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Friday, April 20,2012

U.S.-Colombia trade pact signed

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Producers welcomed news that at long last, starting next month, the U.S. will obtain duty-free access to the Colombian market. Signed six years ago and passed by Congress last October, the agreement opens South America’s third-largest market to the U.S..

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Friday, April 20,2012

Export numbers on track for National Export Initiative 2014 goal

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) recently hosted a White House Business Council Agriculture Roundtable discussion at its Denver, CO, headquarters with Ambassador Isi Siddiqui (pronounced IZZY SU-DEE-KEY), the chief agriculture trade negotiator in the Office of the U.

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Friday, April 13,2012

FDA putting the brakes on antibiotic use

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The three pieces FDA published in the Federal Register last week included: • A final guidance for industry, The Judicious Use of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs in Food- Producing Animals, that recommends phasing out the agricultural production use of medically.

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Friday, April 13,2012

Shrinking global crops support grain prices

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA’s account of all South American crops continued to shrink leading up to last week’s Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, with news of smaller and smaller harvests in key areas. Those smaller supplies have supported U.

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Friday, April 13,2012

U.S. Forest Service targets $40.6M to purchase, restore lands in 15 states

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced April 6 that the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) will dedicate $40.6 million for 27 land acquisition projects in 15 states designed to safeguard clean water, provide recreational access, preserve wildlife habitat, enhance scenic vistas, and protect historic and wilderness areas.

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Friday, April 6,2012

EPA loses against landowners in a Supreme Court decision

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
A recent Supreme Court ruling relating to Clean Water Act (CWA) violations was a huge victory for an Idaho couple, but it is also a potential bonus for all private landowners.

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Friday, March 30,2012

Jobs suspended at BPI plants on "pink slime" media hype

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
ABC World News ran a story in early March focused on the claims of two disgruntled scientists formerly with USDA. Along with other misguided claims, these men dubbed the Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB) as nothing but “pink slime.” However, there’s nothing that is scientific or factual about their claims.

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Friday, March 30,2012

U.S. challenging WTO COOL ruling

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
U.S. beef and pork producers opposing the COOL requirement are disappointed that the USTR has decided to appeal last November’s ruling. NCBA Vice President Bob McCann issued a statement saying the appeal “jeopardizes our strong trade relationship with Canada and Mexico, the two largest importers of U.

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Friday, March 23,2012

Ranchers question legality of Montana bison move

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
A recently signed agreement between the state of Montana and Fort Peck Indian Reservation prompted landowners to try and stop the movement, to no avail. District Court Judge John McKeon disregarded their request for a temporary restraining order to stop the move.

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Friday, March 23,2012

Senators introduce legislation to place hard caps and close loopholes

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Sens. Chuck Grassley, R- IA and Tim Johnson, D-SD, introduced legislation that would place a hard cap on the farm payments an individual farmer could receive in a year and would close what they consider, longabused and well-documented loopholes in the farm payment program.

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