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OSFM Looks To Develop New Defensible Space Code

Drought and Water

OSFM Looks To Develop New Defensible Space Code
Oregon’s State Fire Marshal’s Office is taking public feedback as the agency develops new statewide code for defensible space.  OSFM’s Allison Green said they’ve heard concerns from farmers and ranchers in areas that might be considered at high or extreme risk for wildfires, which would trigger potential future code enforcement.   “We have folks here...
University of Idaho Rolls Out New Virtual Fencing Option

Livestock and Dairy

University of Idaho Rolls Out New Virtual Fencing Option
In the world of virtual fencing, ranchers now have one more option.  Researchers at the University of Idaho recently announced a less expensive alternative to GPS technology.  Commercial virtual fence systems deliver an electric shock to a cow’s neck when the animal approaches a virtual barrier, eliminating the need for wire fencing by relying on GPS technology.  However,  the...
OSP Seeking Information On Wolf Shot And Killed In Baker County

Livestock and Dairy

OSP Seeking Information On Wolf Shot And Killed In Baker County
Investigators in Oregon are asking for your help trying to find the person or persons responsible for the shooting and killing of a wolf in the Pine Creek Wildlife Management Unit in Baker County.  On Friday, August 5th, Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife troopers received information from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife that a collared wolf, OR112, may be dead at a location just of
Shrinking U.S. Cattle Herd Likely Means Higher Beef Prices

Livestock and Dairy

Shrinking U.S. Cattle Herd Likely Means Higher Beef Prices
American shoppers struggling with inflation are looking at higher beef prices continuing in their local meat cases.  Because of high feed prices and severe drought, ranchers were forced to reduce their cattle herds.  Grain prices have dropped to their lowest levels since Russia invaded Ukraine, but Reuters says that might not mean lower food prices right away at the grocery store.  Corn fu... Read
Mulrony: It's Vital Cattle Industry Shares The Many Great Things

Livestock and Dairy

Mulrony: It's Vital Cattle Industry Shares The Many Great Things
When it comes to the ongoing conversation of climate change, the impact agriculture has, and what the future of the industry looks like, Cameron Mulrony said it's vital that producers share how cattle benefit the climate.  The Vice President of the Idaho Cattle Association pointed out the non-farming community needs to know that the beef industry is a good guy when it comes to the climate conversa
Legislation to Protect and Expand Broadband Access

Washington DC

Legislation to Protect and Expand Broadband Access
Senators Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Joni Ernst of Iowa introduced bipartisan legislation last week to protect and expand access to high-speed internet in rural communities and encourage rural broadband investment. The Access to Capital Creates Economic Strength and Supports Rural America Act would provide regulatory relief to rural telecommunications service providers by allowing them to submi
USDA Boosts Conservation on Grazing Lands and Support for Farmers

Livestock and Dairy

USDA Boosts Conservation on Grazing Lands and Support for Farmers
The USDA is investing up to $12 million in partnerships that expand access to conservation technical assistance for livestock producers and increase the use of conservation practices on grazing lands. The Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting proposals through its Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative until September 22...
USDA Investing $14.5 Million for Taxpayer Education, Outreach

Washington DC

USDA Investing $14.5 Million for Taxpayer Education, Outreach
Earlier this month, the Department of Agriculture announced funding for two outreach and education efforts for farmers and ranchers.  FSA is investing $10 million for agriculture-oriented taxpayer education as well as $4.5 million in outreach for the Conservation Reserve Program's Transition Incentives Program.  Bo...

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