For much of California’s central valley, 2013 stands as the driest year in recorded history. Thus far, say area farmers and ranchers, 2014 has provided little relief from a drought now in its third year. The impacts are staggering.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has agreed to return to the drawing board after a proposal to enact regulations governing the use of brewery and distillery byproducts as livestock feed drew considerable opposition from both industries.
In a lawsuit heard in federal district court on Dec. 17, Earthjustice, the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), and several other organizations are seeking to reinstate federal protections for Wyoming wolves under the Endangered Species Act.
A set of changes to the rules encompassed by the Clean Water Act (CWA) recently proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have caused significant concern among cattlemen’s organizations and western legislators, who fear an increasing encroachment of federal regulations into private property interests.
District Court judge Christina Armijo denied a long standing lawsuit brought by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and others, effectively removing one of the final roadblocks preventing the legal slaughter of horses within the United States.
As ongoing droughts force western cattle off summer range earlier than usual, and with every indication of an early winter on the way, ranchers throughout the west are re-evaluating their winter feeding programs. As costs mount and hay prices rise, many are seeking alternatives to hay and other traditionally costly commodities.
A long-awaited decision from the Washington state supreme court, issued August 15, ruled 8-1 against Washington rancher, Joe Lemire, in a case that may have far reaching implications regarding the enforcement of water quality laws in that state.
Officials with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA), the Idaho Cattle Association (ICA), and a coalition made up of Idaho ranchers and veterinarians are recommending changes to the rules governing trich testing of bulls in that state.
A proposed rail line to service coal mines near the southeast Montana community of Colstrip has drawn harsh criticism from landowners along the prospective route, many of whom claim the project is an unacceptable encroachment of their private property rights.
An attempt to resolve a long standing debate over water rights between landowners in western Montana and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) failed to pass the state legislature last week, marking another step in a decades old debate over ownership of water in the region.
As the gray wolf expands its territory in the northwest, controversies over the species between ranchers, wildlife agencies, and proponents of the species are also spreading to previously unaffected areas.
Owing to the nature of Washington’s wolf management plan, which calls for dispersal throughout the state before Endangered Species Act restrictions can be lifted, Rep. Joel Kretz introduced a bill last month calling for the transplantation of wolves into the western portion of the state.
A series of grazing cutbacks announced on Jan. 28 by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) left ranchers in southwestern Idaho’s Owyhee County reeling, and county officials worrying about the region’s economic future.
An ongoing battle underway in Washington is pitting landowners and ranchers against the state Department of Ecology (DOE), Washington’s primary water regulatory agency, over the agency’s claimed authority to force the fencing of stream banks on private property to exclude livestock.
A recently developed international committee designed to measure and assess the environmental impacts of the livestock industry worldwide has announced its election of California Animal Science professor Frank Mitloehner as its first chairman. The committee is a project of the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
The apparently very poor condition of a shipment of U.S. cattle bound for Russian dairy farms has officials in that country considering a ban on the importation of U.S. cattle that arrive via oceangoing vessels. In a statement issued Sept.
The Idaho Wool Growers Association (IWGA), along with individual ranchers in that state, has filed suit against the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). The claim disputes a 2010 decision by officials in Idaho’s Payette National Forest (PNF) to cut sheep grazing allotments on the forest by roughly 70 percent.
The ongoing legal battle between a Washington rancher and that state’s water regulatory agency is now headed to the state Supreme Court in a case that may profoundly affect the level of authority wielded by such agencies, potentially throughout the west.