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Monday, May 12,2014

House passes EAJA tracking, reporting plan

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
If the Senate decides to sign off on the House’s latest decision to make some changes to the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA), environmental groups may be looking for a little extra cash for their legal funds. Last week, the U.S. House approved by voice vote the Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act (H.

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Friday, May 9,2014

USDA audit report: Brazil's food safety inspection plan flawed

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
A recent announcement from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) of a case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in a Mato Grosso cow has added more questions to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s plan to hopefully allow the importation of fresh and frozen beef from 14 states in Brazil.

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Monday, May 5,2014

Gray area in Steens Act fencing responsibility

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The pristine Steens Mountain wilderness area was designate by Congress in 2000, and covers over 170,200 acres in Oregon.

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Friday, May 2,2014

New immigration'enforcement review' raises concerns

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Any hope for immigration reform before the end of the year seems to be slowly diminishing, as the stalemate on the heated topic continues in the White House.

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Friday, May 2,2014

APHIS finalizes chronic wasting disease interim rule

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued the final version of a regulation last week, establishing a herd certification program for farmed and captive deer, moose and elk to help identify and stop the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD).

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Monday, April 28,2014

Keystone Pipeline delayed indefinitely

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Once again, the Obama administration took the postpone plan on a final decision for the Keystone XL pipeline, creating more frustration on both sides of the controversial topic. The postponement was announced April 18, and extends the key review period—indefinitely.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Cattle branding tips for low stress and quality brands

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In Beulah, WY, the first weekend in June is reserved for the Testicle Festival, an annual fundraiser for the local volunteer fire department, where local ranchers donate some of the family jewels to the cause.

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Friday, April 25,2014

Comment period for Brazilian imports closes

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Earlier this year, the United States Department of Agriculture Animal (USDA) and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a proposed federal rule that would allow Brazil to export to the United States fresh and frozen beef from specific regions in Brazil.

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Monday, April 21,2014

EB-5 program scrutinized in plant closing

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The once defunct Northern Beef Packers plant, in Aberdeen, SD, has new owners, and a new name, no doubt with hopes of the past controversies being laid to rest. The plant was recently purchased by San Francisco-based White Oak Financial Advisors and is now New Angus, LLC.

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Monday, April 14,2014

Livestock disaster aid sign-up begins

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Producers who lost livestock or crops in the 2012 drought or the 2013 blizzards are eligible for some relief with the 2014 farm bill Livestock Forage Program (LFP) and Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) that are now permanent packages and include retroactive payments for eligible losses back to Oct.

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