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Friday, March 15,2013

Milk production report suspended

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The notice said that before USDA decided on the suspensions, NASS reviewed its survey programs against mission- and userbased criteria as well as the amount of time remaining in the fiscal year to conduct the surveys with the goal of finding available cost savings and maintaining the strongest data in service to agriculture.

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Friday, March 15,2013

Immigration reform needs more than band-aid fix

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Immigration compacts are spreading across a number of states, and are gaining support by agriculture, business and faith entities. The groups are calling on Congress to overhaul U.S. immigration policies by creating a fair path to legal status for illegal immigrants.

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Friday, March 15,2013

Turning replacement heifers into lifelong early calvers through AI

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
J.R. Simplot began his cattle business over 40 years ago as a way to utilize large quantities of potato byproducts generated by Simplot’s food processing plants. The cattle business grew, and today, Simplot is involved in all aspects of beef production..

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Thursday, March 14,2013

Drought continues to prevail across Midwest

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The past week featured generally dry conditions across most of the western half of the contiguous 48 states with a deep trough over the eastern half.

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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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