Ranch News Today – March 28, 2013

Posted on March 28, 2013

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In trying to avoid fees that support rural phone service, communication companies have unintentionally created big headaches for rural residents getting calls from cities. Can the FCC help fix the problem, or will the U.S. phone system hang up on rural America?

The bill would help protect American taxpayers from the expensive regulatory impact of closed-door litigation settlements between environmental organizations and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The ESA would be amended to give local governments and citizens a say in ESA settlements that affect them.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday the extension of the voluntary claims process for Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who allege discrimination by the USDA in past decades. All claims must now be filed by May 1, 2013.

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