Tag Archives: Drought

As Ranchers Face Drought, Trump Administration Cuts Back a Critical Program

The pasture, rangeland and forage program is a hedge against drought. Ranchers pay a premium—half of which is subsidized by the government—and receive indemnities in times of low precipitation. They use those payments for hay and other supplemental feed or … Continue reading

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An Alternative Environmental Commentary

The politics of national news means states with few electoral votes are ignored. That’s okay. The victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma need help. We understand that here on the dusty plains. We are not screaming to get our … Continue reading

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Ranch Diaries: Spared from drought, for now, in New Mexico

 In ranching, no matter how carefully you plan to reduce risk, you answer to the weather first. That can be an extremely stressful reality. In addition to taking a toll on landscapes and livestock, drought is hard on people. But … Continue reading

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Jerry Brown conflates California fires with “climate change”

Question for Governor Brown: Had Henry Ford never mass-produced the automobile or Edison invented the light bulb, had we never had the industrial revolution and lived in squalor, would California have had one more of drop of rain?…Exploiting genuine hardship … Continue reading

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Grazing Series Part 4: 7 resources for pasture management in times of drought

Is a serious drought looming, and are you ready for one? In the fourth installment of our April Grazing Series, we revisit seven BEEF magazine resources for managing pastures in times of dry conditions. Sigh…why do they have to make such … Continue reading

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As drought pervades, can markets make us water-wiser?

 Such rights could be traded without regard to the rural communities that rely on them, says Patricia Mulroy, the former water czar for Las Vegas and currently a fellow at Brookings. What’s more, markets change the conversation, from one about … Continue reading

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Drought and the Failure of Big Government in California

 In California, those who control the political system have ensured that water will not go to those who value it most highly. Instead, water will be allocated in purely arbitrary fashion based on who has the most lobbyists and the … Continue reading

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How Many People Will Have To Migrate Out Of California When All The Water Disappears?

And where will they go? God what an awful thought. All those fruits and nuts roaming freely among us. Actually, in all fairness, not all Californians are either fruits or nuts. Let the left coast slip off into the Pacific … Continue reading

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Government-Created Drought in California: A Long, Dry Summer : The Tea Party Economist

Well duh…when, do you recon, will people finally realize that this is the kind of result you ALWAYS get when government manages ANYTHING! — jtl, 419 Prices for agricultural produce in U.S. supermarkets will be up this summer. Why? Drought, plus government … Continue reading

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U.S. Cattle Herd Is At A 61 Year Low And Organic Food Shortages Are Being Reported All Over America

Invariably, anytime two ranchers get together the conversation will eventually turn to the weather or cattle prices (probably both). They generally arrive at the conclusion, “Oh well, we have no control over either of them. WRONG! I have to admit … Continue reading

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