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Friday, May 18,2012

Bill would allow management of forest fire fuel loads

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Congressman Paul Gosar, R-AZ, was joined by 27 other U.S. House of Representative members in drafting H.R. 5744, or the “Catastrophic Wildfire Prevention Act of 2012” legislation. If passed, it would expedite the review and approval process for thinning and grazing projects near communities that are at risk from wildfires.

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Friday, May 18,2012

Experts on manipulation, not animal handling

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“We rely on animal experts to determine what is the best way to raise an animal that’s being used for food,” Domino’s spokesman Tim McIntyre said after the company’s shareholders unanimously rejected a request from HSUS for the company to stop using pork from suppliers who confine breeding pigs in gestation crates.

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Friday, May 18,2012

Comprehensive BSE rule overdue

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA published in the Federal Register a comprehensive rule for BSE on March 16, 2012. NCBA voiced support for the rule last Tuesday, the day before comments on the proposed rule closed. NCBA Vice President Bob McCan said the organization has been pushing for this rule since the first case of BSE was detected in the U.

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Friday, May 18,2012

U.S.-Colombia trade agreement in force

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. agricultural exporters will now receive duty-free access on more than half of the products we currently export to Colombia, and virtually all remaining tariffs will be eliminated within 15 years. Estimates show that the tariff reductions in the U.

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Friday, May 11,2012

Judge orders review of ruling that awards excessive attorney fees

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In a small win for agriculture, and a potential turn of events on the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA), a federal appeals court ruled that a judge awarded excessive attorneys’ fees to a conservation group following a dispute over federal grazing permits in Idaho.

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Friday, May 11,2012

Waste not...

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
But along with testing my taste buds, it was obvious that industry groups, like CAB, are working diligently with partners, be it restaurants, grocery stores, packers or consumers, to offer new and creative options to increase the bottom line for producers.

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Friday, May 11,2012

HSUS releases latest undercover video shot at WY pig facility

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Center for Food Integrity has created an Animal Care Review Panel to provide a balanced analysis of undercover video investigations, such as this one. This process engages recognized animal care specialists to examine video and provide expert perspectives for food retailers, the pork industry and the media.

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Friday, May 4,2012

EPA official resigns after crucifixion comments go public

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Al Armendariz, the top Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official for Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana, has drawn fire for referring to Roman crucifixions in saying he’d make examples of environmental offenders, and that blaze has been credited for his recent resignation.

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Friday, May 4,2012

Farm bill moves to Senate

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
After an overnight delay and a few more adjustments, the Senate Ag Committee did vote, 16-5, to move it forward. The 900-page bill is expected to create $26.4 billion in savings over the next decade, largely by ending the current system of direct cash payments and reinvesting in new forms of crop insurance.

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Friday, May 4,2012

Proposed child labor regulations withdrawn

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Pressure from ag groups played a large role in preventing the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from banning children under 16 from using most powerdriven farm equipment, including tractors.

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