Estate planning for those involved in family ranching is one of the most difficult topics to openly discuss among family members, yet it can have the most long reaching effects within a family and business of any other decision.
In a notice issued at the end of last month, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) field office in Challis, ID, stated its intention to cancel grazing permits linked to land controlled by the Western Watersheds Project (WWP), an anti-grazing advocacy group based in Hailey, ID. The notice,
Representatives of Washington state’s cattle industry gathered together at the capitol in Olympia, WA, on Jan. 19 to testify before the Committee on Agricultural and Rural Economic Policy. They testified on behalf of a bill that, if enacted, would grant greater authority to the brand inspection system in that state. The primary goal of the bill, according to officials
Following a seven-month investigation, the University of Idaho announced Jan. 4 that Dr. Marie Bulgin of the Caine Veterinary Teaching Center in Caldwell, ID, will be allowed to resume her full duties as a teacher, researcher, and administrator. According to Jack McIvar, vice president of research for the university, the investigation, which centered on Bulgin’s 2009 testimony
Ranchers leasing grazing land from the state of Idaho may soon face stiffer competition for those leases as a result of major rule changes proposed by the Idaho Land Board. Under the proposed changes, conservation will be added as an acceptable use of lease lands, a move many fear will pave the way for environmental groups to irrevocably disrupt grazing activities on these lands.
As fall roundups get into full swing and cattle begin to come in off summer ranges, ranchers in some areas may need to look closely and make sure their cattle are all present. Whether the result of a bad economy or simple greed, livestock theft seems to be a growing problem in many western
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of a final rule last month that will require many feedlots to report their emissions as part of a mandatory greenhouse gas registry. According to the new rule, any facility that emits more than 25,000 tons of greenhouse gas per year will be required to report to the EPA.
Two juvenile wolves that have been killing livestock in Oregons Baker County have finally been removed, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). According to officials, the two problem wolves were shot and killed from a helicopter by representatives of the USDAs Wildlife Services division on the morning of Sept.
Following a directive from the Idaho state government, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has announced agreements with 11 sheep producers designed to maintain separation between domestic sheep and wild bighorn populations on public land throughout the state.
The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released a tentative proposal regarding brucellosis that, if enacted, could drastically change the way the disease is managed in the U.S. The proposal is actually a revised version of a plan that was first released last fall,
The Defenders of Wildlife, Earth Justice, and several other conservation groups have filed to have gray wolves in Idaho and Montana relisted for federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. This comes in the wake of the May 4 federal decision to remove protection for wolves in those two states.
In the arid farming country of eastern Washington, crop choices are often said to be limited to wheat, more wheat, or CRP. But Washington State University (WSU) researchers and cooperators are seeking USDA funding to continue a study that may provide area farmers with more options.
Two weevil varieties can give growers double headaches
Alfalfa growers in the central part of Nebraska should keep in mind that they may see two different varieties of weevils in their crop, said University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) Butler County Extension Educator Mike Rethwisch.
The eastern strain usually invades the crop in time for the first cutting, Rethwisch said. The western strain, prevalent in the western two-thirds of Nebraska, peaks one to three weeks later. So growers may treat for one strain, then may have to treat again for the other.
To check for weevils, Rethwisch advised producers to use a sweep net. They