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Western Digest – October 2019

News and opportunities on working lands, water and wildlife Working Lands Economics Ecosystem Market Credits: Potential purchases of U.S. ecosystem credits from agriculture could be as high as $13.9 billion according to an IHS Markit economic assessment released today by the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC): ESMC. State-led Financing and Agricultural Conservation: States that embrace…

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Western Digest – September 2019

News and opportunities on working lands, water and wildlife Working Lands Economics Succession Planning: With farms and ranches being swallowed by cities, succession plans are key. This article features WLA’s associate director Cole Mannix’s family and hometown: Bitterroot Magazine. Economic Value of Endangered Species: A recent Oregon State University study offers evidence that boosting the…

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Western Digest – July 2019

News and opportunities on working lands, water and wildlife Working Lands Economics MT Ranchers Get Paid for Rotational Grazing: In multi-orgnization partnership, Western Sustainability Exchange (WSE) is helping ranchers figure out whether implementing rotational grazing practices (to sequester carbon) make sense for their ranches through the Montana Grasslands Carbon Initiative: Successful Farming. Paying Farmers to…

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Western Digest – June 2019

News and opportunities on working lands, water and wildlife  Working Lands Economics WLA, Rural Economics and Conservation: Check out this radio interview on rural economics, agriculture and conservation with WLA’s associate director, Cole Mannix, and Montana rancher Laura Nowlin: Home Ground Radio. Ecosystem Services Market Consortium Expands: Just three months after its official launch, the…

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News from around Colorado – June 2019

News and opportunities for working lands in Colorado Highlights SNOTEL Current Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) % of Normal Our river basins are seeing record amounts of water in the snow pack.  The SWE map is updated daily and provides a visual estimate of the amount of water left in the snowpack. The SWE percent of…

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Western Digest – May 2019

News and opportunities on working lands, water and wildlife  Working Lands Economics Securing Your Legacy on the Land Part 2: What defines “family governance”? How does one effectively integrate family members into its governing structure? What are some governance issues one encounters when creating and administering trusts? In this second of a five-part Q&A, Howard…

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Western Digest – April 2019

News and opportunities on working lands, water and wildlife  As April comes to a close and spring is in full force, we are enjoying warm weather, flowing rivers and irrigation ditches, and longer days out on the land. Articles in this issue range from a new market planned to pay farmers for soil carbon to…

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Western Digest – March 2019

News and opportunities on working lands, water and wildlife  Happy spring! Articles in this issue range from a new WLA publication focused conservation economics on western working lands to a closer look at the 2018 Farm Bill and from sustaining migration corridors to a Colorado River deal to harnessing technology to improve conservation effectiveness. Enjoy! This…

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Western Digest – February 2019

News and opportunities on working lands, water and wildlife  As a snowy and cold February comes to a close, we look with hope to the upcoming green of spring – a season of renewal, calving, mending fences, seeding, warm ski days and more. Articles in this issue range from economic savings through low-stress handling to…

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