Volume 6, Number 15 - July 6, 2006
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Jonah stay rejected
The request for limited stays of development from the Jonah Infill decision filed by environmental groups were soundly rejected by the Interior Board of Land Appeals last week.
In a 33-page decision, the IBLA rejected the environmentalists’ requests for stays, declaring that the appellants “have failed to provide sufficient justification for the requested limited stays” and “have not shown a likelihood of success on the merits of their arguments.”
The appeals were filed by the Wyoming Outdoor Council, Upper Green River Valley Coalition, Wilderness Society and Greater Yellowstone Coalition, and by the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance and Center for Native Ecosystems.
The Index of Prices Received by farmers and ranchers in Wyoming for agriculture commodities sold during June was 117 percent of the 1990-1992 base, according to Jennifer Sissom with the Wyoming Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service NASS. The index was up 2 points (2 percent) from May but down 10 points (8 percent) from June 2005.
The All Livestock Index, at 119, was up 3 points (3 percent) from May but down 14 points (11 percent) from June 2005. Cow prices were slightly below last month, while sheep and lamb prices were higher. Steer, heifer and calf prices remained unchanged from May. All livestock prices were down from last year at this time. Cow prices averaged $47 per hundred weight, 60 cents below May and $12.80 lower than June 2005. This is the lowest cow price since June 2003 when the price was $44.30. Steer and heifer prices, at $105 per hundredweight, were unchanged from last month but $5 below last year’s price. Calf prices averaged $133 per hundredweight, unchanged from May but $6 lower than June 2005. Sheep prices, at $30, were 10 cents above May but $7.10 below last year’s price. Lamb prices, at $88, were $2 above last month but $44 lower than last year at this time.
Range and pasture conditions in the state slipped even lower with only 18 percent rated good, compared with 22 percent last week and the average of 33 percent, according to the Wyoming Agricultural Statistics Service. Condition has fallen from a high of 54 percent good or excellent on May 14. Livestock water has been drying up in parts of the state. Some producers cannot find adequate pasture and are grazing hay meadows. Rain has become a valuable commodity.
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