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Friday, September 5,2014

Southwest may face 'megadrought'

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
California’s three years of drought conditions continue across the southern half of the state, with parched soils and destructive wildfires leaving thousands of acres basically void of vegetation, and according to a new study, the state may very well be in for more of the same—for several years.

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Monday, September 1,2014

Regulations expanded in CWA proposal

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Republican chairman of the House Science Committee sent a scathing letter to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week, following the release of maps the he says reveal a plan by the agency to “control a huge amount of private property across the country.

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Monday, September 1,2014

Farmers' Almanac expects cold winter

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The 198-year-old Farmers’ Almanac got it right last year in predicting the winter that just wouldn’t stop. With winter sneaking up, and leaves starting to change colors already, dj vu is setting in. And according to the Farmers’ Almanac, we just may make history again.

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Friday, August 29,2014

Mexico could increase oil production by 75 percent

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“These laws, which follow previously adopted changes in Mexico’s constitution to eliminate provisions that prohibited direct foreign investment in that nation’s oil and natural gas sector, are likely to have major implications for the future of Mexico’s oil production profile,” EIA shared in an official announcement.

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Monday, August 25,2014

Keystone pipeline a hot topic in debates

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Despite any signs of a green light from the current administration for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, it continues to make headlines with those opposing it planning benefit concerts and making field art in Nebraska. In addition to the art talents coming out, the project also faces a new hurdle involving South Dakota tribes.

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Friday, August 22,2014

Spring and summer weather conditions prime for ergot

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
This year’s wet, cool spring, followed with heat and humidity created the ideal conditions for ergot growth, according to extension specialists in some states across the upper Midwest.

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Friday, August 22,2014

USDA seeks input on revisions to outdated beef grading standards

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The current U.S. Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef were set in 1997, and 17 years later, some key players in the industry are wondering if they may very well be a little outdated. The U.S. Department of Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is included in that and has plans to make some adjustments with a little help from producers and consumers.

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Friday, August 22,2014

New report shows budget impact of rising firefighting costs

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Vilsack shared a new report last week that showed that the cost of fighting forest fires has rapidly increased over the last 20 years, and that the budgets for other forest programs, including those that can help prevent and mitigate fire damage, have substantially shrunk.

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Monday, August 18,2014

Processing plant closures on the rise

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Tyson Foods Inc. announced last week, ahead of its purchase of Hillshire Brands Co., it will close three facilities it acquired in the 2001 purchase of beef and pork processor IBP Inc. Tyson’s closures come on the heels of Cargill’s announcement to close its Milwaukee, WI, plant and L&H’s announcement to close it San Antonio, TX, plant.

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Monday, August 18,2014

Vesicular Stomatitis cases on the rise

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Both Texas and Colorado have seen a surge in Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) cases this summer, and that has local and state official watching animal movement a little closer. The numbers have surpassed 200 in both states, with primarily horses making the list, but the two states now have added cattle to the numbers of infected.

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