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Wolf advisory group seeks common ground
Wolf advisory group seeks common ground
Consultant Francine Madden worked to help Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's wolf advisory group overcome deep-rooted conflict between different groups during a Spokane meeting.

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Study: Passions high on all sides in wolf debate
Study: Passions high on all sides in wolf debate
A consultant interviewed more than 90 people and found ranchers and environmentalists have some things in common, such as fear and suspicion.
S. Dakota Stockgrowers support COOL
Some group are now calling for Congress to repeal the law, saying they fear retaliation from Mexico and Canada in the form of tariffs. Other groups say Congress should wait until after mediatioin.
WTO ruling divides groups between repeal or repair of labeling rules
WTO ruling divides groups between repeal or repair of labeling rules
Groups representing U.S. beef and pork producers are not surprised at WTO's ruling against the U.S. in a country of origin labeling dispute with Mexico and Canada but differ widely as to whether COOL should be reformed or repealed.
County commissioner rips state for closing wolf meeting
County commissioner rips state for closing wolf meeting
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is opening a portion of an upcoming wolf advisory group meeting to the media, but members of the public will still be shut out.
WTO rules against country of origin labels on meat
The ruling is a victory for the U.S. meat industry, which has said the labels are burdensome and challenged them in court.
House bills puts 10-year hold on sage grouse listing
A provision to block any listing of the greater sage grouse as threatened or endangered for 10 years was includedd in a defense bill passed by the House on May 15.
Group with big vision promotes small-scale ag
Group with big vision promotes small-scale ag
Washington State Livestock Coalition President Nick Cockrell helped start the group to assist livestock owners keep their animals healthy and productive.
Field day helps ranchers remove toxic plants
Washington State University Extension hosts a field day May 20 near Ritzville, Wash., to provide ranchers with an update on efforts to remove the weeds lupine and medusahead from rangeland.
Analysis: Economic benefits of COOL don’t pan out
Despite high interest in country of origin labeling, mandatory labeling would not have the economic benefit of raising demand for beef, pork and chicken and would result in economic losses for the meat and poultry industries as well as consumers.
Idaho ranchers report dry range
Idaho ranchers report dry range
Idaho's range land conditions are extremely dry in many parts of the state, especially in the vast Arco Desert in Eastern Idaho, prompting many ranchers to leave their spring allotments early.