Cooperative Extension Range Bulletin
Research and information relating to livestock, range and natural resource management.
|Spring 2020 Supplement (873KB)||
Upcoming online workshops and webinars:
Drought Monitoring and Wildfire Season
|Spring 2020 (7,300KB)||
In this issue:
Expected Short-Term Economic Impacts to Livestock Markets
|UCCE Update regarding COVID 19 (695KB)||
From March 17 to at least April 7, 2020, UCCE offices will be closed.
During this time, all employees will be working remotely.
Please read the linked one-page update for more details and resources.
General news on livestock and natural resources
(NEW!) ATTENTION PERMITTEES OF FEDERAL LANDS:
2019 Turnout on Schedule during a Partial Government Shutdown
The Tri-State Livestock News (January 17, 2019) and American Sheep Industry Association newsletter (January 18, 2019) reported that both the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service assured the Public Lands Council that grazing permittees will be able to conduct livestock turnout on schedule this year even if their turnout date occurs during a partial shutdown of the Federal government.
Grazing allotments with currently active permits will be able to continue operating even if allotment inspections and normal pre-season operating meetings are delayed due to a partial shutdown. As always, turnout for the 2019 grazing season is contingent on payment of grazing fees (unless you have after the fact billing).
However, the recent partial shutdown prohibited the National Agriculture Statistic Service from providing data to calculate 2019 grazing fees that were scheduled for release in January, and the looming shutdown later this month may well prevent the determination of the 2019 grazing fee from being released before many operators need to turn out.
· In the event the 2019 grazing fee amount is not published prior to a permittee’s scheduled turnout date, permittees should submit payment based upon the 2018 minimum fee of $1.35 per AUM. The Federal agencies have indicated that once the government is back in full operation, fee adjustments will be calculated and billed to account for any increase in the final 2019 fee over the $1.35 base fee.
It is crucial that livestock turnout occurring without the normal licensing and billing documents in place during a shutdown be consistent with the terms and conditions provided within the authorizing grazing permit.
Additionally, it is more important than ever that ranchers demonstrate good stewardship over public grazing resources for any grazing use made during a partial shutdown. Any comprehensive monitoring program that is in place should be fully implemented, and if no monitoring program is in place for an allotment grazed during the shutdown, temporary monitoring should be considered to document the effects of livestock grazing during the shutdown.
As of April 1, 2017, there are new disease traceability/tagging and trichomonosis (trich) testing requirements in California.
CDFA has summarized the changes in their April newsletter, which you can download here.
Highly Pathogenic Avian Flu in Tennessee
Read more here.
After a recent case of highly pathogenic avian flu in Tennessee, we recommend that poultry owners in California assess their biosecurity levels. A survey to help you evaluate your risks is here.
USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to Protect Working Grasslands
A new conservation reserve program specifically maintaining working rangelands, especially those threatened by development or conversion to row cropping, is accepting offers for additional grasslands to be protected. Offers for consideration next year can be submitted until December 16, 2016. Find out more here.
Healthy Soils Initiative
New Healthy Soils Initiative approved in August 2016 provides incentives and financial support for agricultural management practices that sustain healthy soils and increase or maintain carbon storage in soils. More information on this initiative can be found here.
Foothill abortion vaccine update [abridged]
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