RENO, Nev. (AP) — Conservationists say the Trump administration’s approval of exploratory drilling for oil in sage grouse habitat on federal land in eastern Nevada violates its own protection guidelines and ignores concerns raised by scientists about potential harm to the bird imperiled acro…

RENO, Nev. — Federal land managers say it will take two decades and cost more than $1 billion over the first six years alone to slash wild horse populations to sustainable levels necessary to protect U.S. rangeland.

POCATELLO — After setting records during fiscal years 2018 and 2019, wolf depredations of livestock in Idaho are down significantly during the first 10 months of fiscal 2020, which ends June 30.

MINNEAPOLIS — Federal recommendations meant to keep meatpacking workers safe as they return to plants that were shuttered by the coronavirus have little enforcement muscle behind them, fueling anxiety that working conditions could put employees’ lives at risk.

BOISE — An 18-square-mile forest project approved by the U.S. Forest Service in northern Idaho harms wildlife, two environmental groups say, and they have filed a lawsuit to stop it.

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — On a typical day in May, Don Scarrow gets a handful of calls from customers looking to have a pig or cow processed. The spring is usually the slow season for custom processors in the Magic Valley.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As coronavirus hotspots erupted at major U.S. meatpacking plants, experts criticized extremely tight working conditions that made the factories natural high risk contagion locations. But some Midwestern politicians have pointed the finger at the workers’ living conditions,…

SPOKANE, Wash. — Conservation groups on Monday asked the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to sharply limit the number of endangered wolves that are killed over conflicts with livestock.

The Bureau of Land Management is inviting the public to log on to a virtual meeting and post comments on the draft Fuels Reduction and Rangeland Restoration Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Great Basin.

Some Montana ranchers will likely go out of business due to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Livestock told state legislators recently.

BILLINGS, Mont. — Hundreds of wild bison would be transferred from federal lands to a South Dakota American Indian Reservation and a North Dakota national park as a first step in the latest initiative to restore the burly animals to Western U.S. lands that they once roamed by the millions, f…

LOS ANGELES — The near shutdown of the economy in response to COVID-19 has reduced demand for commodities like oil, lumber and copper and triggered sharp drops in their prices, but some analysts predict the stage is set for a rebound.

BILLINGS, Mont. — Attorneys for the U.S. government and the state of Wyoming urged an appeals court to throw out much of a judge’s ruling that blocked the first grizzly bear hunts in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades.

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. — The attorneys general for 11 Midwestern states urged the Justice Department on Tuesday to pursue a federal investigation into market concentration and potential price fixing by meatpackers in the cattle industry during the coronavirus pandemic.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Fish and Wildlife officials say they will start spring trapping of wolves, an activity that was previously considered non-essential under Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order.

FIRTH — Each April at the Reid Ranch, relatives and friends gather to brand the new calf crop the traditional way, with ropers on horseback and irons heated in an open fire.

WALLULA, Wash. (AP) — All employees of a Tyson Fresh Meats beef plant near the Tri-Cities will eventually be tested for COVID-19 and then sent home to self-isolate until test results come back.

POCATELLO — National farm groups quickly applauded USDA’s April 17 announcement of a $19 billion ag relief program designed to assist producers, and consumers, impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

OMAHA, Neb. — Some massive meat processing plants have closed at least temporarily because their workers were sickened by the new coronavirus, raising concerns that there could soon be shortages of beef, pork and poultry in supermarkets.

BOISE, Idaho — U.S. officials are using the coronavirus pandemic to force a through long-delayed Idaho livestock grazing allotment decision in critical sage grouse habitat for a powerful agribusiness, an environmental group says.

Idaho’s own Ninja Warrior competitor, rancher Lance Pekus, and his children have shared a video of themselves preparing a favorite family friendly beef recipe.

BOISE — As the reality of social distancing is taking hold, and more family members are spending time at home, the Idaho beef industry is responding to inquiries as a result of a surge home-prepared meals. The Idaho Beef Council is bolstering its library of resources and information to ensur…

In previous parts of this series, I described methods for diagnosing mineral and vitamin deficiencies and also conditions specific to selenium, copper and manganese deficiencies. I’ll conclude with conditions and symptoms associated with a lack of three more vitamins and minerals.

Intrigued with Scottish breeds of cattle as well as drones, Carson Kelly is raising Scottish Highland and Belted Galloways on his ranch near Moore in the Lost River Valley and relying on his airborne assistant to check on them and his Angus cattle.

BILLINGS, Mont. — Yellowstone National Park is done capturing wild bison for the year after rounding up almost 550 of the wild animals and sending most to slaughter as part of a population control program, park officials said.

RENO, Nev. — Two years after a U.S. judge ordered the Trump administration to reconsider its refusal to protect sage grouse populations along the California-Nevada line, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has again decided against listing the bi-state grouse as threatened or endangered.

A group of landowners is developing a land swap proposal for the east side of the Crazy Mountains that would provide easier public access to forest lands while also connecting private landowners’ scattered acreage.

BOISE — Conservation groups finalized details of an agreement Wednesday setting limits on the killing of wolves by federal agencies in Idaho and banning the statewide use of M-44 cyanide bombs, according to a press release issued by environmental organizations. This settlement comes after th…

When a range fire occurs in Idaho, ranchers often have to wait two years before they can take their livestock back on to public rangelands to give the soil and plants time to heal.

BOISE — A tractor raffle program that raises scholarship money for Idaho FFA members will look a little different this year.

Many minerals and vitamins are essential for optimal growth, physiological function and productivity in animals. Data from the Utah Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory show a growing number of cattle with vitamin and mineral deficiencies in the region. These cases appear to be associated with p…

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — One of the last and largest wild bison populations in North America has begun its migration out of Yellowstone National Park into southwestern Montana, where they are being hunted and face government-sponsored slaughter as part of a population reduction program.