Long lines of large, tall wind turbines are cropping up on range lands and pastures throughout America, changing the appearance of agriculture landscapes as the United States places more emphasis on renewable energy and less reliance on foreign oil imports.
The two million residents of Las Vegas and the city’s tens of millions of annual tourists are nearly completely dependent on Lake Mead for drinking water in arid Nevada, which gets blisteringly hot in the summer. About 90 percent of southern Nevada’s water comes from Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir.
Extremely adverse weather has lashed the Upper Midwest in recent weeks, unleashing tornadoes, heavy hail, unusual cold and flooding on states such as Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Ohio just as farmers are itching to get their tractors into fields and crops planted.
The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) welcomes the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 23 ruling that limits the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of so-called greenhouse gases to the largest sources of emissions, curbing its ability to impose restrictions on smaller operations such as farms and ranches.
“It’s certainly a problem. It’s almost inevitable. When ground is disturbed, weeds are the first things that want to come up. It’s a bit of an ongoing battle,” Jim Magagna, Executive Vice President of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, told the Western Livestock Journal.
Since late 2013, the overall rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has increased by about 50 percent. Between October 2013 and April 2014, there were 183 quakes of magnitude 3.0 or stronger. By contrast, the long-term average between 1978 and 2008 was about two such quakes each year.
Destructive tornadoes wreaking widespread destruction from Arkansas to North Carolina, blacking out tens of thousands of electricity users, destroying and flattening numerous houses. Flash flooding inundating Alabama and Florida, washing out highways with many inches of rain falling within a brief amount of time.
Following the end of a tense standoff between the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association (NCA) says the incident underscores the steady trend of federal agencies elevating environmental and wildlife issues over livestock grazing.
Cattle producers in Nevada and Utah are somewhat torn about the controversial standoff between embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management that has resulted in the federal government’s confiscation of Bundy’s livestock..
According to the lawsuit, FWS violated the Endangered Species Act by agreeing to a settlement with New Mexico-based WildEarth Guardians that led to a consent decree requiring the agency to determine the listing status of 250 other species by Sept. 30, 2015, essentially sidestepping the rulemaking process.
With the California Air Resources Board’s staff endorsing a delay for ranchers and livestock haulers to comply with the state’s diesel truck emission regulations, a California Cattlemen’s Association officer hopes the full board will agree with the...
A USDA study concluding that wild Yellowstone National Park bison deemed free of brucellosis could safely establish new herds across the West, including Indian reservations, without posing risk to livestock is getting mixed reviews from Montana ranchers.
Kedzie was among those in attendance Feb. 18 when President Barack Obama announced in Maryland that he was instructing Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy to develop stricter fuel economy standards for medi um and heavy duty trucks by March 2016.
Jim Robb, Director of the Denver-based Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC), cautions that the USDA’s long-term baseline report issued this month may not be as accurate as data indicated three months ago, especially regarding the crop outlook.
The California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF) is praising legislation moving through Congress that would help the Golden State preserve dwindling water supplies by boosting storage as it copes with an extreme drought that threatens food production, economic output, power generation and thousands of jobs.
With California’s worst drought in history parching vast stretches of pasture and depleting water supplies, the Turlock Livestock Auction and other auctions are experiencing an unseasonable surge in cattle sales for this time of year as ranchers reduce their herds.
Charles Maude raises cattle and hogs on his family’s South Dakota homestead about 40 miles southeast of Rapid City. He just paid $2.89 a gallon for propane to fill a 220-gallon tank and heat a farrowing building on his property. That figures out to about $635 in one payment.
A California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) officer says his organization is sorting out the details of new legislation introduced by state lawmakers to restrict the use of antibiotics used on livestock—before the CCA takes an official stance on the measures.
California Gov. Jerry Brown’s recent declaration of a drought emergency in the Golden State underscores the gravity of what the extreme water shortage portends for the state’s massive agriculture industry, in addition to virtually all sectors of society, a California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) officer warns.