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Environmental Groups Hamper Endangered Species Conservation

    WASHINGTON (August 23, 2016) – Today, the Center for Biological Diversity along with other radical environmental groups threatened to sue the Department of Interior and Fish and Wildlife Service to force action on 417 proposed listings under the Endangered Species Act, all stemming from a massive lawsuit settlement brokered behind closed doors and without stakeholders at the table. Ethan Lane, Executive Director of the Public Lands Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Federal Lands, said the behavior of these groups has hampered species recovery by placing arbitrary listing-decision deadlines that leave no time for sound research and science-based decisions. “This is precisely why the Endangered Species Act is broken,” said Lane. “Groups like the Center for Biological Diversity are attempting to force their agenda on FWS through litigation abuse. Substantive ESA reform is needed now to allow FWS the autonomy necessary to prioritize species conservation according to need, rather than political agenda.” During the nearly 40 years since the ESA was passed, the Act has a recovery rate of less than two percent and has over 2,000 domestic species listed. “Attention should be placed on creating real recovery goals and delisting species when they are no longer considered endangered, rather than overwhelming the agency with paperwork,” said Lane.     Source:  National Cattlemen's Beef Association  

North Dakota CattleWomen Showcasing the Health Benefits of Beef and Running

The North Dakota CattleWomen (NDCW) and its partners will showcase the heart-healthy benefits of BEEF during its 5th annual "Beefin' It Up; Fuel for the Finish" 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run on October 1st, 2016. This year's event will again include a special race for the smallest of our cowboys and cowgirls! We are offering the kids a half-mile run. For the folks who won't find themselves near Mandan we are also offering a unique "Virtual" run which can be completed by the participant at any time during race week. A portion of this year’s proceeds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish foundation of North Dakota. The Make-A-Wish organization grants the wishes of children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. The North Dakota Chapter has been making wishes since 1985 and the NDCW are proud to support this organization with race proceeds. The race is open to everyone, from dedicated athletes to individuals who just want to get some heart-healthy exercise. High-quality, nutrient-dense protein, like beef, play an important role in overall health and wellness. That is why the NDCW is pleased to sponsor this event and share its worthy message throughout the state. In previous races, the NDCW used race proceeds to donate educational beef books to libraries across the state. After the 2015 race we have been able to purchase over 1,600 books for schools and libraries across the state in the 4-year history of the Beef Run!! Eating nutrient-dense beef as part of a balanced diet and being physically active can be part of the solution to maintaining a healthy weight and a growing body of evidence shows the nutrients in lean beef, such as protein, iron and B-vitamins, help maintain a healthy weight, build muscle and fuel physical activity. Find more information about the “Beefin’ It Up; Fuel for the Finish” 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run, at the event’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BeefinItUpFuelForTheFinish Race Information: - Race day registration begins at 8:00 am until 9:15 am at The Post, 2 miles South of Mandan on Highway 1806 on the west side of the highway. There will be parking available. 10K run will begin approximately at 9:30am; 5K run at 9:40am; 5K walk at 9:50am with the kids run to follow starting approximately at 11:15am. There will be a scavenger hunt and coloring pages to occupy the youngsters while their parents are participating in the run/walk. The kid run is for anyone 10 and under. - The 5K/10K route will follow paved trails and roads from The Post along the beautiful Missouri River into Fort Lincoln State Park. - The run/walk will be professionally chip timed by Competitive Timing with the race results available after the race has been completed at: http://CompetitiveTiming.com - Your pre-registration will include a race shirt! Those who register after September 1st will be on a 1st come, 1st serve basis as long as they last. The t-shirts will be a long sleeve, moisture wick shirt available in an adult men's size and also in youth sizes for the smaller participants. - All Participants will receive a Medal upon completion along with beverage and healthy re-fuel snacks provided by the North Dakota CattleWomen. - There will be a small processing fee included with your on-line registration.   Race Headquarters is located at The Post 2 miles south of Mandan on Hwy 1806 South West side of the Road, Mandan, ND US 58554 5th Annual Beefin’ It Up; Fuel for the Finish 5K Run, 10K Run, 5K Walk,  ½ Mile Kids Fun Run & Virtual 5K Run, 10K Run , 5K Walk & ½ Kids Fun Run 

USDA Will Allow Meat, Egg Products to be Labeled "No GMO"

Reuters reports:  The USDA will begin allowing meat, poultry and egg producers to put labels such as "contains no GMO ingredients" or "derived from beef fed no GMO feed" on products that are not made with genetically engineered ingredients or animal feed.  The Aug. 19 guidance is one of the first Agriculture Department actions to stem from a recently enacted law on GMO labeling. The guidance, which takes effect immediately, gives food makers information and examples on how to label products as non-GMO, known as a negative claim.  Previously, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) only allowed the use of the phrases "GMO" and "genetically modified organism" on livestock or poultry labeling if it was part of the name of a third-party certifying organization, such as "Non-GMO Project," the USDA said. But the law enacted July 29 that created a nationwide, voluntary GMO labeling system (Pub. L. No. 114-216) also set rules for labeling products as GMO-free (See previous story, 07/15/16).  "Therefore, FSIS has reconsidered its position and will allow the use of the terms 'genetically modified organism' or 'GMO' in negative claims provided that the label or labeling is otherwise truthful and not misleading," the USDA said.  Labeling Law  The new law gives the USDA two years to create and finalize rules implementing the law, though the rulemaking process might face challenges. Analysts say the USDA will need to cooperate with the Food and Drug administration to avoid conflicts on labeling requirements. Moreover, they say the USDA will need to clarify which types of genetic engineering fall under the scope of the law.     Source: Agri-Marketing   Photo courtesy of USDA NRCS