Camelina OK'd as cattle feed

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Camelina companies say federal officials have approved the use of meal from the biofuels crop as a 10 percent supplement in cattle feed -- a development that could boost the prospects for Montana's fledgling camelina industry.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of meal from the plant's crushed seeds for use in cattle feed. That could make biofuels production more profitable, by creating a potential market for one of the crop's by-products.

Two companies, Great Plains Oil & Exploration and Sustainable Oils, have been working in recent years to develop a market for camelina for use as a replacement for jet fuel or diesel.

Feds get support in grazing suit

DENVER (AP) -- A Colorado agriculture group and Chaffee County have been allowed to intervene in a lawsuit challenging livestock grazing on about a quarter-million acres on the Pike and San Isabel national forests in south-central Colorado.

A federal magistrate Monday, Nov. 16, approved requests by the Colorado Cattlemen's Association and the county to intervene on behalf of the U.S. Forest Service.

The Idaho-based Western Watersheds Project wants to overturn a decision reauthorizing livestock grazing on the forests. A lawsuit filed in July claims the grazing will further degrade already damaged wildlife habitat, streams and wetlands.

Forest officials have said their plan was based on the best science and information available and they will monitor conditions.

Idaho shuts wolf hunting zone

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- State officials say hunters have reached their limit for killing wolves in a hunting zone in Northern Idaho.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game on Tuesday, Nov. 17, closed the Dworshak-Elk City zone after hunters reached the quota of 18 wolves for the area.

It's the third zone where the department has put an end to wolf hunting for the season after hunters reached established bag limits. Overall, the officials report hunters have killed 106 wolves across all 12 statewide hunting zones.

The state set a hunting quota of 220 wolves for the season, which began earlier this year and ends next month.

Other zones closed are in the Upper Salmon and the McCall-Weiser area.

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