Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy has been feuding with the federal government for more than two decades, and it’s all coming to a head this spring.
The dispute stems from the fact the BLM cancelled his grazing permit 20 years ago after he refused to accept new land-use rules for protecting the threatened desert tortoise and stopped paying his fees. Over the years Bundy has ignored repeated directives to remove his cattle from the land, so this spring the BLM plans to roundup the cows and remove them. Bundy and his family met the feds – who showed up wearing military gear, toting assault rifles and supported by a helicopter – along the entrance to the grazing allotment on Sunday to film and document what they believe is an infringement on their rights. Bundy's son was arrested in what was described as an "assault" by one family member, and was released a day later.
Bundy's family has been grazing the land for more than 100 years, and he says it's a state's rights issue and the feds should go home.
Big Brother Watching
Satellites can now watch the corn grow in the Midwest. NASA says new data from satellite sensors confirms America's Corn Belt is the most productive region in the world during the growing season. This new technology creates an image of the sheer amount of photosynthetic activity occurring in a region. The raging plant party in the Corn Belt during July lit up NASA's map at levels 40 times greater than those observed in the Amazon rain forest. Scientists think this may eventually lead to predicting regional crop yields via satellite. Amazing.
An Inconvenient Truth: The Sequel
The creators behind "An Inconvenient Truth" say they have discussed the possibilities of a sequel. The 2006 documentary received an Oscar and propelled former vice president Al Gore, the film's narrator, to a 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. During the following years, the film's producer believes the fossil-fuel industry challenged the dialog with a misinformation campaign and now the time might be right for a sequel. During a Beverly Hills fundraiser last month that collected $700,000 for UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, producer Lawrence Bender said, "Our new inconvenient truth is that not nearly enough concrete action has been taken (about climate change)."
Baxter Black on Today's Ag Media
Consumers want to know where their food comes from, and cowboy poet and syndicated columnist Baxter Black says that's a reason today's ag media is flourishing. ""RFD-TV" and "U.S. Farm Report" are places they can go to meet the people who feed them," Black says. "It has changed agricultural marketing. It's good for everybody. But the most useful and satisfying result of vibrant ag media expansion is that it keeps the ag community in touch with each other."