NCBA, PLC Accepting Fall Law Clerk Applications

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Beef, NCBA, Public Lands Council

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council’s (PLC) government affairs office in Washington, D.C., has extended the law clerk application deadline for the 2017 fall semester. The new deadline to submit an application for the position is June 1, 2017. The fall law clerk will provide support to both NCBA and PLC staff on matters ranging … Read More

NCBA & PLC File Opening Brief in WOTUS Legal Battle

Jamie JohansenAg Group, environment, EPA, Land, NCBA, Public Lands Council, Water

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC), along with other industry and municipal stakeholders, filed the opening brief in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals calling for the EPA and the Army Corps’ “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule to be invalidated. Tracy Brunner, NCBA president and Kansas cattle producer said subjectivity and egregious … Read More

Beltway Beef on BLM Wild Horse & Burro Act

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Audio, Beef, Horses, Land, NCBA, Public Lands Council

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) Beltway Beef highlights commentary from NCBA members, leaders and staff each week. In this week’s audio we hear from Ethan Lane, executive director of NCBA Federal Lands and the Public Lands Council. He discusses the recent report by the Office of Inspector General that highlights significant flaws with the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) … Read More

Sage Grouse Management Based on Inaccurate Science

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Cattle, Conservation, Grazing, Land, Livestock, NCBA, Public Lands Council

One year after the announcement by the Department of Interior that a listing under the Endangered Species Act was not warranted for the greater sage grouse and the implementation of restrictive resource management plans for the species, the Public Lands Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association submitted a report to the agencies citing concerns with the methodology used. Ethan Lane, … Read More

BLM Recommends Increased Management of Wild Horses

Lizzy SchultzAg Group, Animal Welfare, Conservation, Equine, Horses, Public Lands Council

The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board has recommended that significant management changes be made to address the exploding population of wild horses, and the animal welfare catastrophe that has resulting from the population increase. Dave Eliason, president of the Public Lands Council (PLC), said this is a step in the right direction. “As a … Read More

Interior Appropriations Bill Advances through Committee

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Beef, environment, Government, Land, NCBA, PLC, Public Lands Council, Water

The Public Lands Council (PLC) and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) report that the House Committee on Appropriations favorably voted the FY 2017 Interior and Environment appropriations bill to the House of Representatives by a vote of 31-18. The bill addresses a number of priorities for the livestock industry, including language regarding the Greater Sage Grouse and full defunding of … Read More

Obama Uses Antiquities Act to Lock Off 1.8 Million Acres

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Conservation, Land, legislation, Public Lands Council

The Public Lands Council (PLC) is once again less than impressed with how President Obama has improperly leveraged the Antiquities Act of 1906 to lock up millions of acres of the American West. In a press release touting the designation of Sand to Snow National Monument, Mojave Trails National Monument, and Castle Mountains National Monument – a total of 1.8 … Read More

House Passes Bill to Address Abuse of EAJA

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Land, NCBA, Policy, Public Lands Council

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council applaud the House passage of H.R. 3279 Open Book on Equal Access to Justice Act. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), requires oversight and transparency of funds awarded under EAJA. Philip Ellis, NCBA president and Wyoming rancher, said the bill is critical to leveling the playing field between … Read More

Public Lands Council Announces New Leadership

Jamie JohansenAg Group, Company Announcement, NCBA, Public Lands Council

The Public Lands Council has named Ethan Lane as new executive director. Lane is originally from Arizona and joins PLC with over 18 years’ experience in natural resource and land use issues. In his new role, he will also serve as executive director of federal lands for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Brenda Richards, PLC president and Idaho rancher, said, … Read More

Judge Rules to Decrease Wild Horse Population

Lizzy SchultzAnimal Activists, Animal Welfare, Equine, legislation, Livestock, Public Lands Council

A Washington, DC judge took the side of American livestock producers this week with the rejection of unsupported claims from animal rights activists that the United States Forest Service(USFS) Wild Horse Management Plan would threaten the health and well-being of the wild horse population in the Modoc National Forest of Northeastern California. The management plan seeks to reduce the population … Read More