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by WLJ
2017 July 7
As of printing, the largest uncontained fires were the Brianhead fire in Utah (67,430 acres, 75 percent contained), the Truckee fire in Nevada (47,000 acres, 20 percent contained), and the Frye fire in Arizona (46,700 acres, 51 percent contained)..
by WLJ
2017 July 7
On the heels of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s announcement that the Yellowstone Ecosystem population of grizzly bears will be removed from the endangered species list, the Western Watershed Project (WWP) announced its intent to sue the service.
2017 July 7
Anyone watching the U.S. Drought Monitor lately has noticed a distinct lack of red. Acres impacted by drought this year are half of what they were last year, and severity is down considerably. All around very good. But what changed, and what is to come?.


2017 July 7
WGA Chair and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock was joined by fellow western governors Dennis Daugaard, SD; Matt Mead, WY; Brian Sandoval, NV; Gary Herbert, UT; David Ige, HI; Doug Burgum, ND; John Hickenlooper, CO; Butch Otter, ID; and Ralph Torres, Northern Mariana Islands.
by WLJ
2017 July 7
Lance Pekus, a rancher from Salmon, ID, was featured in the July 3 episode of NBC’s American Ninja Warriors, setting the best time of the night’s contest. He completed the obstacle course in just over two minutes, officially 2:10:13. The winning time qualifies him to compete in the Kansas City finals, which air Aug.
2017 July 7
Early weaning is always listed as an option in drought management strategies. This does reduce grazing pressure if the calves are sold or confined in a drylot area. Depending on the severity of the drought and the available forage a producer has, this may or may not be a sufficient strategy.
2017 July 7
“The water year starts on Oct. 1 and basically covers the entire season that [California] typically accumulates snow. Through that time period, California in particular and much of the West was really wet,” Brian Fuchs, climatologist with the National Drought Mitigation Center, explained to WLJ.
by WLJ
2017 July 7
Photographers are advised to submit photographs in large file sizes. Also, judges and ASI staff encourage entrants to provide both horizontal and vertical photos. This will better assure these talented and creative photos can be shared in future issues of the Sheep Industry News.


2017 June 30
Kevin Kester, a fifth-generation California rancher and NCBA president-elect, testified in support of the market access that NAFTA has delivered for America’s cattle producers, and warned against the re-adoption of failed policies that harmed the industry in the past.
2017 June 30
The Japanese guests helped move cattle at the 112-year-old King Ranch, learned how ranchers care for the cattle and land with emphasis on how today’s ranchers maintain age-old traditions while contributing to research and embracing progress to improve ranching and agriculture production.
by WLJ
2017 June 30
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue was in China last week to formally mark the return of U.S. beef to the Chinese market after a 13-year absence. He was joined by U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad. On June 30, Perdue and Branstad ceremonially cut a prime rib that originated in Nebraska and was shipped by the Greater Omaha Packing Company.
2017 June 30
In a press release, EPA said it, along with the Department of Army and Army Corps of Engineers (the agencies), propose to recodify the regulatory text that existed prior to 2015 defining the WOTUS rule.


by WLJ
2017 June 30
announced last Tuesday that the Senate vote on the American Health Care Act of 2017 (H.R. 1628) will be delayed until after the July 4 holiday. Both the House and the Senate are out on congressional recess until the week beginning July 10. Senators are reportedly planning to make changes to the bill which passed the House on a very narrow margin.


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