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Thursday, December 31,2009

ICA president resigns post

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Tom McDonnell, executive vice president of the Idaho Cattle Association (ICA) since April 2009, has resigned his position effective Dec. 8. Contacted by Western Livestock Journal, McDonnell declined to comment about his resignation, but said he was considering several promising options.

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Friday, December 4,2009

Idaho officials searching for source of brucellosis case

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) officials are working to determine if brucellosis found in a beef cow in Rigby has spread to other herds or remained isolated. Discovery of the infectious disease has sent shudders through the state’s livestock industry

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Friday, December 4,2009

Idaho extends wolf hunt

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has extended the states first wolf hunt for three more months into 2010unlike Montana, which ended its inaugural wolf hunt on Nov. 16 as scheduled.

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Friday, December 4,2009

ICA tackles environmental lawsuits

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Whether environmental groups are exploiting the Equal Access to Justice Act to get federal subsidies of their lawsuits against ranchers grazing livestock on public lands was addressed at the Idaho Cattle Associations (ICA) recent annual convention and trade show in Sun Valley, ID.

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Friday, November 20,2009

Federal regs may hurt sheep producers

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Many of those who attended the Idaho Wool Growers Association’s 117th annual convention Nov. 6-8 in Sun Valley were surprised to learn that new U.S. Homeland Security regulations could block reliable documented Peruvian and Mexican workers from returning this month to the U.S. in time for

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Friday, November 6,2009

Manure emissions report delayed

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Farmers and ranchers won’t be required for at least a year to report livestock manure as greenhouse gas emissions to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) thanks to the efforts of Reps. Mike Simpson, R-ID, and Tom Latham, R-IA. The Senate version of the Interior & Environment Appropriations Act of FY2010 excluded a provision

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Monday, November 2,2009

Washington state officials draft wolf plan

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Jack Field, executive vice president of the Ellensburg, WA-based Washington Cattlemen's Association, fears his state's proposed gray wolf management plan sets the number of allowed breeding pairs way too high. He also doubts the Evergreen State can afford the plan's generous compensation for ranchers who lose livestock to the predators.

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Friday, October 30,2009

Idaho wolf hunters fill quotas

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The Idaho Fish Game Department (IFG) has decided to shut down three of 12 wolf hunting zones because hunters in those zones are reaching their quotas. The department is allowing for a total of 220 wolves to be killed across the state, but the three zones are approaching the states legal limits.

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Friday, October 16,2009

Wolf hunt near Yellowstone halted

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Montana wildlife commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday, Oct. 13, to halt gray wolf hunting in a wilderness district near Yellowstone National Park after nine of the predators were killed within three weeks of a special hunt’s early season start, including four members of a Cottonwood pack familiar to tourists.

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Tuesday, September 29,2009

Grizzlies returned to endangered list by judge's ruling

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Idaho livestock spokesmen and a Wyoming Game and Fish official say a U.S. federal judge's Sept. 21 ruling to relist about 600 Yellowstone grizzly bears as endangered will allow the grizzlies to expand their range and further reduce grazing allotments for cattle and sheep on federal lands.

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