More ESAP Regional Finalists Announced

Lizzy Schultz

The tradition of cattlemen and women serving as stewards of America’s natural 2016 Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting with the announcement of the six regional Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) winners, who will compete for the national ESAP award, which will be announced in February 2017. Huntingdon Farm, of Alexandria, Pennsylvania, was one of the winners honored last week in …

Ag Group, Angus, award, Beef, Conservation, environment, sustainability

Regional ESAP Winners Announced

Lizzy Schultz

The six regional Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) winners were honored during the 2016 Cattle Industry Summer Business Meeting. The winners hail from locations across the country, and were nominated for their outstanding efforts to protect land, air and water resources on their individual farming and ranching operations. The regional winners will now compete for the 26th national ESAP award, …

Ag Group, Audio, Beef, Conservation, environment, NCBA, sustainability

Farm Bureau Seeks Block to Overreach on Sage Grouse

Jamie Johansen

The American Farm Bureau Federation and Utah Farm Bureau Federation have asked a federal district court in Utah to overturn a host of illegal land-use restrictions hampering ranchers in the western states. The groups made the request as part of a motion to intervene on the side of the State of Utah in a lawsuit against the federal government. The …

Ag Group, Conservation, Farm Bureau, Land

Senate Holds Oversight Hearing on Sage Grouse

Jamie Johansen

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining held an oversight hearing on the Federal sage grouse plans and their impact to successful ongoing state management of the species. Brenda Richards, Owyhee County Idaho rancher and president of the Public Lands Council, testified on behalf of the PLC and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. “Ranchers across …

Ag Group, Beef, Cattle, Conservation, Land, NCBA, PLC

House Holds Hearing on Wild Horse & Burro Program

Jamie Johansen

Nevada State Veterinarian and fourth generation cattleman, J.J. Goicoechea, testified on behalf of the Public Lands Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Nevada Cattlemen’s Association during the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Federal Lands hearing on the challenges and potential solutions for the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program. For over 40 years, the BLM’s …

Ag Group, Beef, Cattle, Conservation, environment, Government, Grazing, Horses, Livestock, NCBA, PLC

NMPF Endorses Ag Environmental Stewardship Act

Lizzy Schultz

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) has voiced support for the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Act, a piece of legislation introduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives. The new bipartisan legislation will help dairy farmers increase their investment in technologies, such as manure digesters, that improve the environment and enable dairy farmers to find new ways to reduce their …

Ag Group, Biogas, Conservation, Dairy, dairy farming, environment, National Milk, sustainability

Lesser Prairie Chicken Appeal Applauded by NCBA

Lizzy Schultz

Ethan Lane, executive director of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Federal Lands and Public Lands Council (PLC) released a statement this week regarding the Obama Administration’s decision to drop their appeal of a federal court decision that overturned the listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). “We are pleased that the …

Ag Group, Conservation, NCBA, PLC, Policy

Great Ideas for Recycling Waste

Joanna Schroeder

Earth Day may have come and gone but it’s always a good time to be kind to Mother Earth and recycling is one such way. Recycle Farm waste can often contain some of the most recyclable materials around. Organic materials, animal manure and dirty straw and hay can all be used to make materials such as compost, which can be …

Conservation, environment

Colorado Rancher Testifies Before House Committee

Lizzy Schultz

This week, fourth generation rancher Robbie LeValley, of Western Colorado, testified before the House Natural Resources Committee on the potential consequences of the Administration’s critical habitat policy. LeValley’s meeting with the House comes in response to a rule recently finalized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that intends to change the regulations for designating critical habitat. While the Service …

Ag Group, Cattle, Conservation, Grazing, Land, NCBA, Policy

Conservation Agent Proven to Increase Alfalfa Quality

Lizzy Schultz

A recent Illinois feed trial performed by Cardinal Agriculture Services is reporting higher feed quality in alfalfa treated with all-natural H2OExcel water conservation agent. During the feed trial, alfalfa treated with H2OExcel exhibited the following results compared to the untreated alfalfa: An increased yield of 2.2 tons and an additional cutting, a 6.5% decrease in the Acid Detergent Fiber (ADF), …

Ag Group, Alfalfa, Conservation, Forage, Harvest, Research