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Friday, November 25,2011

Putting “equal” back in Equal Access to Justice Act

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The bill to return the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) to its original intent passed through the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee in mid-November, bringing it one step closer to the president’s desk, and one step closer to holding activists financially accountable.

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Friday, November 18,2011

U.S. forest policies threaten livestock grazing

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
On behalf of the Public Lands Council (PLC) and the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI), Margaret Soulen Hinson told lawmakers during a hearing of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands if USDA’s Forest Service’s...

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Friday, November 18,2011

Stirring up dust - again

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In late October, the group petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to “rein in dangerous levels of particulate matter air pollution in 21 areas in eight western states, including Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming.

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Friday, November 18,2011

Politics take over pipeline

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
President Obama, under strong political pressure, announced that he would delay indefinitely the final decision on the proposed $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline to transport Canadian oil to American markets, despite the State Department’s report and conclusion that the project would create no negative environmental impacts.

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Friday, November 18,2011

No oak on the alternative feed list

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
As county after county continues to be added to the 2011 drought map, the total cost to agriculture is still unknown, but the devastation has been obvious with shortage of feed and water, total loss of crops, downsizing cattle herds, and fire destruction.

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Friday, November 11,2011

Cattle components missing in GIPSA rule

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA submitted modified sections of the proposed Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) livestock marketing rule as Final and Interim Rules for review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

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Friday, November 11,2011

WASDE report lowers corn production

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Corn and soybean yields and production were both reduced in USDA’s Nov. 9 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, and came in below average from pre-report trade expectations, according to analysts.

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Friday, November 11,2011

EPA, DOE study renewable energy on West Haymarket Brownfield Site in NE

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are collaborating on a project to evaluate the feasibility of transforming West Haymarket Brownfield Site in Lincoln, NE, into a site to generate renewable wind energy.

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Friday, November 4,2011

Japan reviewing restrictions on beef import rules

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
An advisory panel of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare began the much anticipated review of Japan’s meat import rules last week. Current restrictions in place ban import of beef from cattle over 20 months of age.

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Friday, November 4,2011

Youth farm labor rule comment period extended

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
While the proposed changes do not apply to children working on a farm owned or operated by their parents, they would impact the 14- and 15-year-olds wanting to work on farms not owned by their parents. It also impacts high school vocational agriculture programs, including 4-H.

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