Thursday, November 15, 2018

Our Government has Allowed Catastrophic Wildfires to Threaten its Citizens

Cliff Nichols

In 2016, California watched the Blue Cut Fire quickly become a massive inferno. Reportedly, it burned with an intensity greater than many firefighters had ever seen. At the time, one fire commander told the Associated Press, “In my 40 years of fighting fires, I’ve never seen fire behavior so extreme.”
In 2017, the Tubbs Fire was even more destructive. By the time it was contained, that fire alone burned an estimated 36,810 acres and killed 22 people.
Today, in 2018, 19 fires are currently raging throughout the state. And among these, just one alone — the Camp Fire — has now been recognized as the largest such catastrophe to ever occur in the state’s history. In all, over 45 people have died throughout the state so far, over 200 people remain unaccounted for, and over 6,700 homes and other structures have been destroyed. And that’s before mentioning all the celebrity homes that have been burned in Malibu.
This is a devastating trend that must be reversed, not only in California but throughout the Western states that have been made to suffer the consequences of such catastrophic wildfires due to mismanagement.
However, to do so will require both our government officials and the public whom they serve to jointly acknowledge the existence of not one — or even two — but three elephants in the room:

1. Most catastrophic wildfires in the Western states, such as those we are witnessing today in California, occur within or adjacent to the borders of lands controlled and managed by either the state or the federal government;
2. Environmentalist litigation coupled with concurrent mismanagement by government officials have caused unreasonably excessive forest and brush overgrowth and deadfall to accumulate in recent decades that results in many fires — once started — becoming both explosive and virtually unstoppable; and;
3. The cause of a catastrophic fire’s ignition — whether it be an untended campfire, a match, a cigarette, lightning or even “global warming” — is not nearly as important as the need to remove the inexcusably negligent accumulation of combustible fuel load that cause that fire, once ignited, to explode.

The Postal Service Lost $3.9 Billion Last Year

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) finished fiscal year 2018 nearly $4 billion in the red—a whopping 44 percent increase in losses from the previous year, despite the fact that the post office saw revenue increase by more than $1 billion at the same time. In its annual fiscal report, released Wednesday, the USPS attributed more than $2 billion of the deficit to an "ongoing volume loss"—largely the result of fewer people using the government's mail system for sending letters—of 3.6 percent. The rest was the result of increasing payments for pensions and retiree health benefits. Far from being an aberration, fiscal year 2018, which ended on September 30, is a sign of things to come. Without changes to how it operates, the USPS will continue to post losses at "an accelerating rate," Postmaster General Megan Brennan tells Government Executive...MORE

It’s ‘Not Correct’ To Blame Global Warming For California’s Wildfires, Scientist Says

California Gov. Jerry Brown blamed “those who deny” global warming for wildfires devastating the state, while President Donald Trump blamed the blazes on the state’s “gross mismanagement of the forests.” So, who is right? Both of them are wrong, according to University of Washington climate scientist Cliff Mass. “The situation is complex,” Mass told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “And most of the politician are getting things wrong.” “President Trump is not correct that forest management is a major issue in these fires,” Mass said via email. “The recent fires are predominantly in grassland and chaparral.” “And Governor Brown is not correct that global warming is a significant issue,” Mass said. “The grasses and chaparral would have been dry enough to burn no matter what, since California is typically dry after its typical long warm/dry summer and the offshore-directed Diablo/Santa Ana winds would have dried it out in any case.” Strong Santa Ana, or Diablo, winds combined with single-digit humidity readings provided the perfect conditions for catastrophic wildfires to ignite and quickly spread. “A fact-based view would note the key role of the strong offshore-directed winds (which should WEAKEN under global warming), the role of human ignition, and the massive invasion of flammable wildland by people during the past fifty years,” Mass told TheDCNF...MORE

Forest Service chief set to testify before congressional committee on workplace abuse

In an ongoing battle of harassment and misconduct allegations at the U.S. Forest Service, its chief, Vicki Christiansen, is set to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Thursday along with a former employee from the agency who claims to have been harassed by the former chief. Shannon Reed, an air quality specialist, claims in her written testimony she was viewed as a "sexual object" and that the former Forest Chief Tony Tooke grabbed her buttocks. "I did not report Mr. Tooke because I feared retaliation," Reed wrote. Tooke resigned after an investigation looking into the allegations made against him of sexual misconduct began. Shortly after, Christiansen, the interim chief at the time, issued a mandatory full-day training about harassment and safety in the work place. One hundred current and former female employees of the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, wrote an open letter Wednesday to Christiansen, echoing Reed's fear of retaliation and to "expose serious issues of discrimination, harassment, and workplace violence against female employees."...MORE

California Wildfire Hits Nuclear Waste Site, Authorities Accused of Cover-Up

As the wildfires continue to ravage California, fears are mounting that the fires may have caused airborne radioactive toxins to spread after the blaze has torn through a nuclear waste site. Activists are accusing authorities of covering-up the threat posed by the substances from a Superfund site, and believe the risks are being "downplayed" to avoid mass panic. The fire has hit the Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL) in the Simi Hills, a federal Superfund site where the worst nuclear meltdown in US history occurred in 1959. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control claims there is no reason to be concerned of "any risks other than those normally present in a wildfire situation," although locals aren't so sure, pointing out that the agency has a history of dragging its feet in cleaning up toxic sites and accusing the organization of a possible cover-up...MORE

Honey, who’s that one about? or a songwriters’ dilemma

Let’s face it: it’s difficult to be married to a musician, but it may be most difficult of all to be married to a songwriter. As the spouse, you end up hearing songs about bad relationships, break-ups, leaving on the next train to Memphis, etc., and naturally wonder if this is an expression of your songwriting spouse’s discontent, restlessness, or worrisome knowledge of Amtrak’s remaining routes. This is to say nothing about murder ballads. It’s only natural, if you’re prone to taking songs as a literal expression of what’s going on at the moment, to ask, “is that about me?” or “is that about us?” On the other side of the lyric equation, there are the positive love songs (there are at last count only about 12 of these in bluegrass music, but they do exist). If they describe a person or a situation unfamiliar to you, the spouse, you’re naturally tempted to ask, “who’s that about?” or “when did that happen?” As the songwriter, how do you respond to this kind of question? I can say that personally I take real events and real emotions from different parts of my life and work them into other stories that are often fiction, but which contain real life elements. There are kernels of truth in there, and elements of fantasy, and they turn into songs that are not specifically autobiographical but are very much influenced by my own life. This makes answering specific questions about them somewhat complicated...MORE

Ranch Radio Song of the Day

Our tune today is , Hard Hearted You and Chicken Hearted Me, recorded in 1950 by Zeb Turner. THE WESTERNER

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Death toll rises to 56 in Northern California's Camp Fire; missing climb to 297

Authorities made public a list of 297 people still unaccounted for Wednesday night as they announced that the number of people who had been killed in the deadliest wildfire in California history had grown to 56. Butte County sheriff's officials earlier in the day published a list of 101 missing people. At a news conference early Wednesday night, Sheriff Kory Honea said 29 further names would be added later Wednesday night, for a total of 130. But when the updated list (PDF) was published late Wednesday evening, it bore 297 names. The sheriff's office said no one was available to discuss why so many more people were listed as missing in the intervening three hours. Meanwhile, eight more sets of human remains were found Wednesday, the sheriff's office said, and 7,600 homes have been destroyed since the Camp Fire ignited last Thursday morning. The fire had consumed 135,000 acres by Wednesday night and remained only 35 percent contained...MORE

Alabama grand jury indicts Trump’s regional EPA administrator on ethics charges

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) southeastern regional office has been indicted on state ethics charges in Alabama related to his alleged efforts to stop a polluted neighborhood in North Birmingham from being listed on the EPA’s priorities list for contaminated sites. Last Friday, a Jefferson County, Alabama, grand jury indicted both EPA Region 4 Administrator Trey Glenn and his former business associate Scott Phillips on ethics charges. The indictments center around previous work the two performed as consultants to stop the 35th Avenue site from being listed on the EPA’s Superfund National Priorities List (NPL), according to Prior to joining the Trump administration, Glenn faced numerous controversies while running Alabama’s state environmental agency and as a private consultant. In 2017, former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt selected Glenn to head the agency’s Region 4, which oversees the agency’s operations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. He was sworn into office in August 2017....MORE


Gallup: Five Million Central Americans Want to Move to U.S.

Five million Central American residents want to migrate into the United States, according to a Gallup survey published right after the midterm elections. The caravans of economic migrants moving northwards to the U.S. border “actually represent a relatively small fragment of a much larger group of people in their own region — and around the world — who say they would like to move to the U.S. if they could,” said Gallup.The five million number is one-in-three adults in Central America, the survey firm said. The estimate was posted by Gallup as President Donald Trump’s lawyers try to fend off lawsuits against his November plan to curb the growing use of asylum claims by economic migrants from Central America, including the migrants who are part of the caravans heading to the U.S. border...MORE

Horse found "shivering uncontrollably" after hiding in pool to survive California wildfires

Jeff Hill of Paradise, California, was checking on someone's house after the Camp Fire nearly leveled the entire town, and what he found in the backyard startled him. It was a horse "shivering uncontrollably," Hill wrote on Facebook. He found the horse in the backyard pool, suspended by a pool cover. The horse "had the look of defeat in her eyes," Hill wrote. But thanks to the pool, she was spared from the deadliest wildfire in California history. Hill said it's unclear how long the horse was in the pool. Because of the pool cover, she was able to sit in the water without drowning until the fire has passed, he wrote in his now-viral post. Hill said the group he was with scrambled to unhook the pool cover, pull the horse to the shallow end, and guide her up the pool steps. "She got out, shook off, loved on us for a few minutes as a thank you and walked off assuring us that she was ok," Hill wrote...MORE

Drilling overwhelms agency protecting federal lands in NM

CARLSBAD, N.M. — Wayne Smith was hardened to a certain level of chaos here, on land the American public owns. But even he was incredulous as he surveyed an area he leases for grazing, now cleared of grass and cluttered with above-ground pipelines, a drill pad for multiple wells and other oil and gas infrastructure. “I still pay a grazing lease right there,” Smith said in May, pointing to a government map showing there should be no more than 17 acres of development on the site instead of the 125 acres he saw in front of him. “Now, what’s my cow going to eat?” This isn’t what’s supposed to happen on publicly owned land the federal government oversees. The Bureau of Land Management can lease the same property to more than one party at once, but if New Mexico ranchers request it — as Smith did — the agency has instructed its field offices to contact them before such a build-up occurs. Smith said no one notified him. The BLM declined to comment on the matter. Violations, from oil spills to haphazard land restoration, are becoming more common in this hotbed of oil and gas activity, according to ranchers and conservation groups. One sign of the area’s increasing appeal for drilling: A September federal oil and gas lease sale brought in a record-breaking $972 million. A local BLM official, Jim Stovall, has admitted his team doesn’t have the resources to enforce all the rules on the books, according to people who heard his remarks. Conservationists, ranchers and others worry that allowing more drilling without addressing the problems already created by ramped-up production could threaten one of the most biologically diverse deserts in the world and scar the land so it can’t be used for other purposes afterward. As the Trump administration calls for “energy dominance,” some here fear their way of life will become collateral damage... “Texas was blessed, not just with a larger portion of the basin, but also with no federal lands,” Ken McQueen, cabinet secretary of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department of New Mexico, told members of Congress in June. “In Texas you can have a permit and a rig on location quicker than you can fill out the paperwork to drill a well on federal acreage in New Mexico.” But people are using that land for other purposes, too. The Smiths, for instance, have ranched here for generations. They own property, but leasing public land is a key part of their cattle operation — true of many ranchers in the area. Before Wayne Smith died in October at age 47, he kept calling the BLM, asking for help — trying to make the system work. He wasn’t getting anywhere...MORE

Final ‘Nations’ talk to focus on water

Water rights in the Bighorn Basin have long been a contentious issue for the many stakeholders. Nobody is more acutely aware of that than the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes living on the Wind River Indian Reservation, which have been locked in litigation for decades over how the basin’s water should be distributed. It is anticipated that issues surrounding water and natural resources will only become more contentious as environmental conditions becomes increasingly erratic and extreme. On Wednesday members of the tribes will discuss water and environmental challenges facing the reservation during the third and final event of the “Nations Within a Nation” series launched this fall by Central Wyoming College and several partners...Spoonhunter recounted a history of court battles and cases won without compensation in Wyoming. “We are winning cases,” she said, “but so far we are not being awarded any of the money to help put in infrastructure to manage the water.” As a result, Spoonhunter said, the tribes are unable to properly manage and store the water from the basin as it flows unimpeded to surrounding ranchers...MORE

Zinke plans to appeal court ruling allowing drilling In Badger-Two Medicine

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told the Associated Press today that the federal government plans to appeal a federal court ruling allowing oil and gas drilling in the Badger-Two Medicine area outside Glacier National Park. In September a federal judge reinstated drilling rights on a nearly 10 square mile lease in the area. The Obama administration voided those leases, originally granted by the Reagan administration. Zinke asked government attorneys to appeal the September ruling, saying it would be inappropriate to allow drilling in the Badger-Two Medicine...MORE

AP sources: Trump mulling a wide-ranging shakeup

President Trump is weighing an administration-wide shakeup as he looks to prepare his White House for divided government, but it is unclear who is going and who is staying. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was thought to be out as soon as this week, according to two people with knowledge of the issue, but she is now likely to remain in the post for a longer period because there is no obvious successor in place. Trump has soured on Nielsen and White House chief of staff John Kelly, in part over frustration that his administration is not doing more to address what he has called a crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to the people. But the scope of the contemplated changes is far broader, as Trump gears up for a wave of Democratic oversight requests and to devote more effort to his own re-election campaign. According to people familiar with the situation, Trump is also discussing replacing Kelly with Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, Nick Ayers. Kelly, a retired Marine general, has been credited with bringing order and process to a chaotic West Wing, but he has fallen out of favor with the president as well as presidential daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner. Ayers, a seasoned campaign operative, would restore a political-mindset to the role, but he faces stiff opposition from some corners of the West Wing, with some aides lobbying Trump directly against the move. Other changes are afoot, as Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke are being discussed for replacement. And in an extraordinary move Tuesday, first lady Melania Trump's office called publicly for the firing of Trump's deputy national security adviser, Mira Ricardel...MORE

Ranch Radio Song of the Day

Early in his career Eddy Arnold could swing. Here is his 1946 recording of Can't Win, Can't Place, Can't Show. THE WESTERNER

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

California's Camp Fire Becomes The Deadliest Wildfire In State History

Fire investigators in Northern California say they found the human remains of 6 more individuals, bringing the death toll to at least 48 people who have died in the wildfire that burned through the town of Paradise with shocking speed, making the Camp Fire the deadliest wildfire in state history. Fire crews are working to fight that blaze, along with another large wildfire in Southern California, where at least two deaths have been reported. Overall 50 people have perished in fires throughout the state. The Camp Fire in Butte County, about 80 miles north of Sacramento, has now burned 130,000 acres and is 35 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported Tuesday night. More than 5,600 personnel are fighting the blaze, which has destroyed more than 7,600 homes and 260 commercial buildings...MORE

Livestock & timber industries important to curtail wildfires

Amanda Radke

...According to the CNN article, “The Camp Fire in Northern California has killed 23 people and burned 108,000 acres. The Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles has killed at least two and has scorched 83,275 acres. The Hill fire in Ventura County has ravaged 4,531 acres.” Just as some are blaming climate change and others are blaming mismanagement of forests, I imagine the truth is somewhere in the middle with an ongoing five-year drought creating a very dry and brittle landscape. By no means am I trying to sound condescending, and I hope it’s not in poor taste by saying it’s too soon to talk about solutions to these devastating wildfires. But I think as the flames continue to ravage the countryside, beef producers have an opportunity to talk about the benefits of cattle grazing on the landscape. Forgive me for being so blunt, but we can either responsibly utilize the land’s natural resources or watch it burn as underbrush builds up and forests grow thick from lack of use.
My thoughts echo the position that the California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has taken on this topic. Per the CCA 2017 Policy Resolutions, “The CCA requests that the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) petition Congress to:
1. Review all lands in wilderness area classification and wilderness study areas in California and that any land not meeting the wilderness classification be removed from designation as wilderness area and wilderness study areas.
2. Permit livestock grazing on all suitable wilderness land in California.
3. Prevent further designation of land into wilderness classification.
4. Release the 1.7 million acres presently designated for future planning in the 1984 California
Wilderness Act.
5. Oppose further national monument designation that does not consider livestock grazing on lands suited for grazing.”
Additionally, the organization supports responsible, well-timed prescribed burns for improved range management.


Open Field Doctrine and How It Can Be Used Against Animal Ownership

The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America states that, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” While open fields are not protected by the Fourth Amendment, the curtilage, or outdoor area immediately surrounding the home, may be protected. Courts have treated this area as an extension of the house and as such subject to all the privacy protections afforded a person’s home (unlike a person’s open fields) under the Fourth Amendment. An area is curtilage if it “harbors the intimate activity associated with the sanctity of a man’s home and the privacies of life.” However, this right is being manipulated by animal right’s extremist groups in legislation they have pushed and are continuing to push in a number of states across the country. Gary Dassinger, a rancher in North Dakota last year suffered a great injustice over an “Open Field Doctrine” that was originally pushed by HSUS. The North Dakota legislation allows for intrusion on property regardless of fencing or “no trespassing” signs. In North Dakota these lands have been excluded from the fourth amendment rights and expectation of privacy isn’t considered reasonable nor legitimate. The over-reaching doctrine allows for an actionable claim to be made, against a person for animal abuse and neglect, by anyone. This includes someone from out of state who has never been on the property. As the law reads, there is no liability for the accuser and the State’s Attorney can seize animals, write up a bill of sale and arrange for the animals to be sold to other parties, all without having to notify the owner and without holding a hearing. Under the law, Title 36, Livestock. Chapter 36-21.1. Humane Treatment of Animals, a claim can be made against any person and they will automatically be considered guilty without the opportunity to prove their innocence. The law was purposely left vague and puts all animal owners at risk...MORE

Forcing the hand that feeds them

Rachel Gabel

A report released by a number of groups with anti-agriculture agendas gave "failing grades" to fast food restaurants that don't post a public statement opposing antibiotic use in livestock production. It named restaurants as the group most poised and able to influence production practices on farms and ranches, attempting to force the hands of those down the value chain. These reports, according to John Robinson, vice president, membership and communications, National Cattleman's Beef Association, are all aimed at achieving an agenda. "It's unfortunate that people's choices are being dictated or limited by activist group pressure," Robinson said. Food service and agriculture are closely related within the industry, each dependent upon the other to some extent. Robinson said answering consumers' questions and creating unity rather than division is agriculture's best course of action. "We can provide consumers with choices without attacking other production systems and methods because they're all valid and all of this food, this protein is necessary," he said. "We have a lack of protein in the world and there's a place for all of it — pork, poultry and beef." While activists make up a small percentage of consumers, their numbers, he said, are still greater by a large margin than the population of beef producers. Their passion for their stance can also sway those in food service or retail.,,MORE

'Rogue warrior' Zinke uses 'unconventional tactics'

Michael Doyle

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke rose through the Navy as an aggressive risk taker, a trait that's rewarded in the elite special operations community but that can complicate careers in politics and bureaucracies. In large ways and small, Zinke's 23-year Navy career generally — and his service as a SEAL officer in particular — help explain his actions at Interior, some of which have gotten him bad press lately and could threaten his job security. On one hand, his doggedness — a SEAL's cultivated refusal to quit — endears him to key allies. "That's exactly what the president likes about him," said one senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity. "He is pushing through an absolutely aggressive agenda." But the door-busting dash that propelled Zinke through the military may have also undermined him at Interior, where he's faced repeated inquiries over his fidelity to the government's standard operating procedures. "When I was with the SEALs, there were those who followed all the rules and played it safe," Zinke recounted in his autobiography, "American Commander," and "there were those who used unconventional tactics to win. We called them 'pirates.'" Zinke served several stints with the pirates, officially called the Navy Special Warfare Development Group and popularly known as SEAL Team Six. They were, in some ways, the defining chapters of Zinke's life, a character-shaping period he now commemorates with his ever-present SEAL lapel pin. "You want to know what kind of seagoing individual I was about to become? You guessed it. A rogue warrior," Zinke wrote, adding that "we trained harder, deployed longer, and viewed the conventional rules as guidance rather than the law." Zinke's Navy performance evaluations obtained by E&E News consistently lauded him, with one calling him "aggressive, determined and relentless in his pursuit of excellence." One "lapse in judgment" cited by a superior officer, involving travel pay, marred his stellar record. Now Zinke's future at Interior is challenged by several ongoing investigations, including one reportedly referred to the Justice Department. The inquiries, past and present, hint at a fast mover sometimes focused more on the mission than on the rulebook (Greenwire, Oct. 31). "We will all be better off when Zinke has moved on from public service and is able to spend all of his time on his true passion: self-promotion," said Chris Saeger, executive director of the advocacy group Western Values Project...MORE

Interesting article. Too bad that when it came to the OMDP National Monument he shed his SEAL uniform and donned the suit of a typical politician. I think he looked over at the Senate and saw that Udall chaired the subcommittee on interior appropriations and Heinrich sat on the authorizing committee for Interior bills and he blinked. We saw a SEAL cut and run. In a way, though, he was still a 'pirate', as he stole the future away from some 30+ plus ranching families. His retreat means their defeat. His decision to do nothing wasn't 'roguish', it was foolish.

Zinke '100 percent confident' he'll be cleared in probes

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke declared Monday he's "100 percent confident" no wrongdoing will be found in pending ethics investigations that have stirred speculation he could get ousted from President Donald Trump's Cabinet. The former Montana congressman and Navy SEAL faces a number of probes by federal investigators, including one involving dealings between a foundation Zinke created and the chairman of an energy company. In an interview with The Associated Press, Zinke said he has spoken in recent days with Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly about the probes and they remain supportive. He denied any wrongdoing. "I'm 100 percent confident that every investigation will always end up in the same conclusion, which is that I follow all rules, procedures and, most importantly the law," Zinke said. "I have no desire to leave. I know I'm effective and doing the right thing."...MORE

U.S. Expected to Produce Half of Global Oil and Gas Output by 2025

Relentless American shale development is set to allow the U.S. to leapfrog the world’s other major oil and gas producers, with the potential for the country to account for roughly half of global crude and natural growth by 2025, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday. In its annual World Energy Outlook report, the IEA said its main projection scenario through to 2040 foresees the U.S. accounting for nearly 75% and 40% of global oil and gas growth, respectively, over the next six years. Growth is expected to be driven primarily by shale fracking, which should lead U.S. shale oil supply to more than double, reaching 9.2 million barrels a day by the mid-2020s, the agency said. “The shale revolution continues to shake up oil and gas supply, enabling the U.S. to pull away from the rest of the field as the world’s largest oil and gas producer,” said the Paris-based organization that advises governments and corporations on energy trends. “By 2025, nearly every fifth barrel of oil and every fourth cubic meter of gas in the world come from the United States.”...MORE

JBS, China Agree To $1.5 Billion Trade Deal

Brazilian meat packer JBS SA has signed a trade pact with Alibaba’s Win-Chain that will send approximately $1.5 billion in beef, pork and poultry to China over the next three years. Alibaba, often described as the Amazon of China, is a multinational conglomerate specializing in e-commerce, retail, Internet, AI and technology. The agreement between JBS and Alibaba represents the largest ever signed in the meat sector between Brazil and China, and is scheduled to begin within 30 days. “This deal will significantly expand our beef business and build further value for the Friboi brand,” Renato Costa, CEO of JBS’ Brazilian beef division said. “We have developed products based on packaging, cuts and portions specifically designed for the Chinese market.” Earlier this month, JBS invested $12 million to expand production at two of its Brazilian meat production facilities, in order to specifically meet the increased demand from the Chinese market..MORE

Ranch Radio Song of the Day

today we have Bill Boyd and His Cowboy Ramblers with Ridin' Old Paint and Leadin' Old Ball. The tune was recorded at their first recording session in San Antonio in 1934. THE WESTERNER Ranch Radio on Facebook