RURAL REFLECTIONS Farm Update
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HURON (AP) — The South Dakota Farmers Union is urging Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to open Conservation Reserve Program acres in South Dakota to haying and grazing to combat the lingering drought.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. beef industry is diverse, with a presence in all 50 states. Despite that diversity, we all have common goals of raising healthy beef in an environment free of overly burdensome government interference and to pass down successful operations and healthy natural resources to future generations.
WALL, S.D. — I’d like to respond to the opinion “Land grazing fee already fair” that appeared in the Feb. 27 issue of Agweek. For whom? Certainly not to taxpayers and those ranchers who can’t obtain public grazing rights.
PIERRE, S.D. — A part of the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands in southwestern South Dakota would be designated as a wilderness area under a measure introduced Wednesday by South Dakota Sen. Tim Johnson.
The U.S. Forest Service will implement new 10-year grazing administration plans on western North Dakota’s federal grasslands even if the two major rancher associations decline to sign the deals, one of the state’s senators said.
The rancher associations administer grazing on the grasslands on behalf of the Forest Service, issuing permits, collecting fees and ensuring ranchers follow management plans for areas where grazing is permitted.
By Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press
, October 21, 2009
MEDORA — About a dozen area ranchers visited on a wide range of topics with Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., during an opportunity to discuss the issue of grazing, as well as the recent dry conditions throughout the area.
A North Dakota drought task force wants all federal conservation grassland in the state open for grazing.
The state’s Agricultural Drought Task Force approved the recommendation Tuesday to help drought-stricken ranchers. The request was forwarded to Gov. John Hoeven, the state’s congressional delegation and federal Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer.
A grazing association official says some southwestern North Dakota ranchers were surprised to get a Forest Service order to reduce cattle grazing 30 percent on national grasslands by June 20. The agency says it’s an attempt to protect resources in dry areas.
The Forest Service manages grazing on about 1 million public acres on the National Grasslands, including the Medora District in southwestern North Dakota and the McKenzie District to the north.
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