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Friday, August 24,2012

California water tunnel plan sparks new water wars

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Brown’s plan, a $14 billion dollar project, would be willingly paid for by farmers and other water users supporting the project, with state taxpayers funding most of the estimated $3 billion for habitat restoration. The two underground tunnels would carry water 37 miles to the federal and state pumps at Tracy.

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Friday, August 24,2012

Hereford enhanced EPDs

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The American Hereford Association (AHA) is the first beef breed to develop and market its own genomic predictions. The AHA approach is the first of its kind to work with the scientific community and the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium (NBCEC) to build its own training and validation population.

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Friday, August 24,2012

Montana reserve doubles land holdings

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last week, the American Prairie Reserve (APR) announced the purchase of a 150,000-acre Montana ranch, which doubled the conservation group’s current land holdings, and put the group one step closer to their quest to build a privately-funded, national park-like wildlife preserve.

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Friday, August 17,2012

Animal rights group joins with fringe farm group

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) shared its recent partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) during a press release announcing a lawsuit aimed at the Beef Checkoff Program. While the lawsuit in itself is interesting, the partnership has far out-shadowed the details of the suit.

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Friday, August 17,2012

Meat purchase planned to assist producers impacted by drought

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“While $100 million sounds like a huge number, it will only buy about 107 million pounds of carcassweight pork and we produced 408 million pounds last week! And USDA will not be buying carcass-weight pork.

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Friday, August 17,2012

Federal racketeering case to proceed against HSUS

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
It appears that mainstream media seems to have missed the release on this one, but despite the lack of coverage, HSUS, along with American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is going to court to face charges under the Racketeer...

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Friday, August 17,2012

RESTOR task force facilitates solutions for Oregon

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In response to these growing and devastating wildfires in Oregon, Oregon Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) President Curtis Martin announced the creation of RESTOR in late July, a task force within OCA dedicated to providing assistance and education,...

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Friday, August 10,2012

Wolf killed after repeated attacks on livestock

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Acting under the terms of the state’s 2011 Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) took lethal action after a series of wolf attacks on the Diamond M herd, whose owners graze about 400 head of cattle in an area known as the Wedge near the Canadian border.

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Friday, August 10,2012

Cattle shooting reward fund becomes the largest in state history

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing nine head of cattle in Oliver County, ND, on July 4.

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Friday, August 10,2012

Farmers markets on the rise

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, this year, farmers markets saw a 9.6 percent increase. USDA’s directory, a database published online at farmersmarkets.usda. gov, lists 7,864 farmers markets operating throughout the U.S.

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