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Monday, April 8,2013

Checkoff audit offers closure

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
While National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) breathed a sigh of relief over the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) audit, opponents of the longstanding relationship were no doubt sorely disappointed with the findings.

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Friday, April 5,2013

Auditor wants more E coli testing on 'boxed beef'

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The inspectors checked five downstream processors that tenderized meat for retail or consumers and found that FSIS didn’t test the product at any of them. According to the report, two outbreaks have been tied to tenderized meat, one of them involving 19 cases in six states and necessitating a recall of 248,000 pounds of meat.

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Monday, April 1,2013

Oregon backs tribe's water rights

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Following 38 years of legal proceedings, Oregon state officials have made a decision on one piece of the water battle in the contentious Klamath River Basin. The Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) issued its Final Order of Determination (Order) in the Klamath River Basin Adjudication (KBA) on March 7, 2013.

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Friday, March 29,2013

Seed company giants reach agreement on technology

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Seed giants DuPont and Monsanto have been in and out of legal battles since the mid-1990s when the first glyphosate-tolerant seeds were released. The battle heated up again when Du- Pont Pioneer made plans to combine the original Roundup Ready trait with its herbicide resistance traits, which led to a lawsuit brought on by Monsanto.

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Friday, March 29,2013

New Mexico national monument designations hinder public lands use

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Obama used his executive authority under the Antiquities Act to create Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico; First State National Monument in Delaware; Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland; Charles Young...

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Friday, March 29,2013

Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act reintroduced in the House

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last month’s wildfire in Fort Collins, CO, was a reminder of 2012’s historic fires, and a hint of what could lie ahead for 2013’s fire season if drought conditions persist.

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Monday, March 25,2013

Amendment written to save USDA meat inspector jobs

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Introduced by Sens. Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Roy Blunt (R-MO), the plan is to redirect $55 million from other areas of the USDAs budget to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), essentially reinstating the funds cut under sequestration.

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Monday, March 25,2013

Company sets five-year deadline for GMO labeling

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Whole Foods Market announced earlier this month that, by 2018, all products in its U.S. and Canadian stores must be labeled to indicate if they contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

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Friday, March 15,2013

USDA's proposed COOL rule re-opens heated debates

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Despite hopes that there may be an end to an 11-year battle, the newly proposed Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) document has created a wave of new controversy. On March 8, USDA announced its proposed new rules for labeling muscle cuts of meat, including a requirement to specify where the source animal was born, raised and slaughtered.

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Friday, March 15,2013

Milk production report suspended

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The notice said that before USDA decided on the suspensions, NASS reviewed its survey programs against mission- and userbased criteria as well as the amount of time remaining in the fiscal year to conduct the surveys with the goal of finding available cost savings and maintaining the strongest data in service to agriculture.

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