U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance offers high school curriculum

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance offers high school curriculum

From The Westerner Blog Teachers and high school students can get a first-hand look at farming thanks to a new curriculum introduced by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance’s (USFRA). The Discovering Farmland curriculum uses the award-winning documentary, “Farmland,” a film by James Moll, as a foundation. It presents high school students a first-hand glimpse into […]

AZGFD study clarifies Mexican wolf historical range

AZGFD study clarifies Mexican wolf historical range

By SoAzNewsX A recent peer-reviewed scientific paper reaffirmed the historical range of the endangered Mexican wolf as being southeastern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico and the Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico. The paper was the featured article published in the July issue of The Journal of Wildlife Management, a leading international wildlife science journal. The authors – […]

Arizona State Parks win coveted Gold Medal for best state park system

Arizona State Parks win coveted Gold Medal for best state park system

By SoAzNewsX Arizona State Parks and Trails won the Gold Medal for best managed state park system in the nation from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The award was announced yesterday morning during the national NRPA conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. “This is a tremendous achievement that benefits everyone in our state – […]

Border ranchers, in a world without a wall

Border ranchers, in a world without a wall

From The Westerner Blog Across hundreds of miles, cattle ranchers tell remarkably similar stories, from flowing grasslands of the San Rafael Valley to gnarly peaks of the Atascosa Mountains to saguaro-studded desert. Ranching is a heritage of land, a family legacy, a lifestyle. It’s a cycle of fence mending, cactus dodging and calf branding, measured […]

Common sense fire policies for the west coming

Common sense fire policies for the west coming

By Paul Driessen / Heartland Institute President Trump promised to bring fresh ideas and policies to Washington. Now Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue are doing exactly that in a critically important area: forest management and conflagration prevention. Their actions are informed, courageous and long overdue. Westerners are delighted, and I’ve advocated […]

Plans to reduce number of Grand Canyon bison advance on two fronts

Plans to reduce number of Grand Canyon bison advance on two fronts

By Issac Windes / Cronkite News WASHINGTON – Plans to reduce the size of a destructive herd of Grand Canyon bison took another step forward last week, when a House panel approved a bill to require culling, just weeks after the National Park Service approved its own plan. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, said his bill […]

Volunteers needed for Arizona Antelope Foundation project

Volunteers needed for Arizona Antelope Foundation project

By SoAzNewsX The Arizona Antelope Foundation is seeking volunteers for a fence modification project Sept. 30 in southeastern Arizona, about 31 miles north of Willcox and one mile west of Bonita. The project activity includes modifying about three miles of existing boundary fence between the KJ and Bonita ranches. This will involve the removal of the bottom […]

Arizona’s bald eagles expand breeding sites in 2017

Arizona’s bald eagles expand breeding sites in 2017

By SoAzNewsX Arizona’s bald eagle population continues to soar as the number of breeding areas expanded statewide and a record 82 young hatched during the 2017 breeding season, according to an annual Arizona Game and Fish Department survey. While the number of hatchlings rose from the previous high of 79 in 2016, the number of […]

Sonoita Labor Day Rodeo

Sonoita Labor Day Rodeo

By SoAzNewsX While many were out celebrating Labor Day in some form or another, a group of rodeo cowboys and cowgirls spent their Labor Day Weekend at the 102nd Annual Sonoita Labor Day Rodeo. Hundreds of visitors to the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds enjoyed music, western-style vendors, and, of course, watching the cowboys fall off […]