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Sustainability: what it looks like when it gets English mud on its boots

March 23, 2011

Sustainability is a buzzword that agriculture has long had to bear. We all know it’s important – but could you really sum up what it means? In a new series of articles, Farmers Weekly has teamed up with TV presenter and farmer Adam Henson to find out exactly what “sustainability” looks like when it gets mud on its boots.

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Agricultural conservation opportunities

March 23, 2011

Agricultural producers are reminded of the continuous sign-up opportunities for the federal Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), which is run by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

For more information go to:  http://enviro.blr.com/environmental-news/EHS-management/EPA-and-multistate-environmental-law-regulations/Agricultural-Conservation-Opportunities/

Wolf population in Northern Rockies dips for first time in 15 years according to FWP

March 23, 2011

The gray wolf population in the Northern Rockies dropped in 2010 — the first annual decline since the animal was reintroduced to the region 15 years ago, federal wildlife officials reported Friday. At least 566 wolves now live in Montana. The latest wolf management report by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks indicates that is an 8 percent increase in 2010 compared to a 4 percent increase last year and an 18 percent increase in 2008. FWP says it verified 108 packs and 35 breeding pairs.

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Where the buffalo roam . . . .

March 23, 2011
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Montana and federal officials are negotiating a proposal to open a large area north of Yellowstone National Park to roaming bison during winter — a move aimed at relieving pressure to slaughter the disease-bearing animals when they leave the park.

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Price of corn concern for cattle feeders

March 23, 2011
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Although producers are enjoying record cattle prices, the climbing price of corn remains a concern for the cattle feeding industry. Three speakers recently addressed those concerns during their presentations at the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic Cattle Feeders and Veterinarian’s Day.

Bison endangered species articles

March 4, 2011

Bozeman Daily Chronicle Editorial

Environmental News Service

New York Times Editorial

Montana legislature bills restricting bison move forward

March 4, 2011

The livestock industry’s concern over the threat of disease spreading from wild bison to cattle has helped advance about a dozen bills restricting the movement of the animals as the legislative session breaks to transfer bills between both chambers.
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