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Friday, July 20,2012

Report credits $385 billion economy boost to Interior

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
From facilitating energy development to managing America’s public lands for tourism and outdoor recreation to assisting Indian tribes with education and economic growth, the activities of the Department of the Interior (Interior) contributed $385 billion to the U.

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Friday, July 20,2012

Two-sided immigration battle pits border control against migrant worker program

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Arizona Supreme Court last month shot down three of four provisions of the state’s immigration law, making it clear that it’s Congress that holds the immigration policy key. The original law was passed in 2010 but most of the provisions were blocked last year by an appeals court decision.

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Friday, July 20,2012

Nebraska irrigators' water source cut off

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
A total of 1,106 farmers and irrigators across Nebraska, as of July 13, had been ordered by the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to stop pumping water from rivers and streams until drought conditions improve, according to numbers in a Lincoln Star Journal.

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Friday, July 13,2012

Streamlined drought disaster process created

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack held a news conference last Wednesday laying out the new provisions and what areas it would affect. Vilsack pointed out that previous emergency provisions from the 2008 Farm Bill expired in September 2011, and with the extreme conditions of 2012, a new plan was necessary.

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Friday, July 13,2012

Pork producers question Canada's TPP inclusion

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) is calling for greater harmonization of rules governing the U.S. and Canadian pork industries in several areas, including labeling, following the recent inclusion of Canada in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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Friday, July 6,2012

WTO confirms country of origin labeling rule

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
American consumers may still see country origin labels on their groceries, but the U.S. will have to change the way it implements and enforces its country of origin labeling (COOL) law, according to the recent ruling from the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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Friday, June 29,2012

Feedlot placements up 15 percent

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its latest monthly Cattle on Feed (COF) report on June 22. Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the U.S. for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.1 million head on June 1, 2012.

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Friday, June 29,2012

Watch cattle closely as high heat continues

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The heat situation for cattle continues to reach into the ‘danger’ and ‘emergency’ areas, according to USDA’s Meat Animal Research Center. The estimates of heat stress are based on four specific weather factors: temperature, wind speed, humidity, and solar radiation.

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Friday, June 22,2012

Producers reassured with proposed dust standards

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on June 15 proposed its long awaited dust standard that sparked controversy within the agricultural community.

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Friday, June 22,2012

TPP invitation extended to Mexico

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
President Barack Obama’s administration, along with eight other countries, last Monday formally invited Mexico to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations. In addition to the U.S., the current TPP countries are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

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