Grazing is a sensible fire suppression tool that benefits everyone

May 4, 2018

by John Nalivka: May 4, 2018

Forage is the foundation of the beef industry. Consequently, any event that impacts forage supplies is critical to analyzing the industry’s well-being – drought being one of those. In 2011 and 2012, we saw the impact of two major back-to-back droughts on the beef industry. Another factor that critically impacts forage supplies and often much more, is wildfires. Whether started by lightning or human caused, the impact of wildfires on ranches grazing cattle on federal lands in the Western U.S. can be significant or even devastating to the operation. (full article)

Court action ahead of new WOTUS rule

May 9, 2018

Though the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) may soon release a new proposed clean water rule, two separate lawsuits in New York are seeking to derail the agencies’ move.

During the first week of May, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told a House committee the agency is nearing completion of a new rule to replace the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. (full article)


Wild Horse Issue Headed Toward Tipping Point for Rangeland

March 21, 2018

Amy Schutte March 21 2018. More than 72,000 wild horses roam through the Western states on land that experts say can no longer sustain their basic needs. These horse herds double in size every four or five years at a growth rate of approximately 20 percent a year and have reached a capacity that far succeeds what the 1971 Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) dubs the appropriate management level (AML) (full Article)

Meet Allan Savory, the Pioneer of Regenerative Agriculture

March 8, 2018

Barry Estabrook,  3/8/2018

Despite the historic drought, Springs Ranch was now producing 40% more forage than before Spencer and Abbey took charge—allowing them to increase their cattle numbers from 150 to 230, about four times as many per acre as nearby ranches keep on similar land.  (full article)