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Monday, September 29,2014

Generosity leaves lasting impression on ag

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
As we approach the one-year anniversary of the infamous October 2013 blizzard named Atlas, producers in the area are tuned into weather reports, praying there won’t be a repeat performance.

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Monday, September 29,2014

White house action on antibiotic resistance

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
President Barack Obama’s President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) issued their report, at the request of the president, on combating antibiotic resistance. On Sept. 18, he issued an executive order to implement recommendations from PCAST and create a task force and presidential advisory council to combat antibiotic resistance.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Governor acts as judge puts WY wolves back on protection list

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“We’re thrilled that protections for Wyoming’s fragile population of wolves have been restored,” said Noah Greenwald, Endangered Species Director with the Center for Biological Diversity. “With Wyoming allowing wolves to be shot on sight across more than 80 percent of the state, there is no way protections for wolves should have ever been removed.

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Friday, September 26,2014

Rice straw: cheap feed?

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
University of California Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor Glenn Nader believes two problems could add up to one win-win solution. Though it has rarely been done, Nader believes special treatment of rice straw will make it a nutritious cattle food.

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Friday, September 19,2014

AMI and co-plaintiffs seek rehearing in COOL appeal

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
On Sept. 12, the American Meat Institute (AMI), as lead plaintiff, along with eight co-plaintiffs of meat and livestock organizations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit regarding the ongoing litigation over COOL.

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Friday, September 19,2014

Sale barn history: old, new, full of nostalgia

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Along with the cows coming home, the leaves changing and winter feedings just around the corner, the livestock auctions are gearing up for fall calf sales—the long-standing tradition that dates back to the mid-1800s.

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Friday, September 19,2014

'Shrink' and your bottom dollar

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In the beef production business, finding something “predictable” is kind of like finding the gold at the end of the rainbow…chances are slim. The weather is unpredictable. The markets are unpredictable. The government is unpredictable. Even the hired help can be unpredictable.

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Monday, September 15,2014

House approves bill to stop WOTUS

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Legislation to prevent the administration from bypassing Congress, changing the scope of existing law without authority, and expanding its own limited powers to regulate waters under the Clean Water Act, was approved by the House of Representatives last week.

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Monday, September 8,2014

Plans for Argentinian imports spur concern

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced on Aug. 28 plans to allow importation of fresh chilled or frozen beef from northern Argentina and also plans to add Argentina’s Patagonia area to the lists of regions that are considered free of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) and rinderpest.

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Friday, September 5,2014

Cellulosic ethanol production begins; final RFS numbers a mystery

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
With a little extra pomp and circumstance last Wednesday, POET-DSM launched the first commercial cellulosic ethanol production in the United States, in Emmetsburg, IA. Attended by the Court of His Majesty Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands, along with the U.

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