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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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Friday, January 23,2015

Moving forward in 2015: The information highway

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
“For some time now, there has been an ongoing shift in the roles machines play in our everyday lives,” said Daryl Plummer, Vice President, Distinguished Analyst and Gartner Fellow. “Computer-based machines are now being used to create an ever-expanding variety of experiences that extend human endeavors.

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Monday, January 19,2015

Keystone political impasse gaining traction

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
With 2014 in the history books, the New Year is well under way, and several of the big ticket items that couldn’t make it past the stalemate in Congress may now be gaining some traction—or at least some are hoping they are.

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Friday, January 16,2015

UAS exemption given to real estate and commercial ag use companies

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
There’s little doubt: The drones are coming, and likely in masses, but the regulations behind the airspace use is still up in the air, where the drones for the most part are not allowed to be.

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Friday, January 16,2015

Roberts makes history as ag chair for both House and Senate

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
He officially took over the Senate’s Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry chair title Jan. 8, with plans for an “aggressive schedule,” including hearings on farm programs, school meals, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Friday, January 16,2015

Moving forward in 2015; predictions and outlook

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The year 2015 is likely to turn out some big decisions affecting agriculture, considering the new GOP-led House and Senate, and the long list of unresolved topics at the Capitol. A number of agriculture organizations have been busy making plans for the New Year and have shared with WLJ.

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Friday, January 9,2015

EPA accepting comments for sorghum biofuels

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting public comments through Jan. 30 on its preliminary analysis of the life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the growth and transport of biomass sorghum for use as biofuel feedstock.

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Friday, January 9,2015

The short-lived life and death of checkoff plan two

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
In December, U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced he would withdraw his October plans to create a second Beef Checkoff assessment under the Commodity, Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act of 1996, in part because of Congress’ lack of funding for the program.

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