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Friday, January 4,2013

BLM approves Vegas water pipeline

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) finished 2012 by signing off on a massive pipeline project that will carry water from rural counties along the Nevada-Utah line to thirsty Las Vegas. The controversial 263-mile water tube will stretch from rural areas to urban Las Vegas, home to 2 million people.

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Friday, December 28,2012

Activists want FDA to lower ractopamine limits

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to Food Safety News, animal rights and food safety groups are petitioning FDA to immediately lower the allowed residue limits for ractopamine and to study the drug’s effects on human health and animal welfare.

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Friday, December 28,2012

California court ruling bolsters water rights

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The ruling by Judge Karen L. Dixon determined that the California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) had exceeded its authority by requiring farmers and ranchers to obtain a permit from DFG before they irrigate their crops. The Siskiyou County Farm Bureau filed suit against DFG last year on.

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Friday, December 21,2012

PLC, Arizona Cattle Growers' Association defeat radical environmental group’s claim

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
District Court by Western Watersheds Project in August 2011. Represented by Mountain States Legal Foundation, PLC, ACGA and two ranchers filed as intervenors in support of USFS and asked the court to grant summary judgment on the eight decisions, which allowed grazing to continue under.

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Friday, December 21,2012

USDA issues final rule for animal disease traceability

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“With the final rule announced [last week], the United States now has a flexible, effective animal disease traceability system for livestock moving interstate, without undue burdens for ranchers and U.S. livestock businesses,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

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Friday, December 21,2012

GIPSA fines auction market for false invoices

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) continues an 18-month investigation into what USDA referred to as “schemes to falsify the selling price of livestock at livestock auction markets across the country in violation of the Packers and Stockyards (P&S) Act.

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Friday, December 21,2012

First BLM horse ecosanctuary is up and running

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In response to BLM’s Request for Applications, the Deerwood Ranch in Centennial Valley, WY, was selected in February 2012 as the site for BLM’s first wild horse ecosanctuary.

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Friday, December 14,2012

107th National Western Stock Show brings in the New Year

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
More than 15,000 head of horses, cattle, sheep, swine, goats, llamas, alpacas, bison, yak, poultry and rabbits step foot on the grounds of the NWSS each year. NWSS is noted for hosting the world’s only carload and pen cattle show, held in the historic Denver Union Stockyards.

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Friday, December 7,2012

New report finds that mandatory country of origin labeling has not increased demand for U.S. beef

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Demand for U.S. meat products covered by the mandatory country of original labeling (MCOOL) law that took effect in 2009 has not been impacted by the presence of the labels, according to a new analysis by the Kansas State University (KSU) Department of Agricultural Economics.

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Friday, December 7,2012

Advanced biofuel production gets boost from sorghum

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“This is a significant step forward for the sorghum industry,” said Bill Kubecka, Sorghum Checkoff Program chairman and a producer from Palacios, TX. “This pathway for grain sorghum will make sorghum a more profitable biofuel feedstock for the renewables industry, thus increasing the value and demand for sorghum.

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