Ranch News Today – April 16, 2013

Posted on April 16, 2013

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Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood have extended by five years the “Farm to Fly” program, an initiative to partner the USDA and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to help develop a viable biofuel for the aviation industry…

The USDA has proposed a series of changes to make it easier for agricultural producers and rural small businesses to apply for renewable energy and energy efficiency funding…

Stories by State

Gordon Rosen got a taste of cattle ranching out West back when cowboys on horseback still drove herds to rail lines — a process that took days and was done with a chuck wagon in tow…

When it comes to promoting the beef industry, few are able to share the message better and with more energy than Conrad Kvamme, of the Minnesota Beef Council, in Redwood Falls to help kick off the spring grilling season…

April is National Poetry Month, and here comes a good one — Katrina Vandenberg, author of two books of poems, will read at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Rural America Arts Center in Plainview…

Farmers, ranchers speak against Act; express concerns over Montana’s heritage…

The Board of Game Commissioners on Monday added seven square miles to its state game lands. One land purchase, in the heart of the Poconos, was the agency’s largest land acquisition in Luzerne County in more than 50 years…

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has given the science- and thrill-based television show “Mythbusters” permission to film an upcoming episode in Utah’s Desolation Canyon. Officials for the popular show on the Discovery Channel won’t discuss the “myth” they are out to prove or bust. But the Deseret News reports ( http://tinyurl.com/btj8nps) that BLM documents indicate the project will involve duct tape and bubble wrap…

Wildlife officials who manage grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are gathering this week in Jackson…

Worth a Read

From the rooftops of Brooklyn to the backyards of Seattle, recreational chicken ranching is increasingly popular in urban and suburban neighborhoods…

April is National Poetry Month, and here comes a good one — Katrina Vandenberg, author of two books of poems, will read at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Rural America Arts Center in Plainview…

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