Over 1,000 Counties Approved for Emergency Haying and Grazing on CRP Acres

More than 1,000 counties are eligible for emergency Conservation Reserve Program haying and grazing. The most recently published list of counties with permitted haying and grazing on CRP land, which was released Thursday 06/24/21, includes 1,021 counties, or 32% of counties nationwide. Primarily located in the West, 860 of those counties have been designated in […]

Peel Ranchers Need To Make A Drought Plan Now

With the prospects of drought conditions, livestock market economists are encouraging cattle producers to have a plan in place now if there is a reduction in forage supplies. Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Market Economist, says drought conditions have continued to get worse cutting into the forage growing season. “It’s going to […]

Nash: Cattle Producers Can Help Address Climate Change

While it may not be an easy conversation to have, more of the Ag community is taking a proactive role in addressing climate change. Todd Nash, President elect of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, said one way the industry can help is through wildfire mitigation efforts. He said grazing, especially timed grazing, can help restore needed […]

PLC to Hold Legislative Conference Virtually Next Month

The Public Lands Council Tuesday announced their 2021 Legislative Conference will be held March 23-25. PLC volunteer leaders, staff, and affiliates will host legislative strategy sessions and workshops on how to successfully advocate the livestock industry in our nation’s capital. Attendees will hear from Members of Congress, policy experts, scientists, and other industry professionals who […]

USDA Forest Service Announces 2021 Grazing Fee

The Forest Service has announced that federal grazing fees on national forests and grasslands will remain at $1.35 per head/month for 2021. A head month is a unit the Forest Service uses to define a month’s use of the range by a cow/calf pair, by five goats or sheep, or by a single bull, steer, […]

Noble Research Institute Focuses on Regenerative Agriculture

Noble Research Institute announced this week that it will focus all of its operations on regenerative agriculture. The organization also will set its primary goal to regenerate millions of acres of degraded grazing lands across the United States. Noble said they will achieve the vision through its direct work with farmers and ranchers across the […]

Lane: Cattle Production Key When Talking About The Environment

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has responded to the Biden Administration’s recent Executive Orders tied to climate change and American farming. NCBA Vice President Of Government Affairs, Ethan Lane, said the NCBA is pleased that the Biden administration has made it clear that they intend to start by having conversations with the Ag community and cattle producers across […]

IDL, BLM Finalize Land Swap

On Tuesday, the Idaho Board of Land Commissioners gave its final approval to exchanging land within the Owyhee Canyonland Wilderness with federal BLM lands. According to the Idaho Department of Lands, the exchange allows the state and the BLM to acquire lands better suited to their missions and objectives. More than 31,000 acres of non-wilderness […]

Kretz: More Needs To Be Done To Prevent Massive Wildfires Before They Start

During October’s Washington Policy Center Virtual Farm Hall, members of the Ag community gathered to discuss some of the key issues facing the farming community now and into the future. And one of those topics was wildfires. Wildfires have caused a great amount of damage to the Washington Ag community in recent years, whether it […]