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Friday, July 1,2011

Report minimizes economic benefits of grazing

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
What’s public lands grazing worth to the economy? According to a report recently released by the Department of Interior (DOI), it’s not as much as you might think. The June 21 report, titled "The Department of Interior’s Economic Contributions," gives a breakdown of

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Friday, June 24,2011

California neighborhood demands return of cows

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
Located 16 miles east of Oakland, CA, in the greater San Francisco Bay area, the town of Walnut Creek is a haven for well-off commuters who prefer the pastoral beauty of the town’s publically-owned open spaces to San Francisco’s urban hustle and bustle. With an average income over $85,000, and the average

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Friday, June 3,2011

WTO sides with Canada, Mexico over COOL

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
In a possible impending win for retailers, foreign trade partners, and some livestock industry interests, the World Trade Organization (WTO) indicated Friday, May 20, in a preliminary ruling that it is backing Canada and Mexico in their complaint over U.S. COOL, or

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Friday, May 27,2011

Specter of cattle theft stalks California county

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
An unusually wet spring across the Northwest this year found many ranchers in Tehama County, CA, putting off branding in hopes of drier weather. But as ranchers waited for the skies to clear, other eyes were also watching, and waiting. With an abundance of slick calves on the ground and cattle prices at unprecedented highs, the opportunity

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Friday, May 20,2011

BLM extends deadline for eco-sanctuary proposals

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
For those who had hoped to submit a wild horse eco-sanctuary plan to the government, but ran out of time: do not despair. The Bureau of Land Management announced May 12 that it is giving applicants a few more weeks to put the finishing touches on their proposals for wild horse management facilities that also cater to

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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 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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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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Thursday, April 7,2011

Wolf depredation facts, tips for Montana ranchers

by Andy Rieber - WLJ Correspondent
With all the back and forth on the endangered status of wolves, it’s no wonder that some ranchers may be scratching their heads over what steps they need to take if they suffer depredation from wolves. In Montana, the situation isn’t made any easier by the fact that there are two separate recognized wolf

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