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BLM issues controversial new land-planning rule
BLM issues controversial new land-planning rule
The Bureau of Land Management has issued a final rule updating its land-use planning process, and advocates for rural counties and public lands grazing vow to fight it.

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Australia strikes tax deal on use of backpackers to pick fruit
Australian farmers rely heavily on thousands of young backpackers traversing the Outback to pick their produce each year.
New fund helps removal of Western dams
New fund helps removal of Western dams
The Hewlett Foundation has put $50 million into a new fund to remove obsolete dams and improve rivers throughout the West.
Rural interests plan to fight new BLM planning regs
Rural interests plan to fight new BLM planning regs
Grazing advocates say the Obama administration plans to push through proposed changes in the Bureau of Land Management planning process that would be bad for the livestock industry and small communities.
McMorris Rodgers added to Trump transition team
McMorris Rodgers added to Trump transition team
Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is one of the vice chairs on President-Elect Donald Trump's transition team.
Rare ferrets settling in at new Colorado home
Rare ferrets settling in at new Colorado home
Twenty out of the original 28 captive-born ferrets that were released in 2015 are alive and reproducing, a survival rate of 71 percent.
Drug-resistant salmonella linked to Wisconsin calves
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 21 people have been infected in eight states from Jan. 11 through Oct. 24.
Food poisoning suspected in Thanksgiving meal deaths
Officials are still trying to determine what specifically caused the illnesses, but they appear to have narrowed the source to a church-sponsored meal held at the American Legion hall in Antioch, Calif.
Federal officials will review status of lesser prairie chicken
Federal officials will review status of lesser prairie chicken
Environmentalists are petitioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take another look at the bird.
Ag industry gears up for 14-week river closure
Ag industry gears up for 14-week river closure
The Pacific Northwest grain industry is fairly prepared for a 14-week closure of the Columbia-Snake River System, beginning Dec. 12 through March 20, representatives say.
Farmers warned against more attacks on crop insurance
Farmers warned against more attacks on crop insurance
The grain industry is preparing for continued attacks on crop insurance, leaders say.

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