In the ongoing saga over changes to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973 the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing on five different bills last week that could change the look of the ESA.
A settlement agreement was announced July 12 in a dispute about the future of ranching at the Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS) near San Francisco, CA. The agreement gives beef and dairy producers at least a temporary reprieve and the ability to continue operating their mostly organic businesses.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has confirmed the presence of a second pack of gray wolves in Northern California. In early May, partner biologists from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) found evidence of recent wolf presence in the Lassen National Forest.
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.
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.
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.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior (DOI) Ryan Zinke, in making the announcement, said it was due to the success of conservation efforts and collaboration among a variety of stakeholders. The population declined to as few as 136 bears in 1975 and, according to the DOI, now is estimated at 700, meeting all of the criteria for delisting.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recently completed an environmental impact study (EIS) that includes a proposal to allow cattle to continue to graze on land it administers within the preserve. The area is managed cooperatively by the BLM and the National Park Service (NPS).
Phil Seng has seen a lot of changes in how beef is marketed to foreign countries in his 35 years of work with the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). While he maintains enthusiasm about opportunities for continued export growth, Seng will be stepping down from his role as president and CEO of the organization he has led since 1990.
A press release from JBS said the company’s executive directors estimate that the divestment program will result in a capital injection of approximately R$6 billion, (approximately $1.8 billion U.S.) This is in addition to the approximate R$1 billion (Approximately $300 million U.
Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the subcommittee, acknowledged the timing of the budget coming out before Perdue’s confirmation, but said he wanted to talk about and clarify the administration’s support for rural America and production agriculture.
The suit, filed in U.S. District Court on May 30, claims the brand law is unconstitutional and puts an unreasonable burden on commerce. It also seeks injunctive relief prohibiting the future enforcement of the Brand Act as well as other appropriate relief, includ ing.
President Donald Trump campaigned on promises of reviewing and renegotiating U.S. trade agreements with other countries. On May 18 he started to make good on that promise as U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer notified Congress of the president’s intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
rights have sounded the alarm for all non-federal water users that rely on these water rights for their livelihood. The Water Rights Protection Act is commonsense legislation that provides certainty by upholding longstanding federal deference to state water law.
The plan proposes to cut $3.6 trillion in federal spending over the next 10 years while making major increases in defense spending and border security. And, as outlined in his blueprint budget released in March, agriculture is set to take a financial hit.
In response to a request from beef industry stakeholders, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is revising the live Government Live Animal (GLA) specification used for all Angus certified programs to provide more objective phenotypic (visual) criteria for identifying eligible cattle.
Helping ranchers who use federal grazing permits understand their procedural and substantive rights was the focus of a recent seminar conducted by the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and the Colorado Public Lands Council. The meeting was hosted by Colorado’s Delta County Livestock Association and the Mesa County Cattlemen’s Association.