“The department has seen a decrease in the number of positive trich cases and is encouraged by these numbers; this shows that the livestock industry and the CDA mitigation efforts have been working,” continued Roehr, “but this doesn’t mean ranchers should decrease their testing rates.
While many advocacy groups and organizations claim to support protecting wildlife populations, improving habitat and preserving land access for the future in their publicity and fundraising campaigns, which all sound good to anyone who enjoys the outdoors, they are not always showing their true colors.
Sand County Foundation, the South Dakota Cattlemen’s Association (SDCA) and the South Dakota Grassland Coalition are accepting applications for the $10,000 Leopold Conservation Award which honors South Dakota landowners who demonstrate responsible stewardship and management of natural resources.
Cattlemen from across the nation are annually recognized for outstanding environmental stewardship practices and conservation achievements through the Environmental Stewardship Award program. The award program was established in 1991 by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NC- BA) and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation.
As the dust around the holidays finally begins to settle, it’s never any fun to find out that a heart-felt gift you gave was returned for cash. It’s bad enough when the returned gift is a sweater or a book, but when it’s the family ranch, the heartache reaches a whole different level.
“Tim Koopmann’s commitment to the health of the land and wildlife in his family’s care is exemplary, but he has also made extraordinary improvements in water quality that benefit those on and off of his ranch,” said Brent Haglund, Sand County Foundation president.
“The Edwards Aquifer Authority board of directors recently approved a funding and management agreement to implement a habitat conservation plan for the Edwards Aquifer,” said Robert Gulley, Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources program coordinator for the Edwards Aquifer Restoration Implementation Plan.
As the prospective lessor, a landowner who is approached for a mineral rights lease should not sign on the dotted line unless absolutely sure the deal is in his best interest. Once that lease is signed, there’s potential of being stuck in it for years if oil or gas is found.
In late December, the Indonesian Agriculture Ministry announced it would halve the 2011 import quota of live cattle from Australia for 2012. The significant cutback on imports of live Australian cattle has been called retaliatory to Australia’s recent temporary month-long ban on live cattle.
Farm Bureau delegates reversed their position last Tuesday from last year’s farm-policy recommendations that had effectively defended keeping much of the commodity title from the 2008 farm bill intact. Instead, Farm Bureau stripped its policies supporting direct payments, counter-cyclical payments, and the Average Crop Revenue Election program.