Northern Nevada Ranchers and BLM Reach Grazing Agreement
BATTLE MOUNTAIN, Nev. (AP) — An agreement apparently has been reached in a grazing dispute between ranchers and the federal Bureau of Land Management in northern Nevada.
The Elko Daily Free Press reports (http://bit.ly/1QH7AfL ) the dispute seems to be resolved after weeks of negotiations and the 27-page agreement will take effect after approval by an administrative law judge. Last summer, nine of 20 areas on the Argenta allotment near Battle Mountain were closed after certain drought triggers were met.
Ranchers disputed the data and filed two appeals with the Interior Board of Land Appeals. Dan and Eddyann Filippino, one of several ranch families affected by the closure, issued a statement expressing relief the dispute was ending. Drought triggers will continue to play a regulatory role as the agreement calls for livestock to be moved if a trigger is met.