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Friday, February 6,2015

Expanded farm bill workshop, webinar series for 'cramming' before deadlines

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Individuals who wish to participate in the remaining webinars must register for each session separately. The webinars are conducted through a software program called Zoom. Upon registration, users will receive an email confirmation with the link to join the webinar and the system requirements for Zoom.

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Monday, February 2,2015

Court sides with EPA in CAFO information suit

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Last week, a federal district court in Minnesota dismissed the lawsuit seeking to block the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from releasing the personal information (such as a person’s name, home address, GPS location and telephone number) of livestock and poultry farmers and ranchers in response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

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Friday, January 30,2015

HSUS sues Oklahoma Attorney General over 'abuse of power'

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
imagery of puppies and kittens in solicitations in order to extract donations from unsuspecting Oklahomans who believe their donations are going to help local animal shelters, but instead, the money actually goes to high-powered lobbying and special...

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Friday, January 30,2015

HumaneWatch: HSUS' 2011 tax return reveals:

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
• HSUS spent less than 1 percent of its budget on grants to pet shelters. • Meanwhile, HSUS had fundraising-related expenses of $48.1 million, or a whopping 38 percent of its total budget. • HSUS paid $7.7 million to Quadriga Art, a fundraising consultant recently exposed by CNN that is reportedly under investigation in New York and California.

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Friday, January 30,2015

Study claims COOL doesn't affect Canada, Mexico trade

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Two agriculture associations have been touting a new Auburn University study, that they believe shows that country-of-origin labeling (COOL) does not impact U.S. cattle imports or cattle prices.

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Friday, January 30,2015

EPA's water wars

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
A couple of weeks ago, in the battle for wetland use, an Ohio mining company got to chalk one up for a win over the EPA—on a wetland issue—not an easy task. The 10th Ohio District Court of Appeals dismissed certain restrictions placed on coal miners operating in wetlands, ruling they are not based in law.

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Monday, January 26,2015

Immigration reform battle spurs new bills

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
This one missing piece from his speech was noteworthy, considering immigration was one of the president’s strongest campaign topics. In last week’s address, Obama’s immigration mention simply warned against “refighting past battles on immigration when we’ve got a system to fix,” and called for empathy towards immigrants.

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Friday, January 23,2015

House continues to say 'yes' to energy

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
As the energy debate continues down the finger pointing path of “we should have,” “not going to happen,” and “let’s write another bill,” the ag industry remains in the middle of the pushing and pulling. A middle ground seems almost impossible to reach.

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Friday, January 23,2015

Sage-grouse conservation continues, despite temporary congressional action

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Despite Congress’ recent action on the greater and Gunnison sage-grouse that temporarily took the heat off of a potential listing, the sage-grouse topic is far from over, and producers are still working diligently to, hopefully, prevent new listing threats.

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Friday, January 23,2015

DOT to open border to Mexican long-haul truckers

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced plans to open the Mexican border for longhaul truckers early this month. The discussion on the topic has spanned years, and became a sticking point for some on the U.S. side. But Mexican trade officials applauded DOT’s decision.

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