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Friday, March 8,2013

Cow intestines and BSE in the spotlight again

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reopening the comment period for the interim final rule entitled “Use of Materials Derived From Cattle in Human Food and Cosmetics” that was published in the Federal Register on July 14, 2004.

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Friday, March 1,2013

New URMIS nomenclature unveiled at the 2013 Annual Meat Conference

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Think consumers know all they need to know about meat cuts? Think again. Extensive research conducted by the National Pork Board (NPB) and the Beef Checkoff Program indicates that today’s consumers are as confused as ever when it comes to purchasing fresh meat.

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Friday, March 1,2013

Criminal motive behind horse meat scandal

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Agricultural ministers meeting in Brussels last week agreed that criminal activity stretching across the European continent is the underlying problem behind the horsemeat scandal. In response, they’ve called for still more DNA testing of the continent’s meat and meat products.

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Friday, March 1,2013

United States legislative sessions loaded with water bills; new study shares global problems

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In Montana, one of the state’s bills, Senate Bill 19, allows developers to escape state review of the effects of large-scale groundwater use in new subdivisions—which occurs when they use large, easily monitored centralized wells—by sanctioning the clustering of an unlimited number of exempt wells.

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Friday, February 22,2013

EPA releases CAFO information to activist groups

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
EPA in 2012 dropped a requirement that would have given EPA access to information about CAFO locations, acres available for manure application, and numbers of head of cattle on operations, but the agency would have made the information available to the public through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

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Friday, February 22,2013

Company claims pipeline has no impact on climate change

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to the company, Keystone XL would have minimal impact on the environment. This conclusion, according to the company, is supported by both the U.S. Department of State’s Final Environmental Impact Statement and the Nebraska Re-route Evaluation Report.

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Friday, February 22,2013

Fight for landlocked hunting grounds continues

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“This law would no longer criminalize a Montana sportsman from jumping from one corner of public land to another corner of public land. We’re talking about hopscotch folks,” Hill testified last week. “Leaping from one public corner to the other and never touching the soil of a private property’s land.

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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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