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Monday, February 9,2015

Ethanol mandate is a 'kitchen table' issue

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The RFS Elimination Act, introduced last week in the House of Representatives by Congressmen Bob Goodlatte (R-VA.), Peter Welch (D-VT.

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Friday, February 6,2015

CA GRAP listening sessions lacking sound science

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
According to California ranchers, the California water board’s plan to regulate livestock grazing near rivers and streams is nothing short of a waste of time, and a repeat of a process that’s already in place. But recent listening sessions have definitely left California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) on edge.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Obama's budget plan calls for consolidating USDA food safety and FSIS under DHHS

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget plan included a number of surprises, including plans to make America’s food supply safer by consolidating USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the food safety components of the Food and Drug Administration.

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Friday, February 6,2015

Expanded farm bill workshop, webinar series for 'cramming' before deadlines

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Individuals who wish to participate in the remaining webinars must register for each session separately. The webinars are conducted through a software program called Zoom. Upon registration, users will receive an email confirmation with the link to join the webinar and the system requirements for Zoom.

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Monday, February 2,2015

Court sides with EPA in CAFO information suit

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Last week, a federal district court in Minnesota dismissed the lawsuit seeking to block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from releasing the personal information (such as a person’s name, home address, GPS location and telephone number) of livestock and poultry farmers and ranchers in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

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Friday, January 30,2015

HSUS sues Oklahoma Attorney General over 'abuse of power'

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
imagery of puppies and kittens in solicitations in order to extract donations from unsuspecting Oklahomans who believe their donations are going to help local animal shelters, but instead, the money actually goes to high-powered lobbying and special...

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Friday, January 30,2015

HumaneWatch: HSUS' 2011 tax return reveals:

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
• HSUS spent less than 1 percent of its budget on grants to pet shelters. • Meanwhile, HSUS had fundraising-related expenses of $48.1 million, or a whopping 38 percent of its total budget. • HSUS paid $7.7 million to Quadriga Art, a fundraising consultant recently exposed by CNN that is reportedly under investigation in New York and California.

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Friday, January 30,2015

Study claims COOL doesn't affect Canada, Mexico trade

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Two agriculture associations have been touting a new Auburn University study, that they believe shows that country-of-origin labeling (COOL) does not impact U.S. cattle imports or cattle prices.

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Friday, January 30,2015

EPA's water wars

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
A couple of weeks ago, in the battle for wetland use, an Ohio mining company got to chalk one up for a win over the EPA—on a wetland issue—not an easy task. The 10th Ohio District Court of Appeals dismissed certain restrictions placed on coal miners operating in wetlands, ruling they are not based in law.

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Monday, January 26,2015

Immigration reform battle spurs new bills

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
This one missing piece from his speech was noteworthy, considering immigration was one of the president’s strongest campaign topics. In last week’s address, Obama’s immigration mention simply warned against “refighting past battles on immigration when we’ve got a system to fix,” and called for empathy towards immigrants.

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