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Friday, February 17,2012

BSE rule long overdue

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The group, led by Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-IA, and Ben Nelson, D-NE, sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget and USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service urging the agencies to finalize a comprehensive rule for BSE. The senators said the lack of a comprehensive rule has harmed U.

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Friday, February 17,2012

Healthy labeling could be subjective

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Walmart recently announced a new labeling program that would help consumers identify healthy choices. The items must meet standards informed by dietary guidelines in line with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), US- DA and the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

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Friday, February 10,2012

Shrinking cattle supplies, higher input prices for 2012

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Blach told a packed audience that he expects cattle inventory numbers to decline slightly in 2012 and reach a low point in 2013 before increasing in 2014 and beyond. Although herd growth may remain elusive, an increase in average carcass weights will partially offset the decline in inventory numbers, he said.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Double deck trailer ban moves forward

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“As members of the agriculture industry, we strongly oppose language in the Highway Bill that prohibits the use of double deck trailers to transport horses. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation recently marked up The Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Enhancement Act of 2011 (S.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Food industry says dioxin report will scare consumers

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“Numerous scientific reviews...have found significant fault with EPA’s dioxin risk assessment models and conclusions,” House Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas, R-OK, said. “Yet, this administration continues to go down the wrong path, which could have far-reaching consequences for food production.

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Friday, February 3,2012

Cattle Inventory Report confirms drought losses

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA’ Cattle Inventory Report came in with few surprises since the industry has continued to liquidate throughout severely drought-stricken areas. The report did show some early signs of expansion interest, but ranchers continue to remain cautious on reports that the drought may not be over.

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Friday, February 3,2012

Proposed legislation targets hidden cameras in agriculture

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Iowa’s House File 589, known as the “ag gag bill,” if passed would become the nation’s toughest legislation against animal rights activists who use what they call covert operations to take videos and photos of alleged animal cruelty. The bill would make it illegal to videotape at farms, ranches, and other animal operations while undercover.

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Friday, February 3,2012

Supplementing cattle on dormant pastures during the fall and winter

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Many producers in North Dakota and Montana will graze cows on dormant native range during the fall and early winter months. A sound supplementation program that meets the nutritional requirements of the cows is necessary to make these grazing programs work well.

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Friday, January 27,2012

California slaughter law overturned

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Supreme Court released its unanimous decision in favor of the National Meat Association (NMA) in NMA v. Harris last week, a case determining that the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) preempts a 2008 California law whose requirements differ from and add to federal law and regulations.

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Friday, January 27,2012

Egg producers' bargain concerns livestock industry

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) criticized legislation introduced by Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-OR, that would seal an agreement made between HSUS and UEP, and codify the federally-mandated egg production practices the two groups agreed...

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