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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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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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