Ranchers Challenge New BLM Rule Over Public Land Grazing Rights, Citing Threat to Livelihood and Conservation Efforts

Cheyenne, WY — A coalition of agricultural and livestock groups, including the American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, has initiated a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) concerning its recent Public Lands Rule. Filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming, the lawsuit argues that the rule introduces unpredictability and could significantly harm the long-standing tradition of grazing on federal lands, which is central to the ranching industry’s sustainability. Gary Heibertshausen, a Montana sheep rancher and vice president of the Montana Farm Bureau, voiced concerns about … Read more

China’s New Law Aims to Strengthen Land Rights for Rural Women, Despite Persisting Ambiguities

Beijing, China — A new law set to take effect in May aims to enhance the legal rights of women in rural China, particularly regarding land ownership which has historically been biased towards men. This latest legislative reform seeks to address issues that have previously barred women from inheriting or owning land, a critical asset in agrarian communities. In rural parts of China, land is collectively owned but distributed among families. Traditionally, the head of the household, typically a male, is registered as the owner, disenfranchising women, particularly those who move away to marry. Under … Read more

Iowa Takes a Stand: New Law Strengthens Regulations on Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa has taken action to address the issue of foreign agricultural land ownership by passing a new law. Governor Kim Reynolds signed the bill on Tuesday, granting the state attorney general subpoena power to prevent foreign adversaries, such as China, from investing in Iowa farmland. Governor Reynolds emphasized the need for vigilance against foreign entities seeking to exploit American agriculture. She stated that the acquisition of American farmland by foreign groups is a common weapon used to assert dominance over the country. Iowa, with its fertile soil and exceptional production capacity, … Read more

Land Development Sparks Debate as Judge Listens to Arguments in Old Pecos Trail Rezoning Case

Santa Fe, New Mexico – A judge recently heard oral arguments in a highly controversial case regarding rezoning along Old Pecos Trail. The outcome of this case has the potential to greatly impact the local community. The dispute centers around a proposed development that seeks to rezone the area for commercial use. Opponents argue that this would disrupt the character and historic nature of the neighborhood, which is known for its residential charm. Proponents argue that the development would bring economic growth and job opportunities to the area. During the hearing, both sides presented their … Read more