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Since the Great Recession, most of the nation’s rural counties have struggled to recover lost jobs and retain their people. The story is markedly different in the nation’s largest urban communities.

I’m writing from Iowa, where every four years presidential hopefuls swoop in to test how voters might respond to their various ideas for fixing the country’s problems.

But what to do about rural economic and persistent population decline is the one area that has always confounded them all.

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by Frank DuBois

The Bundy Bunch

Is this a Bundy bungle or Bundy bravery?  I’ve been going back and forward on this for two weeks.

I wrote in November of last year about the injustice of the trials and sentencing of the Hammonds for burning 140 acres of federal land. Steve Hammond and his son were tried, convicted and had served their prison terms. However, the feds appealed, saying the ranchers had been prosecuted under an anti-terrorism law that mandated minimum sentences of five years.… Read the rest


Colorado Parks and Wildlife commissioners’ stance opposing release of wolves complicates federal push to prevent wolf extinction

by By Bruce Finley  / The Denver Post

Trevor Starr holds his sign in support of the introduction of wolves into Colorado at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife offices on January 13, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. Protesters for and against a resolution to ban any introduction of wolves into Colorado, mainly the Mexican wolf.… Read the rest


By BRIAN MAFFLY | The Salt Lake Tribune

The effort to return the wolves to the wild in New Mexico and Arizona has been hampered by illegal shootings, court battles, complaints from ranchers who have lost livestock and pets to the wolves, and concerns by environmentalists over the way the reintroduction program has been managed.

As federal wildlife officials begin another effort to revise a recovery plan for the Mexican gray wolf after three failed attempts over the past two decades, Utah Wildlife Board Chairman John Bair says that no evidence will ever convince him that Mexican wolves should be allowed in Utah.… Read the rest


Assistance for livestock producers who have suffered losses from the recent winter storms is available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency.

“As we dig out from the storm, many farmers and ranchers are just now realizing how big their losses are,” said Pat Boone, New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association (NMCGA) President, Elida. “It has been a while since New Mexico had a snowstorm like this one, but it is important for producers to realize that there is help available.”

USDA’s Farm Service Agency has offices in almost every county in New Mexico, and has several programs, like the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised fish program (ELAP), the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) and more that were set up to help agricultural producers recover from disasters – including severe weather.… Read the rest


(LAS CRUCES, N.M.) – New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte will visit southeastern New Mexico this week to talk with dairy farmers and beef cattle ranchers impacted by the record snowstorm that hit the region late last month.

Witte will join officials from New Mexico’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) – state executive director Molly Manzanares and program specialist Emaleta Mooney – at two informational meetings organized by Dairy Producers of New Mexico (DPNM).… Read the rest


New Mexico Cattle Growers and Garnett Insurance along with Great American will be traveling throughout New Mexico educating Farmers and Ranchers on Pasture, Range and Forage Insurance. This risk management tool has been revamped by the FCIC to use the Rainfall Index.

The Pasture, Rangeland and Forage policy (PRF) is a FCIC reinsured risk management tool offered by RMA for farmers and ranchers who rely on pasture, rangeland, or forage for haying and/or grazing.… Read the rest