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Friday, May 20,2011

NMPF still wants Congress to reform programs

by DTN
National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) President Jerry Kozak said his group will continue to push its Foundation for the Future plan to revamp the dairy program in Congress, even though dairy processors and some left-leaning dairy and farm groups oppose it.

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Friday, May 20,2011

Nebraska governor signs brand surcharge bill

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Nebraska Cattlemen (NC) is happy to report that Gov. Dave Heineman signed the brand surcharge bill May 11, 2011. NC had been keeping a close eye on LB 181, which was a bill that would allow a surcharge to be implemented by the Nebraska Brand Committee in order to make up for traveling expenses incurred by inspectors.

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Friday, May 13,2011

Lizards lounge, producers scrounge valid research

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
The dunes sagebrush lizard’s habitat is found exclusively in 10 counties in West Texas and southeastern New Mexico. This habitat is located in the Permian Basin, the most active energy-producing land in the lower 48 states. This habitat is also home to thousands of individuals who make their livelihood in the oil

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Friday, May 6,2011

Test vaccine shows promise for bighorn sheep

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Concerns over pneumonia transmission between wild bighorn sheep and bands of domestic sheep grazing western rangelands have plagued land managers in the Northwest for the last several years. The conflict reached a fever pitch last year when Idaho’s Payette National Forest reduced domestic sheep grazing by 70

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Friday, May 6,2011

Utah wades into Wild Lands dispute

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Turbulence surrounding Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar’s controversial Wild Lands policy only seems to be increasing, and now the big dogs are beginning to enter the fray. On April 29, the state of Utah announced it is filing suit in federal court with the object of nullifying Salazar’s

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Thursday, April 28,2011

Bill would release Wilderness Study Areas

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
With the ink still drying on the budget resolution that delisted wolves and temporarily defunded Wild Lands two weeks ago, Republican congressmen have advanced new legislation that considerably raises the stakes in the ongoing wilderness debate. A bill introduced to Congress on April 15 would order

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Thursday, April 28,2011

Riding the grub line across the U.S.

by Ginger Elliott - WLJ Correspondent
The average chuck wagon cook in the 1800s served up beans, meat, bread and taters. Dessert was as scarce as a day off. The "wagon," following the cowboys and cattle across rangelands, was home. Today, Charlie Ferguson from Torrington, WY, is the archetype of his wagon cook predecessors. Rising at

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Friday, April 22,2011

’Tis the season for anthrax vaccine

by Maria E. Tussing - WLJ Correspondent
A wet spring can be a mixed blessing. While it gives crops and forage a head start, it can also pave the way for a silent killer—anthrax. Anthrax spores can lie dormant in the soil for years, causing no problems for the animals that graze there. It can lie in wait for 70 years or more, impervious to heat and

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Friday, April 22,2011

Gray wolves to be delisted within 60 days

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In a double win for ranching and recreation interests, Congress last week passed a budget measure that included a rider removing the majority of gray wolves within the Northern Rocky Mountain region from the endangered species list, as well as a second provision which stripped the controversial Wild Lands policy of funding until

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Friday, April 15,2011

Idaho Legislature passes emergency wolf bill

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
One of the Idaho Legislature’s final actions before adjourning an 88-day session in Boise on April 7 was to enact a wolf emergency bill that would authorize Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter to recruit law enforcement officers to help reduce the number of controversial predators in the state. Idaho livestock ranchers, big game hunters and outfitters have complained

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