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Harney County, Oregon ranchers Dwight, 76, and Stephen Hammond, 48, who had a history of conflict with the BLM and the Malheur Wildlife Refuge personnel, were convicted of arson. They testified that they had set a "backfire" in order to protect their grazing land. Initially they were convicted and also ...
The federal government owns 640 million acres of land--mainly in the West--which is 28 percent of land in the United States. For more than a century after the nation's founding, the federal government aimed to sell or give away western lands to individuals, businesses, and state governments.

Since 2007 Montana taxpayers have compensated ranchers when wolves and grizzly bears kill their livestock -- to the tune of up to $200,000 a year. Some of that money is also spent on projects designed to prevent predator conflicts. That earns it high marks from both ranchers and conservation ...
Wolves east of Highway 395, which slices through Washington, Oregon and California, are not protected by the ESA but wolves west of the highway are protected, which restricts ways cattle ranchers and others can deal with potential depredation threats. Coats said various studies, including research done ...
USDA survey to gauge financial well-being of farmers and ranchers ... late December the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) began gathering information about farm economics and production practices from farmers and ranchers across Nebraska and the nation.
Meriem Lucille Roby Anderson lived her life as a feisty, independent Flint Hills rancher up until a few months ago, when she suffered a debilitating fall. The 96-year-old was tough as nails and had spent a lifetime creating a legacy. She was a member of the women Airforce Service Pilots, an elite group of ...

... farmers farm and ranchers ranch and manage their land to the best of their ability." The convention also addressed policy that there should be a buyout program for the U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service easements. "These are all big wins, important strides for the Northern Plains farmer and rancher," he said.
Indian Country News is a weekly note from High Country News, as we continue to broaden our coverage of tribal affairs across the West. This week, the Bundy family stunned the nation again, this time with the shocking acquittal of Cliven Bundy, the scofflaw rancher who made headlines in 2014 when he ...
U.S. farmer's and rancher's Alliance (USFRA) opted out of renewing its contract of CEO Randy Krotz, according to Agri-Pulse. Krotz has been the only CEO of the organization and started in 2014. "In short, we believe it is in the best interests of USFRA to seek new leadership going forward," Brad ...
With help from the USDA's natural resources conservation Service, local ranchers Chad Furlong, Alex Appleman and Jeff Baxter have all battled the ... Chain said the agency pays up to $150,000 for each contract through its cost-share program, depending on how much work a rancher is planning to ...
San Angelo, TX - Funeral services are scheduled on Tuesday in San Angelo for J. Willis Johnson who recently passed away at 87 years old. The long-time rancher and former banker spent a number of years in Washington DC as a congressional aide and was appointed by Richard Nixon to the farmers ...
Winners of the Young farmers & ranchers Achievement Award, Discussion Meet and Excellence in agriculture competitions were announced today at the American farm Bureau Federation's 2018 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show. Young farmers and ranchers from around the country competed ...
A U.S. judge who declared a mistrial could on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, kill the much-watched criminal prosecution of a Nevada rancher accused of leading an armed uprising against federal authorities in April 2014. Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro's decision in Las Vegas is sure to echo among states' ...
... any ranchers willing to leave some of their irrigation water in the Crystal River to boost flows during dry times. In 2013, Colorado had passed a law protecting water rights registered in conservation programs, and Fales assumed his interest would be met with approval. Instead, the rancher found himself ...
20 that she was throwing out the Bureau of Land Management's case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy because the prosecution withheld key facts. On Monday, the same judge ruled that the case could not be tried again due to the actions of the prosecution, which she said had been "outrageous" and ...
Las Vegas -- A judge in Las Vegas has decided to dismiss criminal charges against a Nevada rancher and his sons accused of leading an armed uprising against federal authorities in 2014. Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro signaled when she declared a mistrial last month that she might dismiss ...
He's known for a legal battle against the state to end race-based elections for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. In 1996, he filed suit against the state saying the use of public tax funds to pay for Hawaiian-only elections was unconstitutional. Rice vs. Cayetano went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court who ...

Windmill Country: Area ranchers to receive lifetime-achievement awards ... Four West Texans - Steve Wayne Coates, Loyd Whitehead, Chris Lacy and Carl Menzies - are among ranchers being honored at upcoming annual organizational conventions for their lifetime dedication to the agriculture industry.
He practiced rest-rotation grazing, a common practice among ranchers, but the elder fish began to document the vegetation in his pastures. Using this data, he would have his cattle graze in areas according to the growing season of each plant to utilize the most vegetation for the cattle while maintaining ...
With more hair comes more lice. They said if cows stop eating it can be a sign of lice infestation. That infestation could cost the ranchers big money. "They're looking for weight gain," Lydia Tucker an employee at Animal Health International and rancher for 30 years said. "They're wanting two pounds a day, ...
He learned that there are many people with good intentions who don't understand the perspective of a rancher from Wyoming. He discussed with the other interns the importance of the agriculture industry and that there are a lot of people who are misinformed about what farmers and ranchers do. He said ...
Three ranchers applied this year after the R.C.D. put out requests for applications last fallbut three others just missed the deadline, and she believes many more are interested. Kevin Lunny, a third-generation rancher and the president of the Point Reyes Seashore ranchers Association, said "everyone is ...
New to this year's conference is a program called "Career Conversations," a one-on-one visit with representatives from leading ag companies in Nebraska about potential career opportunities. It is also the start of the YF&R Discussion Meet that qualifies a young farmer or rancher to represent Nebraska at ...
Her father, Dan Budd, a rancher who served in the Wyoming legislature from 1981 to 1992, opposed the foundational 1976 Federal Land Policy Management Act, in part because it allowed the BLM to retain vast acreages instead of continuing to pass the land into private ownership, as had been the ...
While some ranchers breed their cattle with an eye toward receiving new calves when the temperatures are higher, Merrick, a fourth-generation Angus rancher, stands by his grandfathers' belief that cattle born during cold weather are more sprightly at market, even if it means hosting a few calves at his ...
Immediate expensing (bonus depreciation): farmers and ranchers generally use bonus depreciation when expenditures exceed the Sect. 179 small business deduction limits. All farm structures qualify for the bonus depreciation deduction. The bill allows businesses to fully and immediately write off ...
It sounded simple enough: The Water Trust would compensate any ranchers willing to leave some of their irrigation water in the Crystal River to boost flows during dry times. In 2013, Colorado had passed a law protecting water rights registered in conservation programs, and Fales assumed his interest ...
He practiced rest-rotation grazing, a common practice among ranchers, but the elder fish also began to document the vegetation in his pastures. Using this data, he would have his cattle graze in areas according to the growing season of each plant to utilize the most vegetation for the cattle while ...
"Ultimately, our goal is to produce a safe, wholesome, tasty, nutritious product that's going to go on America's dinner plate," fish said of cattle ranchers. "So everything that we can do to move toward that goal is going to increase our economic ability to survive and thrive." Most days start before sunrise with ...
"Springing Outward and Upward" is the theme of the Jan. 19-21, 2018 Wyoming farm Bureau Young farmer & rancher Conference in Thermopolis. The conference is open to young agricultural producers between the ages of 18-35 (no membership necessary) and all Farm Bureau members.
John "Jack" Apland, a longtime rancher from Canistota, was in his final months of life in 2016 when he and his family launched Knots & Love, a project to tie and make blankets for Black Hills area children in foster care. Knots & Love began as a one-time effort to help Apland, 89, find purpose in life when his ...
Missouri farm Bureau's second annual FARMometer survey showed a number of positive trends in the attitudes of our state's farmers and ranchers. The 1,200-plus attendees at MFB's Annual Meeting at Tan-Tar-A in early December were polled on a number of agriculture-related topics, with the questions ...
It sounded simple enough: The Water Trust would compensate any ranchers willing to leave some of their irrigation water in the Crystal River to boost flows during dry times. In 2013, Colorado had passed a law protecting water rights registered in conservation programs, and Fales assumed his interest ...
The federal government, BLM, is through suing Western ranchers," he declared, referring to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. "This is the last fire they're going to set." Bartrum dismissed Bundy's contention that the federal government has no authority over vast public land in the West, saying in a draft ...
In this Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, photograph, rancher Tom Johnston is shown on his ranch near Pinedale, Wyo. Johnston, who ranches on nearly 1,800 leased acres near the tiny town of Pinedale, is one of the world's foremost experts on shaping an Olympic skiing race course, most notably the tracks for the ...
WASHINGTON - On behalf of the Organization for Competitive markets (OCM) and independent farmers from Alabama and Nebraska, democracy Forward challenged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for illegal rollback of critical protections intended to shield family farmers and ranchers from ...
The high plains and prairies, mineral-rich earth, glacial lakes, and majestic mountains are all found in the Midwestern state of South Dakota. Primarily a rural state, South Dakota consistently ranks nationally in the top ten for production of hay, sunflowers, rye, honey, soybeans, corn, wheat, and cattle.
agriculture is Idaho's original small business and our farmers, ranchers and dairymen are our original entrepreneurs. It defines not only our state's economy -- but our heritage and values of hard work and sacrifice, faith and family and a dedication to something larger than ourselves. I understand farmers ...
Montana is home to the highest quality beef in the world and soon some of the beef will head to China as part of a recent announcement between Montana's beef cattle industry and a Chinese online company. At the Montana Stockgrowers Association's annual convention in Billings, Miles City rancher Fred ...
IFBF members who are ranchers said the land board's decision to put off a vote on the grazing rate formula was a good sign that the body is taking a deeper look at the issue. "I take my hat off to them for not just jumping into a decision," said Blackfoot rancher Chris Dalley. "That means they want more ...
Hundreds of ranchers have brought their cattle and livestock to the Bogo market on Cameroon's northern border with Nigeria. According to Cameroon's government, this market is the supply point for most of the cattle sold across the border. But cattle rancher and seller Ahminou Ngomna says he has not ...
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico farmers and ranchers should be on the lookout for a Census of agriculture questionnaire in the mail in December. Farmers and ranchers across the country will soon have the opportunity to make a positive impact on their communities and industry by taking part in the ...
The ranchers William J. Reed, 74, of Danville, represented in the September 2006 blaze have yet to see a cent of the $400,000 settlement he won from Pacific Gas and Electric, say State Bar officials who slapped the attorney with nine counts of misconduct on Dec. 4 and placed a consumer alert on his ...
To make up for budget shortfalls, county commissioners in August decided to stop paying for an expert to trap pests at no cost to ranchers. In 2018, the county would have paid about half the trapper's salary - $32,000 - while the state and federal governments would have covered the rest of the cost.
FORT HALL, Idaho -- Idaho ranchers are being encouraged to file for stock watering rights on federal grazing allotments, after a bill passed by the Legislature earlier this year paved the way for them to do that. The legislation codified into state law a landmark Idaho Supreme Court decision on who owns ...
"North Dakota's severe drought has been a real challenge for farmers and ranchers, and it has strained programs that provide much-needed assistance to support our agriculture community," Heitkamp said. "As I've talked to farmers and ranchers across the state, it's clear that Congress can improve the way ...
ranchers would like to see the agency create management units with caps on wolf numbers, but these suggestions have been largely disregarded, he said. Currently, Oregon is estimated to have more than 100 wolves. Based on trends seen in Idaho and Montana, however, that number can be expected to ...
For the first time since the Food and Drug Administration began reporting antibiotic use on poultry, cattle, and pigs in 2009, sales of the drugs dropped last year, the FDA reported this week. The 14 percent drop in overall sales of medically important antibiotics, after years of steady increases, "provides a glimmer of hope that ...
(AP) -- Virginia State University has received a $600,000 grant award to educate and mentor beginning farmers and ranchers in the state. The grant is one of 36 totaling $17.7 million funded through 2017's Beginning Farmer and rancher Development Program. The grant program was authorized by the ...
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, if an operation emits more than 100 pounds of air pollutants in 24 hours a farmer would have to comply and report. But there has not been clarity or guidance announced on how to know if that limit is reached, according to the Iowa Cattlemen's Association ...


 

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