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Friday, September 13,2013

Lawmakers say no to MO governor's veto

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The General Assembly stood firm last week for Missouri’s farm and ranch families by overriding the governor’s veto of S. B. 9. Missouri Cattlemen’s Association (MCA) President Chuck Massengill said this vote is a victory for more than 52,000 Missouri cattle farms and ranches.

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Monday, September 9,2013

Forecast for U.S. exports could set new record for 2013

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Fiscal 2014 agricultural exports are forecasted at $135 billion, down $5 billion from the fiscal 2013. Oilseeds and products are expected to decline the most, down $5.4 billion due to lower soybean and meal prices. Grain and feed exports are expected to fall $1.

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Friday, September 6,2013

Coalition sues EPA for dropping CAFO rule

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
A coalition of community, animal welfare and environmental organizations has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) challenging the Agency’s withdrawal of a proposed rule that would have allowed EPA to collect basic information, like locations and animal population sizes, from what they refer to as “factory farms.

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Tuesday, September 3,2013

RFA urges EPA to deny big oil's RFS waiver petition

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
another shameless example of how far they’ll go to protect their market share and block larger volumes of renewable fuel from reaching the consumer,” said Bob Dinneen, Renewable Fuels Association’s (RFA) President and CEO.

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Friday, August 30,2013

Cargill takes politically correct route on Zilmax

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Despite Cargill’s original plans to continue buying cattle fed the growth-promotant Zilmax, the third-largest meat producing company in the U.S. announced last week that the feed additive would not be used in its production animals by the end of September.

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Friday, August 30,2013

Net farm income forecast to increase 6 percent in 2013

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
After adjusting for inflation, 2013’s net farm income is expected to be the second highest since 1973, according to USDA’s recent Net Farm Income report. A return to trend yields would lead to record crop production levels and result in substantial year-end crop inventories.

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Friday, August 23,2013

Court grants motion for groups to intervene in COOL lawsuit

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has entered an order granting the motion by the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA), National Farmers Union (NFU), the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) and Consumer Federation of America (CFA) to intervene in full in the country of origin labeling (COOL) lawsuit filed on July 8.

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Friday, August 23,2013

Annual sustainable agriculture event expanded to include farm tours

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Smith-Lever Act, passed in 1914, established a partnership between agricultural colleges or land-grant colleges and the USDA to support agricultural extension work and disseminate the information to the public.

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Friday, August 16,2013

Scientific peer review of wolf delisting on hold

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In June, to the relief of producers across the Midwest, USFWS called for removing gray wolves across the Lower 48 States from the endangered species list, but the process, that is supposed to include the scientific peer review, has been full of environmental battles, with this latest one having the potential to add significant.

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Friday, August 16,2013

Merck's five steps to responsible beef

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Tyson Foods’ announcement two weeks ago that it would no longer buy animals fed with Zilmax created the latest media frenzy surrounding agriculture, with “experts” coming out of the woodworks on both sides. Tyson cited experts, suggesting that the drug may be causing cattle to become lame.

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