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NRCS and the 2018 Farm Bill: What’s New

When a new farm bill comes out, there is often a sinking feeling that it’s going to be a lot to swallow and maybe not all of it will be great tasting. Will the same programs be available? And if so, what will be different about them, if anything? What exactly are the programs again?

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WLA Participates in Wyoming Governor’s Migration Corridor Advisory Committee

Western Landowners Alliance (WLA) board member and Wyoming rancher Marissa Taylor and WLA’s policy director Jessica Crowder spent June 8th and 9th participating in Governor Gordon’s Migration Advisory Committee (Committee) in Lander, Wyoming. Governor Gordon appointed Taylor to the Committee to represent agriculture and landowners. Governor Gordon has tasked the Committee with recommendations intended to…

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May 2019: Western Landowners Alliance visits Washington D.C.

Last week, several of our members and staff had the opportunity to visit with Congressional staff, federal agencies and national partners in Washington, D.C. This trip was an opportunity to bring the voice of western landowners to the Capital: your stories and experiences are compelling and it is important that lawmakers and agencies hear your…

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USDA Conservation Stewardship Program: Applications accepted through May 10

  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications for its Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) through May 10, 2019. The CSP is a working lands program that helps landowners sustain and build upon conservation efforts while also improving their business operations. This occurs through support to landowners to implement advanced, comprehensive practices across…

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Senate Passes the Natural Resources Management Act

On Tuesday, February 12, the Senate easily passed S47, the Natural Resources Management Act. This large public lands management and conservation package now moves to the House for their consideration. What’s in the Natural Resources Management Act? The package contains several bills from the Senate and took years to develop.  Here are some of the…

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Proposed Trust Fund is an Investment in New Mexico’s Future

The New Mexico Agricultural and Natural Resources Trust Fund (NM SB 454), sponsored by Senator Steven Neville of Aztec, New Mexico, seeks to establish an endowment fund to be used to invest in the state’s natural and agricultural resources. New Mexico is facing a diminishing water supply that has impacted—and will continue to impact—the state’s…

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House Bill 332: New Mexico Rural Heritage Act

Overview New Mexico House Bill 332, The Rural Heritage Act, keeps land ownership affordable for New Mexico’s families; secures land, water and other natural resources for the future; and contributes positively to local governments and economies. The programs considered under HB 332 will change New Mexico’s property tax structure in a way that keeps agriculturally…

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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 on December 10th, Congress released the 2018 Farm Bill conference report reflecting many of WLA’s…

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