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JBS SELLS BIG-TIME The largest cattle feeding operation in the world was recently acquired by Pinnacle Asset Management from Greely, Colorado-based JBS USA. The $200 million dollar transaction includes 11 feeding operations in Kansas, Oklahoma, Idaho, Arizona and Texas that make up the 900,000 head Five Rivers Cattle Feeding. Another feeding operation in Canada, Lakeside Feeders, was also liquidated for US$40 million. The two mega-sales are pending US regulatory and JBS SA corporate approval. INDUCTED TO FARMERS CARE HALL OF FAME Missouri Farmers Care, the statewide coalition of agriculture groups formed to promote modern agriculture, food production and farm life, presented six historic awards at the Missouri Cattle Industry Convention Saturday, Jan. 6. The Missouri Farmers Care Hall of Fame recipients are: Protect The Harvest founder Forrest Lucas, Congressman Jason Smith, Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, Sen. Brian Munzlinger, Rep. and Bill Rieboldt. “RIDICULOUS SITUATION” The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) kicked off a media campaign aimed at spotlighting and correcting a recent court decision that will require livestock producers to comply with laws that are only meant to apply to highly toxic Superfund sites. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) was enacted to provide for cleanup of the worst industrial chemical toxic waste dumps and spills, such as oil spills and chemical tank explosions. The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to- Know Act (EPCRA) was enacted to ensure that parties who emit hazardous chemicals submit reports to their local emergency responders to allow for more effective planning for chemical emergencies. Both of these laws include reporting requirements connected to the events at hand. Neither of these laws was ever intended to govern agricultural operations, for whom emissions from livestock are a part of everyday life. To make this clear, in 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) fi nalized a rule to clarify that farms were exempt from CERCLA reporting and small farms, in particular, were exempt from EPCRA reporting, given that low-level livestock emissions are not the kind of “releases” that Congress intended to manage with these laws. Upon being sued in 2009, the Obama Administration’s EPA defended the exemption in court on the grounds that CERCLA and EPCRA do not explicitly exempt farms because Congress never believed that agriculture would be covered under these statutes, so a specifi c statutory exemption was not viewed to be necessary. Unfortunately, in April 2017, the D.C. Circuit Court vacated the EPA’s 2008 exemption, putting nearly 200,000 farms and ranches under the regulatory reporting authorities enshrined in CERCLA and EPCRA. The new reporting requirements could go into effect as soon as Jan. 22. “This is just another example of radical environmental groups using the courts to wildly distort the original Congressional intent behind legislation,” said NCBA President and Nebraska cattleman Craig Uden. “Unless this ridiculous situation is fi xed, agricultural producers will soon have their operations treated like toxic Superfund sites, and government agencies like the U.S. Coast Guard will be inundated with unnecessary questions and reports.” This is your Monday through Friday and weekends trailer. Load it and slam the gates. Pull it down gravel roads, across pastures, to the auction or county fair. Wilson aluminum gooseneck livestock trailers are built with the same toughness as the Wilson semi-sized livestock trailers and same durability you can count on day after day. Realize your lowest cost of operation. All Wilson gooseneck aluminum livestock trailers are made with riveted construction, which allows them to flex and be more rugged for on or off road use. See How a Wilson Can Work for You! Call 800-798-2002 for the Dealer Nearest You! * Rebate offer does not include bumper hitch model. 4400 S. Lewis Blvd. • Sioux City, IA 51106 sales@wilsontrailer.com www.wilsontrailer.com Bumper Hitch Models Now Available! With or without tackroom See your Wilson Dealer for More Details MARCH 2018 I WORKING RANCH I 21


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