U.S. beef and pork producers opposing the COOL requirement are disappointed that the USTR has decided to appeal last November’s ruling. NCBA Vice President Bob McCann issued a statement saying the appeal “jeopardizes our strong trade relationship with Canada and Mexico, the two largest importers of U.
A recently signed agreement between the state of Montana and Fort Peck Indian Reservation prompted landowners to try and stop the movement, to no avail. District Court Judge John McKeon disregarded their request for a temporary restraining order to stop the move.
Sens. Chuck Grassley, R- IA and Tim Johnson, D-SD, introduced legislation that would place a hard cap on the farm payments an individual farmer could receive in a year and would close what they consider, longabused and well-documented loopholes in the farm payment program.
With no authorization from Congress, Salazar said that he won’t be able to make this month’s deadline for deciding whether to remove four dams on the Klamath River in Oregon and California that some believe will help salmon recovery and provide a better water balance between fish and farms.
Approximately 24,000 acres of half grass/crop fields on private lands were burned, along with cattle. Three firefighters were injured and two homes were completely destroyed, along with fences, barns and outbuildings. And it all happened in a matter of hours with the help of 45 mile per hour winds and parched top soils.
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is defending the agency’s decision to close some roads in national forests, despite the growing conflicts and concerns. Intermountain Regional Forester Harv Forsgren told guests at a congressional hearing in Elko, NV, last week that the travel management plans are part of an on-going process across the West.
Last week’s media blitz was buzzing with pink slime bites after ABC News’ March 7 investigative report on the use of the beef filler. According to their report, the lowgrade beef product, dubbed pink slime, is present in 70 percent of ground beef sold at supermarkets.
If the proposed rule is finalized, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) import regulations for BSE would become more science based. As a result, commodities that are now restricted but pose no risk for BSE could be imported, according to APHIS.
USDA approved the temporary inspection facilities in response to increased demand from Russia, Turkey and Kazakhstan for live cattle in 2011. USDA said the facilities reduce the distance animals must travel before export and help exporters meet strict shipping deadlines.