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USDA’s Agriculture Census Shows Big Bump In Farming Revenues

Final results from the federal government’s 2012 Census of Agriculture are still being tallied, but preliminary numbers show a vital and growing farm economy. Some of the more notable preliminary findings include a 33 percent increase in the value of

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Posted in Agriculture, Cattle, Farming, Feature, News Desk, Regional News, States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Establishes Climate Hubs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has established seven regional hubs to address increasing risks from fires, invasive pests, devastating floods, and crippling droughts. Their purpose will be to translate reams of science and research into information that ranchers, forest landowners,

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Posted in Feature, Federal Policy, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Midwest, News Desk, Northeast, Pacific, South, Southwest, West

Foreign Investors Own Major Stake in Maine

Foreign investors own an interest in 21.2 million acres of U.S. forest and farmland, an amount that equates to just under 1 percent of all the land in the U.S. Every one of the 50 states as well as Puerto

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Posted in Cattle, Eric OKeefe, Farming, Feature, Minerals, News Desk, Northeast, Recreation, Regional News, Texas, Timber, Topics, West

Corn Profits Sky High

Corn revenues could easily surpass $40 billion in the United States this year as farmers rush to take advantage of rising interest in ethanol,  according to a recent report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Posted in Agriculture, Federal Policy, Great Lakes, Great Plains, Midwest, South, Southwest, West

Animal ID System Faces Stiff Opposition

BY JOSEPH GUINTO PUBLISHED OCTOBER 2007 A program the U.S. Department of Agriculture calls “one of the largest systematic changes ever faced by the livestock industry” may be in trouble. The National Animal Identification System, which has been praised by some

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Posted in Cattle, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Joseph Guinto, Magazine, News Desk, October 2007, Topics

Bill May Force Landowners to Shoulder Firefighting Cost

When Smokey Bear says, “Only you can prevent forest fires,” he really means it. After several years of historic wildfires in the West that have strained firefighting budgets, burned thousands of acres, and destroyed homes, lawmakers in Washington and at

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Posted in Feature, Joseph Guinto, Magazine, News Desk, Public Land, Residential Property, September 2007, Topics

Open Fields Legislation Offers Payments to Landowners

Remember that little place in the woods where you used to get off spectacular hip shots while hunting birds on the wing? Well, there’s a strip mall there now. That’s an increasingly common issue for hunters, whose once-prized spots are

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Posted in Feature, Hunting, Joseph Guinto, July 2007, Magazine, News Desk, Recreation, Topics

End of the Conservation Reserve Program?

BY JOSEPH GUINTO PUBLISHED APRIL 2007 With the Bush administration backing off on the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), conservation and hunting groups fear the 22-year-old program once dubbed “Noah’s Arc for Wildlife” is a sinking ship. Backers of the CRP,

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Posted in April 2007, Conservation, Energy, Farming, Feature, Federal Policy, Hunting, Joseph Guinto, Magazine, Midwest, News Desk, Public Land, Recreation, Topics

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