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Monday, April 22,2013

Mobile veterinarians violating Controlled Substance Act; amendment needed

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Most mobile veterinarians have been working under the assumption that the CSA is not enforced the same in the vet world, and that a locked box is sufficient to transport substances.

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Friday, April 12,2013

New budget proposes to increase federal lands grazing fee

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to the Public Lands Council (PLC) and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), President Barack Obama’s proposed budget, unveiled last Wednesday, includes an increase in the public lands grazing fee assessment that would put many family ranches out of business.

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Friday, April 12,2013

Tyson Foods resolves plant refrigeration concerns with EPA

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
As part of a consent decree filed in U.S. District Court in St. Louis, MO, the company has agreed to pay a $3.95 million civil penalty to settle alleged violations of Clean Air Act regulations covering the prevention of chemical accidents at its facilities in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, according to EPA.

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Friday, April 12,2013

Droning on

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), more often referred to as drones, will most likely be coming to a field near you… in the very near future. Not to date myself or anything, but I think I may be having an 80s flashback.

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Monday, April 8,2013

Checkoff audit offers closure

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
While National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) breathed a sigh of relief over the Office of Inspector General’s (OIG) audit, opponents of the longstanding relationship were no doubt sorely disappointed with the findings.

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Friday, April 5,2013

Auditor wants more E coli testing on 'boxed beef'

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The inspectors checked five downstream processors that tenderized meat for retail or consumers and found that FSIS didn’t test the product at any of them. According to the report, two outbreaks have been tied to tenderized meat, one of them involving 19 cases in six states and necessitating a recall of 248,000 pounds of meat.

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Monday, April 1,2013

Oregon backs tribe's water rights

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Following 38 years of legal proceedings, Oregon state officials have made a decision on one piece of the water battle in the contentious Klamath River Basin. The Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) issued its Final Order of Determination (Order) in the Klamath River Basin Adjudication (KBA) on March 7, 2013.

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Friday, March 29,2013

Seed company giants reach agreement on technology

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Seed giants DuPont and Monsanto have been in and out of legal battles since the mid-1990s when the first glyphosate-tolerant seeds were released. The battle heated up again when Du- Pont Pioneer made plans to combine the original Roundup Ready trait with its herbicide resistance traits, which led to a lawsuit brought on by Monsanto.

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Friday, March 29,2013

New Mexico national monument designations hinder public lands use

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Obama used his executive authority under the Antiquities Act to create Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico; First State National Monument in Delaware; Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Maryland; Charles Young...

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Friday, March 29,2013

Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act reintroduced in the House

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last month’s wildfire in Fort Collins, CO, was a reminder of 2012’s historic fires, and a hint of what could lie ahead for 2013’s fire season if drought conditions persist.

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