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Friday, December 2,2011

WTO determines COOL creates unnecessary trade obstacles

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The World Trade Organization (WTO) announced it has ruled in support of complaints by Canada and Mexico that U.S. Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) violates global trade rules.

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Friday, December 2,2011

Net farm income forecast up 28 percent in 2011

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA’s recent forecast for net farm income, which reflects income from production, was $100.9 billion in 2011, up $21.8 billion or 28 percent from last year. Net cash income, which only reflects cash transactions, is forecast up by $17.5 billion from 2010 to $109.

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Friday, December 2,2011

Pilot program for biofuel-friendly oilseed crop

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Camelina (Camelina Sativa)— also known as wild flax, German sesame, or Siberian oilseed—is an ancient oil-bearing plant that has been domesticated and extensively used in Europe for several thousand years.

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Friday, December 2,2011

Meat processing plant will revive failing community

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
If everything goes as planned, Estell said the plant is expected to begin processing by mid 2013 and be running at 100 percent by 2015. The plant will process up to 2,000 head of cattle, 2,500 pigs and 1,000 sheep and goats daily once operating at full capacity.

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Friday, December 2,2011

Nevada state engineer to decide water pipeline fate

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Nevada’s state engineer, Jason King, won’t be walking on water any time soon, but if Las Vegas has its way, the city will be a little less thirsty. As Nevada’s top water regulator, King will determine the fate of what may easily be the state’s scarcest and most precious resource—southern Nevada’s water supply.

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Friday, November 25,2011

Few surprises in cattle on feed report

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the U.S. for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.9 million head on Nov. 1, 2011. The inventory was 4 percent above Nov. 1, 2010. This is the second highest Nov. 1 inventory since the series began in 1996.

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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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