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Friday, May 30,2014

Drought-tolerant alfalfa variety created to meet NM growers' needs

by WLJ
“A lot of alfalfa varieties do well under normal irrigation practices, but once water is withheld, they don’t do so well,” said Flynn, Agronomist at NMSU’s Agricultural Science Center at Artesia. “This variety offers the promise of production in a climate where production may not have been possible before.

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Monday, May 26,2014

$16M racketeering animal rights case

HSUS, other animal rights group settle with Ringling Brothers

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
On May 15, a settlement between Feld Entertainment—parent company of the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus—and a collection of animal rights groups, including the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), was announced. However, some of the claims made by HSUS’ announcement of the settlement raise questions.

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Monday, May 26,2014

Storm brews over Nevada drought actions

by Theodora Dowling, WLJ Correspondent
Cows on the range in Nevada are in the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) sights once again. This time, the agency is making blanket claims of drought to justify grazing cuts in areas where grass is knee-high and stock water is plentiful.

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Monday, May 26,2014

Drought woes continue for CA ranchers

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
For much of California’s central valley, 2013 stands as the driest year in recorded history. Thus far, say area farmers and ranchers, 2014 has provided little relief from a drought now in its third year. The impacts are staggering.

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Friday, May 23,2014

Obama designates half-million acre monument in New Mexico

by WLJ
This is the largest monument designation President Obama has made to date, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association was quick to share its opposition.

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Friday, May 23,2014

Private landowners ready to enroll in sage-grouse program

by WLJ
In a CCAA, landowners voluntarily agree to manage their lands to remove or reduce threats to a species. In return, landowners receive assurances against additional regulatory requirements should that species ever be listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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Friday, May 23,2014

OR's fire protection groups empower landowners

by Kerry Halladay, Associate Editor
Congratulations are due; a new agreement between landowners and a branch of state government was born! And while some alliances between landowners and government are tenuous at best, this agreement and its predecessors are examples of true cooperation for the betterment of the land, landowner and state alike.

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Friday, May 23,2014

Federal water legislation passes House

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Last week, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly (412 to 4) approved a water resources reform legislation package that supporters say cuts federal red tape and bureaucracy, streamlines the infrastructure project delivery process, fosters...

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Friday, May 23,2014

Legislation introduced to ensure state management of sage-grouse

by WLJ
Last week, United States Representatives Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced legislation to the House, along with Senator Enzi’s (R-WY) companion legislation in the Senate, that would prohibit the Department of Interior’s U.S.

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Monday, May 19,2014

Government land grab fears gaining

by Traci Eatherton, WLJ Managing Editor
Over 50 state leaders from nine states gathered earlier this month to take a stand against the ongoing long-term federal land grab and discuss plans to gain state control. The recent standoff in Nevada seems to have drawn some national attention to a topic that has been ongoing.

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