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Monday, December 29,2014

Animal welfare vs. rights

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Agriculture is fighting an uphill battle with the readily assessable information highway loaded with photos that paint a thousand words. Sound science continues to lose over emotions, with photos, captions and haunting music depicting producers and even animal owners as low life, self-centered, evil creatures.

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Monday, December 22,2014

Congress passes temporary tax extentions

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
One of Congress’s last votes for 2014 gave U.S. taxpayers a temporary Christmas present. While the gift may not be noticed by most, in that it extends tax breaks that have been used for years, had it not been extended, the outcome could have been devastating to producers.

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Monday, December 22,2014

Basketball legend Billups leads NWSS parade

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Leaders of Denver’s National Western Stock Show (NWSS) and city officials announced plans to share a much-anticipated draft plan to transform the 95-acre complex into a new “National Western Center” that would attract visitors and businesses from around the globe.

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Monday, December 15,2014

WY suit to force BLM to manage wild horses

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Last week, the State of Wyoming filed suit against the United States Department of the Interior and the United States Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over the federal government’s failure to appropriately manage wild horses in Wyoming. Wyoming announced its intent to sue in August.

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Monday, December 8,2014

USTR appeals WTO COOL ruling ... again

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Last week, the U.S. Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) decided to move forward with an appeal of the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling against U.S.’ country of origin labeling (COOL). On Oct. 20, WTO ruled against the U.S.

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Monday, December 1,2014

Immigration action complicates reform

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Last week, President Obama announced his plans to address the immigration issue in the U.S., and in the process, renewed the frustration many feel about Congress’ inability to come to an agreement. Obama’s plan includes three executive actions he plans to use that would keep millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.

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Monday, December 1,2014

New RFS decision creates frustration

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
“In light of this delay in issuing the 2014 RFS standards, the compliance demonstration deadline for the 2013 RFS standards will take place in 2015.

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Friday, November 28,2014

EPA's micromanagement plan beating up businesses

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
While ag groups are typically focused on the big picture when it comes to EPA’s plans for more water control, changing emission standards, or handling climate change, there is another side to the overreach that doesn’t typically get as much coverage— the actual bottom line of EPA’s damage—the never ending fines.

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Friday, November 28,2014

Ozone proposal could set impossible standards: Rep. Whitfield

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy cited ozone’s damaging effects on children and the elderly, with plans to move forward on tightening limits on the pollutant for the first time since 2008.

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Friday, November 28,2014

California's water crisis puts grazing in the hot seat

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has proposed a statewide action plan “to enhance environmental benefits from grazing, protect beneficial uses of surface and groundwater, and address water quality impacts related to livestock grazing in California.

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