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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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Friday, March 14,2014

Japan puts snag in Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In a press conference with several ag organizations, the groups explained why their support has now switched to opposition; Japan’s offer does not even come close to meeting the agreement expectations.

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Friday, March 14,2014

Legislation introduced to prevent EPA release of producer information

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
In February and April of 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released names, addresses, geographic coordinates, and even phone numbers and email addresses of over 80,000 producers in 29 states, prompting several lawmakers to propose legislation that would prevent further releases.

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Monday, March 10,2014

Proposed FY2015 budget cuts crop insurance

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Each year the president takes time to send Congress a budget proposal, along with a long list of potential policy changes, marking the beginning of the year’s long political debate to finalize the plans for the appropriations bill for the next fiscal year.

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Monday, March 10,2014

USDA's FSIS has strict standards for imports

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
According to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), foreign countries that export meat, poultry, and egg products to the United States are required to establish and maintain inspection systems that are equivalent to those of the United States.

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