Senior Department of the Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) officials joined Wyoming Governor Matt Mead last week in announcing the launch of the nation’s first conservation bank for greater sage-grouse. The bank will manage a vast expanse of central Wyoming for sage-grouse, mule deer and other wildlife, allowing energy development and other economic activities to proceed on lands elsewhere in the state.
Last week, members of Ada County Association of Realtors in Idaho selected John Knipe, President of Knipe Land Company, as 2015 Realtor of the Year. The award is the highest award and honor that a realtor may achieve from a Realtor Association.
Given in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the Leopold Conservation Award recognizes extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation. It inspires other landowners through these examples and provides a visible forum where farmers, ranchers and other private landowners are recognized.
Yet, cutting the premium subsidies for the largest farmers also doesn’t appear to generate significant savings for the crop insurance program. If premium subsides had been cut by 15 percentage points for the largest farmers from 2009- 13, the federal government would have saved about $70 million over those five years, or about $14 million a year.
might find appalling. “Last Mother’s Day [May 11, 2014], at the height of the birthing season, two veterinarians struggled to sort through the weekend’s toll: 25 ragdoll bodies. Five, abandoned by overtaxed mothers, had empty stomachs. Six had signs of pneumonia.
Sheep producers and others involved in agriculture are urged to contact their congressional representatives and senators and ask them to support the current U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regulation for special procedures of the H-2A workers.
Technology is the way of the future, right? Some embrace technology with wild abandon, being early adopters of every new shiny thing, while others shun the new to represent the other extreme. But in the real world, technology is only as valuable as its ability to produce results.
For some, this time of the year is just “another day at the office,” because they have taken the necessary steps to ensure as few problems as possible. For others, this list may help to reduce problems that might occur. As we strive to improve the beef operation over time, it’s never too early to be thinking about the next calving season.