• Arizona Rancher: Administration Succeeded in Removal of “Soul Crushing” Regulations

    WASHINGTON (July 16, 2020) – Arizona federal lands rancher Jim Chilton today joined President Donald Trump and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler on behalf of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) to celebrate modernization of environmental regulations including the Navigable Waters Protection Rule that replaced the ill-conceived […]

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  • NCBA, PLC Celebrate Vast Improvements to Environmental Policy

    WASHINGTON (July 15, 2020) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) today celebrate landmark improvements to environmental policy through finalization of the Trump Administration’s rulemaking on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The NEPA updates make the process more efficient and timely, while also laying the groundwork for healthy […]

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  • Ranchers Applaud Decision to Scrap Grizzly Bear Introduction Plans in North Cascades

    WASHINGTON (July 7, 2020) – Kaitlynn Glover, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association executive director of natural resources and Public Lands Council executive director, today released the following statement in response to the Department of the Interior’s announcement that the Department will not move forward with the introduction of grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem: “Secretary […]

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  • Ranchers Applaud Trump Administration’s Steps to Provide Permanent BLM Leadership

    WASHINGTON (June 26, 2020) – Kaitlynn Glover, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association executive director of natural resources and Public Lands Council executive director, today released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s intent to nominate William Perry Pendley as director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM): “We appreciate the President’s focus on providing […]

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  • Ranchers Criticize Senate for Irresponsible Passage of Land Grab Legislation

    WASHINGTON (June 17, 2020) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Executive Director of Natural Resources and the Public Lands Council Executive Director, Kaitlynn Glover, today released the following statement in response to the Senate passage of the Great American Outdoors Act: “Today’s passage of the Great American Outdoors Act is a disappointment to those who […]

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  • Senate Receives Letter from 48 Livestock and Natural Resource Groups Opposing the Great American Outdoors Act

    WASHINGTON (June 8, 2020) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) and many other affiliate organizations today wrote Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Energy and Natural Resources Chair Lisa Murkowski, and Energy and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member […]

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  • Why Congress shouldn’t pass the Great American Outdoors Act

    Originally published in The Daily Sentinel If we learned anything from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is to become financially prepared for the unexpected — and to wash your hands often. As we care for both our personal and financial hygiene, we should expect the same from our elected officials as they set national budgets. Unfortunately, […]

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  • Behind COVID-19, Old Threats Linger

    Originally published in the Wyoming Livestock Roundup Public lands ranching is a bit like three-dimensional chess with a board that rotates after every move: you navigate markets, weather, and consumer preference, while dealing with the added – and often unexpected – challenges that come with operating on public lands. When COVID-19 swept through the United […]

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  • Letter from PLC President Bob Skinner

    Originally published in the Western Livestock Journal To my fellow public lands ranchers – In any typical year, you would be celebrating your new calf or lamb crop, having your first round of branding, or worrying about when it is going to rain. Instead, this year you are monitoring the markets and questioning what the […]

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  • Rancher Profile: Mark Roeber

    Those who have had the opportunity to marvel at the foot of the geographic feat truly understand the beauty of the West Elk Mountain range in Colorado. Winding trails give way to gorgeous views of western Colorado and cold creeks run clear all summer long. Yet, many who travel to the hot tourist destination stop […]

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  • Public Lands Council Praises Passage of Additional Funding for Relief Programs

    WASHINGTON (April 23, 2020) — Public Lands Council President Bob Skinner released the following statement praising the passage of the fourth legislative relief package that provides additional funds to critical assistance programs for cattle and sheep producers: “Federal lands ranchers play a major role in American agriculture, raising 60 percent of our nation’s sheep herd […]

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  • Livestock Groups Send Letter Advocating for Needs of Rural Healthcare Providers Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

    DENVER (April 13, 2020) – The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) and the Public Lands Council (PLC) called on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today to request rural healthcare providers have resources and funding to properly respond to […]

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  • In the Midst of a Global Crisis, Agriculture Can Shine

    Originally published in the Western Livestock Journal The COVID-19 pandemic shuffled priorities for individuals around the globe. Hospitals feel the stretch of sick patients, telling some sick individuals to stay at home. Congress has focused their attention to assisting the country through a series of aid packages. Some national parks have even closed their gates. […]

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  • Public Lands Council Cancels 2020 Legislative Conference

    Following the temporary closure of the U.S. Capitol to the public, and pursuant to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations regarding large gatherings amid the COVID-19 novel coronavirus outbreak, Public Lands Council (PLC) officials announced the cancellation of the upcoming 2020 Legislative Conference. “PLC prioritizes the safety of Legislative Conference attendees,” said PLC […]

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  • Ranchers Oppose LWCF Bill, Advise Congress to Weigh Consequences of the Legislation

    WASHINGTON (March 9, 2020) – Public Lands Council (PLC) Executive Director and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Executive Director of Natural Resources Kaitlynn Glover today released the following statement in response to the introduction of the Great American Outdoors Act: “NCBA and PLC support efforts to create a strong future for our country’s public lands. […]

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