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By Brian Seasholes
Executive Director, Southwestern Communities Coalition, Benson, Arizona

With the February 3, 2020 deadline approaching when several so-called environmental groups may follow through on their notice of intent sue the Departments of Defense and Interior to restrict Fort Huachuca’s water use, there is the possibility the fort could close for good. Make no mistake; this is these groups’ end game.

“Ultimately, the question is, can we shut down Fort Huachuca?” Robin Silver, co-founder of the Center for Biological Diversity, the group leading the most recent threatened lawsuit, asked in 2014.… Read the rest


RUIDOSO – Hay and forage fuels the livestock industry of New Mexico and the Southwest. It is critical for growers to produce a highly nutritional feed economically. Staying abreast of the latest advances in the hay industry is one way for growers to prosper

The annual Southwest Hay & Forage Conference provides vital information for growers. The 2020 conference will be Thursday and Friday, Jan. 30-31, at the Ruidoso Convention Center.… Read the rest



Historically wolves and humans have had a conflictive relationship which has driven the wolf to extinction in some areas across Northern America and Europe. The last decades have seen a rise of multiple government programs to protect wolf populations. Nevertheless, these programs have been controversial in rural areas, product of the predation of livestock by carnivores.

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After months of anticipation, the USDA has released its Interim Final Hemp Production Rule (IFR).  [Read full document here.]  This blog post is an attempt to summarize some of the key provisions included in the IFR.  To me, the three issues that jumped out were the 15-day window for testing prior to harvest, the new concept of “acceptable hemp THC level” with regard to THC testing, and the compliance provisions related to negligent violations.

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