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Friday, June 20,2014

ESA and the CBD

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) was back at it last week filing numerous endangered species suits claiming the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has not adequately protected several species. CBD is a radical environmental group that makes their living suing the federal government.

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Friday, June 13,2014

The national fires burn

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Grazing opportunities in the West are constantly going underutilized. Wild fire prevention has become a huge issue and the agencies responsible for fighting wildfires are taking money from Peter to pay Paul. Taking money from rang e improvement and forest management programs has actually CROW.

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Friday, June 6,2014

Feeder cattle move higher

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Feeder cattle markets continue to move higher with a major record high set last week. October feeder cattle futures broke $2 in overnight trade last Wednesday. Good rains have come over the past couple weeks in areas of the Southwest, causing a case of grass fever which has encouraged cattlemen to bid on light calves.

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Friday, June 6,2014

Agency abuse

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The last news we received on the Battle Mountain, NV, story was that the ranchers were able to turn out their cattle for two weeks on their BLM allotment, while the agency determined if they could stay out longer, and the “grass ride” made it to Carson City to deliver a petition to the governor to CROW.

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Friday, June 6,2014

Feeder markets continue red hot

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Widespread rains over the Memorial Day weekend may have curtailed holiday activities but were enthusiastically welcomed by cattle producers in the Southern Plains. Much of the worst drought areas in eastern New Mexico, western Texas and western Oklahoma received rainfall that was very timely for forage production.

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Friday, May 30,2014

Fire

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Good spring rains have fallen in many areas of the West, which is a sigh of relief for most ranchers in the region. Still, in many areas, rain is the exception rather than the rule. Drought in the West persists while grass and fuel loads are high and fire dangers remain high, especially in the far West and West Coast.

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Friday, May 23,2014

Battle at Battle Mountain

Public lands issues are coming to a head all over the country

by Pete Crow - Publisher
The Nevada ranching community is rising up against the BLM again and this time it’s for the right reasons.

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Friday, May 16,2014

Opportunity is now

by Pete Crow - Publisher
There are a lot of issues occurring that could have a profound effect on public land ranching. At this point, I would have to say the Endangered Species Act is the one that needs the most attention, and soon. As an industry, we have a lot on the table that we need to pay close attention to right now.

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Friday, May 9,2014

Actionable Science?

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Global warming was the big national topic last week when President Obama came out with the third national assessment on climate change in the U.S. This was a collective effort of a group of 13 federal agencies called the “U.S. Global Change Research Program.

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Friday, May 2,2014

Summer markets

by Pete Crow - Publisher
Cattle markets remain strong with Mother’s Day and Memorial Day just around the corner. You can see packers gearing up to get more beef on the market. Cash fed cattle were trading at $148 last week and the beef cutout value is showing stability in the $130.

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