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Mark Mendiola, WLJ Correspondent

News
Feb 9, 2015
The Jan. 30 announcement that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service (USFS) will increase federal grazing fees for 2015 by 25 percent or from $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) in 2014 to $1.69 per AUM did not entirely surprise J.J. Goicoechea, a Nevada rancher, veterinarian and Eureka County Commission Chairman.
News
Feb 9, 2015
The Jan. 30 announcement that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service (USFS) will increase federal grazing fees for 2015 by 25 percent or from $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) in 2014 to $1.69 per AUM did not entirely surprise J.J. Goicoechea, a Nevada rancher, veterinarian and Eureka County Commission Chairman.
News
Sep 22, 2014
The wildfires that have raged through much of the West this past summer took a heavy toll on cattle, grazing land, fences and ranchers striving to survive one of the most devastating droughts ever recorded. Now many cattle producers are wondering if they will be allowed.
News
Sep 15, 2014
The attorney representing three Nebraska landowners opposed to construction of TransCanada Corporation’s $5.4 billion Keystone XL Pipeline through their property argued their case before the Supreme Court of Nebraska on Friday, Sept. 5, challenging the Legislature’s fast track routing approval for the massive, controversial project.
News
Sep 1, 2014
Cattle ranchers and their families were among the hundreds of thousands rudely jolted awake at 3:20 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, when the worst earthquake to hit northern California in 25 years struck with a vengeance, causing an estimated $1 billion in damage, injuring more than 200 people, wreaking widespread havoc.
News
Aug 25, 2014
North Dakota appears to be the hardest hit of the northern tiered states that include Montana, South Dakota and Minnesota as they cope with the shipping dilemma. Grain elevators could run out of storage capacity during the looming harvest, requiring grain to be stored on the ground and risk.
News
Aug 8, 2014
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s decision at the end of July to not release extra water into the Trinity River and Klamath River will make conditions in Oregon and northern California more difficult for ranchers, fisheries, tribes and many others as the prolonged drought worsens in those states.
News
Jul 14, 2014
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.
News
Jul 7, 2014
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.
News
Jun 27, 2014
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.
News
Jun 23, 2014
“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.
News
Apr 14, 2014
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..
News
Mar 31, 2014
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.
News
Jan 24, 2014
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.
News
Dec 23, 2013
U.S. livestock and dairy organizations have urged Congress to either sharply curtail or eliminate the RFS that requires 10 percent of the nation’s gasoline supply come from ethanol, which has driven up corn feed prices and overhead costs for farmers and ranchers in recent years.
News
Dec 6, 2013
The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument encompasses 1.9 million acres in southern Utah, making it the largest land area of all U.S. national monuments. It has been controversial since its inception in September, 1996, when President Bill Clinton used his authority under the Antiquities Act to create it while campaigning for a second term.
News
Nov 11, 2013
Justin Oldfield, government relations vice president for the California Cattlemen’s Association, notes cattle herds nationwide are at their lowest numbers since 1953. Cattle rustling always has been a problem for the livestock industry, he says, adding he has seen an increase in such incidents.
News
Oct 11, 2013
Another case was confirmed Sept. 26 in Madison County. Brucellosis was since found in two more animals from its 1,100-head herd. All of the animals had been vaccinated. Testing on animals from herds adjacent to the ranches with infections continue in both Madison and Park counties.
Opinion
May 17, 2013
“We got $10 in new spending over that 20 years; meanwhile our pork and poultry competitors got $110,” said Nevil Speer, an animal scientist at Western Kentucky University. “You can’t grow an industry without new revenue coming in, and we basically worked in a stagnant industry for 20 years.
News
May 13, 2013
As Interior secretary, succeeding Colorado’s Ken Salazar, Jewell oversees an $11.5 billion annual budget, 70,000 federal employees and nearly 30 percent of the entire U.S. land mass, including national parks and wildlife refuges. Interior’s policies also impact live stock.
News
Mar 15, 2013
The nation’s livestock industry can find itself at odds with the U.S. oil and gas industry with concerns about potential groundwater contamination caused by such “fracking,” which involves injecting highly pressurized fluids into subterranean shale formations to create new veins or fractures, improving recovery of underground oil and gas.
News
Mar 1, 2013
A Nevadan who served as a public lands, mining and wildlife advisor for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid from January 2003 to January 2011 will be named acting national director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages 253 million acres, or one-eighth of the nation’s entire land mass, mostly in the West.
News
Feb 1, 2013
With Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson resigning after four years, the president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) doubts the EPA’s corn-based ethanol mandate will be revoked soon despite a drastic reduction of corn available for cattle feed and a sharp spike in its cost.
News
Nov 9, 2012
Research soil scientist Paul White of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Sugar Cane Research Unit in Houma, LA, participated on a team that studied whether adding the compost would provide the carbon needed to support healthy plant cover at damaged postmining sites where there is limited organic soil carbon.
News
Oct 19, 2012
Eastern Wyoming ranchers say they were blindsided in late 2010 when it was announced that a $500 million, 525-mile natural gas liquids pipeline would slice through their private land, mostly avoiding public lands. Construction of the pipeline now is under way in the Cowboy State, with completion expected in 2013.
News
Aug 10, 2012
The three-month investigation by the USDA, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) turned up no other cases of BSE, commonly known as Mad Cow Disease. Marsh said he was impressed by the outstanding response of USDA and CDFA to the potentially disastrous incident.
News
Jul 27, 2012
As a relentless, historic drought continues to blister nearly 65 percent of the nation—decimating huge volumes of U.S. corn and other crops—livestock and dairy organizations are urging Congress to either sharply curtail or entirely eliminate a federal Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requiring 10 percent of the nation’s gasoline supply come from ethanol.
News
Jul 13, 2012
U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-ID, says he does not expect the full House of Representatives to soon consider an appropriations act that reins in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “overreaching” regulations and contains provisions essential for preserving reasonable livestock grazing access on public lands.
News
Jun 29, 2012
Monstrous, raging wildfires consuming massive swaths of parched land in western states, destroying hundreds of homes and forcing tens of thousands to evacuate also are making conditions hotter than blazes for ranchers grazing livestock on the range and in dire need of expensive hay and scarce water for their cattle and sheep.
News
Jun 15, 2012
A bill sponsored by the California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) to exempt farmers, ranchers and their employees from needing commercial drivers’ licenses to operate heavy trucks and trailers within 150 miles of their farm operations died in committee, the week of June 4, to the disappointment of agriculture groups in the state.
News
Apr 13, 2012
The new permit requires EPA to publicize nutrient management plans of producers who must report manure production volumes, how the manure is treated, and how it is applied on fields. Feedlot operators who have had their existing permits extended will have 90 days after May 9 to apply.
News
Mar 23, 2012
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) increasing surveillance flights over feedlots in Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri and Iowa are generating a controversial buzz among ranchers and cattle producers who chafe at what they perceive as an invasion of privacy that easily could be abused.
News
Nov 11, 2011
The Montana Board of Livestock is expected to decide at its Nov. 14-15 meeting in Helena whether to make major changes in the way the Treasure State manages trichomoniasis, or “trich,” a venereal disease that causes cattle to abort their calves and costs ranchers large losses of revenue.
News
Apr 15, 2011
One of the Idaho Legislature’s final actions before adjourning an 88-day session in Boise on April 7 was to enact a wolf emergency bill that would authorize Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to recruit law enforcement officers to help reduce the number of controversial predators in the state. Idaho livestock ranchers, big game hunters and outfitters have complained
News
Jul 2, 2010
U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy will not indicate exactly when he will rule on a renewed attempt by environmentalists to protect gray wolves in Idaho and Montana as endangered species, but both sides of the controversy hope he will decide the issue before the hunting of the predators resumes in
News
Dec 31, 2009
More than 500 gray wolves died in the Northern Rockies during 2009, the same year wolves were removed from Idaho and Montana endangered species lists. Hunting, killings in response to livestock attacks, and natural causes are attributed to the record rise. The regional wolf count was 1,650 at the year’s start. However, since September
News
Dec 31, 2009
Tom McDonnell, executive vice president of the Idaho Cattle Association (ICA) since April 2009, has resigned his position effective Dec. 8. Contacted by Western Livestock Journal, McDonnell declined to comment about his resignation, but said he was considering several promising options.
News
Dec 4, 2009
Whether environmental groups are exploiting the Equal Access to Justice Act to get federal subsidies of their lawsuits against ranchers grazing livestock on public lands was addressed at the Idaho Cattle Associations (ICA) recent annual convention and trade show in Sun Valley, ID.
News
Nov 20, 2009
Many of those who attended the Idaho Wool Growers Association’s 117th annual convention Nov. 6-8 in Sun Valley were surprised to learn that new U.S. Homeland Security regulations could block reliable documented Peruvian and Mexican workers from returning this month to the U.S. in time for
News
Nov 6, 2009
Farmers and ranchers won’t be required for at least a year to report livestock manure as greenhouse gas emissions to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) thanks to the efforts of Reps. Mike Simpson, R-ID, and Tom Latham, R-IA. The Senate version of the Interior & Environment Appropriations Act of FY2010 excluded a provision
News
Nov 2, 2009
Jack Field, executive vice president of the Ellensburg, WA-based Washington Cattlemen's Association, fears his state's proposed gray wolf management plan sets the number of allowed breeding pairs way too high. He also doubts the Evergreen State can afford the plan's generous compensation for ranchers who lose livestock to the predators.
News
Oct 30, 2009
The Idaho Fish Game Department (IFG) has decided to shut down three of 12 wolf hunting zones because hunters in those zones are reaching their quotas. The department is allowing for a total of 220 wolves to be killed across the state, but the three zones are approaching the states legal limits.
News
Oct 16, 2009
Montana wildlife commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday, Oct. 13, to halt gray wolf hunting in a wilderness district near Yellowstone National Park after nine of the predators were killed within three weeks of a special hunt’s early season start, including four members of a Cottonwood pack familiar to tourists.
News
Aug 31, 2009
Eastern Oregon ranchers are feeling uneasy now that a second female with pups has been collared in the area. In late July, a female wolf, with two or three young pups, was collared by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) officers in the remote Salt Creek region near the Imnaha River in the Eagle Cap Wilderness area.
Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Jul 3, 2008
Can cattle be selected to reduce pinkeye incidence? Pinkeye has long been a costly nuisance to cattle producers. Eye infections sometimes lead to partial or complete blindness in one or both eyes. Reduced beef production in the form of lowered weight gain, milk production, body condition, and, eventually, even poorer reproduction can result from eye infections and lesions. One of the culprits that initiates and spreads eye problems between herds and among herdmates is "pinkeye," or more properly called Infectious Bovine Keratoconjnctivits (IBK). An excellent Oklahoma State University fact sheet about the prevention and treatment of "pinkeye" is available online at: http://pods.dasnr.okstate.edu/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-2689/VTMD-9128web.pdf. Iowa
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