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  • crop irrigation in danger in Colorado
    May 9, 2013

    Colorado Ag Faces Devastating Energy Cost Hike 3

    It was one of those high-minded bills intended to encourage renewable energy. Instead it essentially calls for more than doubling over the next 20 years the percentage of energy that Colorado rural cooperatives would have to acquire from renewable sources. What are our legislators thinking?...More
  • food labels that consumers care about
    May 1, 2013

    Here’s A Food Label That Consumers Care About 1

    Imagine this: a labeling program that consumers care about, and one that promises to help market more beef rather than hinder it, like COOL does....More
  • Carrie Underwood ag gag bill response
    Apr 25, 2013

    Carrie Underwood Gets Political On Tennessee Ag Gag Bill 62

    Carrie Underwood, country music star, vegan and HSUS supporter, is lobbying against Tennessee HB 1191/SB1248, The Livestock Cruelty Prevention Act....More
  • Is Political Compromise possible in DC?
    Apr 23, 2013

    What Ever Happened To Political Compromise? 4

    Perhaps it’s a symptom of the times we live in, but pragmatism and compromise aren’t accepted practices anymore. The result is that either little of real substance is accomplished, or something being rammed down the other side’s throat....More
  • EPA releases private producer information
    Apr 16, 2013

    EPA Gets Slammed For Releasing Personal Data On Farm Families 22

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is getting a lot of heat for releasing personal information of farm and ranch families....More
  • sally jewell good for public land grazing
    Apr 11, 2013

    Interior’s Jewell May Be Best We Could Expect 2

    Public lands users hope that incoming Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s private-sector job experience will make her more predisposed to the multiple-use concept on federal lands....More
  • MCOOL proposal all fluff
    Mar 14, 2013

    You Call This A Fix For Mandatory COOL? 3

    The proposed changes to mandatory country of origin labeling published in Monday’s Federal Register are worthless. The reforms may address the total failure that the law has been, but it definitely will add more costs to the system. And it’s all irrelevant, unless the U.S. plans to abandon its WTO agreements, which seems highly unlikely....More
  • meat inspector sequester is washington game
    Mar 14, 2013

    Meat Inspector Furlough Is Just A D.C. Game 6

    Food inspection is a miniscule part of USDA’s budget, but it greatly impacts industry and consumers. Thus, the meat inspector furlough the perfect issue to use as a chip in Washington game-playing around the sequester....More
  • Mar 6, 2013

    Farmers Against Crippling Taxes (FACT) Act Would Repeal Death Tax 11

    Discussions about the estate tax have died down somewhat since Congress passed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, which locked in a death tax rate of 40% and a $5-million exemption level indexed to inflation. I think Congress hoped that by passing meaningful legislation, it would placate the growing concern and loud protests from the meager country mice like you and me....More
  • Feb 11, 2013

    South Dakota Ag Groups Fight Animal Rights Legislation 16

    My home state of South Dakota hasn’t been a particular hot spot for animal rights activist activity. However, the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), which ranks South Dakota “dead last” for animal cruelty laws, is beginning to have a larger presence here....More
  • Jan 22, 2013

    Good Luck, Mr. President 20

    "We have a chance to finish what we started. Our work begins today. Let's go," tweeted President Barack Obama before his official inauguration yesterday morning. The swearing in of the 44th president of the U.S. is a historic moment for our nation, regardless of whether you voted red or blue in the last election....More

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