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Friday, August 8,2014

Lawsuit filed against Wyoming horse roundups on public lands

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The wild horse battle is heating up again, as Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sets the stage for a number of summer roundups in Wyoming, to comply with the 1971 enacted Wild Free- Roaming Horses and Burros Act (Wild Horse Act), which establishes equine numbers in designated areas.

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Monday, August 4,2014

Transparency key to ESA's future success

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
extinction, has proven to be ineffective and immensely damaging to our members’ ability to stay in business,” said Brice Lee, Public Lands Council (PLC) President and Colorado rancher.

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Friday, August 1,2014

Livestock antibiotic ruling reversed

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
A New York court has ruled that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not required to hold hearings concerning animals and antibiotics.

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Friday, August 1,2014

COOL battle far from over; ruling upheld in court

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“The court’s decision today is disappointing,” said AMI Interim President and CEO James Hodges in a statement. “We have maintained all along that the country of origin rule harms livestock producers and the industry and affords little benefit to consumers.

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Monday, July 28,2014

Harvested hay projected down in 2014

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA’s June Acreage report doesn’t appear to give much hope for 2014 hay prices to come down much, with producers harvesting less hay compared to previous years. But Washington and Oregon, according to the report, seem to be holding their own, with a banner year expected in hay production.

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Friday, July 25,2014

Watershed rehabilitation funding to repair dams in 26 states

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In addition, 500 dam sites will also be assessed for safety through Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Watershed Rehabilitation Program. The projects were identified based on recent rehabilitation investments and the potential risks to life and property if a dam failure occurred.

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Monday, July 21,2014

UNL study takes some of the heat off of Merck's beta agonist Zilmax

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to a recent study by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), beta agonists do not harm cattle, contrary to last year’s concerns brought up by industry partners.

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Friday, July 18,2014

California agriculture faces greatest water loss ever seen

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Drought conditions in California have the state’s water officials taking extreme measures to curb water waste in urban areas, and local universities pointing out future agricultural losses if there’s not a break in the clouds soon. In addition, the lack of water has some residents looking at the export of alfalfa as the possible culprit.

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Friday, July 18,2014

Forest management 'smart and responsible' when it comes to fires

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Environmentalists’ arguments against forest thinning may have a little less impact after crews from Arizona’s San Juan fire shared reports that the control of the blaze had improved considerably once it hit areas that had longterm forest management practices in place.

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Monday, July 14,2014

Coalition asks for indefinite COOL suspension

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The mystery behind the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) final decision regarding country of origin labeling (COOL) will hopefully be finalized by the end of the month, but coalition members asking for an indefinite suspension of the revised COOL rule believe the public announcement on the final decision probably won’t be seen until September.

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