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Tuesday, March 3,2015

Pacific port agreement reached; clearing backlog to take time

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) welcomes news that a new fiveyear agreement has been reached that should end a prolonged labor dispute that has slowed if not halted exports and imports to and from nearly 30 West Coast ports since earlier last year, costing $2 billion a day in economic losses.

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Monday, February 9,2015

BLM public grazing fees raised for 2015

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The Jan. 30 announcement that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service (USFS) will increase federal grazing fees for 2015 by 25 percent or from $1.35 per animal unit month (AUM) in 2014 to $1.69 per AUM did not entirely surprise J.J. Goicoechea, a Nevada rancher, veterinarian and Eureka County Commission Chairman.

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Monday, February 2,2015

Pacific port problems harming ag exports

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
A labor dispute that has snarled imports and exports at 29 West Coast sea ports since a six-year contract expired in July has financially harmed shipments of virtually all agriculture commodities to the Pacific Rim, Washington Cattlemen’s...

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Monday, January 26,2015

Monument designation potential worries Idaho

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Central Idaho ranchers were relieved when President Barack Obama left Boise on Wednesday, Jan. 21, without urging that the state’s controversial Boulder- White Clouds region be made a federal monument or wilderness, which would sharply reduce livestock grazing opportunities on public range.

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Monday, January 12,2015

What do low gas prices mean for ranchers?

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The combination of plunging petroleum costs and high cattle prices makes for happy American ranchers these days, but a flip side of the equation is causing them to pause and wonder about the longterm impact that the ongoing low fuel prices ultimately will have on their livestock operations.

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Friday, November 28,2014

BLM reverses course on hunt after environmentalists' lawsuits

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
On Wednesday, Nov. 12, the BLM approved issuing a five-year special recreation permit (SRP) to Idaho for Wildlife (IFW) for the hunt, but announced on Tuesday, Nov. 25, that its approval was rescinded after several environmental groups filed lawsuits to block it.

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Friday, November 21,2014

Lawsuit follows in the tracks of predator hunting decision

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Several environmental groups have filed lawsuits to block a controversial hunting derby in Idaho set for early January on public lands. This comes after the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) decided to approve Idaho for Wildlife’s request for a special recreation permit allowing wolves, coyotes and other predators to be hunted for cash prizes.

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Monday, November 10,2014

Predator hunt delayed a week in Idaho

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Sarah Wheeler, Public Affairs Officer in the BLM’s Idaho Falls District office, said the BLM had hoped to announce its decision on Nov. 5, but definitely will do so by Nov. 12. The week’s delay allows the bureau to analyze a large volume of responses, she said.

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Friday, October 24,2014

Cattle shootings worsen in remote areas of northern Nevada

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Ranchers are fit to be tied about the indiscriminate shooting of some 65 cattle in recent months across a wide swath of remote northern Nevada. A reward for the arrest and conviction of the culprits has climbed to more than $25,000 since last week’s coverage.

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Monday, September 22,2014

Fires burn what drought left parched

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The wildfires that have raged through much of the West this past summer took a heavy toll on cattle, grazing land, fences and ranchers striving to survive one of the most devastating droughts ever recorded. Now many cattle producers are wondering if they will be allowed.

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