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Herding to reduce depredation

By Guest Author | June 30, 2020

Hilary and Andrew Anderson manage cattle and range using a combination of progressive range management practices, electric fencing, low-stress range riding and herding in southeast Montana. By the mid-2000s, they…

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Greg Hertel and his airedale terriers

Greg Hertel has used Airedale terriers for several years to protect himself, family and staff from grizzly bears by keeping them away from livestock and buildings around their Cody, Wyoming ranch. The Airedales sound a particular bark when they smell or see a grizzly bear, and are let out of their kennel to run the bears off the ranch.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance another option for small producers

Following our post last week on how farms and ranches can take advantage of the Paycheck Protection Program through the Small Business Administration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we…

How to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program for your ranch

There is a new government program called the Paycheck Protection Program that is meant to help businesses keep employees on staff during the economic downturn caused by COVID-19. Alexis Bonogofsky of the Quivira Coalition participated in an informational webinar put on by an organization called Farm Commons that went over the details of how you can utilize the program. She summarizes that information in this post.

Changes to Conservation Stewardship Program you should know about

Through CSP, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps farmers, ranchers and forest landowners earn payments for expanding conservation activities while maintaining agricultural production on their land. CSP also encourages…

Wyoming’s budget session generates new opportunities for the working wild

Wyoming’s 2020 Legislative Budget Session ended on March 12. There was legislation that passed this session, which provided a couple of new opportunities for livestock producers who are being impacted by issues related to wildlife.

How the COVID-19 relief package can help western landowners

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes specific provisions for critical sectors of the economy, with particular assistance for agricultural businesses and land managers. In the following, we lay out these provisions and, where appropriate, how to avail yourself of them.

A lens on the seasons on Lonetree Ranch

Hello from Southwest Wyoming! I would say it is my favorite time of year, but I think I say that at the change of each season. This past year we…

Working Wild Challenge connects ranchers remotely

Human society may be slowing down at the moment, but in the working wild where people, wildlife and livestock share a common landscape, life is in full swing. The Working Wild Challenge kicked off its practitioners call this week, bringing ranchers together from communities across the West. The call, which will continue on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 7am MT, is a place where ranchers can share their experiences trying to ranch alongside grizzly bears, wolves and elk.

Women in Ranching to host weekly community check-in calls

In response to recommendations to limit in-person interactions from the CDC and pandemic experts, our Women in Ranching program director Amber Smith will be hosting weekly video conference calls on Zoom, every Wednesday at 12pm (noon) MST, for connection, comfort, and community.

Vital connections in challenging times

Strengthening human health and resilience from the ground up. The profound challenges we face today underscore that we are all part of a living community. Individual human health is dependent…

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