Federal Policy

Mexico Opposes Ethanol

As we’ve seen over the last few months, skyrocketing commodity prices are pushing land values to record levels. They are also squeezing cattlemen and other producers who rely on corn and other grains to fatten livestock and poultry. One of

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Posted in Energy, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, International, News Desk, Southwest

Max Baucus Out to Ax Timber Tax

Timber sales are typically taxed at the standard 15 percent capital gain rate. Yet timber companies typically pay the standard 35 percent corporate tax rate. This quirk in the tax law has led many timber companies including Plum Creek and Potlatch to restructure as

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Posted in Eric OKeefe, Feature, Federal Policy, News Desk, Public Land, Regional News, Timber, Topics, West

Corn Profits Sky High

Corn revenues could easily surpass $40 billion in the United States this year as farmers rush to take advantage of rising interest in ethanol,  according to a recent report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Posted in Agriculture, Federal Policy, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Midwest, South, Southwest, West

Idaho Ranchers Challenge Taylor Grazing Act

BY JOSEPH GUINTO PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2007 When the U.S. Supreme Court convened in October, the men (and woman) in black did not discuss landowner water rights. And for a pair of longtime Idaho ranchers—and perhaps other landowners—no news might mean

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Posted in Cattle, Federal Policy, Joseph Guinto, News Desk, Regional News, Topics, West

BLM Makes Push to Buy Western Land

BY JOSEPH GUINTO PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2007 Under a federal law, the BLM, an arm of the Department of the Interior, has begun buying private properties that carve into federal wildlife refuges, national parks, national forests, and their ilk, making those

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Posted in Federal Policy, Magazine, News Desk, November 2007, Pacific, Public Land, Regional News, Southwest, Topics, West

Animal ID System Faces Stiff Opposition

BY JOSEPH GUINTO PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2007 A program the U.S. Department of Agriculture calls “one of the largest systematic changes ever faced by the livestock industry” may be in trouble. The National Animal Identification System, which has been praised by some

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Posted in Cattle, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Joseph Guinto, Magazine, News Desk, October 2007, Topics

Controversial Sale in North Dakota Badlands

BY JOSEPH GUINTO PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2007 More than 5,000 acres of federal land in North Dakota’s Badlands could go up for sale. That’s up to Congress. The property is supposed to be offered as a unique offset to a purchase

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Posted in Cattle, Conservation, Feature, Federal Policy, Great Plains, Joseph Guinto, Magazine, News Desk, October 2007, Public Land, Recreation, Regional News, Topics

New Law Protects Pennsylvania Landowners

The State of Independence has liberated landowners in a case that may set a national precedent. Earlier this summer, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell signed a law granting new protections to landowners who open their property to sportsmen and others for

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Posted in August 2007, Feature, Federal Policy, Hunting, Joseph Guinto, Magazine, News Desk, Northeast, Recreation, Regional News, Topics

How Safe Are the Nation’s Wildlife Refuges?

BY JOSEPH GUINTO PUBLISHED JULY 2007 The White House accelerated funding for its Healthy Lands Initiative this year, allocating some $3 million to the Bureau of Land Management. The money must be spent on restoring or maintaining natural habitats on

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Posted in Conservation, Federal Policy, Joseph Guinto, June 2007, Magazine, News Desk, Public Land, Recreation, Topics

Eminent Domain Clouds Pinon Canyon

With more than 15 million acres of military bases, training centers, and maneuver sites, the US. Army ranks as one of Americas largest landowners. But when it comes to taking territory, shock and awe are not its most formidable weapons.

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Posted in Cattle, Farming, Federal Policy, Gustav Schmiege, June 2007, Magazine, News Desk, Public Land, Regional News, Topics, Trey Garrison, West

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