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Friday, July 5,2013

USDA corn acreage report well above trade estimates

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA’s increase in corn acreage estimates in the much anticipated June Acreage reports surprised some analysts. According to the report, corn planted area for 2013 is estimated at 97.4 million acres, up slightly from last year, despite late planting from spring rains.

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Friday, July 5,2013

U.S. Campdrafting coming to an arena near you

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
While somewhat related to cutting, team penning and ranch sorting, Campdrafting involves a mounted rider riding into a “camp” (corral or yard) which has six to eight head of cattle in it.

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Friday, June 28,2013

Producers push for repeal of Renewable Fuel Standard

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Subcommittee on Energy and Power, chaired by Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-KY, continued its review of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) with a hearing that included testimony from the government agencies that play a role in implementing the statute: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Energy Information Administration (EIA), and USDA.

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Friday, June 28,2013

Farm bill extension round two in the making

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Chris Hurt, Otto Doering and Roman Keeney, who closely follow developments of farm legislation, question whether Republican leadership in the House will allow debate on the contents of the farm bill again anytime soon. With the one-year extension set to expire at the end of the fiscal year Sept.

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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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