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Friday, January 9,2015

EPA accepting comments for sorghum biofuels

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting public comments through Jan. 30 on its preliminary analysis of the life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the growth and transport of biomass sorghum for use as biofuel feedstock.

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Friday, January 9,2015

The short-lived life and death of checkoff plan two

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
In December, U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced he would withdraw his October plans to create a second Beef Checkoff assessment under the Commodity, Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act of 1996, in part because of Congress’ lack of funding for the program.

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Friday, January 9,2015

Deadline missed for mechanically tenderized label, description added

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Just before the U.S. rang in the New Year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture closed the old one out with a final rule, adding another piece to the labeling for processors of raw meat and poultry. Store bought meat products will now have any added solutions listed on the labels.

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Friday, January 2,2015

Argentina FMD risk a big producer concern

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Argentina provided certain conditions are met. This proposal would provide for the importation of beef from Northern Argentina into the United States while continuing to protect the United States against the introduction of foot and mouth disease,” APHIS states.

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Friday, January 2,2015

Feedlot E. coli study suggests new buffer areas are needed

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Whether or not this study sets the stage for new regulations remains to be seen, but first author Elaine Berry and her colleagues sampled leafy greens growing in nine plots (three each at 60, 120, and 180 meters downwind from the cattle feedlot at the research center) over a two-year period.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Looking back: the top stories of 2014

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
As 2014 draws to a close, it’s easy to look back and find a number of stories that topped the year’s biggest story list. From searching for ways to control climate change to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) breathing down producers’ backs, there weren’t many “slow weeks” for Western Livestock Journal’s.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Dietary guideline talks include reducing beef

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Every five years, USDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) publish the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and discussions for the upcoming 2015 recommendations are currently underway, with “beef” in the hot seat.

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Monday, December 29,2014

Animal welfare vs. rights

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Agriculture is fighting an uphill battle with the readily assessable information highway loaded with photos that paint a thousand words. Sound science continues to lose over emotions, with photos, captions and haunting music depicting producers and even animal owners as low life, self-centered, evil creatures.

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Monday, December 22,2014

Congress passes temporary tax extentions

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
One of Congress’s last votes for 2014 gave U.S. taxpayers a temporary Christmas present. While the gift may not be noticed by most, in that it extends tax breaks that have been used for years, had it not been extended, the outcome could have been devastating to producers.

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Monday, December 22,2014

Basketball legend Billups leads NWSS parade

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Leaders of Denver’s National Western Stock Show (NWSS) and city officials announced plans to share a much-anticipated draft plan to transform the 95-acre complex into a new “National Western Center” that would attract visitors and businesses from around the globe.

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