December 20, 2018 | Vol. 11 : No. 12


A Farm Bill for Christmas

2018 Farm Bill is a reality.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue hailed the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill Dec. 12. The House of Representatives approved the 2018 Farm Bill, or Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, conference report the afternoon of Dec. 12, following the Senate’s passage Dec. 11. The 807-page document works to preserve the important agriculture, forestry and nutrition programs that help to feed, clothe and fuel nearly 330 million Americans. The president signed the bill Dec. 20.

Association Perspective

EPDs are easy.

Another year has come to an end. It was a year with many new innovations, technologies and programs introduced. It seems with every passing year there is more and more information being fed to us. So much so that, quite frankly, it can be a pain to process. This concept is especially true to those in the beef cattle business.


We take a moment to reflect on the real reason for celebration in this busy season — Jesus is the center of the season. This photo also reminds us that consumers are the center of the beef business, and you, our readers, are at the center of the Angus Beef Bulletin. Thank you for your partnership, and we wish you a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.

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WOTUS You Be My Neighbor?

EPA and Army propose new Waters of the United States definition.

Dec. 11, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army (Army) are proposing a clear, understandable and implementable definition of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) that clarifies federal authority under the Clean Water Act. Unlike the Obama administration’s 2015 definition of WOTUS, today’s proposal contains a straightforward definition that would result in significant cost savings, protect the nation’s navigable waters, help sustain economic growth and reduce barriers to business development.

‘Winter Crud’ Remedies

Treating acute sinusitis without antibiotics.

I have acute sinusitis, and my health care provider doesn’t think I need antibiotics. Are there nonprescription medications that can help relieve symptoms?

Yes. Over-the-counter pain relievers and decongestants may help relieve facial pain and sinus congestion associated with acute sinusitis.