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Monday, June 3,2013

OIE upgrades U.S. BSE status

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
This “negligible risk” designation by the international standardsetting body follows a thorough assessment of the BSE-related risk in the U.S. by an OIE committee of experts. The committee’s recommendation that OIE grants the U.S.

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Friday, May 31,2013

Colorado Farm Bureau joins sheriffs in gun legislation lawsuit

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Colorado has become the poster child state for pushing the envelope of controversial changes, and the state’s latest, a historically strict gun bill legislation, has ag supporters joining forces with a number of other groups in a lawsuit challenging the legality of the legislation.

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Friday, May 31,2013

Tornado causes owners to search for livestock

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The herd consisted of 40 head of 600-pound cattle and had just arrived at the Fox property hours before the storm hit. However, the small herd didn’t travel as far as others had and was easily identified while grazing in the yards of nearby neighborhoods.

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Monday, May 27,2013

House approves bipartisan bill to build Keystone XL Pipeline

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“The Keystone pipeline will create tens of thousands of American jobs and pump nearly a million barrels of oil to U.S. refineries each day, helping to lower gas prices, boost economic growth, enhance our energy security, and revitalize manufacturing,” Boehner said after the vote.

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Friday, May 24,2013

COOL completion renews compliance concerns

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA last Thursday issued a final rule to modify the labeling provisions for muscle cut meats covered under the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule based on complaints from Canada and Mexico. The World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled in favor of Canada and Mexico and put the deadline of May 23 for U.

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Friday, May 24,2013

Immigration reform crosses another hurdle

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Agriculture Workforce Coalition (AWC), the United Farm Workers, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and Western Growers applauded the Senate Judiciary Committee for approving S. 744, the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill, out of committee on a strong bi-partisan vote of 13-5.

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Friday, May 17,2013

Animal protection bill vetoed

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Tennessee’s Republican governor, Bill Haslam, has vetoed state legislation that would have made it illegal for animal rights activists to sit on any videos that potentially exposed animal abuse.

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Monday, May 13,2013

EPA releases round two of confidential data

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
On Feb. 10, EPA released information on 80,000 livestock operations across the United States, including 3,500 in Nebraska to activist groups like Earth Justice, the Pew Charitable Trust and the Natural Resources Defense Council following Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

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Friday, May 10,2013

Climatic variability on beef to be studied

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“We have seen the impact that variable climate patterns have had on production agriculture for the past several years. These projects will deliver the best tools available to accurately measure and respond to the effects of climate on beef and dairy production,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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Monday, May 6,2013

Committee continues review of Renewable Fuel Standard with examination of agricultural impacts

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Nearly all the fuels currently produced under the RFS are derived from farm products, primarily corn for ethanol production and soybeans for biodiesel production. The RFS has strengthened demand for domestic corn and soybeans and these crop prices have risen.

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