Ranchers in the desert Southwest are receiving subsidies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to purchase livestock feed which helps them maintain livestock numbers on public lands that are suffering from persistent and recurrent drought.
Every time a Farm Bill comes up for renewal in Congress the budget hawks searching for wasteful government spending should take a close look at the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds being awarded to public lands ranchers in the West by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
Arizona’s Gila District Office of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a draft resource management plan on June 29, 2018, that proposed to increase permitted cattle grazing in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA) by about 375%.
President Donald Trump’s pick to manage the U.S. Department of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, is promoting a new “outcome-based” livestock management initiative on the public lands managed by the department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Several years ago I accompanied U.S. Forest Service staff on a horseback inspection of a livestock grazing allotment in the arid Superstition Mountains of the Tonto National Forest in central Arizona. As we neared a muddy stock tank perched on a chaparral-covered hill we scared off several mule deer that were taking a drink. The …