm bill discussions to begin this week

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Senate passed its comprehensive farm bill in the early summer, while the House passed its farm policy and food aid proposals in two separate measures. Now the two will see if an agreement can be reached by Jan. 1, the latest deadline before parts of federal agricultural policy could revert back to 1940s-era laws and price.

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Monday, October 28,2013

Canada-EU free trade deal will boost beef industry

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
On Oct. 18, 2013 Canada and the European Union (EU) came to an agreement and signing, at least in principle, on the Canada-EU: Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). While negotiations and drafting of the final text will continue over the coming months, the signing indicates that all major issues between the parties have been settled.

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Friday, October 25,2013

Tyson cutting back on Canada raised cattle

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to the Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC), there is no confirming news release or “letter” by Tyson, however they have had direct personal confirmation from Tyson leadership.

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