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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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Friday, January 6,2012

FDA to ban popular industry antibiotic

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to ban on April 5 the agricultural use of cephalosporin, a popular antibiotic used primarily in swine, chickens and turkeys, but also cattle, to prevent the rise of drug-resistant bacteria that infect humans.

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Friday, January 6,2012

2012 agricultural issues on the table

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
New farm bill—Since the super committee could not reach an agreement on cutting $1.2 trillion in federal spending, the House and Senate Agriculture committees will begin the new year working on the new farm bill. It is estimated that at least $15 billion could be cut over 10 years.

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Friday, January 6,2012

Feds issue revised trucking rule

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a revised hours-of-service (HOS) rule for commercial truck drivers, planning to improve safety in the industry, but the restrictions have many trucking organizations and companies less than happy.

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Friday, December 30,2011

2012 EPA ethanol requirements reduced

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) waited until the 5th hour to release their reduced 2012 biofuel requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

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