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Monday, June 24,2013

U.S. and Europe begin talks on transatlantic trade deal

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
President Obama last week, together with European Commission President Barroso and European Council President Van Rompuy, announced that the U.S. and the European Union (EU) will be launching negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) agreement.

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Monday, June 24,2013

Senate immigration reform debates heating up

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Dozens of farm workers and immigration reform advocates demonstrated in front of U.S. Congressman Kevin McCarthy’s office on June 18 in hopes of persuading McCarthy to oppose the Agricultural Guestworker Act (H.R. 1773), which was filed by Rep. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-VA, in April.

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Friday, June 21,2013

Slaughter pushes antibiotic agenda

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
House Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise M. Slaughter, D-NY, sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to pay special attention to the issues of antibiotic resistance at last week’s Group of Eight (G8) summit in Northern Ireland, and to consider limiting the use of antibiotics on healthy food animals.

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Friday, June 21,2013

CA livestock theft legislation gains traction

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
California assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, was successful in getting his livestock theft penalty legislation, Assembly Bill 924, out of the Assembly unanimously at the end of May. While the bill was slightly watered down, AB 924 now moves on for consideration by the Senate.

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Monday, June 17,2013

Senate-passed farm bill reduces deficit and offers certainty to producers

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Senate last week passed the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013, S. 954, by a vote of 66-27. The $955 billion rewrite passed by a larger margin this year than last year’s 64-35 vote on similar legislation. Most of the increased votes were credited to Republicans who found a compromise on rice and peanut subsidies for southern states.

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Monday, June 17,2013

Grazing Improvement Act passes House Natural Resources Committee

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources advanced the Grazing Improvement Act (H.R. 657) on a bipartisan vote of 27-15. The legislation, which seeks to improve the livestock grazing permitting processes on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.

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Friday, June 14,2013

Canada releases retaliation list in response to COOL

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Canada’s Agriculture and Agri-Food department released a long list of U.S. ag products that could be affected in the ongoing dispute over U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rules. The potential retaliation list has 38 lined items, including cattle, pigs, beef, pork, cheese, pasta, some fruits and vegetables, chocolate and even maple syrup.

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Monday, June 10,2013

Senate votes 75-22 to end farm bill debate

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Thursday’s cloture vote allowed leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee to avoid other possible changes to the legislation and broke the gridlock over just how many amendments warranted debate, according to Chris Clayton with DTN. Twenty-two Republi cans.

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Friday, June 7,2013

PLF sues over species that should be dropped from the ESA, or downlisted

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Attorneys with Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) have sued the federal government for ignoring PLF’s petition to “delist” or reclassify five species in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas that are listed under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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Friday, June 7,2013

Reauthorization of drug act

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The House of Representatives last week passed S.622, the Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Reauthorization Act of 2013, by a huge margin—390 to 12. The legislation reauthorizes the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA) and the Animal Generic Drug User Fee Act that expire at the end of Fiscal Year 2013.

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