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Friday, November 16,2012

Ranchers urge Congress to pass permanent estate tax relief

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The groups, including National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), are hoping Congress will at least extend the current relief until permanent repeal is on the table. The current estate tax relief is set at $5 million per individual and $10 million per couple at a rate of 35 percent.

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Friday, November 9,2012

Election results leave House Ag Committee unchanged

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The presidential and congressional elections remained relatively unchanged in D.C. following last week’s elections, including the members of the House Agriculture Committee. Republicans continue to maintain the House majority and the Democrats have maintained control of the Senate.

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Friday, November 9,2012

CO considers new setback rules

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Today, COGCC continues to serve, solicit participation from, and maintain working relationships with all those having an interest in Colorado’s oil and gas natural resources, according to the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA)..

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Friday, November 2,2012

Sandy takes toll on beef market

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“It will take a few days to sort out the effects of the disruption but chances are that the storm will have some short term impact on meat protein demand. This is particularly the case at the foodservice level. Lost foot traffic and sales will be hard to make up, especially in the current economic environment.

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Friday, November 2,2012

CA ranch land, critical conservation areas, at risk

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
New research reveals that if cuts continue and the act is eliminated, owners of ranchland plan to sell 20 percent of their total acres, according to William Wetzel and his co-investigators. Wetzel is a doctoral candidate in the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) Department of Evolution and Ecol ogy.

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Friday, November 2,2012

First certified organic survey has 2011 livestock sales at $1.31 billion

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to a USDA survey, certified organic growers in the U.S. sold more than $3.5 billion organically grown agricultural commodities in 2011.

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Friday, October 26,2012

USTR announces implementation of the U.S.-Panama FTA

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the U.S.-Panama FTA is a comprehensive free trade agreement that can result in significant liberalization of trade in goods and services, including financial services.

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Friday, October 26,2012

Opportunity knocked

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
While President Obama did mention the Land Grant College initiative in the first debate, I have to wonder how many Americans even know what it is.

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Friday, October 26,2012

Antibiotic legislation in the works, again

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman announced plans to introduce legislation that would increase information required on the amount and use of antibiotics in animals raised for human consumption.

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Friday, October 19,2012

Cattlemen ask for level playing field for a bushel of corn

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In an attempt to bring relief to rural America, which is suffering from the worst drought in more than 50 years, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) filed official comments Monday, Oct. 15 urging Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson to waive the RFS mandate for the production of corn ethanol.

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