ranching http://kvpr.org en Drought Forces California Ranchers To Make Tough Decisions http://kvpr.org/post/drought-forces-california-ranchers-make-tough-decisions <div><p>California’s ranchers depend on fall and winter rains to keep grasses growing for their livestock. But the state’s drought is forcing them to make tough decisions. With rangelands dry statewide, moving herds isn’t an option. Many are resorting to buying feed, but its rising cost is making that choice difficult. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, some ranchers must decide whether to sell their livestock or go out of business.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 19:26:39 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 27677 at http://kvpr.org Drought Forces California Ranchers To Make Tough Decisions Livestock Theft Bill Advances Through State Senate http://kvpr.org/post/livestock-theft-bill-advances-through-state-senate <div><p>Cattle rustling or crop raiding might seem like a relic of the Wild West, but in the San Joaquin Valley surrounding foothills, cattle theft is on the rise. So much so that it's inspired a new bill by a local legislator that passed the Senate earlier this week. Valley Public Radio’s Ezra Romero reports on the Livestock Theft Prevention Act.</p></div><p>A bill that would beef up fines for stealing livestock passed through the Senate Tuesday with unanimous, bi-partisan support. The bill would establish a $5,000 fine for anyone convicted of livestock theft.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 00:36:09 +0000 Ezra David Romero 21146 at http://kvpr.org Livestock Theft Bill Advances Through State Senate Sierra Foothill Conservancy Adds New Wildlife Preserve Near Clovis http://kvpr.org/post/sierra-foothill-conservancy-adds-new-wildlife-preserve-near-clovis <p></p><p>A local conservation group working to preserve foothill ranch land has added another another major property to its list of protected areas.</p><p>The Sierra Foothill Conservancy announced today that it has purchased the historic Tallman&nbsp;Ranch east of Clovis. The 280 acre property will become the Ted K. Martin Wildlife Preserve.&nbsp;</p><p>Martin donated $1 million to the conservancy to fund the purchase of the ranch from the Tallman Family and another $300,000 to support its management for the future.</p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 01:10:34 +0000 Joe Moore 8386 at http://kvpr.org Sierra Foothill Conservancy Adds New Wildlife Preserve Near Clovis