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Friday, October 11,2013

South Korea suspends U.S. beef imports from Greeley plant

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The substance, which is banned in South Korea, was found in a 22-metric ton shipment from the Greeley, CO-based company on Sept. 24, South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety said. South Korea has asked the U.S. to investigate the cause of the contamination.

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Friday, October 11,2013

Government shutdown leaves agriculture short-handed

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In a press release, AVMA is asking Congress to reopen the U.S. government so that our nation’s federal employees, who promote the health and welfare of animals, guard the country against disease outbreaks and ensure food safety, can get back to work..

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Monday, October 7,2013

USFS claims water rights should be tied to the land

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The representatives say the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is pushing the federal government’s latest attempt to disregard state law and take private water rights, despite objections from elected officials, business owners, private-property advocates and a U.

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Friday, October 4,2013

Monsanto to acquire The Climate Corporation to improve yields

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Monsanto purchased the Climate Corporation for a cash price of approximately $930 million. The acquisition will combine The Climate Corporation’s expertise in agriculture analytics and risk-management with Monsanto’s R&D capabilities, according to...

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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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