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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...

2008-06-25 06:00:00

By Andrew Downie In an unprecedented move against rogue cattle ranchers in the Amazon, the Brazilian government has seized livestock grazing there illegally. Officials carted off 3,100 head of cattle that they said were being raised on an ecological reserve in the state of Para, in an operation intended to serve as a warning to other ranchers grazing an estimated 60,000 head on illegally deforested land in Amazonia, the environment minister, Carlos Minc, said. "No more being soft," Minc...

2008-06-16 03:00:15

By Hagadone, Zach With help from a National Science Foundation grant, a Kimberly- based company is researching new methods of arid land restoration that it hopes may help bring back to life thousands of acres of wildfire-ravaged and overused soil around the state. Conservation Seeding & Restoration, Inc. received the $98,215 award from the foundation's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, and intends to use it for phase one of a feasibility study into spray-on biological...

2008-06-14 18:00:11

By John Holland, The Modesto Bee, Calif. Jun. 14--Drought has done an estimated $12.9 million worth of damage to Stanislaus County's beef industry since last fall, a county official said Friday. The shortage of rain has stunted grasses on the county's 349,000 acres of nonirrigated grazing land, Agricultural Commissioner Gary Caseri said. This has reduced the weight gain that ranchers had expected in the cattle, so they are making less money from meat processors. Ranchers also have had...


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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