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Increased flexibility offered by BLM

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced a new initiative to provide grazing permit holders an unprecedented level of flexibility in the management of livestock while also protecting the public lands. This effort emphasizes the Trump Administration’s goal of promoting shared conservation stewardship of public lands while supporting uses such as grazing. “Farmers and ranchers…

Raney provides vivid view of ranch life

  Engraved Silver: Portraits of Ranching Life 2, by Harney County author Debbie Raney, provides readers with a vivid, authentic look into the ranching life. Engraved Silver is a sequel to Raney’s initial book, Hair On Barbed Wire: Portraits of Ranching Life, and Raney noted the newest publication is “a lot more personal.” The stories…

NRCS accepting applications for EQIP, RCPP

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is currently seeking applications from Harney County landowners and agricultural producers interested in implementing conservation projects on their working lands through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) or the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).   Applications for either program must be received by Feb. 17 to be considered for…

Court discusses grasshopper outbreak

Goal 5 kickoff meeting held Paul Blom, an entomologist for the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and Harney County Farm Bureau President Thurston “Rusty” Inglis attended the Harney County Court meeting on June 22, to discuss a major grasshopper outbreak around the Malheur Lake area in southern Harney County. “The scale of the current outbreak (so…

White top (Hoary Cress) — a sea of white

Steph Bonson for the Burns Times-Herald Well, as you probably noticed, we have had a banner year for the perennial weed, White top!  It is everywhere, in the fields, rangeland, and even in cracks in the sidewalk in town. If you are not sure what White top looks like, here are some distinguishing features. It…

Burns FFA Chapter attends state convention

Twenty-two members of the Burns FFA Chapter took attended the Oregon State Convention in Corvallis at Oregon State University March 18-21. Six Burns FFA members earned their state degree this year. The state degree is the highest award a state FFA association can bestow upon its members.  James Obradivich, Tyler Thomas, Mason Dahl, Sydnee Shelman,…

Secretary of the Interior visits Harney County

Jewell advocates for collaboration U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael L. Connor visited Harney County Monday, March 21. A member of the president’s cabinet, Jewell heads the Department of Interior, which encompasses the Bureau of Indian Affairs; Bureau of Land Management (BLM); Bureau of Ocean Energy…

Public hearing on groundwater to be held March 30

Comment period extended To provide the public more time to review and comment on proposed Malheur Lake Basin groundwater rules, the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) has extended its public comment period from March 1 to March 30, 2016. This also means that the public hearings originally scheduled for Feb. 24 in Burns and Feb….

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