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Friday, May 30,2014

U.S. beef export outlook optimistic

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng said beef exports were up 11 percent in volume and 9 percent in value during the first quarter. “One of the key markets we’re enjoying at the moment is the Mexican market. The Japanese market is also performing quite well for us—we’re up about 20 percent in the first quarter,” he said.

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Friday, May 23,2014

Federal water legislation passes House

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last week, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly (412 to 4) approved a water resources reform legislation package that supporters say cuts federal red tape and bureaucracy, streamlines the infrastructure project delivery process, fosters...

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Monday, May 19,2014

Government land grab fears gaining

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Over 50 state leaders from nine states gathered earlier this month to take a stand against the ongoing long-term federal land grab and discuss plans to gain state control. The recent standoff in Nevada seems to have drawn some national attention to a topic that has been ongoing.

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Monday, May 19,2014

Studies look at algae as nutritional feed

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Feed costs for cattle operations has always been the largest expense for producers, and finding new low cost feedstuffs and supplements continues to be a challenge.

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Monday, May 12,2014

House passes EAJA tracking, reporting plan

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
If the Senate decides to sign off on the House’s latest decision to make some changes to the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA), environmental groups may be looking for a little extra cash for their legal funds. Last week, the U.S. House approved by voice vote the Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act (H.

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Friday, May 9,2014

USDA audit report: Brazil's food safety inspection plan flawed

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
A recent announcement from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) of a case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in a Mato Grosso cow has added more questions to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s plan to hopefully allow the importation of fresh and frozen beef from 14 states in Brazil.

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Monday, May 5,2014

Gray area in Steens Act fencing responsibility

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The pristine Steens Mountain wilderness area was designate by Congress in 2000, and covers over 170,200 acres in Oregon.

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Friday, May 2,2014

New immigration'enforcement review' raises concerns

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Any hope for immigration reform before the end of the year seems to be slowly diminishing, as the stalemate on the heated topic continues in the White House.

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Friday, May 2,2014

APHIS finalizes chronic wasting disease interim rule

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued the final version of a regulation last week, establishing a herd certification program for farmed and captive deer, moose and elk to help identify and stop the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD).

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Monday, April 28,2014

Keystone Pipeline delayed indefinitely

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Once again, the Obama administration took the postpone plan on a final decision for the Keystone XL pipeline, creating more frustration on both sides of the controversial topic. The postponement was announced April 18, and extends the key review period—indefinitely.

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