The Jan. 30 announcement that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service (USFS) will increase federal grazing fees for 2015 by 25 percent or from $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) in 2014 to $1.69 per AUM did not entirely surprise J.J. Goicoechea, a Nevada rancher, veterinarian and Eureka County Commission Chairman.
on pg. 5 with the same headline. In that earlier installment, Biebl recounted the story of a recent taxpayer victory in the Morehouse case. This landmark Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals decision holds that a landlord/investor is not subject to the 15.3 percent selfemployment tax (SE tax) on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) rents.
A topic often discussed in cattle production is whether the level of nutrition given to a pregnant female late in gestation affects birth weight and dystocia. Many producers worry providing good nutrition to a pregnant female—especially heifers— increases birth weight of the calf and, subsequently, dystocia.
According to California ranchers, the California water board’s plan to regulate livestock grazing near rivers and streams is nothing short of a waste of time, and a repeat of a process that’s already in place. But recent listening sessions have definitely left California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) on edge.
At the very end of January, the Center for Biologic Diversity (CBD) released a report on the economics of the public grazing programs. The report concluded that grazing on public lands is costly to the U.S. taxpayer and does not come close to covering the funds appropriated to operate it.
In the letter, EPA warns that construction of the pipeline will lead to increased greenhouse gas emissions through expanded production of tar sands oil in Canada. Further, EPA points to falling oil prices in recent months as reason for the State Department to re-evaluate what those oil prices will mean for.
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman also will brief the House Agriculture Committee on trade issues, including trade promotion authority, Conaway said. He told the nation’s agriculture commissioners the briefing would take place, and then later told reporters that a briefing for the full committee was needed because there are so many new members.
President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2016 budget plan included a number of surprises, including plans to make America’s food supply safer by consolidating USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the food safety components of the Food and Drug Administration.
At the end of January, six environmental and citizens groups filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failure to answer a 2011 petition. The petition enjoined the EPA to rule ammonia a pollutant under the Clean Air Act and establish air standards relative to ammonia “to protect public health and welfare.