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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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Friday, December 30,2011

Nitrates a concern for drought-fed cattle

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to Jack Whittier, Colorado State University, nitrate accumulation usually is triggered by some environmental stress where plant growth is restricted but absorption of nitrate from soil continues. “The most common stress of summer annuals is drought.

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Friday, December 23,2011

Winter storms disrupt markets

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Wind and snow crossed the southern Plains twice last week bringing frigid temperatures and blowing snow. Between last week’s weather and the impending holidays, cattle owners seemed more focused on daily operations than sales, but a slight rally on Thursday warmed things up.

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Friday, December 23,2011

State and tribal laws collide on branding and fencing

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Vetere leases Bureau of Land Management (BLM) property to graze his cattle in Utah’s Grand County, which is considered a “fence out” county, and a portion of the property borders unfenced tribal land. But according to Brent Pace, investigator with Utah’s Grand County Sheriff’s Department, this fence law has problems.

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Friday, December 23,2011

Alaska officials confirm fatality from wolf attack

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In a report released on Dec. 6, officials with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) presented its findings regarding a wolf attack that resulted in the March 2010 death of Candace Berner, a 32-yearold teacher from Chignik Lake on the Alaska Peninsula.

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