Idaho sage grouse hunters will be required to purchase tags under new regulations aimed at reducing the total harvest of the embattled game bird, but they will be treated to a longer season and an expanded territory in which to pursue the iconic species.
Bingham County ranchers, farmers, and land managers face a difficult problem. Their challenge is controlling Russian olive, a fast-growing tree native to Eurasia.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Grazing fees for cattle and sheep on state-owned land in Idaho could rise about 50% next year.
Ranchers in the West have typically grazed cattle on summer pastures — often in the mountains or desert rangelands near their ranch or on federal Bureau of Land Management or Forest Service allotments — while growing hay at home to feed the cows during winter.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Songwriter Diane Warren stepped in June 24 to save the life of cow that eluded capture for more than a day after a herd escaped from a Southern California slaughterhouse and stampeded through a suburb.
SALMON — University of Idaho faculty, donors, local ranchers and residents gathered June 19 to celebrate the grand opening of a new headquarters serving a research center where livestock and forage are studied.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. wildfire managers are considering shifting to more full-time firefighting crews to deal with what has become a year-round wildfire season and making the jobs more attractive by increasing pay and benefits.
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana commission advanced Thursday proposed rules that would allow the use of snares to hunt wolves and extend the wolf trapping season after the Republican-controlled Legislature passed laws earlier this year meant to reduce the state’s wolf population.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A female wolf that had pups earlier this year has been illegally killed in northeast Washington state.
WASHINGTON — Today, reps. Mike Guest, R-Mississippi, and Darren Soto, D-Florida, led a bipartisan group of 52 lawmakers in pushing the U.S. Department of Justice to complete their investigation into the meatpacking sector, and whether or not anticompetitive practices have contributed to a pe…
WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri, introduced the Optimizing the Cattle Market Act of 2021 in the U.S. House. The legislation builds on a growing consensus among cattle producers, industry leaders, and Members of Congress that the current market dynamics — which stunt …
DETROIT (AP) — The world’s largest meat processing company has resumed most production after a weekend cyberattack, but experts say the vulnerabilities exposed by this attack and others are far from resolved.
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BILLINGS (AP) — Wildlife advocates pressed the Biden administration on Wednesday to revive federal protections for gray wolves across the Northern Rockies after Republican lawmakers in Idaho and Montana made it much easier to kill the predators.
BOZEMAN, Mont. — A federal judge sentenced a Bozeman man to two-and-a-half years in prison and to pay restitution for stealing and selling cattle and cattle embryos and defrauding a bank and a business partner.
McCammon rancher Jim Guthrie’s cattle are normally grazing private pasture by mid-April, but he’s had to feed them hay for an extra month due to cool, dry and windy weather stymieing grass growth.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed into law a measure that could lead to killing 90% of the state’s 1,500 wolves in a move that was backed by hunters and the state’s powerful ranching sector but heavily criticized by environmental advocates.
Republicans on the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday previewed their objections to the Biden administration’s still-unreleased plan to conserve 30% of U.S. land and water by 2030.
In Salmon, ranchers, hunters, a local church and a state agency work together to make sure families in need get plenty of protein in their diets.
The new wolf-related laws are a mix of directives with little ambiguity while others leave some decisions up to wildlife managers and the commission.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A conservation group is asking the U.S. government to cut off millions of dollars to Idaho that is used to improve wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation opportunities because of legislation that could lead to 90% of the state’s wolves being killed.
Texas longhorn semen and embryos from Dickinson Cattle Co., of Barnesville, Ohio, were selected to improve Israeli cattle. In those desert cattle operations, the longevity, disease resistance, calving ease, ability to browse and handle multiple predators were much-needed traits for the Israe…
Cattle breeds with big horns are thought to be challenging to work with; some people are afraid to handle them very much.
Darol Dickinson was born in 1942 in Fort Worth, Texas, and has led a life as colorful as his Texas Longhorn cattle.
Climate change and water scarcity are front and center in the western U.S. The region’s climate is warming, a severe multi-year drought is underway and groundwater supplies are being overpumped in many locations.
BILLINGS, Montana — A shared interest in bison migrating into the Gardiner Basin has created a unique partnership.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Native American lawmakers criticized Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte on Friday over his decision to scrap a bison management plan that would have allowed the wild animals to be restored in more areas of the state.
MADRID, Iowa (AP) — In 43 years of farming, Morey Hill had seen crop-destroying weather, rock-bottom prices, trade fights and surges in government aid, but not until last year had he endured it all in one season.
PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Cattle in Oregon are again showing up dead under strange circumstances.
Last spring was cool and wet, and rangelands in Lemhi County were a sea of blue lupine.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked a Nevada project that would expand livestock grazing across 400 squares miles (1,036 square kilometers) of some of the highest priority sage-grouse habitat in the West and accused the government of deliberately misleading the public by underestim…
A new joint agreement between the Teton Regional Land Trust and a local family will preserve a scenic area of Teton Valley.
Evidence shows someone used a trailer to steal 17 head of cattle from a ranch on Fish Hatchery Road in Mackay earlier this month, which Custer County Sheriff’s Deputy Shade Rosenkrance said is unusual.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Five wolves were found dead in northeastern Oregon in February, according to law authorities.
Call it a rescue operation.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Two conservation groups are working to raise $500,000 to fund modification and construction of quarantine pens near Yellowstone National Park so more bison can be transferred to tribes and avoid slaughter, officials said.
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — As few as 29 nonnative mountain goats remain in Teton Range in Wyoming after aggressive efforts to hunt the animals out of existence, wildlife officials said.
MAXWELL, Iowa (AP) — Sudden meat shortages last year because of the coronavirus led to millions of dollars in federal grants to help small meat processors expand so the nation could lessen its reliance on giant slaughterhouses to supply grocery stores and restaurants.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy was arrested Monday after failing to attend his trial on charges that he trespassed during an Idaho legislative session last fall. Bundy didn’t appear in the courtroom because he was protesting outside the building instead, apparently …
All elk captured north of Belgrade as part of a multi-year brucellosis surveillance project tested negative for the bacterial disease, Montana officials announced last week.
A group of conservation organizations and governmental agencies have pooled their resources to help the Pocatello-based Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust hire a full-time Bear River watershed conservation coordinator.
A New York representative Wednesday reintroduced a bill to designate million acres of land as wilderness and hundreds of miles of rivers and streams as wild and scenic in five northwestern states, including Montana.
A leading beef industry research and analytics service is bullish on cattle in 2021, predicting a tightening supply and strong demand will contribute to a profitable year for ranchers.
A Senate panel on Thursday approved legislation that’s the product of Idaho's hundreds of thousands of cows and the 50 million pounds of cow manure they produce daily, the AP reports. The Senate Agricultural Affairs Committee voted 5-3 to send to the full Senate the bill requiring state officials to consider economic ramifications when imposing pollution...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska, on Tuesday introduced the Cattle Market Transparency Act in the U.S. Senate. If enacted, this legislation would direct the secretary of agriculture and the Office of the Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish region…
A report released by researchers with Utah State University Extension and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food assess the potential for expanding meat processing capabilities in Utah and examine the potential demand for Utah beef.
DENVER — Some wildlife advocates are urging Colorado officials to streamline planning for reintroducing the gray wolf, arguing the launch of an overly bureaucratic process will frustrate the intent of voters who approved reintroduction by the end of 2023.
PORTLAND, Ore. — A senior adviser in the U.S. Department of Interior on Friday rescinded a January Trump administration decision to grant grazing allotments to an Oregon ranching family whose members were convicted of arson in a court battle that triggered the takeover of a federal wildlife …
HELENA, Mont. — Hunters and trappers who kill wolves in Montana could be reimbursed for their expenses by private groups under a proposal advanced by state lawmakers Monday that critics said is akin to the bounties that nearly exterminated the predators last century.
Environmental attorney to lead Bureau of Land Management
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A house panel on Tuesday introduced legislation allowing the use of snowmobiles, ATVs, powered parachutes and other methods to hunt and kill wolves year-round and with no limits in most of Idaho.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Feb. 4, the executive committee of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association approved the organization’s top 2021 policy priorities with a continued focus on advocating for a business climate that increases opportunities for producer profitability.
DENVER — The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association concluded its virtual Winter Business Meeting Feb. 4 with the election of Jerry Bohn, a cattle producer from Wichita, Kan., as NCBA president.