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Monday, December 1,2014

New RFS decision creates frustration

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
“In light of this delay in issuing the 2014 RFS standards, the compliance demonstration deadline for the 2013 RFS standards will take place in 2015.

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Friday, November 28,2014

EPA's micromanagement plan beating up businesses

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
While ag groups are typically focused on the big picture when it comes to EPA’s plans for more water control, changing emission standards, or handling climate change, there is another side to the overreach that doesn’t typically get as much coverage— the actual bottom line of EPA’s damage—the never ending fines.

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Friday, November 28,2014

Ozone proposal could set impossible standards: Rep. Whitfield

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy cited ozone’s damaging effects on children and the elderly, with plans to move forward on tightening limits on the pollutant for the first time since 2008.

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Friday, November 28,2014

California's water crisis puts grazing in the hot seat

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has proposed a statewide action plan “to enhance environmental benefits from grazing, protect beneficial uses of surface and groundwater, and address water quality impacts related to livestock grazing in California.

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Monday, November 24,2014

Senate shoots down Keystone plans

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
In a bit of a dramatic showdown last Tuesday, a Senate bill that would have given the green light for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, got the big stop sign—again. After the final vote was read, a man reportedly with the Lakota Tribe of South Dakota began singing, followed by protesters who called out Democrats who voted in support of the pipeline.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Southwest ranchers receive first Mexican wolf 'Pay for Presence' payments

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The Mexican gray wolf was reintroduced into a small area of eastern Arizona and western New Mexico in 1998. While the success of the reintroduction is actually in the midst of a court battle with environmentalists, a volunteer livestock depredation plan successfully completed its first year.

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Friday, November 21,2014

ESA protection sought for unique Yellowstone bison

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
Two environmental activist organizations petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to protect Yellowstone bison through the Endangered Species Act (ESA), claiming that the Yellowstone bison are “unique, significant, and genetically and behaviorally distinct.

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Monday, November 17,2014

Lawsuit-inspired listing ends 20 years of sage-grouse conservation efforts

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
“The Gunnison sage-grouse listing takes a large step backward in species conservation and capitulates to extreme activists disregarding over 20 years of successful science-based conservation outcomes,” the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) shared in a press release.

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Friday, November 14,2014

Dietary guidelines talk turns to sustainability

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
The sixth meeting of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, made up of a 14-member panel appointed by the Department of Health and Human Services, was held Friday, Nov. 7. The committee has been taking into consideration a number of comments on the future guidelines, including the sustainability topic.

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Friday, November 14,2014

USDA moves forward with second checkoff plan; comments welcome

by Traci Eatherton, Editor
“Beef industry representatives agree that this important program needs more resources. USDA is stepping up at a critical juncture to help achieve the industry’s goal,” said Vilsack. “With this action we can boost research investments, increase beef exports, and encourage folks here at home to support American beef producers.

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