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A new kind of cowgirl

By Beth Robinette | February 15, 2020

When I first moved back to my family ranch ten years ago, fresh out of college, I was plagued with insecurities. I had been around ranching all my life, the oldest of two daughters, and my parents were very egalitarian and encouraged us girls to do anything. Anything that is, but raise cattle. I could fumble through a fence repair, and obviously I could drive a stick shift, but I felt as though I would never learn everything I needed to from my dad.

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New Career Listings

New career opportunities in ranching and conservation are now posted on our Community Network board. We will also post notices of relevant conferences.

Farmers and ranchers invited to discuss Colorado Water Bank project.

The Colorado River Water Conservation District invites farmers, ranchers, and others interested in agricultural water use to a Colorado River Water Bank Ag Forum on Tuesday, March 4th. The forum will be an opportunity for irrigators to learn about the water bank concept, ask questions, and share their thoughts. Irrigators’ input early on in the…

USDA to Invest in Prairie Pothole Landscape Effort

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that up to $35 million will be provided during the next three years to help landowners conserve grasslands and wetlands in the Prairie Pothole region. The announcement was made on the Secretary’s behalf by Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie. Farmers, ranchers…

Secretary Vilsack Announces Regional Hubs to Help Agriculture, Forestry Mitigate the Impacts of a Changing Climate

Release No. 0016.14 Contact: Office of Communications (202)720-4623 ‘Climate Hubs’ will provide regional networks on climate science, forecasting impacts as part of President’s Climate Action Plan WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2014—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the creation of the first ever Regional Hubs for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change at seven locations around…

COMPANIES PARTNER WITH STATES TO CONSERVE LESSER PRAIRIE-CHICKEN HABITAT

CHEYENNE — Five oil and gas companies are voluntarily enrolling nearly 1.5 million acres of land under an innovative plan to conserve the lesser prairie-chicken. This represents the first enrollment in the Lesser Prairie-Chicken Range-wide Conservation Plan, developed by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) and state wildlife agencies in Colorado, Kansas,…

Secretary Jewell Announces $1 Million Private Funding Commitment to Advance Youth & Conservation Initiative

American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. is First Company to Pledge to Newest Public-Private Partnership to Develop Next Generation of Outdoor Stewards WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of an ambitious initiative to engage and employ the next generation through America’s great outdoors, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced a public-private partnership with American Eagle Outfitters, Inc.…

USDA Announces Speakers for the 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum

Secretary Tom Vilsack to Moderate Two Panels on the Future of Agriculture WASHINGTON, Jan. 8, 2014–The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced speakers for the 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum, “The Changing Face of Agriculture,” to be held from Feb. 20-21 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, Arlington, Va. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will moderate…

USDA extends deadline for Conservation Stewardship applications

Chief Says Feb. 7th Deadline Makes It Possible for More Producers to Apply WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has extended the deadline for new enrollments in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for fiscal year 2014. Producers interested in participating in the program can submit applications to NRCS through…

USDA Announces Grants to Help Small Business Strengthen Innovation in Private Industry

Contact: Jennifer Martin (202) 720-8188 WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2013 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced more than $18 million in grants to small businesses to conduct research and development that will lead to technological innovations in the agriculture industry. The awards were made by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).…

USDA, EPA Partnership Supports Water Quality Trading To Benefit Environment, Economy

 December 3, 2013   WASHINGTON – The U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have announced an expanded partnership to support water quality trading and other market-based approaches that provide benefits to the environment and economy.”New water quality trading markets hold incredible potential to benefit rural America by providing new…

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