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2008-09-05 09:00:00

By Michelle Dynes By Michelle Dynes mdynes@wyomingnews.com CHEYENNE - Climate change is altering rangeland management. Farmers and ranchers must adapt to longer droughts interrupted by heavier than normal rainstorms. They also must contend with a longer growing season that allows harmful insects and invasive species to thrive. Farmers and ranchers throughout the Rocky Mountain region gathered here to learn more about the impacts of erratic weather patterns during the symposium...

2008-08-05 21:00:13

By Lois Henry, The Bakersfield Californian Aug. 5--If you've never visited the Bitter Creek National Wildlife Refuge area, you should. It's incredible country in southwestern Kern County. Its rugged, stark beauty can take your breath away. Unfortunately, it's being run by a unit of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that also leaves me breathless (OK, sputtering), for their incredible arrogance. I learned about the Bitter Creek controversy last week when the Kern County Board of...

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...

2008-06-14 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...

2008-06-14 09:00:20

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...

2008-06-14 09:00:20

By Greeley Tribune, Colo. Jun. 14--postedu The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland will host a Cooperative Range Monitoring Seminar Thursday for those who have permits on the national forests and other interested participants. The seminar will include hands-on instruction in range monitoring methods covering range condition, forage production and identification of common plants. It will be an opportunity for those with U.S. Forest Service grazing...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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