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Monday, July 21,2014

UNL study takes some of the heat off of Merck's beta agonist Zilmax

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to a recent study by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), beta agonists do not harm cattle, contrary to last year’s concerns brought up by industry partners.

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Friday, July 18,2014

California agriculture faces greatest water loss ever seen

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Drought conditions in California have the state’s water officials taking extreme measures to curb water waste in urban areas, and local universities pointing out future agricultural losses if there’s not a break in the clouds soon. In addition, the lack of water has some residents looking at the export of alfalfa as the possible culprit.

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Friday, July 18,2014

Forest management 'smart and responsible' when it comes to fires

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Environmentalists’ arguments against forest thinning may have a little less impact after crews from Arizona’s San Juan fire shared reports that the control of the blaze had improved considerably once it hit areas that had longterm forest management practices in place.

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Monday, July 14,2014

Coalition asks for indefinite COOL suspension

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The mystery behind the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) final decision regarding country of origin labeling (COOL) will hopefully be finalized by the end of the month, but coalition members asking for an indefinite suspension of the revised COOL rule believe the public announcement on the final decision probably won’t be seen until September.

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Friday, July 11,2014

No hurry to finalize RFS standards

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The ongoing RFS debate has divided parts of the ag industry with the food vs. fuel argument. In addition, policymakers have raised concerns with compliance of the current standard, citing rising food and fuel costs and debating whether or not the standards are actually reducing greenhouse gas emissions as planned.

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Friday, July 11,2014

Clean Water Act proposal has muddied the waters

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
On Thursday, July 10, EPA Region 4 held a press conference call to discuss an all-day meeting of the Agency’s Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) in Atlanta to discuss the proposed rule that is supposed to clarify Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction.

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Monday, July 7,2014

Obama to 'act alone' on immigration reform

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
President Obama directed the Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to move additional resources to the border to protect the area.

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Monday, July 7,2014

DOI requests horse lawsuit be dismissed

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Nevada Association of Counties (NACO) and the Nevada Farm Bureau Federation filed the suit, claiming that overpopulation of horses was a symptom of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) negligence to follow the Wild Horse and Burro Act, resulting in damage to the range, wildlife and wild horses.

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Monday, June 30,2014

Agreement reached in sage-grouse habitat plan

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The Obama administration has made plans to spend $31 million through 2024 to boost sage-grouse protection by helping ranchers and other landowners to improve habitat along the California-Nevada borders. Stakeholders in the plan are hopeful that this will keep the sage-grouse off the endangered species list.

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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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