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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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Friday, March 16,2012

Investigative report on

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last week’s media blitz was buzzing with pink slime bites after ABC News’ March 7 investigative report on the use of the beef filler. According to their report, the lowgrade beef product, dubbed pink slime, is present in 70 percent of ground beef sold at supermarkets.

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Friday, March 16,2012

Comprehensive BSE rule written

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
If the proposed rule is finalized, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) import regulations for BSE would become more science based. As a result, commodities that are now restricted but pose no risk for BSE could be imported, according to APHIS.

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Friday, March 9,2012

USDA opens temporary inspection facilities

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA approved the temporary inspection facilities in response to increased demand from Russia, Turkey and Kazakhstan for live cattle in 2011. USDA said the facilities reduce the distance animals must travel before export and help exporters meet strict shipping deadlines.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Legislation to end “man-made drought” in CA

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Water Reliability Act (H.R. 1837) in a bipartisan vote of 246 to 175.

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Friday, March 9,2012

Egypt turns away ship of stranded cattle

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
It’s understood that ventilation problems on the recently converted livestock vessel, the MV Gracia Del Mar, caused the deaths of more than half of the animals on board since the ship left South America for Egypt a few weeks ago. The ship has been anchored in the Red Sea for over a week.

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