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Friday, December 7,2012

New report finds that mandatory country of origin labeling has not increased demand for U.S. beef

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Demand for U.S. meat products covered by the mandatory country of original labeling (MCOOL) law that took effect in 2009 has not been impacted by the presence of the labels, according to a new analysis by the Kansas State University (KSU) Department of Agricultural Economics.

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Friday, December 7,2012

Advanced biofuel production gets boost from sorghum

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“This is a significant step forward for the sorghum industry,” said Bill Kubecka, Sorghum Checkoff Program chairman and a producer from Palacios, TX. “This pathway for grain sorghum will make sorghum a more profitable biofuel feedstock for the renewables industry, thus increasing the value and demand for sorghum.

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Friday, December 7,2012

First extended-release injectable cattle dewormer available

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
efficiency and immune suppression, according to Lee Jones, assistant professor and veterinary field investigator, UGA College of Veterinary Medicine. Without a proper parasite plan, problems can go unnoticed for several months, and may even end with animal deaths.

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Saturday, December 1,2012

National Council of Chain Restaurants urges RFS repeal

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently denied requests for a waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), allowing for as much as 40 percent of America’s corn crop to be processed into biofuels instead of food.

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Saturday, December 1,2012

For lack of a little horse sense

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Discussions about the Republican party being willing to consider tax increases to avoid the fiscal cliff have been making the rounds. But, ironically, the numbers they’ve thrown out have been a bit too large for Democrats. Cuts that were on the table just last year are now being snubbed by the very same side that proposed them.

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Friday, November 23,2012

EPA keeps renewable fuels levels despite state requests

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“In light of the most widespread drought to face the country in more than 50 years, the refusal to grant this waiver is a blatant example of the flawed policy of the RFS,” said National cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President J.D. Alexander, a cattle feeder from Pilger, NE.

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Friday, November 23,2012

Permanent normal trade relations for Russia passes House

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
And to the relief of many, one of the first bills to begin the lame duck session was a bill passed through the House of Representatives that would upgrade U.S. trade relations with Russia. But the bill has a controversial piece that includes punishment of Russian officials for human rights violations.

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Friday, November 23,2012

Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act law passes Senate

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Considered long over-due by the Government Accountability Project’s (GAP) Food Integrity Campaign (FIC), the Senate approved the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (WPEA) which provides new protections for federal employees who report waste, fraud and abuse in government operations.

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Friday, November 23,2012

U.S. senators support American sheep producers

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The lamb market for farmers and ranchers has collapsed to well below half of last year’s prices. That, combined with the severe drought and the corresponding high cost of feedstuffs, has put sheep producers in a very difficult situation. Eight U.S.

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Friday, November 23,2012

Farm employment and wages on the rise

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to last week’s USDA Farm Labor report, there were 906,000 workers hired directly by farm operators on the nation’s farms and ranches during the week of July 8-14, 2012, up nearly 9 percent from the July 2011 reference week. Workers hired directly by farm operators numbered 872,000 for the reference week of Oct.

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