Klamath Tribes terminate water compact, potentially devastating ranchers, farmers

In April 2014, ranchers and the Tribes signed the Upper Basin Comprehensive Agreement. The ranchers agreed to retire 18,000 acres of land or 30,000 acre feet of water and do riparian repair work on the rivers in exchange for an allotment of water each year… At the end of February, the Tribes indicated to the ranchers they wanted to terminate […]

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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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U.S. Forest service ‘aggressively’ restricting cattle grazing in Okanogan County

An Okanogan County commissioner says the U.S. Forest Service has taken an aggressive stance to restrict cattle grazing in Okanogan County that may be part of a larger effort to do so throughout the West before former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is confirmed as U.S. Agriculture Secretary. Dan Wheat Capital Press OKANOGAN, Wash. — An Okanogan County commissioner says the […]

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Federal judge rejects Oregon enviro lawsuit claiming grazing harms fish species

New information that’s emerged about threats to the fish and their critical habitat doesn’t rise to the level of requiring additional environmental analysis of grazing, Clarke said. For example, although the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reached the “alarming” conclusion that shortnose suckers face a “high degree of threat of extinction,” this finding doesn’t influence the Forest Service’s assessment […]

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Utah takes steps to advance local stewardship of lands within the state

Public land ranchers won’t have to worry about their grazing fees skyrocketing or their allotments being sold to developers — if and when Utah gains title to millions of public acres from the U.S. government. Brian Maffly Salt Lake Tribune Prepping to gain control of thousands of acres of public land, Utah lawmakers create ‘Department of Land Management’ Public land […]

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Endangered Species Act: Stories of Abuse

…the current use of the ESA is incredibly expensive to American tax payers and our economy. As of December 2014, the average listing cost $789,966 per species. This federal funding is siphoned directly from tax payer’s wallets. Posted by ProtectAmericansNow.org Endangered Species Act: Stories Of Abuse In a 5 part series, Protect Americans Now will analyze the Endangered Species Act […]

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Angus McIntosh responds to PLC: Its time to Drain the Swamp on the “Public Lands”

By the time Trent was finished questioning Ethan Lane, he had backpedaled to the point where he said he agreed with 95% of what I have been teaching ranchers in my seminars for the past 16 years. by Angus McIntosh, PhD  Executive Director, Range Allotment Owners Association Recently the Range Allotment Owners Association (RAO), an association of Western ranchers who […]

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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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South Dakota ranchers, farmers hit with rising property taxes based on soil type

Martin said that if all tax money stayed within the county, the system might not be so bad. But since the state gets some of the county’s tax money, and the state is shuffling money into different pots, the system seems inequitable for Fall River County ag producers. With ranchers paying corn ground rates on land being used as grassland, […]

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Cliven Bundy’s ideas about public lands management reflected in recent legislation

“Disarm the National Park Service,” the recalcitrant cowboy cried in a video played in court recently, during the ongoing trial against six people charged as gunmen in the 2014 standoff in Bunkerville. A witness testified about the “unreasonable” nature of Bundy’s demand. But a Utah Congressman has introduced legislation that would remove the law enforcement function from the Bureau of […]

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