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Friday, February 15,2013

Record beef prices ahead with declining beef supply

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Creighton University Professor Emeritus Art Douglas told attendees at the 2013 Cattle Industry Convention that there is a chance some regions of the U.S. will see a return to more normal precipitation patterns during the upcoming spring and summer growing season.

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Friday, February 15,2013

USDA releases new long-term agricultural projections

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In USDA’s 10-year forecast, formerly known as the USDA Baseline, USDA predicted strong growth in crop and livestock production, providing weather patterns return to normal. The 105-page annual report provides a future look at all major agricultural products.

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Friday, February 15,2013

Grazing Improvement Act strongly supported

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Sen. John Barrasso, R-WY, along with cosponsors Sens. Mike Crapo, R-ID, Mike Enzi, R-WY, Orrin Hatch, R-UT, Dean Heller, R-NV, Mike Lee, R-UT, and Jim Risch, R-ID, introduced the bill which seeks to improve the livestock grazing permitting processes on lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.

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Friday, February 15,2013

Political agendas prompt Kerry confirmation concerns

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Kerry promised a “fair and transparent” review of the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline would transport oil from western Canada to refineries in Texas, and made headlines throughout 2012, in part because of the lack of action and indecisiveness from the current State Department.

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Friday, February 8,2013

"Boots on the Bay" at Tampa NCBA convention

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
More than 5,000 cattlemen and women registered to attend the 2013 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show, in Tampa, FL. The convention is the largest annual gathering of the beef industry and ran Feb. 6-9.

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Friday, February 8,2013

Regulatory responsibility missing in current administration

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Roberts’ bill, S. 191, the Regulatory Responsibility for our Economy Act, would put the power of law behind the president’s widely touted, but largely ignored, executive order directing federal agencies to review their regulations ensuring they cause no harm to the economy or job creation.

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Friday, February 8,2013

BLM strengthens wild horse policies

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued new policy directives at the beginning of February that emphasize “compassion and concern” and increases “public transparency” for wild horses on federal lands. The changes come on the heels of a number of media stories sharing alleged abuse and potential flaws in the system.

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Friday, February 8,2013

Yampa Valley ag preservation group receives $25,000 Snowball Grant

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
A small group in western Colorado is doing their part to make sure agriculture in their community does not become a piece for only the history books.

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Friday, February 1,2013

HSUS CEO greeted with sea of aggie orange

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The CEO of arguably the most controversial animal welfare group visited Colorado’s land grant college to promote his latest book and share his thoughts on animal welfare, but instead of a room full of like-minded vegetarians, the room was filled with agriculture supporters.

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Friday, February 1,2013

Farmers encouraged by Senate work on immigration

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Signs of optimism that Democrats and Republicans can work together appeared last week when eight senators pledged to move much needed immigration legislation through the Senate by summer. Monday’s proposed legislation would provide a possible path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people now in the U.

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