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Friday, March 23,2012

Activists offer cash to keep cows off NM ranch preserve

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Managers of the scenic Valles Caldera National Preserve near Los Alamos, NM, have given the green light to leasing animal unit months (AUMs) on the preserve to New Mexico State University (NMSU) and Jemez Pueblo for the 2012 grazing season, turning down an offer of $35,000 from Santa Fe-based group WildEarth Guardians to keep stocking rates at zero.

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Friday, March 16,2012

Investors bet on Oregon horse slaughter plant

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
The congressional rider that had prohibited USDA from inspecting horse meat—a necessity for interstate commerce—was quietly left out of the 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill signed into law by President Obama in November.

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Friday, March 2,2012

Utah program puts science to work for grazers

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Riparians, wildlife habitat, invasive species and uneven grazing patterns all present challenges that frequently require extra attention and enhanced management.

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Friday, February 24,2012

President Obama recommends increasing grazing fee

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Public lands ranchers breathed a collective sigh of relief Jan. 31 when the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service announced that the 2012 grazing fee would remain at $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM), the lowest rate allowable.

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Friday, February 17,2012

Winmill sage grouse rulings help, hurt ranchers

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Western ranchers in the 10 states inhabited by greater sage grouse have had plenty to think about this February thanks to a pair of court rulings that have caused the fortunes of producers affected by this iconic bird to swing from one extreme to the other.

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Friday, February 10,2012

Hispanic ranchers fed up with Forest Service, "bail" on Obama

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
A community of Hispanic ranchers in northern New Mexico is seeking injunction against a U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service) decision to substantially reduce grazing on two allotments, claiming that the service is mismanaging the land and denying ranchers their right to use resources...

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Friday, January 27,2012

New livestock virus rattles northern Europe

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Animal health officials in Europe are scrambling for answers after a previously unknown virus cropped up in Germany this November. Provisionally called “Schmallenberg virus” after the German town in which it was first identified, the virus has also been found in the Netherlands, Belgium, and most recently in Great Britain.

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Friday, January 20,2012

USDA hire of former HSUS attorney raises questions about agency agenda

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Late last year, USDA made waves throughout animal agriculture when an internal memo announcing an upcoming “animal welfare scientific forum” was inadvertently released.

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Friday, January 13,2012

Sheep station threatens grizzlies, say opponents

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
The Greater Yellowstone Coalition and National Wildlife Federation have been joined by at least one Bureau of Land Management (BLM) official in claiming that the Agricultural Research Service’s (ARS) U.S.

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Friday, January 13,2012

CSU, UW plan to sell donated ranch

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
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.

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