An August 14th Wall Street Journal article points out the environmental problems that occur when a large number of livestock are confined to a small area.  Too often, manure from confined animal operations end up polluting nearby rivers and streams, whether it occurs in New Zealand or the U.S.  While these operations produce milk and meat at lower cost than small-scale livestock farms and ranches, the costs to the environment are externalized. 

NAFTA Negotiations Worry Farmers

Sep 7, 2017

Farmers and farm commodity organizations are concerned that NAFTA negotiations aren't considering  the importance that trade with Canada and Mexico has for the U.S. agricultural economy. 

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New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is joining 15 other state attorneys general nationwide in a lawsuit challenging the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, immigration program. The program lets young immigrants brought here illegally by their parents remain in the country and find employment. President Trump announced Tuesday he will phase out DACA over six months while giving Congress the opportunity to develop a legislative substitute. The Albuquerque Journal reports the lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court in New York.

Bureau of Land Management

KSJD's Austin Cope spoke on Wednesday morning with Chris Asbjorne, Fire Mitigation and Education Specialist for the Bureau of Land Management, for an update about the lightning-caused Secret Canyon Fire that started east of Dove Creek last week. Click below to listen.

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President Trump has proposed slashing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by 30 percent.