Negative impact of Obamacare much worse for ranchers, farmers than urban Americans

“When a replacement plan would have cost us $3800 for an even worse plan, we had two choices:  One, go without insurance, putting our daughters at risk, or two, go on the exchange.” Carrie Couey by Marjorie Haun A recent survey conducted by the Nebraska Farm Bureau (NEFB) confirmed what many farm and ranch families have known for years, that […]

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Farmers look forward to relief from crushing Obama-era EPA regulations

By 2050, U.S. farmers and ranchers must rise to the challenge of feeding 2 billion more people than we feed today. We are fully ready to meet the task, but we cannot do so under the shackles of excessive, superfluous regulations. Opinion by Tom Buchanan The Oklahoman Farm Bureau president: Scott Pruitt brings optimism to Oklahoma farmers and ranchers As […]

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Representatives of the Range: Who are RAO and PLC?

“I had a sad experience with my ranch, not knowing my rights. I trusted the federal employees, but they completely deceived us. This federal deception continues. The accrued cost of their actions has cost the people in our common allotment millions of dollars. Example, the last bill I sent BLM was over $800,000; and that was about two years ago.” […]

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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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SCOTUS partly to blame for America’s ‘Rural vs Urban’ resentment

Thus the concept that was established in the US Constitution for representation of the people in Congress, held true for the states as well until the 1960s. It was obliterated at the state level by these court decisions, leaving our rural regions and cultures at the mercy of urban politicians. Commentary by Bill Goode Loss of Representation for Rural America Most […]

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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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Forest Service blows up small dams with high explosives to ‘restore creeks to natural state’

“When the main dam was blown up,” May said, “it was a shock.” May also questioned Forest Service statements that residents several years ago were notified of plans to ultimately destroy five dams. “Does anybody remember that? I never got any notification.” David Whiting Orange County Register After blowing up dams, relations sour between canyon residents, U.S. Forest Service Relations […]

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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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Will USDA lift grazing restrictions on lush Conservation Reserve lands to help Kansas ranchers?

At issue is the cattle that survived the wildfires but lost their pastures. Ranchers and others say some of the grass on CRP land could provide grazing until pastures have recovered from the fires and fences can be rebuilt. Katherine Burgess The Wichita Eagle Acres of the tall, generally untouched grass show up all across Kansas. But ranchers in fire-damaged […]

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Kansas Natural Resources Coalition: Property rights powerhouse from the Heartland

Although KNRC’s roots are in Kansas–the middle of America both literally and figuratively–they hope to have impact far beyond the geographical Heartland. Having recently expanded their reach into Minnesota, KNRC hopes to open regional branches throughout the nation.  by Marjorie Haun The Kansas Natural Resources Coalition (KNRC) is ascending on the national scene as a formidable advocate for property rights and citizen-centered governance of lands, […]

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