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2008-07-18 03:00:27

By Chris Casteel and Bryan Painter, The Oklahoman Jul. 18--A federal judge in Seattle will decide Tuesday whether to let ranchers struggling with high feed prices pay a nominal fee to use land protected under a U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation program. The decision by U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour could determine whether 210,000 acres of land in Oklahoma are eligible for haying and grazing. Coughenour issued a restraining order last week blocking the use of the...

2008-07-17 18:00:27

By Lynda V. Mapes, Seattle Times Jul. 17--A federal judge in Seattle today ordered the federal government and members of the National Wildlife Federation to find a compromise in their fight over a plan to allow grazing and hay production on millions of acres of conservation land across the country. In the meantime, U.S. District Judge John Coughenour is keeping a temporary restraining order he issued last week after a suit was filed by the National Wildlife Federation and six affiliates...

2008-07-17 12:00:39

By Scott Sandsberry, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 17--ELLENSBURG -- Livestock grazing on the Quilomene and Whisky Dick wildlife areas in eastern Kittitas County is a wonderful management tool that will benefit adjacent landowners and the wildlife for which the areas were purchased. Or it's a travesty that will bring ruin to one of the state's last remaining stands of shrub-steppe. There seems to be no middle ground on the divisive issue. Fervent believers from both...

2008-07-17 03:00:20

By Phyllis Jacobs Griekspoor, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Jul. 17--A judge in Washington state has created serious difficulties for cattle ranchers in Kansas and across the country. The judge, acting on a complaint from the National Wildlife Federation and other environmental groups, issued a temporary restraining order to stop the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Critical Feed Use program. A hearing on the order is scheduled for today. The USDA program, implemented in late May, allows...

2008-07-13 12:00:26

By Stephen Speckman Deseret News In 2007 an estimated 500,000 acres of public- and private-range land burned in Utah, forcing ranchers out of business, impacting wildlife and hitting rural economies in the gut. But the results of a new survey of 21 ranchers impacted by the unprecedented 363,000-acre Milford Flat fire show that many are pleased with reseeding efforts that began last fall and ended in April. Utah Department of Agriculture and Food commissioner Leonard Blackham said some...

2008-07-10 12:00:38

By Lynda V. Mapes, Seattle Times Jul. 10--A federal judge in Seattle has put the brakes on an emergency federal program that would allow grazing and hay production on millions of acres of farmland nationwide that had been set aside for conservation. The injunction ordered Tuesday by U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour could affect 24 million acres of conservation lands across the country, including fragile habitat in this state. And in Washington, it pits two struggling species...

2008-07-10 12:00:38

By Ron Seely, The Wisconsin State Journal Jul. 10--A plan announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday to allow grazing on agricultural lands set aside for conservation in Wisconsin 's flood-plagued counties will have minimal effect on natural resource efforts such as grassland bird studies and erosion control, according to experts. The agency said it will permit farmers to graze livestock on Conservation Reserve Program, or CRP, acres in 40 Wisconsin counties that have...

2008-07-10 09:00:41

By Scott Sandsberry, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 10--YAKIMA -- The proposed cattle grazing on state wildlife areas in eastern Kittitas County will be getting a more complete public airing beginning Tuesday. A public scoping meeting, set for 6 to 9 p.m. at Ellensburg's Kittitas Valley Event Center, will be the first step in the state wildlife department's development of an environmental impact statement to address the possible ramifications of managed grazing on those wildlife...

2008-07-01 12:00:30

To: STATE EDITORS Contact: Sharyn Stein, Environmental Defense Fund, +1-202-572- 3396, or sstein@edf.org New Study Suggests Improvements to Help USDA Programs Work Better BOULDER, Colo., July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A dozen species of native Wyoming birds might be kept off the endangered species list with some improvements to federal conservation programs that also would continue to help the states ranching economy. Thats the conclusion of a new study by a leading national...

2008-06-26 18:02:30

North Dakota's agriculture commissioner says the federal government is opening Conservation Reserve Program land to grazing in 26 North Dakota counties to help drought-stricken ranchers. Agriculture Commissioner Roger Johnson says the counties are Adams, Billings, Bottineau, Bowman, Burke, Divide, Dunn, Grant, Golden Valley, Hettinger, McHenry, McKenzie, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Mountrail, Oliver, Pierce, Renville, Rolette, Sheridan, Slope, Stark, Towner, Ward and Williams. Gov. John...


Latest Grazing Reference Libraries

Hill farming
2013-09-20 13:07:03

Hill farming involves using is a particular piece of land for grazing sheep and cattle. This form of farming is used particularly by the farmers of the UK in the higher elevations. Farmers generally do not have access to winter fodder for their cattle, therefore, sheep farms are typical for such areas. Due to this restricted access, farmers move the herds to lower elevations for feeding. These specific farms are found in the North and South-Western areas of England, as well as the...

Hill Farming
2013-08-05 10:40:24

Hill farming is a particular piece of land for grazing sheep and cattle. This form of farming is used particularly by the farmers of the UK in the higher elevations. Farmers do not have access to winter fodder for the cattle; therefore, sheep farms are typical for such areas. Due to this restricted access, farmers move the herds to lower elevations for feeding. These specific farms are found in the North and South-Western areas of England, as well as the highlands of Scotland. The harsh...

Overgrazing
2013-04-01 12:31:24

Overgrazing occurs when plants are unprotected to intensive grazing for extended periods of time, or without enough recovery periods. It can be a result of either livestock in poorly managed agricultural applications, or by overpopulations of native or non-native wild animals. Overgrazing reduces the usefulness, biodiversity, and productivity of the land and is one cause of desertification and erosion. It’s also considered to be a cause of the spread of invasive species of non-native...

Black-tailed Prairie Dog, Cynomys ludovicianus
2012-07-25 06:59:18

The black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) is native to the United States, occurring in the Great Plains to both the border of Canada and Mexico. Its range includes areas in Mexico, but no longer includes Arizona. This species was one of two prairie dog species to be described by Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition. It prefers a habitat within grasslands, but their habitat choices do depend on soil type, rainfall, slope angles, and vegetation cover. The black-tailed prairie...

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