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Friday, December 16,2011

2012 National Western Stock Show 106th year

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“The 2012 National Western Stock Show (NWSS), Jan. 7-22, will feature many new, exciting events,” Paul Andrews, president and CEO said, “while still remaining true to our 106-year tradition of serving agriculture producers and consumers throughout the world and preserving our western heritage.

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Friday, December 16,2011

Klamath water wars escalating

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Klamath River dams have become a contentious decadelong water controversy over how the river should be managed, relating to the water supplies of farmers in the Klamath Basin and the southern Oregon region where the river begins, in addition to fish habitats.

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Friday, December 16,2011

WASDE projects higher steer prices

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA raised its 2012 price forecast for cattle (5-area direct, all grades) to an average of $120 to $128 per cwt. from last month’s forecast range of $117 to $126 in the Dec. 9 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report..

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Friday, December 16,2011

State requires chemical disclosure on fracking

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The new rules, endorsed by industry and environmental groups and approved by the nine-member Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC), require oil and gas operators to publicly disclose all chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing of their wells, while still recognizing and protecting trade secrets.

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Friday, December 9,2011

Hearing requested on renewable fuel standard’s impact

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In a letter to the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, a coalition of the U.S. livestock and poultry industry associations, including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American Meat Institute, the National Chicken...

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Friday, December 9,2011

Some of 2008 Farm Bill implemented

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In a press release, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA has published the Final Rule implementing the 2008 Farm Bill provisions to better protect livestock producers and poultry growers under the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).

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Friday, December 9,2011

Farm dust regulation prevention act called unnecessary

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received a clear signal last week from the U.S. House of Representatives that placing burdensome and scientifically unfounded regulations on U.S. farmers and ranchers is unacceptable.

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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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