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Submitted by Newsroom on November 9, 2010 – 8:59 amNo Comment
Latest Wyoming News: 8:59 a.m. mst
 
 BEEF PROMOTION
     Wyo. lawmakers consider extra $1 fee for cattle
    
     CASPER, Wyo. (AP) – State lawmakers are considering allowing
Wyoming ranchers to be charged an additional $1 per head of cattle
to pay for beef promotion programs.
     The Casper Star-Tribune reported Tuesday that the Joint
Agriculture Committee is drafting the proposal to create a state
beef checkoff. If the bill passes, the fee couldn’t be imposed
unless it’s approved by the Wyoming Livestock Board.
     Ranchers already pay $1 a head but only half of that money goes
to the Wyoming Beef Council. The other half goes to the national
beef checkoff program.
     Moorcraft rancher Judy McCullough, the director of the
Independent Cattlemen of Wyoming, says the extra $1 fee would mean
producers would pay $800 on a sale of 400 cows, the cost of a calf.
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     Information from: Casper Star-Tribune – Casper
     
 WAL-MART-TRUCKER
     Colorado jury awards $15M to trucker who slipped
     
     GREELEY, Colo. (AP) – A Colorado jury has awarded $15 million to
a Cheyenne truck driver who said she slipped and fell on ice and
grease while making a delivery to a Wal-Mart in Greeley.
     Wal-Mart tells the Greeley Tribune that it’s considering
appealing the award for 41-year-old Holly Averyt, which a jury
ordered Friday.
     Her lawyer, Gregory Gold, thinks it could be one of the highest
slip-and-fall verdicts in the country.
     Gold presented city documents showing that some grease from the
store’s deli didn’t get trapped in a device designed to keep it
from getting into the sewer. He said Averyt had to undergo three
spine surgeries, was unable to return to work and lost her truck.
     A Wal-Mart spokesman that the company respectfully disagrees
with the verdict.
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     Information from: Greeley Daily Tribune
     
 FARM BUREAU
     Wyo. Farm Bureau annual meeting to be in Cody
    
     CODY, Wyo. (AP) – The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation holds its
91st annual meeting later this week in Cody.
     The meeting begins Thursday and runs through Saturday.
     Featured speakers include American Farm Bureau Federation
President Bob Stallman and AFBF Grassroots/Political Advocacy
Director Cody Lyon.
     They will address agriculture issues and their impact on
Wyoming.
     In addition to the informative speakers, Farm Bureau members
will work on policy development.
    
 WATER RIGHTS
     Supreme Court to hear MT vs. WY water case
    
     BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court has set a Jan. 10
hearing date on Montana’s claim that farmers in Wyoming are taking
too much of the region’s scarce water supply.
     Montana sued its southern neighbor in 2007, saying it was
violating a 1950 deal to share the water of the Yellowstone River
and its tributaries. The lawsuit alleges that Wyoming industries
are depleting two Yellowstone tributaries – the Tongue and Powder
rivers.
     The outcome could have far-reaching consequences for the
region’s farmers, who rely heavily on the rivers due to an arid
climate.

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