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USDA To Close 4 Offices In Wyoming, Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it plans to shutter four offices in Montana and Wyoming as part of a $150 million cost cutting measure that includes 259 closures nationwide

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Livestock Exports A Bright Spot For Ag In 2011

For the nations livestock producers profits were minimal  in 2011. That according to a USDA analyst who says there was one exception.

"The export market really has been a bright spot."

Agriculture Department Chief Economists, Joe Glauber, says exports helped prop up prices over the year

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Vilsack Spells Out Sage Grouse Plan

Instead of tackling all the threats to the sage grouse in a massive land area the USDA's Natural Resources and Conservation Services and its partners are focusing efforts on specific landscapes in the west

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Smokey The Bear Goes HiTech

The bear not only goes Hitech, but is getting a makeover.

Ya gotta listen to this one...

 

click here for app downloads,

Android, https://market.android.com/details?id=com.animax.smokey

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USDA Holds Firm on Overall Food Price Forecast [AUDIO]

Doug Randall reports that the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services will hold public meetings around the state go gather feedback. U.S.D.A economist Ephraim Liebtag says overall food prices will rise between 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 percent this year. Click past the jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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Flood Relief Dried Up By Budget Cuts?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering a myriad of programs and services to help farmers, ranchers, and rural residents effected by Missouri river flooding in neighboring states. Funds have also gone out for other natural disasters this spring, but Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack in touring flood damaged areas of Iowa and Nebraska says there's one form of assistance victims should not necessarily expect.

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2011 Fire Season Already A Hot One

As wildfires consume several thousand acres in the southwest, U.S. Forest Service Chief, Tom Tidwell notes, "So far the 2011 fire season has been relatively severe. More than 4 million acres have burned across the country, which is more than twice the to-date 10 year average. Parts of the south and southwest are in a prolonged drought. Most of the large fires have burned in the southeast, Texas , Oklahoma, Arizona and New Mexico and we also have some large fires in Alaska."

Tidwell testified Tuesday at a Senate Natural Resource Committee meeting on wildfire management programs.

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Recognizing The International Year of Forests

The USDA and U.S. Forest Service Officials joined counterparts around the world last week to celebrate the International Year of Forests.

"We've partnered with a lot of other associations, most notably the National Association of State Foresters and with the American Forest Foundation to promote this awareness throughout the year."

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Midwest, Edgerton Seek Firefighting EQ Dollars

Fire fighting equipment doesn't fit very well into the fire hall in Midwest and two of their trucks have been downgraded after 30 years of service.

The towns of Edgerton and Midwest are both in sore need of a firefighting  upgrade.  Recognizing their need  the towns are looking for the dollars to make it happen. Grant writing is part of that process and the Natrona County Commission on Tuesday agreed to help out with $8,000 to get the process going.

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New Attack Plan As Wildfire Season Begins

The wildfire season seems well on its way down in Colorado where another fire this weekend destroy homes west of Fort Collins.

Federal wildfire experts are preparing for the season with a new wild-land fire prevention and management plan.

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