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Monday, September 30,2013

Silver lining behind historic flooding

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
and Arkansas Rivers all originate in Colorado, making the state a top water exporter. The Arkansas is 1,469 miles long and the Colorado is 1,450 miles long. The Colorado and its tributaries are a major water source for New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, Nevada and California.

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Friday, September 27,2013

EPA overreach

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The recent weather roller coaster has me wondering when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is going to step in. With all of the Colorado flooding wreaking havoc on feedlots and oil fields, I’m sure there are countless fines to be handed out and new regulations to be made.

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Friday, September 27,2013

Iowa governor's brother fined over EPA violation

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Branstad Farms, a cattle feedlot in Hancock County, IA, has agreed to pay a $5,100 civil penalty and perform a $26,000 Supplemental Environmental Project to settle alleged violations of the facility’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit, according to an U.

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Friday, September 27,2013

Market transparency for grass fed beef industry

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“This monthly report will bring market clarity and exposure to assist the grass fed industry in marketing their products,” said AMS Administrator Anne Alonzo. “This report will fill a significant data gap for the industry and increase transparency in the marketplace for all participants.

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Monday, September 23,2013

Farm bill one step closer after nutrition bill vote

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3102, the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act. The nutrition-only portion of the House’s farm bill includes the plan to cut the food stamp program by $39 billion over 10 years, according to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA).

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Monday, September 23,2013

Flood costs expected to reach 2 billion

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The damage to Colorado’s multibillion dollar agriculture economy from recent flooding is immense, with rows of crops submerged, buildings and fences destroyed, and animals lost. While officials in the state are still trying to wrap their minds around a dollar number to associate with the loss, producers are beginning the recovery process.

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Friday, September 20,2013

CA ag economy takes hit from massive fire

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Many of the thousands of cattle grazing in the area where the massive fire started on Aug. 17 are still unaccounted for. While the fire threatened thousands of homes, and burned 111 structures and 11 homes, it’s the lost grazing lands that will continue to wreak havoc on producers in the coming years.

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Monday, September 16,2013

PLC members set priorities for 2014

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Public Lands Council (PLC) last Saturday wrapped up its 2013 Annual Meeting in Deadwood, SD. Over 100 ranchers with public lands grazing rights in states across the West gathered to discuss the challenges affecting their industry and to consider projects and policies that will guide the organization’s future activities.

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Monday, September 16,2013

Court denies meat industries' COOL injunction request

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last week, U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson denied a request from U.S. and Canadian meat packers and livestock growers for a preliminary injunction (PI) blocking a final USDA regulation mandating country-of-origin labels (COOL) on meat sold in retail stores.

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Friday, September 13,2013

Agreement reached on Iowa's CAFO permit and compliance program

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“Working with states to safeguard Midwestern waters is among EPA’s highest priorities,” said Karl Brooks, EPA regional administrator. “This agreement, developed after extensive public and industry input, commits IDNR to making needed and achievable improvements to the system that keeps CAFOs compliant with the CWA.

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