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Tuesday, March 3,2015

U.S. pork producers 'all in' on TPA

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
With negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal hanging in the balance, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) last week threw its support behind renewal of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which will enable the current administration and future ones to negotiate and close trade agreements such as the TPP.

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Tuesday, March 3,2015

USFWS reinstates ESA protection for wolves

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
On Feb. 19, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially reinstated protections under the federal Endangered Species Act for the gray wolf in Wyoming and nearby states after a federal judge in December struck down the agency’s decision to remove protections.

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Monday, March 2,2015

Producers step up to battle for the bird

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
With populations spanning 11 energy- and agriculture-rich western states, the sage-grouse is considered an icon of the West. By some estimates, its population has been reduced from millions to perhaps 500,000 today. But groups encouraging habitat plans have concluded that what is good for the sage-grouse is good for the land.

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Monday, March 2,2015

Dietary guidelines comments sought

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), a group of prestigious outside experts, according to USDA, submitted its recommendations to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in order to inform the 2015 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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Monday, February 23,2015

Canada confirms case of BSE, first since 2011

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Like the U.S., Canada’s beef cattle industry takes BSE surveillance seriously. The Alberta BSE case finding, while unfortunate, demonstrates the robustness of the National BSE Surveillance Program Canada has in place, the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) shared.

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Monday, February 23,2015

Obama creates 21,000-acre monument in CO

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Last week, President Obama announced three new national monuments, adding to the 13 monuments he’s already designated during his presidency. Traveling to Illinois, Obama officially proclaimed the Pullman Historic District of Chicago, Browns Canyon in Colorado, and a former Honouliuli Internment Camp site in Hawaii to be national monuments.

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Monday, February 16,2015

Checkoff MOU OKed at annual convention

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
This year’s Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show had a record-breaking attendance! More than 8,200 convention attendees and 360 exhibitors filled the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio, TX.

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Friday, February 13,2015

COOL opponents drop lawsuit

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Last week, meat industry opponents of the U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL), dropped their 2013 lawsuit against USDA. But the debate and discussion surrounding the controversial labeling is far from over, according to the North American Meat Institute, a party in the dropped lawsuit.

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Friday, February 13,2015

Congress approves Keystone bill despite veto threat

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
must increase our energy security and grow jobs in America. After years of delay, it’s time for the president to finally allow the Keystone XL jobs and infrastructure project to go forward.

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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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