Kansas wildfire relief impeded by rigid federal rules, red tape

…one rancher even told him he ran out of ammunition shooting cattle injured in the fire. “They are shooting new baby calves, cows they worked their whole life to raise that kind of genetics and that type of cows. You can’t do anything, but you are there because you care about the cattle…” Amy Bickel Kansas AgLand Wildfire relief sees […]

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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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Jeanette Finicum continues fight for property rights in behalf of slain husband

“It is the anniversary of my husband’s death. We want to continue with his mission. The people within counties and states should decide how to use those properties, not the federal government.” LaVoy Finicum’s widow wants to ‘continue his mission’ Associated Press Leaders of an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in rural Oregon were driving to a public […]

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Ranchers vow to fight Obama land grabs, sage grouse plans, BLM rules

“Ranchers that operate on federal lands protect water sources used by livestock and wildlife, maintain fence lines, reduce spread of invasive weeds like cheatgrass and medusahead, and decrease the fuel loads that lead to catastrophic wildfire,” NCBA President Tracy Brunner said in a statement. “Despite these contributions, beneficiaries of our work continue to attack responsible grazing, essentially biting the hand […]

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The legal basis for why Western ranchers own and do not rent their allotments

From Preference Rights to Grazing Allotments: Why Ranchers Own their Allotments By Angus McIntosh PhD Director Natural Resource Law & Policy Research Land and Water USA Foundation There are a lot of US Supreme Court decisions on the subject of “pioneer rights”, or settlers’ rights of “possession” or “occupancy” and “use”. The case that specifically refers to “pioneer rights” is […]

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Wolves kill more calves on private land in Oregon

The Rogue Pack’s alpha male, OR-7, became well known when he dispersed from Northeast Oregon’s Imnaha pack in September 2011. He wandered across the state and into California, becoming the first wolf known to have entered that state since 1924.  Wolves, possibly from OR-7’s pack, kill two calves in S. Oregon Wolves killed and ate most of two calves and […]

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EDITORIAL: Want to save the planet? Raise cattle!

Everything revolves around soil health…You cannot manage one aspect of nature individually and apart from the others. You need to manage the system as a whole. Cows save the planet Why do people outside of the farming community continue to lie about our industry? They romanticize and talk about loving the small family farmer, yet with every action they work […]

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Autumn in Unaweep

Limestone reefs spilling into lush valleys, red sandstone battlements, cottonwoods, scrub oak, wildflowers, wild turkeys, elk, cattle, horses, and hay fields make Unaweep a magical place for newcomers and old timers alike. Unweep Canyon, a gash in the geological strata which runs southwest from Whitewater to Gateway, Colorado, has a human history that encompasses Native American tribes, Spanish missionaries, Mormon pioneers, and ranchers. ‘Unaweep’ […]

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Ranchers benefit sage grouse with healthy rangelands, wildfire mitigation

 When ranchers implement conservation practices that benefit sage grouse, those practices also benefit 350-plus sagebrush-dependent species. Natural Resources Conservation Service Utah rancher Bill Kennedy worked with NRCS through SGI to improve his working rangelands for sage grouse and livestock. Photo by Jesse Bussard. This past April, we woke up at 3 a.m. and made our way to a blind amid […]

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Ranchers unfairly burdened by impact of Endangered Species Act

A Cry for Due Process in the West: Anatomy of a Broken System With permission © CLIFFORD C. NICHOLS In Otero County, New Mexico, the U.S. Forest Service recently fenced off the water in the Lincoln National Forest. Its purpose? To keep cattle (but, interestingly, not elk) from sharing the supposed habitat of a mouse that has been declared endangered. […]

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