- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

RICHFIELD, Utah (AP) - Utah ranchers and farm bureau officials say the federal government’s heavy hand on public land policies is hurting the ranching business in the West.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/21dTMLF ) that Utah Farm Bureau Federation CEO Randy Parker says public lands livestock ranchers face a number of uncertainties, largely because of a fickle administration of federal land policies.

Parker spoke to about 300 ranchers gathered at a grazing conference in Richfield on Thursday. He says there are now about 8,000 livestock operations, down about 60 percent from 1950.

Top officials from the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service were supposed to speak at the event, but they were pulled at the last minute at the request of the conference organizers.

___

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide