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Friday, October 14,2011

Listeria outbreak mystery

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Listeria, a mysterious bacteria occasionally found to contaminate foods, has received more than its share of news recently. Especially deadly for vulnerable consumers such as the elderly and pregnant women, listeria is very hard to trace because it can take as long as two months before its victims become ill.

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Friday, October 14,2011

Horse slaughter petition

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Obama administration has created a new website to receive public petitions and has promised that top policy staff will review and respond to any petition that gathers more than 5,000 signatures within a 30-day period. A petition supporting legislation banning the sale, transportation, trade, etc.

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Friday, October 7,2011

President sends three trade agreements to Congress

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The FTAs with Colombia, Panama and South Korea were originally signed under former president George W. Bush, and are expected to boost U.S. exports by $13 billion and benefit the U.S. agriculture and manufacturing sectors, in addition to creating U.S. jobs..

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Friday, October 7,2011

Colorado water wasted in out-flows

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Colorado court-ordered well restrictions and shut-offs in 2006 have resurfaced, literally - flooding basements in northeastern Colorado; and figuratively- in water courts with lawsuits seeking a happy medium between all of the South Platte river stakeholders.

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Friday, October 7,2011

Drought builds stronger industry

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Texas ranchers estimate nearly 6,000 miles of fence have been destroyed during this summers wildfires. Replacing the fence can run between $5,000 and 7,500 per mile with labor and fencing costs, according to Joe Parker Jr., Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) president.

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Friday, October 7,2011

Bill changes ethanol mandate

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Legislation was introduced in the House last week that would reduce the federal mandate to use fuel ethanol when corn supplies are tight. Livestock and dairy producers say the current mandate gives a financial advantage to ethanol makers and unfairly boosts the cost of livestock feed.

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Friday, October 7,2011

Animal activists busy during 2011

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Each summer, animal activists travel across the country to stir up controversy and create their own version of chaos. These groups start the beginning of each summer with organizational meetings and target planning and they end their summer far more successfully than most in the ag industry realize.

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Friday, October 7,2011

Intermountain properties immune to market woes

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
With soaring corn prices and a roller-coaster stock market, investors are finding ranch and farm lands more and more appealing. U.S. farm real estate value, a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms, averaged $2,350 per acre at the beginning of 2011, up 6.

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Friday, September 30,2011

BLM to review Triple B gather in Nevada

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey has called for a review of existing operating procedures that relate to instances of alleged animal abuse. During the recently completed Triple B wild horse gather in Nevada, more than 1,200 wild horses were removed.

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Friday, September 30,2011

Animal traceability comment period continues

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Secretarys Advisory Committee on Animal Health recently met to discuss various aspects of the new proposed rule on traceability for livestock moving interstate. Like the recent National Animal Identification System, discussion about the proposed traceability rule has become a hot topic throughout the industry.

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