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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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Friday, August 9,2013

EPA finalizes 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the finalization of its proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume requirements for 2013 for conventional biofuels, cellulosic biofuels and the total amount of Advanced Biofuels. EPA had previously finalized the 2013 volume requirements for biomass-based diesel at 1.

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Friday, August 9,2013

Cattle market shook by Tyson news

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“Some animal-health experts have suggested that the use of the feed supplement Zilmax, also known as zilpaterol, is one possible cause” for the animals being unable to walk, according to the letter. The “interim measure” is effective Sept. 6, and the “evaluation of these problems is ongoing,” according to the letter.

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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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