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South Dakota Squashes COOL Attempt

2/27/2017 8:38:00 AM
The South Dakota legislature has stopped a move to require country-of-origin labeling on beef sold within the state. Only 13 senators voted in favor of rewriting the state’s COOL law. >> Read More

Legislation Introduced to Reform the Commodity Checkoff Program

7/14/2016 2:57:00 PM
Supporters Urge Congress to Take Action and Pass Meaningful Commodity Checkoff Program Reform
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Canada Opposed Even to Voluntary Country-of-Origin Labeling

1/18/2016 10:42:00 AM
Canadian Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay said after meeting with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that Canada "does not support voluntary labeling."  >> Read More

USDA Halts Enforcing COOL Requirements

12/22/2015 11:23:00 AM

Effective immediately, USDA is not enforcing the COOL requirements for muscle cut and ground beef and pork.  

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Congress Forsakes Consumers and Producers in COOL Repeal

12/16/2015 7:38:00 PM
"Congress is forsaking consumers and producers by terminating the right of U.S. citizens to know the origins of their food." >> Read More

Key Ag Issues Included in 2016 Spending Bill

12/16/2015 11:26:00 AM

Issues include COOL Repeal, Dietary Guideline Limits, Permanent Section 179 provisions, however the fate of WOTUS is being left in the hands of the courts.  

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WTO Hands Down Painful COOL Tariffs

12/7/2015 9:07:00 AM
National Farmer Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson denounced the finding stating, "Today's decision to allow Canada and Mexico to impose..."
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New Canadian Agriculture Minister Will Pursue COOL Retaliation

11/16/2015 9:00:00 AM
A WTO arbitration panel now is determining the level of retaliation; Canada and Mexico have asked for a combined $3.1 billion.  >> Read More

COOL Arbitration Decision Date Pushed Back

10/15/2015 5:45:00 AM
Canadian officials are likely displeased by the apparent arbitration panel decision delay, as they wanted the U.S. Senate to act on legislation to repeal COOL before Congress recesses. >> Read More

WTO Sets COOL Arbitration Hearing

8/11/2015 10:44:00 AM

The WTO has finally set a date to consider Canada and Mexico's proposed retaliatory tariffs against the U.S. in the country-of-origin labeling dispute.  

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Recent Ag News

Public Lands Stewards Recognized by BLM at PLC Meeting

9/22/2017 1:57:00 PM
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (September 22, 2017) – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today, announced three 2017 Rangeland Stewardship Award recipients at the Public Lands Council (PLC) Annual Meeting in Flagstaff, Ariz. Recipients included Utah rancher, Bill Kennedy, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, and The Stewardship Alliance of Northeastern Elko County.
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Outcome Based Grazing Allows Flexible Livestock Management on Public Land

9/22/2017 10:26:00 AM
WASHINGTON (September 22, 2017) – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) today launched a demonstration program allowing stakeholders in the grazing community an opportunity to achieve rangeland health goals on public land while allowing greater flexibility in livestock management decisions. The program focuses on responsive outcome based grazing on public lands. >> Read More
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Montana Towns

9/21/2017 4:52:00 PM

Montana Towns circa 1920.

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From Space Cowboy to Montana Rancher

9/21/2017 5:00:00 AM

As Commander of Apollo 8, NASA astronaut Frank Borman along with fellow astronauts Jim Lovell and Bill Anders become the first humans to orbit the moon. Now 49 years later, Frank has traded in his astronaut suit for cowboy boots as a Montana rancher.

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Grazing Prevents Wildfires

9/20/2017 1:59:00 PM
Even though you may not have thought about it before, grazing does indeed prevent the catastrophic wildfires that take human lives, families’ homes and ranches, and kill endangered species. >> Read More
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