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.
The $20 million center, to be known as the “JBS Global Food Innovation Center in Honor of Gary & Kay Smith,” is possible in part due to a gift from JBS-USA. The name recognizes Smith who spent more than 20 years as a professor in CSU’s Department of Animal Science.
After the swearing-in ceremony, Perdue made his way to the USDA’s headquarters where he addressed employees. Later in the day he participated in an agricultural roundtable discussion and was on hand as President Donald Trump signed an executive order (EO) “promoting agriculture and rural prosperity in America.
Brown’s announcement was followed a few days later by a notice from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) that the State Water Project (SWP) would supply 100 percent of the contract for contractors north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and 85 percent of requests for other contractors.
The idea of moving the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) offices out of Washington, D.C. to a western state is appealing to those who are impacted by regulations of the agency. Colorado’s Republican Sen. Corey Gardner is working to draft legislation to make that move happen.
Nominated by President Donald Trump on Jan. 13 to fill the position a 10th Circuit Court judge, faced partisan opposition. Most Democrats in Congress appeared to oppose Gorsuch as retaliation to the Republicans’ refusal last year to hold hearings on former President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland.
Beyerlein went on to say that, “Following investigation, the survey may be cancelled, corrected, or reinstated, either in whole or in part, but no administrative action based on the plats filed for these three surveys may be initiated or completed by BLM while these surveys are suspended.
Fish and Wildlife to remove the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse from Endangered Species Act (ESA) coverage. The petition is based on new scientific findings confirming that the mouse, far from being “threatened,” is not meaningfully different from other populations of jumping mice with healthy populations in a number of parts of North America.
During a very congenial confirmation hearing on March 23, USDA Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue reassured members of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry that if confirmed he would be a tireless advocate for America’s farmers and ranchers.
Reports of tainted meat from processing plants in Brazil has caused several countries to ban imports. As the result of a two-year investigation dubbed “Carne Fraca” or “Weak Meat” that looked into alleged bribes of meat inspectors, Brazil’s federal police raided 21 plants on March 17.
Legislation that would limit nuisance lawsuits against responsible livestock operations is making its way through the Iowa Legislature. Senate File 447 was approved by the state Senate on March 14 and is expected to be heard in the Iowa House of Representatives (HF 468) in early April.
Some records are made to be broken, but when the wildfires broke out earlier this month no one wanted a Kansas record to be shattered. It happened though when the fire that also included land in Oklahoma consumed a massive 702,000 acres, surpassing the Anderson Creek Fire in March 2016.
In another court settlement aimed at settling a grazing dispute in Nevada, a U.S. District Court Judge ordered Wayne Hage to pay more than $587,000 and remove all livestock from federal lands. The decision was issued Feb. 27 by Chief Judge Gloria Navarro.
The use of artificial insemination has been used in commercial cow herds for years as a way to quickly improve the genetics of a herd. It allows producers to breed cows to high accuracy bulls without having to invest in a bull and helps plan calving times.
On Feb. 28, the House Agriculture Committee’s subcommittee on conservation and forestry held its first hearing on the farm bill. That hearing included testimony from a panel of witnesses that included farmers and ranchers outlining their views on the importance and effectiveness of conservation policies.
The International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) announced Feb. 21 that its members were planning a one-day work stoppage in response to growing concerns among union workers that their livelihoods are being threatened by overregulation and job losses due to non-union labor and automation.