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Friday, August 17,2012

Animal rights group joins with fringe farm group

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) shared its recent partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) during a press release announcing a lawsuit aimed at the Beef Checkoff Program. While the lawsuit in itself is interesting, the partnership has far out-shadowed the details of the suit.

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Friday, August 17,2012

Meat purchase planned to assist producers impacted by drought

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“While $100 million sounds like a huge number, it will only buy about 107 million pounds of carcassweight pork and we produced 408 million pounds last week! And USDA will not be buying carcass-weight pork.

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Friday, August 17,2012

Federal racketeering case to proceed against HSUS

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
It appears that mainstream media seems to have missed the release on this one, but despite the lack of coverage, HSUS, along with American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is going to court to face charges under the Racketeer...

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Friday, August 17,2012

RESTOR task force facilitates solutions for Oregon

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In response to these growing and devastating wildfires in Oregon, Oregon Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) President Curtis Martin announced the creation of RESTOR in late July, a task force within OCA dedicated to providing assistance and education,...

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Friday, August 10,2012

Wolf killed after repeated attacks on livestock

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Acting under the terms of the state’s 2011 Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) took lethal action after a series of wolf attacks on the Diamond M herd, whose owners graze about 400 head of cattle in an area known as the Wedge near the Canadian border.

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Friday, August 10,2012

Cattle shooting reward fund becomes the largest in state history

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing nine head of cattle in Oliver County, ND, on July 4.

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Friday, August 10,2012

Farmers markets on the rise

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, this year, farmers markets saw a 9.6 percent increase. USDA’s directory, a database published online at farmersmarkets.usda. gov, lists 7,864 farmers markets operating throughout the U.S.

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Friday, August 10,2012

Growing technology turning manure into kilowatts

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
For example, in 2009, Obama’s Energy Department awarded $535 million to solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra, which went bankrupt last year. But despite President Barack Obama’s support for several failed solar companies, his administration continues to support new creative energy initiatives—including making energy out of manure.

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Friday, August 3,2012

Drought could cost millions in lost exports

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“The widespread drought has ultimately led to the worst pasture conditions in the past 15 years,” Good said. “The U.S. calf crop is down 800,000 head. The bottomline, when all is said and done, the cattle herd will decrease by about 500,000 head.

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Friday, July 27,2012

Damage from "Meatless Monday" plug not retractable

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA was under fire last week from both ranchers and politicians on Capitol Hill after encouraging employees to go vegetarian one day a week to improve both their health and the climate. While the department retracted the statement, claiming it was unauthorized, some believe the damage was already done with a little help from social media.

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