Western Farmers, Ranchers Urge Administration Toward Better Land Management Policies

Western Farmers, Ranchers Urge Administration Toward Better Land Management Policies
Photo courtesy of Utah Lt. Governor Spencer Cox

As wildfires ravage parts of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, farmers and ranchers in 13 Western states are calling on the federal government to put in place more effective land management practices and policies. 

“While the smoke from the horrifying wildfires lingers above us, let us commit to restoring balance to land management by focusing on cooperation and moving away from the myth that ‘no management’ is sound policy,” several state Farm Bureaus and the American Farm Bureau Federation recently wrote in a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.