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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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Monday, December 9,2013

Profitability for producers is in bred cow nutrition

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
RBCS is a biennial educational event designed as an “in-service training for cow-calf ranchers.” The event featured over 35 well-known speakers who provided updates on production topics in the areas of beef industry issues, genetics, reproduction, range and forage management, cattle health, beef nutrition and more.

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Friday, December 6,2013

Texas' clean air plan allows for more public input

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Citizens will be notified when a facility applies for a permit and after Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) proposes a draft permit. Facilities will also have to provide expanded technical documents to ensure citizens and interested groups have as much information as possible on proposed permits.

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Friday, December 6,2013

Hollifield ranch ordered to pay almost $1M to Tyson

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Hollifield, based in Hansen near Twin Falls, filed the appeal in U.S. District Court, but unless that court issues a stay, the company will be required to begin making payments while the appeal is pending, according to Tyson’s attorney, Matt Christensen of Angstman, John son.

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Monday, December 2,2013

Enforcement cutbacks included in EPA's proposed strategic plan

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
the draft strategic plan has five strategic goals: • Address climate change and improve air quality; • Protect America’s waters; • Clean up communities and advance sustainable development; • Ensure safety of chemicals and prevent pollution; and • Protect human health and the environment by enforcing laws and assuring compliance.

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Friday, November 29,2013

Ruby Pipeline project to get green light after review

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“This was an illegal pipeline that never should have been built,” Amy Atwood, Senior Attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, told reporters. The group filed the original lawsuit along with Defenders of Wildlife and Summit Lake Paiute Tribe in northwest Nevada.

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Friday, November 29,2013

Investigation of SD bankrupt plant ongoing

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In a letter to Gov. Daugaard, Attorney General Marty Jackley shared that $550,000 of a sum of up to $1 million issued by the South Dakota Department of Tourism for construction or equipment costs related to the Northern Beef plant was “redirected...

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Monday, November 25,2013

Proposed ethanol mandate stirs food vs. fuel debate

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Ethanol and ag groups lined up to take their sides after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposal to cut the Renewable Fuel Standard’s (RFS) from the statutory level of 14.4 billion gallons to 13 billion gallons and cut the total RFS volumetric requirement from 18.

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Friday, November 22,2013

Grazing Improvement Act passes out of Senate committee

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“A series of unfortunate court decisions now require that analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) be done on grazing allotments every 10 years to renew permits. The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) have been unable to keep up with the workload.

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