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Friday, March 5,2010

University of Nevada may close College of Agriculture

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Officials at the University of Nevada, Reno, (UNR) announced a plan on March 1 that, if brought to fruition, would leave the state without an agricultural college. The plan to dismantle UNR’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural

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Friday, March 5,2010

The importance of strategic estate planning

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Estate planning for those involved in family ranching is one of the most difficult topics to openly discuss among family members, yet it can have the most long reaching effects within a family and business of any other decision.

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Friday, February 19,2010

BLM cancels WWP’s Idaho grazing permit

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
In a notice issued at the end of last month, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) field office in Challis, ID, stated its intention to cancel grazing permits linked to land controlled by the Western Watersheds Project (WWP), an anti-grazing advocacy group based in Hailey, ID. The notice,

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Friday, January 29,2010

Washington ranchers support tighter brand laws

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Representatives of Washington state’s cattle industry gathered together at the capitol in Olympia, WA, on Jan. 19 to testify before the Committee on Agricultural and Rural Economic Policy. They testified on behalf of a bill that, if enacted, would grant greater authority to the brand inspection system in that state. The primary goal of the bill, according to officials

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Friday, January 8,2010

Researcher cleared of misconduct charges levied by western environmentalists

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Following a seven-month investigation, the University of Idaho announced Jan. 4 that Dr. Marie Bulgin of the Caine Veterinary Teaching Center in Caldwell, ID, will be allowed to resume her full duties as a teacher, researcher, and administrator. According to Jack McIvar, vice president of research for the university, the investigation, which centered on Bulgin’s 2009 testimony

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Monday, November 30,2009

Lawsuit gives environmental groups right to bid on state lands

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Ranchers leasing grazing land from the state of Idaho may soon face stiffer competition for those leases as a result of major rule changes proposed by the Idaho Land Board. Under the proposed changes, conservation will be added as an acceptable use of lease lands, a move many fear will pave the way for environmental groups to irrevocably disrupt grazing activities on these lands.

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Friday, November 6,2009

Rustlers roam western states

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
As fall roundups get into full swing and cattle begin to come in off summer ranges, ranchers in some areas may need to look closely and make sure their cattle are all present. Whether the result of a bad economy or simple greed, livestock theft seems to be a growing problem in many western

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Friday, October 16,2009

EPA emissions ruling will affect feedlots

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the release of a final rule last month that will require many feedlots to report their emissions as part of a mandatory greenhouse gas registry. According to the new rule, any facility that emits more than 25,000 tons of greenhouse gas per year will be required to report to the EPA.

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Friday, September 11,2009

Federal officials remove problem wolves in Oregon

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Two juvenile wolves that have been killing livestock in Oregons Baker County have finally been removed, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). According to officials, the two problem wolves were shot and killed from a helicopter by representatives of the USDAs Wildlife Services division on the morning of Sept.

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Friday, August 28,2009

Idaho senator prepares two animal welfare bills

by Jason Campbell - WLJ Correspondent
Two pieces of legislation currently being developed by Republican state senator Tim Corder are aimed at addressing animal cruelty laws in Idaho.

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