Policy

Farm Bill: Wins for Working Lands and Conservation!

For the past three years, Western Landowners Alliance has worked hard and in collaboration with a variety of partners to ensure strong support in the 2018 Farm Bill for working lands in the West. We are pleased to announce that last night, Congress released the 2018 Farm Bill conference report reflecting many of WLA’s top…

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2014 Farm Bill Expires: what does it mean and what’s next?

After more than a year of work by those most interested in passing an on-time Farm Bill – farmers, ranchers and advocacy groups interested in sustainable agriculture, conservation and forestry – the 2014 Farm Bill expired at midnight on September 30, 2018.  The expiration marks the second time in a row that the Farm Bill…

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Calls to Action

1. The Farm Bill Send an email to House Ag Committee Leadership The House and the Senate have both passed their version of the 2018 Farm Bill. A conference committee is working to resolve differences between the two bills to reach a combined, final bill. As the committee works on this important resolution, it is…

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WLA attends the Western Association of State Departments of Agriculture summer meeting

  In early August, WLA Executive Director Lesli Allison and WLA Policy Director Jessica Crowder attended the Western Association of State Departments of Agriculture (WASDA) summer meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah.  WASDA is made up of Commissioners, Secretaries and Directors of State Departments of Agriculture from 15 U.S. states and territories.   The meeting…

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WLA Policy Call: Potential changes to NEPA regulations

Calling on all WLA members! Monday, August 13th  |  10:00 AM MT The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking related to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The CEQ is considering changes to how it implements regulations for the procedural provisions of NEPA. Through the advance notice, the CEQ…

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The Endangered Species Act: WLA Weighs In

On July 2, Senator John Barrasso (R) of Wyoming released draft legislation that would amend the ESA. Several items from this initial draft caught our attention. Here’s a short summary of those items, followed by our assessment. The discussion draft: Provides for actions intended to enhance the federal-state partnership. Our assessment: Increasing the role of…

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July 2018 Farm Bill Update

Farm Bill programs are an important tool for landowners. These programs serve to assist landowners in implementing a wide variety of conservation practices that sustain working lands, rural economies, wildlife habitat and populations and other natural resource values. In the West, landowners utilize several Farm Bill programs, especially working lands programs such as the Environmental…

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WLA attends CA Rangeland Conservation Coalition Annual Summit

On January 16 and 17, WLA participated in the California Rangelands Conservation Coalition annual meeting in Stockton, CA. Meeting attendees sat for presentations from landowners, producers, government officials and other natural resources leaders on predator policy and management. To conclude the first day of activities, guests were treated to a film festival featuring WLA’s Stewardship With…

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WLA hosts meeting on sage-grouse conservation

The collective efforts of government, private industry, and the nonprofit sector to conserve the greater sage-grouse across 11 Western States—CO, WY, UT, MT, NV, ID, CA, ND, SD, OR and WA—represent the single largest effort species conservation effort in the country’s history. After nearly two decades of discussion and the coordinated implementation of state and…

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