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Friday, April 13,2012

Shrinking global crops support grain prices

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA’s account of all South American crops continued to shrink leading up to last week’s Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, with news of smaller and smaller harvests in key areas. Those smaller supplies have supported U.

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Friday, April 13,2012

U.S. Forest Service targets $40.6M to purchase, restore lands in 15 states

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced April 6 that the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) will dedicate $40.6 million for 27 land acquisition projects in 15 states designed to safeguard clean water, provide recreational access, preserve wildlife habitat, enhance scenic vistas, and protect historic and wilderness areas.

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Friday, April 6,2012

EPA loses against landowners in a Supreme Court decision

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
A recent Supreme Court ruling relating to Clean Water Act (CWA) violations was a huge victory for an Idaho couple, but it is also a potential bonus for all private landowners.

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Friday, March 30,2012

Jobs suspended at BPI plants on "pink slime" media hype

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
ABC World News ran a story in early March focused on the claims of two disgruntled scientists formerly with USDA. Along with other misguided claims, these men dubbed the Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB) as nothing but “pink slime.” However, there’s nothing that is scientific or factual about their claims.

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Friday, March 30,2012

U.S. challenging WTO COOL ruling

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
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.

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Friday, March 23,2012

Ranchers question legality of Montana bison move

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
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.

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Friday, March 23,2012

Senators introduce legislation to place hard caps and close loopholes

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
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.

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Friday, March 23,2012

Klamath dam removal on hold

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
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.

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Friday, March 23,2012

Fire damage to cattle may be more than the eye can see

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
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.

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Friday, March 16,2012

Public lands ranchers face siege of regulations

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
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.

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