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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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Friday, June 7,2013

BLM horse management questioned

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to the report provided by the National Research Council, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) current practice of removing free-ranging horses from public lands promotes a high population growth rate, and maintaining them in long-term holding facilities is both economically unsustainable and incongruent with public expectations.

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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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