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2016 June 24
Few issues have been as divisive or have touched a collective nerve throughout the ranching community over the past few years in the way that public land ownership has. In nearly every western state, as politicians debate the merits of land ownership by government agencies, the same agencies continue to acquire new acreage.

by WLJ
2016 June 24
The Western Governor’s Association (WGA) released seven new policy resolutions at its annual meeting on June 14. Among the resolutions was one entitled, “Wildland Fire Management and Resilient Landscapes,” which addressed the issues of fire, fire suppression, and funding of fire efforts, among others.

by WLJ
2016 June 24
The issue of grazing management for wildlife comes up often among wildlife managers and livestock producers with wildlife interests. The correct application of grazing management is not the same for every landowner, but there are common considerations.

by DTN
2016 June 24
Agriculture’s 24/7 workload poses special issues for payroll. Most farmers assume they are not required to pay overtime for any farm work performed by their employees, points out Paul Neiffer, a CPA with CliftonLarsonAllen in Yakima, WA. But given the new rules imposed by the Department of Labor (DOL) starting Dec.

2016 June 24
The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands met last week to discuss the wild horse problem. They discussed challenges and potential solutions to the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) Wild Horse and Burro Program. Steve Ellis, Deputy Director of Operations at

2016 June 24
“What am I doing?” The question came from a perplexed young student who was part of a schoolsponsored field trip to the Dickinson Research Extension Center. These young people were spending the day in an agricultural environment, walking through our pastures and fields, as well as the farm shelter belts planted in the past decades.
by DTN
2016 June 20
In Midwestern areas such as Nebraska, the major effect on alfalfa growers has been delays in first cutting, which could lead to some loss in quality, according to Bruce Anderson, Professor of Agronomy and Extension Forage Specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


by USDA
2016 June 20
“Through the county committees, farmers and ranchers have a voice. Their opinions and ideas get to be heard on federal farm programs,” said FSA Administrator Val Dolcini. “I encourage all eligible farmers and ranchers across the spectrum of American agriculture to get involved in this year's elections.


2016 June 20
The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) held its annual meeting last week in Colorado Springs. Members from throughout the state had opportunities to hear from a wide range of speakers and participate in panel discussions. In addition a robust trade show added to learning experiences with regular “Café Chat” sessions and advice from vendors.


2016 June 20
Domestic sheep have grazed on the Gravelly Landscape of southwestern Montana since the 1860s. But the Gallatin Wildlife Association is suing to get those sheep removed. The group claims that domestic sheep are responsible for disease outbreaks among the bighorn sheep population, introduced to the area by Montana Fish and Wildlife in 2001.




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