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Monday, June 23,2014

Hong Kong fully opens to U.S. beef

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In December 2003, Hong Kong banned U.S. beef and beef products following the detection of a bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)-positive animal in the United States (one of only four cases ever discovered in America). In December 2005, Hong Kong partially reopened its market to allow imports of deboned U.

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Friday, June 20,2014

More time needed for public input on new endangered species regulations

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Since 1973, the U.S. government has spent billions of dollars on more than 1,500 animal and plant species listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), with just 2 percent of the protected species’ coming off the evergrowing list.

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Friday, June 20,2014

Diet studies a dime a dozen during grilling season

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The list of dos and don’ts in a healthy diet just got a few new additions from some questionable diet “gurus.” A new review of old research co-authored by a group with strong animal rights connections includes six new dietary recommendations that supposedly will help prevent cancer, “even when evidence on certain issues are up for debate.

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Monday, June 16,2014

DOT exemption for livestock haulers

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Truck drivers hauling livestock and poultry received a reprieve last week with the Department of Transportation (DOT) announcement that they would be exempt for one year from a government regulation requiring drivers to take a half-hour break for every eight hours of service.

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Monday, June 16,2014

President proposes new approach to addressing wildfire suppression costs

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The president’s FY15 budget proposed a new approach to addressing wildfire suppression costs, modeled after bipartisan legislation introduced in both houses of Congress.

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Friday, June 6,2014

Ag would take a hit with EPA carbon proposal

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Along with the potential of putting a number of people out of work, the announcement follows a long line of proposals and changes that threaten U.S. agriculture, according to Ashley McDonald, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA).

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Friday, June 6,2014

California lists wolf

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last Wednesday, the California Fish and Game Commission voted to move forward with listing the gray wolf as an endangered species under California Endangered Species Act (CESA).

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Friday, June 6,2014

El Nino weather pattern improves 2014 hay outlook

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Historically high prices in the hay markets are expected to continue for the fourth year in a row, with tight supplies and continued drought in parts of the U.S. But there is some hope that the expected El Niņo weather pattern may offer some relief on the production end, and may return hay prices closer to a normal range.

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Friday, June 6,2014

Conserving sensitive land with CRP

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
CRP is a land conservation program administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). In exchange for a yearly rental payment, farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally-sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Two Oregon counties vote to ban GM crops

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Voters in Oregon’s Josephine County passed Measure 17-58 by a slightly narrower margin, 58 percent to 42 percent. This one is expected to end up with a court date because the state passed a law in October 2013 limiting counties’ rights to ban GMOs.

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