WASHINGTON — The federal government probably won’t have to list the greater sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act, the head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said recently, as Obama administration officials discussed their efforts to work across agency lines for the betterment of rural America.
WASHINGTON — The National Grain and Feed Association is urging the Senate Agriculture Committee to make dramatic changes to reduce the size of the Conservation Reserve Program, which is currently authorized to pay farmers to idle up to 32 million acres of farmland.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — An Interior Department announcement Friday that it won’t list sage grouse as an endangered or threatened species opens the way for continued development of the West’s wind energy and oil and gas industries.
Those industries will still face scrutiny in sage grouse habitat but much less so than if the bird were listed.
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