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 […]

Many USDA Projects Have Common Goals

It’s not uncommon to see USDA research projects that on the surface look very different, but have common goals when it comes to improved sustainability, productivity, resiliency via technology, and bringing connected findings together in data collections. One of those according to researcher, Amanda Ashworth, is cattle selection and preference for one grazing area over […]

Trump Signs Great American Outdoor Act

On Tuesday, President Trump signed the Great American Outdoors Act. In a signing ceremony, Trump said the legislation “builds on my administration’s unwavering commitment to conserving, and the grander, the splendor, of God’s creation.” The bill establishes a National Park and Public Lands Restoration Fund to provide up to $9 billion to fix backlogged maintenance […]

Emergency Haying, Grazing Permitted In Several Central Washington Counties

Because of the growing drought severity across Central Washington, and the fact the CRP primary nesting season ended July 1st, the Washington State FSA Committee has approved the use of emergency haying and grazing of CRP in Kittitas, Yakima, Grant and Franklin counties. Producers who are interesting in applying for this option should contact their […]

Maximizing Pasture Land Pivotal During Challenging Economic Times

Anytime commodity markets pull back, economists remind those in the cattle business about the importance of targeting resources where they generate the greatest return. Scott Flynn, Zonal Biology Leader with Corteva Agriscience, said current market challenges drive home the importance of maximizing pasture productivity during the 2020 grazing season. In a new resource, Disrupting Pasture […]

R-CALF Asks Perdue to Open CRP Land to Emergency Grazing

R-CALF USA has asked Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue to consider opening up the 24 million acres of land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program to emergency grazing. The group says it would help to alleviate the backlog in the live cattle supply chain caused by COVID-19, which has reduced overall slaughter capacity. “The fed cattle […]

Bill Would Give Producers Flexibility on Cover Crop Use

Last week, senators John Thune of South Dakota and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan introduced the Cover Crop Flexibility Act of 2020. The legislation would permanently remove the prohibition on harvesting or grazing cover crops on prevented plant acres before November 1st. Producers would be allowed to graze or harvest cover crops for hay or silage […]

Ranchers, OCA Applaud Proposed Changes To NEPA

Earlier this month, the Trump Administration announced changes to the National Environmental Policy Act that many in the farming community applauded.  NEPA was first enacted in 1970 and has not undergone substantive regulatory revision since 1986.  Currently, ranchers must undergo NEPA reviews for many reasons, but common examples include renewal of a term grazing permit, […]

Glover Named PLC Executive Director

The Public Lands Council announced Monday Kaitlynn Glover as the organization’s new Executive Director.  Glover will serve as the chief lobbyist for the organization, representing cattle and sheep producers in western states on resource issues affecting their operations. Glover will also lead the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s natural resources policy portfolio in the organization’s Washington, […]

Cattle Disease Traceability Continues Advancing

Multiple state cattlemen’s organizations from major beef producing regions have partnered together to form U.S. CattleTrace, a disease traceability initiative.  The goal is to develop a national infrastructure for disease traceability and encourage private industry’s use of the infrastructure for individualized management practices.  The new U.S. CattleTrace initiative combines the efforts of CattleTrace, which includes […]