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Mark Mendiola, WLJ Correspondent

May 17, 2013
“We got $10 in new spending over that 20 years; meanwhile our pork and poultry competitors got $110,” said Nevil Speer, an animal scientist at Western Kentucky University. “You can’t grow an industry without new revenue coming in, and we basically worked in a stagnant industry for 20 years.
May 13, 2013
As Interior secretary, succeeding Colorado’s Ken Salazar, Jewell oversees an $11.5 billion annual budget, 70,000 federal employees and nearly 30 percent of the entire U.S. land mass, including national parks and wildlife refuges. Interior’s policies also impact live stock.
Mar 15, 2013
The nation’s livestock industry can find itself at odds with the U.S. oil and gas industry with concerns about potential groundwater contamination caused by such “fracking,” which involves injecting highly pressurized fluids into subterranean shale formations to create new veins or fractures, improving recovery of underground oil and gas.
Mar 1, 2013
A Nevadan who served as a public lands, mining and wildlife advisor for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid from January 2003 to January 2011 will be named acting national director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages 253 million acres, or one-eighth of the nation’s entire land mass, mostly in the West.
Feb 1, 2013
With Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson resigning after four years, the president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) doubts the EPA’s corn-based ethanol mandate will be revoked soon despite a drastic reduction of corn available for cattle feed and a sharp spike in its cost.
Nov 9, 2012
Research soil scientist Paul White of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Sugar Cane Research Unit in Houma, LA, participated on a team that studied whether adding the compost would provide the carbon needed to support healthy plant cover at damaged postmining sites where there is limited organic soil carbon.
Oct 19, 2012
Eastern Wyoming ranchers say they were blindsided in late 2010 when it was announced that a $500 million, 525-mile natural gas liquids pipeline would slice through their private land, mostly avoiding public lands. Construction of the pipeline now is under way in the Cowboy State, with completion expected in 2013.
Aug 10, 2012
The three-month investigation by the USDA, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) turned up no other cases of BSE, commonly known as Mad Cow Disease. Marsh said he was impressed by the outstanding response of USDA and CDFA to the potentially disastrous incident.
Jul 27, 2012
As a relentless, historic drought continues to blister nearly 65 percent of the nation—decimating huge volumes of U.S. corn and other crops—livestock and dairy organizations are urging Congress to either sharply curtail or entirely eliminate a federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requiring 10 percent of the nation’s gasoline supply come from ethanol.
Jul 13, 2012
U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-ID, says he does not expect the full House of Representatives to soon consider an appropriations act that reins in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “overreaching” regulations and contains provisions essential for preserving reasonable livestock grazing access on public lands.
Jun 29, 2012
Monstrous, raging wildfires consuming massive swaths of parched land in western states, destroying hundreds of homes and forcing tens of thousands to evacuate also are making conditions hotter than blazes for ranchers grazing livestock on the range and in dire need of expensive hay and scarce water for their cattle and sheep.
Jun 15, 2012
A bill sponsored by the California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) to exempt farmers, ranchers and their employees from needing commercial drivers’ licenses to operate heavy trucks and trailers within 150 miles of their farm operations died in committee, the week of June 4, to the disappointment of agriculture groups in the state.

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