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Public Lands Grazing Plan Gets a Makeover

February 2, 2018 — Last September, the Bureau of Land Management launched a demonstration program allowing stakeholders in the grazing community an opportunity to achieve rangeland health goals on public land, while allowing greater flexibility in livestock management decisions. The pilot program, focusing on responsive outcome-based grazing on public

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Pruitt cuts EPA CAFO reporting saying there is no way to calculate emissions

January 30, 2018 — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt took a stand next to cattle producers, denying a petition brought by environmental activist groups hoping to add more regulations on concentrated animal feeding operations under the guise of the Clean Air Act. The EPA decision, posted in the

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Canada files WTO complaint: sets stage for NAFTA discussion

January 19, 2018 — Canada filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization over tariffs under the Trump administration, just a few weeks before scheduled talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement. The complaint was filed Dec. 20, but made public on Jan. 10. Some analysts have called

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Hours of service with ELD mandate challenging for livestock haulers

January 18, 2018 — The electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, implemented Dec. 18, 2017, has equine enthusiasts, along with other ag show competitors, wondering if they fall under the stringent rules the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has created. The American Quarter Horse Association, along with several other groups,

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Prepare cows for severe weather conditions

January 12, 2018 — Severe wind and cold can cause significant problems for livestock and their owners. Evidence of such problems are found in the chronicles of the South Dakota blizzard, Oct. 4-5, 2013. The wind, snow and cold resulted in major cattle loss. The storm caught many by

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Update on 2 proposed Montana meat packing plants

January 3, 2018 — Montana Madison Food Park A Nov. 20 meeting on the proposed Montana Madison Food Park, near Great Falls, has stirred a heated debate on the pros and cons of meat plants in a state that currently has two large-scale slaughter houses on the discussion table.

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Wolves knocking on Colorado boundaries

December 29, 2017 — Colorado producers and sportsman may be stomping on the brake pedal on wolf reintroduction, but state officials say the reality is, Colorado already has wolves. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has restored gray wolves into Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico and Arizona, and it

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Keeping Up with the Stanko legacy rural Christmas lighting and conservation traditions

December 22, 2017 — The battle of the lights has begun. And I'm one of those that loves to drive the neighborhoods, looking for the winners. I've even rented a limo for a night time cruise of light envy. There's no better way to go, with a cocktail of

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BLM sage grouse plan under review: Stakeholders urge Interior to base changes on science

December 20, 2017 — Changes are on the discussion table for the 2015 sage grouse protection plan, prompting a number of associations and state legislators to urge officials to give the two-year-old plan more time to work, or at the least, make sure any changes are science based. Dec.

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Custer State Park fire mop-up begins in S.D.

December 19, 2017 — A fallen power line sparked the Custer State Park wildfire, which grew to the third-largest ever recorded in the Black Hills, according to park officials. By Dec. 14, its fourth day, the fire had burned 53,875 acres (over 73 square miles) and was 50 percent

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High Winds Fan Custer State Park Fire in S.D.

December 13, 2017 — A fire that broke out early Monday morning in Custer State Park in South Dakota near Legion Lake has quickly spread to over 4,000 acres, according to park reports, and was last reported at only 7 percent contained. According to the Custer County Sheriff's office,

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Heated opposition to Sierra Club’s Colo., wolf reintroduction plan

December 11, 2017 — The Sierra Club's Colorado meeting to discuss the pros of wolf reintroduction in the state was attended by a room full of ranchers and hunters, armed with the cons of a plan they say will wreak havoc on businesses, agriculture and wildlife. "Our singular goal

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Colorado wolf reintroduction meeting to be held Thursday, Dec. 7

December 6, 2017 — The Colorado Cattlemen's Association is encouraging its members to attend a Sierra Club meeting in Steamboat Springs, Colo., on Dec. 7, to make sure the downfalls of wolf reintroduction are crystal clear. The Sierra Club meeting will be at the Bud Werner Memorial Library in

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ELD mandate hearing requested 90-day reprieve for all haulers

December 1, 2017 — While the electronic logging device mandate may have provided a 90-day reprieve for livestock haulers, the issue is far from settled. With the current law and regulation, the mandate was scheduled to go into effect Dec. 18, 2017; since the ruling has been appealed, livestock

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Imperial, Neb., FFA organization models program success

November 29, 2017 — In October, the National FFA Organization held its 90th annual convention in Indianapolis. The organization has a few famous names on its roster, including Taylor Swift, Bo Jackson, Tim McGraw and Jimmy Carter, along with countless other members that have gone on to have successful

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USDA cuts include decommissioning brucellosis studies

November 29, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture's plans to decommission brucellosis field studies is in direct conflict of a recent study that concluded that brucellosis is spreading in wildlife, and more research is needed, not less, in both elk and bison. The National Academy of Sciences report,

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Montana Stockgrowers strike $300M beef deal with China’s eCommerce firm

November 9, 2017 — President Donald Trump's visit to China has delivered an early Christmas present to the state of Montana, with a $300 million beef deal, that industry organizations are hailing as an industry game changer. The deal, between the Montana Stockgrowers Association and JD.com, a Chinese eCommerce

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Riverton, Wyo., FFA embodies membership mission

November 3, 2017 — In an era where the numbers of farms and ranches is on the decline, the average age of producers is steadily climbing, and the politics surrounding the timeless lifestyle and business is slowly crippling what's left, there is still passion; and it is starting from

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Proposed meat processing plant could be a win for Montana producers

November 3, 2017 — A Canadian company has started the ball rolling on what could be Montana's largest meat processing facility. Montana's Cascade County Planning Division received a Special Use Permit Application, from Friesen Foods LLC, for the development of the Madison Food Park, a plant that would be

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Pruitt shuts down EPA-activists closed door deals

October 23, 2017 — In fulfilling his promise to end the practice of regulation through litigation that has harmed the American public, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt issued an agency-wide directive Oct. 16 designed to end "sue and settle" practices within the agency. Sue and settle refers to

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