How do you spell ‘Sustainability?’ R-A-N-C-H-I-N-G

Cattle also play a positive role in sustaining our prairie grassland ecosystems. By utilizing forages to produce high-quality protein on lands not suited for farming, cattle reduce soil erosion and contribute to enhanced soil carbon storage. They’re grazing presence on the state’s grasslands also contributes to the stimulation of healthy grass growth and overall range quality. Warren Zenker North Dakota […]

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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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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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Please, Mr Trump, don’t let wildfire-devastated farmers be ‘forgotten men and women’

American farmers are the backbone of this nation. They work quietly and are too often forgotten by the other 98 percent of Americans. They are the “forgotten men and women” Trump pledged to honor. It would do them — and very likely, him — a world of good if he would just stop tweeting long enough to visit them. Editorial […]

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Recordings show paranoid, abusive attitudes of federal agents at Bunkerville standoff

Defense lawyers, meanwhile, highlighted portions of the video that recorded agents mocking protesters. The line of questioning reflected an attempt to prove that the government witnesses’ fear is overstated. “There’s no gun there … He’s just holding his back, he’s standing like a sissy,” one agent said of a protester as authorities assessed the scene about 80 miles northeast of […]

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Utah ranchers pushed off public lands by restrictive federal parks, monuments

Just like humans, cattle have a personal bubble – a flight zone. Phillips can prove this to many a camper after trying to move cattle to corrals and finding a camp set up. He has also had cattle spook after hikers appear adventuring through the back country. “They ruined it by making it a monument,” Phillips says. “There are so […]

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Utah House passes first of its kind ‘livestock harassment’ bill

…some youths were using vehicles to frighten and chase down baby cows. According to Chew, “The kids were laughing while chasing the calves and running them over, and they put videos of it on the Internet.” Chew said that the owner of the livestock contacted the local Sheriff about the incident, and although he made some arrests in the case, there was no guidance in […]

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Washington House Bill addresses death threats leveled against ranchers following wolf interactions

In the Seattle Times article, Dr. Rob Wielgus, Director of the Large Carnivore Conservation Lab at WSU, said a Northeast Washington rancher had “elected to put his livestock directly on top of (the wolves’) den site.” This statement, along with a few other comments made by Dr. Wielgus, were proved false. While WSU issued a news release saying there was […]

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California ranchers, farmers sue over unlawful, unscientific, endangered wolf listing

PLF, farmers, and ranchers challenge state’s ‘endangered’ listing of gray wolf Damien M. Schiff Pacific Legal Foundation So argues a lawsuit filed on January 31, 2017 by Pacific Legal Foundation on behalf of the California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) and the California Farm Bureau Federation.  Filed in California Superior Court, the lawsuit challenges the commission’s listing of the gray wolf under the […]

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Nevada defendants want jurors to see ranch where BLM forced standoff

Parker contended in the motion that visiting the scene will help jurors understand the scope of the rural area.  In particular, he urged the court to allow the jurors to walk the Toquop Wash, where federal agents eventually released Bundy’s impounded cattle.  NEVADA STANDOFF Defendants request jurors visit Bundy ranch Defendants in the trial for the 2014 armed standoff at […]

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