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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USDA seeks input on revisions to outdated beef grading standards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were set in 1997, and 17 years later, some key players in the industry are wondering if they may very well be a little outdated.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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Friday, August 15,2014

New bipartisan measure on the ballot for California water crisis

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“We are especially pleased that the storage portion of this legislation is a continuous appropriation preventing the legislature from withholding funding. Passage of this legislation is an essential first step in adding capacity to our state’s existing storage infrastructure,” Nassif said.

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Monday, August 11,2014

Vet med mobility act signed into law

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The passage of the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act in the U.S. House of Representatives in July, and its signing by President Obama Aug. 1, ensures that veterinarians will be able to continue to use controlled substances on farms and ranches, outside of clinic settings.

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Monday, August 11,2014

Russia sets one-year import ban on ag products

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last week, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev delivered Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement that he was banning imports of meat, fish, milk and milk products and fruit and vegetables from the United States, the European Union, Australia, Canada and Norway.

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Friday, August 8,2014

Missourians side with family farmers

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last Tuesday, August 5, Missouri residents headed to the polls to vote on a “right to farm” amendment that protects farmers’ every day livelihoods. The amendment, which passed by just 2,500 votes, states “the right of farmers and ranchers to engage in farming and ranching practices shall forever be guaranteed.

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Friday, August 8,2014

Lawsuit filed against Wyoming horse roundups on public lands

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The wild horse battle is heating up again, as Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sets the stage for a number of summer roundups in Wyoming, to comply with the 1971 enacted Wild Free- Roaming Horses and Burros Act (Wild Horse Act), which establishes equine numbers in designated areas.

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