Ranch News Weekly – February 27, 2013

Posted on February 27, 2013

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The Public Lands Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Assn. (NCBA) are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up and settle a decades-long property rights case, Hage v. United States. The high court would determine whether the U.S. Forest Service violated the Takings Clause of the U.S. Constitution when it interfered with Nevada ranchers Wayne and Jean Hage’s stock water rights…

A new, modern guestworker program for agricultural workers is needed so that U.S. farmers and ranchers can continue growing food, tending livestock and contributing to the nation’s economy, American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman told Congress today…

Heavy snowfall covered nearly all of the U.S. Plains on Tuesday, adding valuable moisture for the drought-stricken wheat crop but snarling transportation and hampering cattle feeding and calving, an agricultural meteorologist said on Tuesday…

Stories by State

The Montana Legislature revisited the contentious issue of “eminent domain” Tuesday, as the state Senate voted to repeal a two-year-old law that gives private power line developers the authority to condemn property to build the line…

“We’re seeing the same trend, but we’re seeing it magnified in Tennessee,” said Caula Beyl, dean of the agriculture college. “Probably because in Tennessee, their heart is really in agriculture, and it means so much in the state. Between 4-H and FFA (Future Farmers of America), we have a strong contingent of people who believe in it.”…

Worth a Read

Last week as I was laying out the newspaper, I began to think about how a local newspaper impacts the area in which it serves. I realized that, within the pages of our publication are basically the life and times of everyone who lives here. Packed with events large and small, a newspaper is a huge community-wide scrapbook of future historical events, so to speak.

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