In wake of wildfires, California ranchers challenged with soil restoration

Ranchers seek new ways to heal fire-scorched soil Holistic cattle management workshop teaches soil recovery By Terry Grillo Calaveras Enterprise  Enterprise photo by Terry Grillo Multiple species of plants are keys to building deep, rich and moist layers of soil said workshop leader Spencer Smith. Soil covers almost everything in the natural world: it is underfoot, under the forest, under […]

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Can AG operations benefit from digital currency?

 From Bitcoin to Agriculture: How Can Farmers Benefit from Blockchain? by Emma Weston & Sara Nolet published by Agfunders News Editor’s Note: Emma Weston is co-founder and CEO of Full Profile, where she leads blockchain strategy and development under the AgriDigital brand. She is also a grain grower in Australia. Here, Weston, and co-author Sarah Nolet, founder of food and ag […]

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EDITORIAL: Ranchers under siege by Administration

I’m an Oregon rancher. Here’s what you don’t understand about the Bundy standoff. The Obama administration has pushed our livelihood to the brink. By Keith Nantz as published by Washington Post, January 2016 This week, the Ammon Bundy-led seizure of a federal wildlife refuge thrust Oregon’s ranchers into the spotlight. While I don’t agree with the occupiers’ tactics, I sympathize with […]

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Columbia Falls mills killed off by federal ‘no-logging’ policy

Weyerhaeuser closing Weyerhaeuser announced in late June that it would close its plywood and lumber mills, citing a shortage of logs.   By KATHERYN HOUGHTON as published by Daily Inter Lake  Hours after Weyerhaeuser Co. officials told plywood workers the mill was closing Thursday — a day earlier than expected — a hard hat left behind rested on a fence […]

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Paradise Lost: Warning to the West about overselling tourism

Why Little Western Towns Don’t Want to Become ‘Another Moab’ Despite its tourist boom, the town that mining, parks, and mountain biking built is straining to get by. by John Kovash, as published by Adventure Journal Conservationists in Moab, Utah, have been heartened by the strong statewide and national support for the proposed Bears Ears National Monument. Yet I was […]

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Farmer’s neighbors sue him, for conducting farming operations!

When neighbors go to court as published by Capital Press An Albany, Ore., farmer has won a legal challenge against his straw compressing facility launched by his neighbors and now wants the plaintiffs to cover his legal bills. The neighbors, happy to shell out money to put him out of business, didn’t count on losing and having to pony up […]

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Federal lands in the West benefit mostly wealthy elites

Select federal lands attract wealthy elites, don’t benefit working class  BY TIM OREN as published by Idaho Statesman Megan Lawson’s June 16 Guest Opinion, “Federal lands support diverse rural economies,” claimed federally-owned lands promote a diverse, Western rural economy. Contrary to Lawson’s assertions, today, the economic effect of federal lands in the West is to attract wealthy elites to exclusive […]

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