Would $175 per-cow tax save the planet, or leave us in the dark?

They say the most harmful gas is methane, and the largest source of methane emissions is cattle. As a result, several states are considering proposals to tax livestock. One common version introduced in several states would levy a tax of $175 per cow on ranches with more than 200 cows. Greg Walcher Daily Sentinel Eating Tofu in the Dark The […]

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Progressive Oregon governor to slash rural predator control program

The 27 wildlife specialists in the state respond to hundreds of service requests each year. Some calls stem from public safety concerns, others from property damage. They chase away, trap or kill animals in every corner of the state: from packrats in sheds, to skunks under porches, to cougars, coyotes or bears that threaten livestock or people. Andrew Theen Oregonian/Oregon […]

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‘Old broad’ enviro faces criminal charges in Utah for endangering cattle

Chilcoat has been affiliated with Great Old Broads for Wilderness since 2001 and is a founding board member of Friends of Cedar Mesa, another environmental organization. She was charged with trespassing on state trust lands involving an animal enterprise, a class A misdemeanor, and giving false personal information to a peace officer…   Amy Joi O’Donoghue Deseret News Grazing tension […]

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Washington lawmakers approve law protecting ranchers from wolf-obsessed extremists

Ranchers along with state and local officials reported being harassed and receiving death threats from people angry with the shooting of seven wolves in the Profanity Peak pack. No suspects were identified or arrested. Don Jenkins Capital Press Washington lawmakers seek to shield wolf-plagued ranchers from threats OLYMPIA — The Washington Senate and House have approved legislation to withhold records […]

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Trump orders USDA to open conservation lands to grazing for wildfire-devastated ranchers

President Donald Trump directed the department to open emergency grazing in certain lands in the Conservation Reserve Protection program in Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma following wildfires that started March 6. The USDA estimates that about 1.6 million acres of grassland have been burned, and more than 15,000 have been killed in the blaze. Thomas Phippin Daily Caller News Foundation The government will […]

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Is NCBA spending Beef Checkoff Program money to hurt independent ranchers?

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association appears to have supported USDA’s recent ruling to allow possible foot-and-mouth disease-infected South American beef to be brought into our domestic markets. NCBA is also fighting the new GIPSA rules that would end predatory market practices that are driving independent cattle producers out of business and off the land. Since NCBA has been administering the lion’s […]

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Rotten meat scandal prompts temporary ban on Brazilian beef imports

According to Brazilian police reports, three factories belonging to BRF (the world’s top poultry producer) and JBS (the world’s top beef exporter), have been raided and closed, because the companies have, for years, been bribing officials and politicians to ignore quality meat standard policies, and allowing the sales of rotten beef and poultry. Traci Eatherton Tri-state Livestock News Tester introduces […]

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Ranchers facing existential threat in wake of catastrophic wildfires

Ranching families across this countryside are now facing an existential threat to a way of life that has sustained them since homesteading days: years of cleanup and crippling losses after wind-driven wildfires across Kansas, Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle killed seven people and devoured homes, miles of fences and as much as 80 percent of some families’ cattle herds. Jack Healy New […]

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Ranchers, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, feds wrangle over grazing in Weminuche Wilderness

In a Feb. 19 letter to The Free Range Report called “Radical Environmentalist Bullying the Forest Service to Deny Renewal of Longtime Sheep Allotments,” Brown argued domestic sheep grazing can coexist with wild bighorns. “Kicking us off our allotments would be the end of our ranching operation,” Brown wrote. “And it would be the end of the dream of our […]

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BLM, horse ‘lovers’ group spar over genetic manipulation of wild horse herds

The government then returned the herds to the wild with significantly less genetic variation than it needs to survive, Front Range claims, in violation of the Wild Horse Act. And the government secured paid adoptions for the valuable horses it kept, according to the lawsuit. Karina Brown Courthouse News Service Federal Stampede over Wild Horse Breeding Program PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) […]

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