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Friday, November 1,2013

FUELS Act exempts small storage units from SPCC plan

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
A U.S. House of Representative committee on Oct. 29 endorsed the Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship (FUELS) Act, which allows the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to exempt small farmers and ranchers from maintaining expensive oil storage facilities.

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Friday, October 25,2013

Wyoming annual wolf hunt downsized

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Five wolves killed during Wyoming’s second annual wolf hunt in an area next to Yellowstone National Park’s Lamar Valley may have been part of a well-known pack in the area. They were killed in Hunt Area 2 northeast of Cody over three days in mid-October.

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Friday, October 11,2013

MT brucellosis case sparks restrictions

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Another case was confirmed Sept. 26 in Madison County. Brucellosis was since found in two more animals from its 1,100-head herd. All of the animals had been vaccinated. Testing on animals from herds adjacent to the ranches with infections continue in both Madison and Park counties.

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Monday, October 7,2013

Shutdown won't hurt ranchers... for now

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The American Farm Bureau’s director for public policy says the federal government’s shutdown should not immediately impact the nation’s farmers and ranchers, but if it goes beyond a few days, their frustration and inconvenience could turn into serious problems.

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Friday, September 13,2013

Dustin Focht takes title at LMA's 50th Anniversary World Livestock Auctioneer Championship

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Since taking the Livestock Marketing Association’s World Livestock Auctioneer (WLA) Championship in Alabama last June, Dustin Focht estimates he has driven 12,000 miles in the customized 2013 Ford F-150 pickup truck he won and flown up to 20,000 miles—and that’s after only about 30 percent into his year-long term.

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Friday, September 6,2013

Rancher's loss to wolves reaches $50,000 in one year

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Siddoway Sheep Co. runs five herds on thousands of primarily National Forest acres toward the Idaho/ Wyoming border, ranging from St. Anthony to Palisades to Island Park. Each allotment spans 6,000 to 11,000 acres. The Dog Creek allotment where elk feed has been hit worst with 35 sheep kills on the Bridger- Teton National Forest.

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Monday, September 2,2013

Keystone history data-rich, wrought with conflict

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The massive project is designed to pump 830,000 barrels of crude oil daily from Canadian tar sands in northern Alberta and Bakken shale in North Dakota and Montana south to refineries on the U.S..

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Friday, August 23,2013

Forest fires force ranchers to make quick decisions

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
At least 14 large fires have been burning simultaneously in the Gem State, including five in the Sawtooth National Forest of central Idaho, where the monstrous Bear Creek Fire threatened more than a thousand homes and forced hundreds to evacuate in the Sun Valley-Hailey-Ketchum area.

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Friday, August 16,2013

Grizzly and livestock conflicts growing near Jackson Hole

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Since 2010, wildlife management agencies have killed 10 grizzlies determined responsible for cattle killings near Union Pass, where bears and cattle overlap. Between 1999 and 2012, there were nearly 460 grizzly conflicts with cattle and sheep in the area.

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Friday, August 9,2013

Conservation banking of public land creates a market incentive

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Adopting several reforms proposed by a comprehensive study, the law enables ranchers, farmers and other landowners to be paid for managing their lands to protect wildlife and their habitats in perpetuity. When the pioneering conservation banking program was started 18 years ago, it was the nation’s first of its kind.

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