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Friday, March 9,2012

Synchronizing aids reproductive management

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
It’s that time of year, after spending the winter finding quality bulls, when producers are planning their summer breeding season schedules. The question of using estrus synchronization and artificial insemination (AI) still plays in the back of many producers’ minds.

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Friday, March 2,2012

House sides with land owners on eminent domain

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2012, sided with private property owners by passing the Private Property Right Protection Act of 2012 (H.R. 1443). The bipartisan bill, sponsored by Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, R-WI, essentially prevents states from using eminent domain over property to be used for economic development.

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Friday, March 2,2012

TransCanada set to re-apply for Keystone permit

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
TransCanada Corporation announced last week that they had sent a letter to the U.S. Department of State (DOS) informing the department the company plans to file a Presidential Permit application (cross border permit) in the near future for the Keystone XL Project from the U.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Cattle on feed gains another 2 percent

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
U.S. cattle numbers have declined 14 of the last 16 years, with the addition of 2011. The severe drought has increased the reduction of cattle numbers, sending feeder cattle to market at lower and lower weights, resulting in less beef per animal, including less Choice grades.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Iowa ag production fraud bill

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The bill now goes to Gov. Terry Branstad for a signature to make it law. The Senate changed the legislation last year before approving it last Tuesday on a 40- 10 vote. The House adopted the Senate’s changes without debate and approved it on a 69-28 vote.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Petition filed to protect gray wolves in California

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and three other conservation groups petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission last week to protect gray wolves as an endangered species under the California Endangered Species Act.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Fifth Amendment takings disguised as animal cruelty

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
On Dec. 15, 2011, a Park County judge barred Vernon E. Wagner of Park County from owning, managing, controlling, or otherwise possessing cattle in Park County, according to a Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) press release. The ruling stemmed from a joint investigation by CDA and Park County Sheriff’s Office alleging animal cruelty charges.

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Friday, February 24,2012

KORUS FTA date set despite controversy in Korea

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The move will help pave the way for both countries to boost their economic and political ties, according to reports. South Korea’s parliament approved the free trade pact in November of last year despite vehement protests from opposition lawmakers. The deal was signed in July 2007 and approved by Congress in October 2011.

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Friday, February 24,2012

Panel kills truck weight increase

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The bill’s amendment, brought by Reps. Lou Barletta, R-PA, and Jerry Costello, D-IL, scrapped the language approving the increase and added the addition to have the Transportation Department do a threeyear study of the impacts of a change.

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Monday, February 20,2012

Report calls for beef export demand to continue growth

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In USDA’s recent report, titled “USDA Agricultural Projections to 2021,” the agency predicted U.S. corn prices would average $6.70 per bushel in the 2011/12 marketing year ending Sept. 1, 2012, but remain at or below $5 per bushel for the next nine years.

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