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Friday, February 14,2014

2014 farm bill signing used to promote rural growth initiative

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“We’ve had the strongest stretch of farm exports in our history,” Obama said. “We are selling more stuff to more people than ever before,” he said, adding, “What we grow here and what we sell is a huge boost to the entire economy, but particularly the rural economy.

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Monday, February 10,2014

Senate sends long-overdue farm bill to President

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last Tuesday, following a 68-32 vote in the U.S. Senate, and several years of debate, the Agriculture Act of 2014 was—finally— sent to President Obama’s desk for his approval. On Jan. 29, the House of Representatives approved a compromised House- Senate version of the bill, dubbed the farm bill, with a 162-63 vote.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Plane crash mars NCBA’s 2014 convention opening

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Glenn Mull, 62, owner of Mull Farms and Feeding in Pawnee Rock, KS; his wife, Elaine, 63; their daughter Amy Harter, 40; and granddaughter Samantha Harter, 16, were killed on Monday when the Gulfstream 690C they were in crashed while preparing to land, said family friend Lori Gibson.

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Friday, February 7,2014

Populations of NM, AZ wolves rising

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Arizona’s endangered Mexican gray wolf population continued a four-year trend of reproduction, growing from 75 to 83 in 2013, state and federal officials announced in January. A subspecies of the gray wolf, the Mexican wolf was added to the federal endangered species list in 1976.

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Friday, February 7,2014

U.S. becomes a "Ground Beef Nation"

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Changing consumer preferences and a production model tailored to the production of top-shelf steaks has put the U.S. cattle industry in a position of losing market share to competitive proteins, according to a new report from the Rabobank Food & Agribusiness Research (FAR) and Advisory group.

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Monday, February 3,2014

Farm bill clears House with bipartisan support

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The bill, a compromise of House and Senate versions, is estimated to cut federal spending by $23 billion over 10 years compared to current law. It would cut crop subsidies by $8 billion, conservation by $7 billion and food stamps by $8 billion. The nearly $1 trillion.

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Friday, January 31,2014

WY State Rep Sue Wallis dies at 56

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
A rancher and daughter of former legislator Dick Wallis, Wallis was found dead Tuesday morning at a hotel in Gillette. The Gillette News- Record reported that Campbell County Sheriff Bill Pownall confirmed the lawmaker’s death. The cause has not been determined, but the paper quoted Coroner Tom Eekhoff as say ing.

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Friday, January 31,2014

USDA to purchase "tainted" cattle

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
As many as 5,000 cattle in a Wyoming and Montana feedlot will be purchased by the U.S Department of Agriculture (US- DA) and destroyed, according to a press release from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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Friday, January 31,2014

Study: Americans cutting red meat

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Furthermore, 25 percent of pork consumers claimed to have eaten less pork in 2013 than they did in 2012, according to the research. In contrast, only 10 percent of beef and other red meat eaters are eating more, and only 13 percent of pork consumers are eating more.

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Friday, January 31,2014

Immigration reform back on the GOP itinerary

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
“In one of the great traditions of our democracy, the President is invited to the House chamber each year to discuss how he and Congress can work together for the American people. After five years, President Obama is clearly out of ideas.

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