Ryan Zinke’s confirmation as secretary of the Interior Department earlier last week was welcomed by Farm Bureau

“Ryan Zinke will bring much-needed balance to the management of our nation’s land and natural resources,” AFBF President Zippy Duvall said in a statement. “Farmers and ranchers are ready for an interior secretary that will work with agriculture to fulfill its mission to protect and manage America’s natural resources and cultural heritage.

“Secretary Zinke does not have an easy task before him, but we are confident he’s up to the challenge. He’s a proven leader committed to responsible land use and energy development. Agriculture is ready for an Interior Department that recognizes the importance of active land management and works with us, rather than pushes us out. From arbitrary grazing reductions to overpopulation of wild horses and burros to an outdated Endangered Species Act, farmers and ranchers have suffered for too long.”