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USCA: Livestock Haulers Receive One-Year ELD Extension

August 1, 2018 — (WASHINGTON) – On Wednesday, the Senate passed the Minibus Appropriations bill with an amendment sponsored by Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) that would delay the implementation of the Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) mandate for livestock haulers by one more year. Livestock haulers are already operating on a

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Hammonds are home: Dwight and Steven out of prison and back to Oregon

July 11, 2018 — Dwight and Steven Hammond have returned home to Burns, Oregon, after President Donald Trump announced yesterday that he was granting them a full pardon. The two men have served collectively over 7 years in prison for the approximately 140 acres of federal land they burned

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Statement by Hammond family about President Trump’s pardon, July 10

July 10, 2018 — Tuesday July 10, 2018–Diamond, OR. – Today, President Trump issued an Executive Grant of Clemency, which is a full pardon, to Dwight and Steven Hammond. Our family is grateful to the president and all who worked to make this possible, and to bring this about.

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Judge dismisses Bundy case: Charges dropped, Cliven, Ammon, Ryan go home

January 8, 2018 — Judge Gloria Navarro of the Nevada District Court dismissed “with prejudice” the case against Cliven Bundy and his sons Ammon and Ryan Bundy, and Ryan Payne. This means federal prosecutors will not have the option to reopen or retry the case. The Bundy men are

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“Get off my Lawn” Interview with Carrie Stadheim

December 14, 2017 — Tri-State Livestock News editor Carrie Stadheim addresses the monument shrinkage, the Bundy issue and the Hammonds’ imprisonment with Gavin McInnes on his show, “Get off my Lawn.” Editor’s Note: We have compiled a list of all the articles we have published, as well as a

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White House plans to reduce National Monument designations in Utah, restoring public lands grazing

December 4, 2017 — The National Cattlemen's Beef Association and Public Lands Council applauded the White House's plan to reduce the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. The decision – which follows an extensive review of monument designations by the Department of Interior – is a clear win

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History of Election Day has roots in agriculture

November 7, 2017 — Why do we vote on a Tuesday? Before 1845, we were more of an agricultural society and November was considered a good time for elections because the busy harvest season was coming to a close. Many country folks had to travel quite a long way to get

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Nevada Rancher to Congress: Give States More Authority to Protect Greater Sage Grouse

October 25, 2017 — WASHINGTON (October 25, 2017) – Today Dr. J.J. Goicoechea testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources on behalf of the Public Lands Council, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, and Eureka County Nevada advocating for federal sage grouse policy to conform to ongoing

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House to take up Senate budget resolution with no ag mandate

October 23, 2017 — The House is expected this week to take up the fiscal year 2018 budget resolution that the Senate passed last week, Senate Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy signaled in the leader's weekly schedule released late Friday. The schedule lists, but does not give a day for,

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Batista brothers indicted for insider trading

September 22, 2017 — According to Reuters, Brazilian police requested that government prosecutors charge Wesley Batista and Joesley Batista, brothers who own the JBS meatpacking company, for insider trading. Allegedly the brothers saved up to 138 million reais ($44 million) via illegal deals in May. The insider trading occurred

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Cattle raisers support WOTUS repeal

September 21, 2017 — FORT WORTH, Texas — In June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced their intention to repeal the so-called Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. Upon the announcement by EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers

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House Agriculture Committee Listens to Rural America

September 19, 2017 — Over the last few months, the House Agriculture Committee has traveled across the country gathering input from America’s farmers, ranchers and stakeholders about the upcoming farm bill. Watch the highlights from those who know best what is and isn’t working in agricultural policy.

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Idaho lawmakers to Sessions: Drop it already

September 15, 2017 — Republican Idaho representative Dorothy Moon and more than one-third of the other legislators in her state sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions encouraging him to drop the charges against two Idaho men being charged in association with the April 2014 "Bundy standoff,

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Ranch group supports 12 NAFTA improvements

September 14, 2017 — Billings, Mont. – Although R-CALF USA and several other member-groups of the Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) had already weighed-in with the Trump Administration on the need to reform the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), on Friday the CPA did so again, but

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Zinke commands aggressive action to prevent wildfires

September 13, 2017 — WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke last week directed all Department of the Interior bureaus, superintendents, and land managers at all levels to adopt more aggressive practices, using the full authority of the Department, to prevent and combat the spread of catastrophic

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NCBA and livestock groups petition DOT for ELD waiver

September 12, 2017 — WASHINGTON (September 12, 2017) – The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) today joined other livestock groups in hand delivering to Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao a petition for a waiver followed by a limited exemption from compliance with the Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) rule. The

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Trump tax reform includes repeal of death tax

September 12, 2017 — President Donald Trump's visit to Bismarck, N.D., on Sept. 6 was a push for bipartisan tax reform policy from a state that strongly supported him throughout the election. "And the policy we're talking about is cutting your taxes. Do you like that policy? Well, you're

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Cattlemen launch monthlong media campaign for tax reform

September 8, 2017 — WASHINGTON – The National Cattlemen's Beef Association kicked off a media and advertising campaign Sept. 7, that will shine a spotlight on how various federal tax provisions impact America's cattle and beef producers. The campaign, which will focus heavily on the death tax, aims to

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Trump comments on North Dakota drought

September 8, 2017 — On a visit to North Dakota Wednesday to promote tax reform, President Donald Trump made some odd comments on the drought the state has experienced this summer. According to a White House transcript of his remarks at an oil refinery in Mandan, Trump noted the

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Cattlemen’s associations offer chance for growth

September 7, 2017 — Tri-State Livestock News did a Q and A with the three major cattle/beef associations in the country. While each has some key differences, they all have a common theme…. The U.S. cattle industry. Here's what we found out: National Cattlemen's Beef Association, with John Robinson,

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