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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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Friday, June 22,2012

Colorado governor denies emergency water request

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Stulp shared a document from Hickenlooper that came from the Colorado Attorney General’s office, despite the fact that Hickenlooper was in Alaska.

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Friday, June 22,2012

Ecosanctuaries collide with ranching

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
As part of its responsibility to manage and protect wild horses and burros, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is soliciting bids for new long-term pasture facilities—located in the continental U.S. west of the Mississippi River—that provide a free-roaming environment.

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Thursday, June 21,2012

Debate continues over Keystone XL pipeline

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Oklahoma’s governor criticized President Barack Obama last week for holding up a Keystone XL Pipeline that she said will greatly benefit her state.

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