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Friday, October 10,2014

Section 1031 exchanges targeted in congressional tax reforms

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Since 1921, Federal tax law under IRC Section 1031 has permitted a taxpayer to exchange business use or investment assets for other like-kind business use or investment without recognizing taxable gain on the sale of the old assets. The taxes, which otherwise would have been due from the sale, are thus deferred.

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Friday, October 10,2014

University of Wyoming Foundationās Riverbend Ranch off the market

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Riverbend Ranch is 15 miles west of Laramie and consists of 6,700 acres with 6.5 miles of the river. It’s an excellent hay ranch and winter headquarters for livestock. It is permanently protected by a conservation easement held by Wyoming Game and Fish, which added some extra complexities to the sale.

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Friday, October 10,2014

WOTUS comment period re-extended

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
EPA’s proposed regulations that would expand federal regulatory authority relating to the Clean Water Act, has the agency swimming in its own hot water, and once again, EPA has pushed back the final deadline for public comments to Nov. 14, after midterm elections.

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Monday, October 6,2014

Brazilian cotton subsidies case closed

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The long-standing U.S. cotton dispute between Brazil and other cotton exporters has finally been settled, with Secretary of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman signing a deal with their Brazilian counterparts on Oct.

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Friday, October 3,2014

Climate report data shows warming; debate continues

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In 2013, the vast majority of worldwide climate indicators—greenhouse gases, sea levels, global temperatures, etc.—continued to reflect trends of a warmer planet, according to the indicators assessed in the State of the Climate in 2013 report, released by the American Meteorological Society.

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Monday, September 29,2014

Generosity leaves lasting impression on ag

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
As we approach the one-year anniversary of the infamous October 2013 blizzard named Atlas, producers in the area are tuned into weather reports, praying there won’t be a repeat performance.

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Monday, September 29,2014

White house action on antibiotic resistance

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
President Barack Obama’s President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued their report, at the request of the president, on combating antibiotic resistance. On Sept. 18, he issued an executive order to implement recommendations from PCAST and create a task force and presidential advisory council to combat antibiotic resistance.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Governor acts as judge puts WY wolves back on protection list

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“We’re thrilled that protections for Wyoming’s fragile population of wolves have been restored,” said Noah Greenwald, Endangered Species Director with the Center for Biological Diversity. “With Wyoming allowing wolves to be shot on sight across more than 80 percent of the state, there is no way protections for wolves should have ever been removed.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Rice straw: cheap feed?

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
University of California Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor Glenn Nader believes two problems could add up to one win-win solution. Though it has rarely been done, Nader believes special treatment of rice straw will make it a nutritious cattle food.

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Friday, September 19,2014

AMI and co-plaintiffs seek rehearing in COOL appeal

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
On Sept. 12, the American Meat Institute (AMI), as lead plaintiff, along with eight co-plaintiffs of meat and livestock organizations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding the ongoing litigation over COOL.

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