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Friday, October 7,2011

Intermountain properties immune to market woes

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
With soaring corn prices and a roller-coaster stock market, investors are finding ranch and farm lands more and more appealing. U.S. farm real estate value, a measurement of the value of all land and buildings on farms, averaged $2,350 per acre at the beginning of 2011, up 6.

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Friday, September 30,2011

BLM to review Triple B gather in Nevada

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Bob Abbey has called for a review of existing operating procedures that relate to instances of alleged animal abuse. During the recently completed Triple B wild horse gather in Nevada, more than 1,200 wild horses were removed.

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Friday, September 30,2011

Animal traceability comment period continues

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Secretarys Advisory Committee on Animal Health recently met to discuss various aspects of the new proposed rule on traceability for livestock moving interstate. Like the recent National Animal Identification System, discussion about the proposed traceability rule has become a hot topic throughout the industry.

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Friday, September 23,2011

Crop insurance on the chopping block

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Like clock-work, every five years Congress renews the farm bill, while lobbyists and lawmakers fight to save critical pieces that support the ag industry. But this year, to the surprise of many farmers and agriculture organizations, congressional drive for large savings is forcing early debates.

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Friday, September 23,2011

Meat added to top retail thefts

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Protein consumption is the new rage, with high protein diets and Generations X and Y wanting classier meals. The increased demand, combined with drought problems, has caused beef prices to climb anywhere from 15 to 20 percent, depending on the cut.

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Friday, September 23,2011

E-coli testing costs to consumers

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USDA has been testing for the common O157:H7 pathogen for over 17 years. The six they plan to add have been found in food in recent years, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says they cause an estimated 110,000 illnesses annually.

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Friday, September 23,2011

Atrazine and glyphosate in the hot seat

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Atrazine has been vital to the farm economy for more than 50 years and has been instrumental in increasing corn, sorghum and sugar-cane production. According to EPA, farming without atrazine would cost corn growers as much as $28 per acre in alternative herbicide costs and reduced yields.

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Friday, September 16,2011

Judge upholds wolf hunts

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
As the wolf battles rage on, a judge in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied environmentalists requests for an emergency injunction to halt wolf hunting in Idaho and Montana while the groups press their legal case against Congress.

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Friday, September 16,2011

Farm dust regulation prevention act

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE.) introduced three pieces of legislation that would ease the regulatory burdens plaguing farmers and ranchers. One of his bills would explicitly prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating farm dust.

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Friday, September 16,2011

COOL enforcement lax

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Various agricultural and consumer advocacy groups have argued for legislation requiring food products to be labeled, and the 2002 Farm Bill did just that, requiring retailers to notify their customer of the country of origin of certain commodities. The COOL final rule went into effect in March 2009.

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