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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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Friday, January 20,2012

Producers hope for death of the estate tax

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Congress passed the two-year tax package, known as the Reid- McConnell Tax Package, at the end of the 2010 session, which, in addition to preventing the estate tax from reverting to pre-2001 levels of a 55 percent tax with a $1 million exemption, the tax package addressed a variety of other expiring tax issues that would have affected U.

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Friday, January 20,2012

Consolidating agencies could hurt trade

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for the authority to consolidate several federal agencies dealing with trade and business development, including the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), which negotiates agreements covering exports of beef, pork and poultry.

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Friday, January 20,2012

President blames Republicans for pipeline demise

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
House Republicans returned from their winter break last Tuesday with a message for President Barack Obama: Stop delaying the Keystone XL pipeline. But by Wednesday, Obama had made his decision, 34 days before his final deadline, to reject the pipeline.

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Friday, January 20,2012

Ranchers seek property tax relief

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Dozens of Yavapai County ranch families filed a lawsuit in the Arizona Tax Court seeking relief for illegallycollected property taxes and flawed property valuations that were made by the Yavapai County Assessor’s Office on their respective agricultural properties.

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Friday, January 13,2012

Reaching a balance is key to sustainability

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Sustainability is the big buzz word in the industry and was one of the main topics at last week’s International Livestock Congress. According to Jude Capper, Ph. D.

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Friday, January 13,2012

WASDE comes in bearish despite expectations

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand (WASDE) estimates show a downward trend in cattle supplies from last year, with higher fed-steer price ranges. USDA increased 2011 corn and soybean yields and production, despite most analysts’ predictions leaning towards a decline.

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Friday, January 13,2012

Read the fine print before signing over mineral rights

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
As the prospective lessor, a landowner who is approached for a mineral rights lease should not sign on the dotted line unless absolutely sure the deal is in his best interest. Once that lease is signed, there’s potential of being stuck in it for years if oil or gas is found.

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Friday, January 13,2012

EPA court outcome impacts all landowners

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments last week in an Idaho couple’s challenge against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Water Act (CWA) and wetlands enforcement actions. The case could have far reaching impacts for agriculture, according to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA).

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