Check out the major stories on Drovers CattleNetwork from August 31 to September 4.

U.S. court places hold on federal water protection rule

U.S. court on Thursday blocked a federal clean water rule from going into effect in certain states until a legal challenge has been resolved, handing a victory to states and business groups that have strongly opposed the regulation.

Ranch succession-planning series: Define compensation and responsibilities, Part II

From part two of our four-part ranch succession-planning series. “Almost everyone I work with in agriculture fights formality, and by that, I mean defining a job description,” Dave Specht, founder of Advising Generations LLC, says. “Most family-business stakeholders have a ‘do whatever it takes to get the job done’ type work ethic because their operation depends on it. While that attitude is essential, it isn’t concrete enough to provide the structure needed.”

What's up with WOTUS?

Implementation of the Clean Water Rule: Definition of “Waters of the United States” (usually referred to as the WOTUS rule) was set to become effective on August 28, 2015. Several lawsuits were filed by agricultural groups, among others, requesting a preliminary injunction, or order, to halt the rule’s implementation until lawsuits could be settled.

Age of accountability

Now is the time for veterinarians to begin working with clients in preparation for changes mandated by the FDA’s new veterinary feed directive (VFD) rule. The new rule takes effect on Oct. 1, 2015, and will immediately apply to those drugs which already require a VFD. 

FDA issues new guidance documents

The FDA this week issued two new Guidance for Industry documents, both related to the approval process for new animal drugs.

Meat of the Matter: Let me count the ways

In addition to the nutritional value of the food products and the economic value generated by animal agriculture, here are Seven Serious Reasons Why We Need Livestock.

Chipotle misled customers? Naturally!

Chipotle spins its GMO-free claims in the wake of a lawsuit alleging false advertising.

There is plenty of trade work yet to do

To start with, one could be forgiven for assuming that once the World Trade Organization ruled against the U.S. mandatory country-of-origin labeling law four times — twice each on the original regulatory rule and twice more on the revised version — the issue was settled.

Drovers favorite headwear is....

In this week's poll, Drovers CattleNetwork wanted to know which you prefer: baseball cap or cowboy hat? Check out the results here.