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Friday, April 4,2014

BPI wins first victory with judge‚s ruling on LFTB

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Beef Products Inc. filed a lawsuit against ABC in September of 2012 seeking $1.2 billion in damages. The South Dakota company says the television network’s coverage led to the closure of three plants and roughly 700 layoffs by misleading consumers into believing the product is unsafe.

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Friday, April 4,2014

Ohio ranchers increase the state's checkoff fee

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“We were very happy to get the news,” said Frank Phelps, Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) President. “I would like to thank cattlemen throughout Ohio and those organizations who got behind this effort and understood the need to increase checkoff resources to better promote our product.

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Friday, March 28,2014

Total numbers on litigation fees not adding up in GAO report

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
While the Center for Biological Diversity was quick to jump on the report with another misleading press release claiming that House Republicans have imagined the “calamity-inducing threat to the National Forest system,” GAO did confess in its report that all the numbers were not all accounted for.

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Friday, March 28,2014

Below normal temperatures are expected to persist

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
While farmers across the Midwest are getting geared up for spring planting, Mother Nature seems to be up to her typical bi-polar weather patterns, with excessive moisture in some areas, and a return of the Dust Bowl in others. According to the calendar, spring officially started Mar.

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Friday, March 28,2014

Politics, weather boost wheat prices

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Wheat Association, strong export demand supported markets, including a soft red winter (SRW) cargo purchase by Egypt. Worries about how political tensions in the Black Sea region might disrupt grain shipments helped push futures even higher, the association said.

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Monday, March 24,2014

Immigration reform wanted this year

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Partnership for a New American Economy and the Agriculture Coalition for Immigration Reform released a new report last week showing how American families are eating more imported fresh produce today than ever before, in substantial part because U.

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Friday, March 21,2014

Lawsuit filed against ag protection law

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Just a few weeks after the governor of Idaho signed the state’s new ag protection law, a group of journalists and organizations—claiming to be dedicated to civil liberties, animal protection, food safety, labor rights and the environment—filed a lawsuit challenging the law’s “constitutionality.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Wild horse program calls for drastic changes

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last week the Bureau of Land Management sent out a press release requesting applications for research proposals to develop new or improve existing ways of controlling the population growth of wild horses and burros that roam public lands in the West.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Preg. test options offer pros, cons

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Blood testing to detect pregnancy in cows has yet to take a strong hold over the tried and true results of palpating or ultrasounding, but it is making its way into the industry. Palpating is still the main practice of most veterinarians, in part because old habits die hard, and ultrasounding still has its place in the industry.

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Friday, March 14,2014

AI increases options for producers

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Starting out with just heifers, Blair liked the idea of being able to use proven bulls and pick for certain traits, so in 1990 he began using AI on his cows. After breeding a couple of generations of heifers, he realized the AI daughters were too good to cull.

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