What is Your Ag Legacy?

What is Your Ag Legacy? We often refer to life as the school of hard knocks. These experiences, both good and bad, lead to lessons learned, which in turn shape who you are and often influence future decisions. In agriculture, these are the experiences that shape your operation, and together, become your Ag legacy. What are you doing to preserve and pass it on to the next generation? What more is there than creating a will and taking care of the financial

New Blood Headed to Washington

Frank “Patxi” Larrocea-Phillips and Brianne “Bree” Lind were chosen as interns to travel with Public Lands Council representatives to Washington, D.C. March 23-25. ” . . . keeping ranching on the landscape is a life-long commitment. The industry and the entire country are blessed that such young, driven individuals are ready to make that commitment.” This commentary by Theodora Dowling was published in the April, 2015 edition of Nevada Rancher Magazine. They have kindly allowed us to post it here. PLC News

Bruneau-Owyhee Sage-grouse Habitat Project (BOSH)

The BLM and partners in Federal, State and county government, conservation organizations and the University of Idaho propose to collaborate in removing encroaching Western juniper (Juniperus occidentalis) from habitat for the Greater sage-grouse across 1.5 million acres of public land in the BLM Bruneau and Owyhee Field Offices (Boise District) in southwest Idaho. In southwest Idaho the spread of Western juniper is a primary threat to the health of sagebrush-steppe habitats, which support hundreds of species including Greater sage-grouse. The BLM is

Rangeland Fire Secretarial Order

WASHINGTON, DC (Jan. 6, 2015) – Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today issued a Secretarial Order calling for a comprehensive science-based strategy to address the more frequent and intense wildfires that are damaging vital sagebrush landscapes and productive rangelands, particularly in the Great Basin region of Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Oregon and California. The strategy will begin to be implemented during the 2015 fire season. Goals include reducing the size, severity and cost of rangeland fires, addressing the spread of

“Owyhee 68” – Home on the Range

MELBA KUNA NEWS  (Nov. 12, 2014) – Encompassing 7,665 square miles, Owyhee County is Idaho’s second-largest county. Its landscape of desert, rolling hills, mountains and farmland is used for farming, recreation and, the majority of the area, as grassland. The primary occupation in the small communities is ranching, and the economy is based in agriculture. Neighbors are miles apart and willing to lend a hand when times get tough. The Wild West and “Cowboys” are glorified in thousands of novels and

Congress Sides with Ranchers

WASHINGTON (Dec. 12, 2014) – Today, Congress showed their support of productive western rangelands by passing necessary provisions of the Grazing Improvement Act, amending the grazing section of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act for the first time in many years. Championed by Sen. Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Rep. Labrador (R-Idaho), the provisions were passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act with a strong bipartisan majority vote, 89 to 11. Brenda Richards, Public Lands Council president and Idaho

IRM Beef Redbooks

IRM Beef Redbooks are now available in an Excel Spreadsheet! The Redbook is a pocket-sized record book that contains more than 100 pages to record calving activity, herd health, pasture usage, cattle inventory, AI breeding and sales, plus a date book and notes section. The book also includes Beef Quality Assurance national guidelines and proper injection technique information. Redbooks are available at the Owyhee County Extension Office for our beef producers. Thanks to Dr. Bruce Godfrey at Utah State University, the IRM