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Wildfires and Cattle
7:35 am
Mon September 8, 2014

It’s Always Been Home: Sticking It Out After Fire And Mud In Washington’s Methow Valley

Kent Stokes, 28, of Twisp, surveys the ruins of his large shop and home. Stokes was only able to save some of his valuables before the Carlton Complex fires burnt down his place. Stokes estimates his family lost about 20,000 acres of grazing land in the fires this year.
Credit Anna King

In Washington state, an estimated 500 to 600 cattle have been lost in dramatic wildfires this summer. Kent Stokes is a fifth-generation rancher. His family lost hundreds of head in the Carlton Complex fires near Twisp in north-central Washington.

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Wildfires and Cattle
7:11 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Northwest Cattle Ranchers Struggling With Wildfires

Cattle receiving fresh water and feed after being stressed by fire.
Credit Kay Ledbetter / Texas A and M AgriLife Extension Service

Northwest cattle ranchers are struggling to get their herds out of the way of raging wildfires. Some herds have been lost, others badly injured.

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Undercover Agriculture Video
4:53 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Lawsuits Charge ‘Ag-Gag’ Laws Violate Free Speech In Idaho, Utah

The group Mercy for Animals released video in 2012 of workers at Bettencourt Dairy in Idaho abusing cows. The incident led Idaho lawmakers to outlaw surreptitious video at farms.
Credit Mercy for Animals

A lawsuit lead by the ACLU is challenging Idaho's brand new, so-called “ag-gag” law. That's the law aimed at stopping undercover animal rights activists from making videos of abuse at farms and slaughter houses. As Jessica Robinson reports, Idaho's law isn't the first to be challenged on free speech grounds.

Last year, the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed suit against a Utah law very similar to Idaho’s. Both laws criminalize shooting video without the farm owner's permission.

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Klamath Basin Water
6:35 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Senate Will Discuss Klamath Water Conflict As Irrigation Shutoffs Continue

Cattle graze in a heavily irrigated pasture near the Wood River, an upper tributary of the Klamath. The State is ordering irrigators along the Sprague, Wood, and Williamson rivers to shut down.
Credit Amelia Templeton

This week, water regulators are ordering dozens of ranchers along Southern Oregon’s Williamson River to shut down their irrigation pumps.

It’s the latest round of shutoffs near the headwaters of the Klamath River. The state says it is necessary to protect treaty rights of tribes who live downstream. But the water shut-off jeopardizes a multimillion-dollar cattle ranching industry.

For EarthFix, Amelia Templeton reports.

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Pollution Battle
6:57 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Rancher Brings Pollution Battle To WA Supreme Court

Photo of cattle.
Credit Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The Washington Supreme Court heard arguments today Tuesday that will decide how much control environmental regulators have over runoff pollution.

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Livestock Losing Weight
4:22 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Washington Considers Another Impact Of Wolves: Skinny Cows

Washington ranchers who can show that wolves are making their cattle lose weight could get reimbursed under a new proposal before the state's Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Washington ranchers who can show that wolves are making their cattle lose weight could get reimbursed under a new proposal. The rule before the Fish and Wildlife Commission would expand a compensation program for ranchers living in wolf country.

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Cattle Abuse Video
5:52 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Companies Under Fire For Ties To Idaho Dairy Where Cow Abuse Took Place

A California animal rights group is publicly asking Burger King to sever its ties with an Idaho dairy. The demand from Mercy for Animals comes after the group shot undercover video at a dairy barn over the summer. Scott Graf reports from Boise State Public Radio.

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Wash. Wolf Pack Kill
6:13 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Differing Ideas Offered To Avoid A Repeat Of Washington Wolf Pack Kill

Courtesy of USFW Services

The director of Washington's Fish and Wildlife Department Friday said he hopes never again to have to order the killing of an entire wolf pack, as happened last month. In Olympia Friday, cattlemen and wolf lovers offered the agency radically different ideas for how to avoid a repeat.

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Washington Cattle Farms
7:03 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Drought And Wildfires Force Ranchers To Look For Efficiencies

UI Professor Rod Hill and part of the university's purebred herd.
Photo Credit: Tom Banse

Ranches and feedlots are looking to cut their feed costs in the short term and even have an eye on making the cattle themselves more efficient.

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Cattle Displacement
6:15 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Southeast Oregon Fires Displace 20,000 Cattle

Firefighters have mostly contained the Holloway fire, a massive blaze on the Oregon-Nevada border. But Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports there is still no clear solution for the cattle left homeless by Oregon’s summer fires.

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