Ranch News Today – February 26, 2013

Posted on February 26, 2013


Top News

Trying to sell Ram trucks, Chrysler made a splash in the Super Bowl this month with a two-minute television spot celebrating the American farmer — a montage of handsome still photos and a vintage Paul Harvey speech all ending with the pitch: “For the farmer in all of us.”

Nine days later, the picture was very different as President Barack Obama skipped over farmers entirely in his State of the Union address, never mentioning the yearlong farm bill stalemate in Congress nor even including “agriculture” among the thousands of words spoken that night.

Utah lawmakers are also discussing Noel’s HB112, which would require county assessors to take into account the presence of federally protected plants and animals when evaluating a land’s taxable value. Noel says property owners are entitled to some relief when endangered or threatened animals such as the Utah prairie dog rears its head in an alfalfa field, proposed subdivision or golf course.

Stories by State

“There has to be a way to marry the needs of both agriculture and municipal use, because in reality, they’re married to one another, and it’s just through policy and funding that we do that,” Democratic State Representative Eddie Lucio III, who represents agricultural regions in the Rio Grande Valley told StateImpact Texas.

Many of our farmers and ranchers have found that consumers like being able to talk in person with people who grow food.

The Wyoming House is set for what could be a final vote on a bill that would require entities seeking to use the power of eminent domain to condemn private property to pay a landowner’s legal fees if the courts find they didn’t offer a fair price for the land.


Worth a Read

Is there a shortage of supply? Wehrkamp says elk ranching is an industry on the upswing and, as demand grows, herds will get larger. Perhaps as more home cooks look for elk meat (and restaurants serve it) our local meat shops will see an advantage in offering it to consumers.

Big Sky Boots is part of a larger project to bring beef eaters closer to the people who raise and care for cattle. The project uses social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to tell the stories of Montana’s ranching families through photo albums, audio slide shows, and videos.