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Monday, August 5,2013

Clear direction on forest and range management needed

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Public Lands Council (PLC) and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) hailed the passage of the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, H.R. 1526, legislation to prevent the continuation of catastrophic wildfire events by improving federal forest management.

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Friday, August 2,2013

Canada to begin collecting levy on imported cattle, beef

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Farm Products Council of Canada last week amended one of the country’s market development orders to include an import levy on beef cattle, beef and beef products. The import levy will treat importers in the same way as Canadian cattle and beef purchasers, all paying the equivalent of C$1 per head of cattle.

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Friday, August 2,2013

Processor to earn USDA tenderness program certification

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“Years of research reveals U.S. consumers value beef tenderness,” Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University, writes in an overview he did on USDA’s tenderness certifications.

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Friday, August 2,2013

Legislation introduced to prevent EPA from releasing producer information

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
U.S. Sens. Charles Grassley, R-IA, and Joe Donnelly, D-IN, recently introduced legislation that would protect the personal information of livestock producers from dissemination by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Farmer Identity Protection Act (S.

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Monday, July 29,2013

Ag economist offers insight to committee on biofuels demand

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Hurt explained how the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 has been a boon to crop producers, such as corn growers, but also has helped to drive prices for animal feed and food for people higher by requiring a significant portion of the crops go to the production of ethanol.

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Monday, July 22,2013

Beef label changes designed for consumers

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The big concern—some of the beef and pork names are now the same; for example, the pork chop is now called a Porterhouse. Questions have been raised as to whether or not the industry has given away some of its best marketing tools to the pork industry, a strong beef competitor that is a less expensive product.

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Monday, July 15,2013

Ag organizations challenge USDA country-of-origin labeling rules with lawsuit

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Eight organizations representing the U.S. and Canadian meat and livestock industries last week filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to block implementation of a mandatory country-of-origin labeling (“COOL”) rule finalized by USDA in May 2013.

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Monday, July 15,2013

Livestock industry allowed some leniency on new DOT rules

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Effective July 1, the rule from DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires truck drivers to take a 30-minute rest break for every eight consecutive hours of service. For drivers hauling livestock, the hours of service would include time loading and unloading of animals.

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Friday, July 12,2013

Missouri governor vetoes ag bill

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon axed legislation that would toughen penalties for cattle rustling and provide a fix to the animal abuse and neglect law. S.B.

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Monday, July 8,2013

Horse processing plants get the green light from USDA

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
A long battle in the equine industry appeared to have come to a close with some celebrations surrounding the announcement that USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) gave the first green light to equine processing to Valley Meats of Roswell, NM.

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