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by WLJ
2011 October 24
The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recent letter to two senators stating the agency has no plans for expanding the current air quality standards to include agriculture dust is giving the ag industry hope that maybe the EPA regulation rampage is slowing down.
2011 October 24
Dry Creek Rancheria, 75 acres of what was once an 86,400-acre territory, is home to the Pomo Indians, and they include not just one tribe, but approximately 21 independent communities speaking seven different language dialects. The tribe was officially recognized as a sovereign nation in 1915.
2011 October 24
It takes so many plants to make a stand, cows to make a herd, and drops to make a rain. Before turning that herd out to pasture, you look for enough plant mass to support their grazing. If you're watching a couple of bred heifers for a month, you might as well be watching 20 or 30.
2011 October 24
We are q u i c k l y coming up on show season with Louisville in November and Denver after the first of the year. Many breeds have stubbornly held on to the show ring as their major points of selection while other more successful breeds have moved beyond this more traditional form of selection.
by DTN
2011 October 24
House and Senate Agriculture committee leaders failed to finalize a letter the Friday before last on proposed farm bill budget cuts and a rewrite of farm programs that they were planning to send to the super committee on deficit reduction, but were expected to send it last week.
by WLJ
2011 October 24
An update of federal labor regulations governing youth employment could mean significant changes in the types of work young people can do on the farm, according to the leader of Ohio State University (OSU) Extension's Agricultural Safety and Health program.
by WLJ
2011 October 24
Sens. Roy Blunt, R-MO, and Mike Crapo, R-ID, last week introduced the Superfund Common-Sense Act of 2011 (S. 1729), which would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the courts from imposing what the policymakers called another needless and burdensome regulation on U.
by WLJ
2011 October 24
"For example, an increase in Choice demand, a decrease in Choice supply, a decrease in Select demand or an increase in Select supply could all cause the Choice/Select spread to widen," he said. "It is not always easy to understand what is driving changes in the Choice/Select spread because of the many factors that may be involved.
by WLJ
2011 October 24
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will conduct in-depth reviews of 374 animal and plant species indigenous to the U.S. southeast to determine whether they need protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
by DTN
2011 October 24
The American Soybean Association (ASA), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), and the National Farmers Union (NFU) are backing the House and Senate Ag Committee leaders decision to recommend to the deficit super committee that farm bill spending be cut by up to $23 billion over 10 years.
2011 October 24
The Department of Transportation (DOT) reported that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has completed the required steps to allow Mexican trucks to operate in the U.S. under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and has granted authorization to a Mexican carrier to make U.
by WLJ
2011 October 24
A proposal that would have stopped subsidies for new gas station pumps to boost ethanol sales failed to make it into the Senate's version of USDA's fiscal 2012 budget last Wednesday.
by DTN
2011 October 24
Fights began breaking out last Tuesday among agriculture interests over what the super committee might do with the farm bill, even though no one knows how the leaders of the House and Senate agriculture committees are planning to move ahead with the proposal that they sent to the super committee last Monday.
by WLJ
2011 October 24
The current rate of agricultural productivity growth is lagging the worlds expanding demands, according to a new report released last week.
by WLJ
2011 October 24
In light of funding reductions in fiscal year (FY) 2011 and the likelihood of additional reductions in FY 2012, National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducted deliberate reviews of all programs against mission and user-based criteria aimed...
by WLJ
2011 October 24
August was another outstanding month for U.S. pork and beef exports, according to statistics released by US- DA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Pork exports reached their highest monthly volume of the year at 186,068 metric tons, and the second-highest value total of all time at $531.
by WLJ
2011 October 24
Feed efficiency in beef cattle is getting a closer look by a Texas AgriLife Research scientist who is evaluating both feedlot performance and feed intake to improve profitability and reduce the environmental impact of beef production systems.
by WLJ
2011 October 24
The California Rangeland Trust is pleased to announce that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law SB 436 (Kehoe-D), which allows approved parties, including land trusts like the Rangeland Trust, to hold mitigation conservation easements and associated endowments on projects required under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA).


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