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Friday, February 1,2013

Farmland sales in Far West markets continue to rise

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Recently, two large parcels of land in west Fresno County sold for between $8,000 and $10,000 an acre, about double what land in that area was selling for a year ago. In California, the average price for farmland rose about 4 percent to $7,200 an acre in 2012, the highest price ever.

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Friday, January 25,2013

Plant closure could help even out markets

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Peel forecast U.S. beef production to decline 4.8 percent in 2013, the second largest year-over-year decrease in 35 years. Peel attributed the decline to a combination of mostly steady carcass weights and a projected 5 percent or more decrease in cattle slaughter.

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Friday, January 25,2013

Smarter than the fox

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
On one of my last days at the National Western Stock Show, I had a great visit with a longtime friend and ag educator, Pat Stanko from Steamboat Springs, CO. We spent some time discussing the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and their latest at- EATHERTON.

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Friday, January 18,2013

Secretary Salazar announces plan to return home to Colorado

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
While in office, Salazar has been less than popular with many organizations, and has oft been accused of creating tension and conflict between industries and environmentalists. His battle between improving industry relations and protecting the environment has been controversial.

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Friday, January 18,2013

Vilsack to continue push for farm bill

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“President Obama and I share a deep appreciation for rural America and its unlimited potential in the years ahead to feed a growing world population, revolutionize America’s energy, further protect our natural resources, and create more jobs here at home.

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Friday, January 11,2013

Bison one step closer to free-roam in Montana

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Phillips’ 78-page ruling dismissed a pair of lawsuits challenging the policy that allows the bison more movement. The challenge came from Park County residents and ranchers, including Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF), the Park County Stockgrowers Association (Stockgrowers) and Park County, hoping to keep the animals in the park.

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Friday, January 11,2013

New policy regarding BLM horse sales fuels debate

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
All sales of U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) wild horses and burros will now be under stricter laws following a BLM announcement on Jan. 4. The new regulations come on the heels of an investigation into the sale of more than 1,700 horses to a Colorado livestock hauler.

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Friday, January 11,2013

NCDC reports warmest year on record for U.S.

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to NCDC and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists, the average temperature for the contiguous U.S. for 2012 was 55.3 F, which was 3.2 F above the 20th century average and 1 F above the previous record from 1998.

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Friday, January 4,2013

Fiscal cliff agreement includes permanent estate tax package

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last minute legislation passed to avert the heavily discussed fiscal cliff fallout gave some temporary relief in some areas, but has also left lots of discussion still on the table.

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Friday, January 4,2013

BLM approves Vegas water pipeline

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) finished 2012 by signing off on a massive pipeline project that will carry water from rural counties along the Nevada-Utah line to thirsty Las Vegas. The controversial 263-mile water tube will stretch from rural areas to urban Las Vegas, home to 2 million people.

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