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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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Monday, July 22,2013

Lawsuit stalls release of more farm and ranch data

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has suspended releasing more personal and private information about thousands of American ranchers and farmers to environmental groups which requested the data under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)..

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Friday, June 28,2013

Badlands bison plan driven by tourism

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
The park officials say expanding bison grazing in the park will make them more visible to tourists, but livestock producers say existing bison are poorly managed, often damaging fences and migrating onto private property..

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Friday, June 14,2013

Tornadoes wreak havoc on livestock producers

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
Many ranchers who survived the powerful tornadoes emerged from their cellars and basements to find their cattle and horses dead, badly injured or even vacuumed completely off their acreage by strong winds clocked at more than 200 miles per hour in some extremes.

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Friday, May 17,2013

How beef can compete

Higher prices bring higher expectations

by Mark Mendiola - WLJ Correspondent
“We got $10 in new spending over that 20 years; meanwhile our pork and poultry competitors got $110,” said Nevil Speer, an animal scientist at Western Kentucky University. “You can’t grow an industry without new revenue coming in, and we basically worked in a stagnant industry for 20 years.

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