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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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Friday, July 27,2012

Lesser prairie chicken next in line on endangered species list

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
A sometimes game bird, the lesser prairie chicken was plentiful long ago. Its range includes parts of Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. But, 50 percent of the current population lives in southwest and south-central Kansas—the only state that still has a lesser prairie chicken hunting season.

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Friday, July 27,2012

Preserving America's Family Farm Act passes with bipartisan support

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Obama administration’s DOL, April 26, 2012, withdrew its proposed rule regarding youth in agriculture, but the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), along with an overwhelming majority of congressional leaders, didn’t believe pulling back the proposed rule was enough to provide certainty to America’s farm and ranch families.

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Friday, July 27,2012

Caveman diet fad sending consumers to the red meat counter

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Just when the all protein diet fad has faded, a new meat crazed diet is on the run. The Paleo diet, like most diet plans, requires a big change in eating habits, a lot of dedication, and more effort than most are willing to give.

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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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