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Program: Land & Livestock Report

Reporting on ranching and land stewardship issues is a natural fit and a passion for Susan Allen. Growing up in a family that raised timber and Christmas trees under the shadow of Mt, Hood Susan has always found herself more comfortable on the back of a horse in the wilderness checking out the terrain than in any urban setting . Today herself a rancher and a member of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, Susan and her husband run their Wagu/Corrientes herd along with her son’s Angus cattle in the Blue Mts. near Pendleton Oregon. There they have experienced first-hand what it means to “ranch with wolves” in the most liberal and environmentally conscientious state in the Union. In her “free time” she enjoys working with young or difficult horses, helping them realize their potential and gifts in the ranching world.

Since graduating from Arizona State with a minor in Journalism Susan has followed a communications path that has included writing for and promoting the Northern California Thoroughbred Racing Industry to launching the popular Food Forethought Commentary and newspaper column in the early 2000’s( as a result of the BSE finding in Mapton WA,) becoming one of the earliest advocates for agriculture. She also co- hosted the American Rancher Radio Program which eventually became Open Range for many years. She is excited to be “back in the saddle” each day covering the issues and accomplishments of America’s Ranching Community.

  • West NIle and Coat Color

    Ever been outdoors with people and noticed how some end up mosquito bait while others aren’t bothered at all the same holds true for horses

  • Where Have All The Cowboys Gone

    Cowboy

  • Cowboy Hat and Culture

    People from other cultures are fascinated by cowboy hats but interestingly the cowboy hat as we know it today evolved from other cultural influences

  • Slow Speed Chase

    In this high tech era when apples have become something you hold to your ear and talk in rather than a horse treat it’s fun to come upon stories that make me chuckle

  • Indians,Wine and Pacu

    Indians

  • Indians,Wine and Pacu

    Indians exploit wildlife, an Idaho fisherman is surprised by his catch and the Wall Street Journal issues dire warnings for the Washington State Wine Industry.

  • Decline In Mule Deer Numbers

    Mule deer numbers throughout the west are declining in rates that are alarming.

  • New Definition of Free Range Chicken

    Free Range chicken takes on new whole new meaning

  • Drug Horses Part Two

    So far this year 55 horses have been found in Arizona abandoned by drug runners either cut loose in the desert or tied to a mesquite tree to die.

  • The Plight of Drug Horses

    There is another unrecognized victim of the illegal drug trade that breaks my heart and makes it impossible to respect this administration’ stance.

  • What We Can Learn From Presidential Pups

    Was the White House pup just a photo op?

  • Lessons From George Washington

    President George Washington could never have imagined that his dedication to his elderly horses would provide an example of responsibility over 200 years latter.

  • Whats Wild About Rags

    Barrel racers have their bling, Bare back rider express their individuality through the tooling and dying of their chaps. Yet there is one piece of colorful cowboy attire that goes virtually unnoticed by the average joe,

  • Activists Halt Oregon Wolf Kill

    There are a number of things you’ll never catch a rancher doing. Putting catsup on his steak, leaving a gate open and... crying wolf.

  • Northwest's Contribution to the World Cup

    Most of us in the Northwest did about anything we could to avoid tuning into the World Cup soccer matches last week in the end we ended up contributing more to ensure the global success of the 2010 FIFA World Cup then any of the other states.

  • Team Ropers and Fine Wine

    At the BFI last week like good Northwest wine, team ropers and horses with a little age prevailed.

  • Man Verses Horse Marathon

    There has been many a bet made in a western saloon so it’s no surprise that the contest I’ll tell you about over the break was thought up in a British pub.

  • Women Are Ranchings Unsung Heros

    Women are ranchings unsung hero's but the average american several generations removed from farming associates cattle with men.

  • The V Effect

    When you watch geese and dlucks fly in formation did you ever wonder what bird gets picked to be at the head of the V? The main point! I mean come-on you must have given it at least a passing thought !

  • Last American Cowboy

    You know I’ve never been a “reality show buff” but after reading a beef industry blog and being pestered by my son, Tommy I tuned in last Monday to Animal Planet for an episode of Last American Cowboy, and ......I liked it!

  • Cash-in on Cash Crops

    A recent Wall Street Journal investment article touted the benefits of buying farmland for Income.

  • AQHA Judge Issues Warning to Livestock Owners

    Livestock industrymust "stop doing the five percent that society spends 95 percent of its time criticizing”!

  • Exttreme Training Techniques

    The US is a fast food nation, meaning we demand instantaneous service, entertainment, and results, and... that mind set is destroying America’s horses

  • Pony Express Sesquicentennial

    2010 marks not only the one hundredth anniversary of the Pendleton Round-Up but one hundred and fifty years since mail was first delivered by the Pony Express

  • Tips For buying Hay

    If you are anywhere in the Northwest, outside of Portland and Seattle this weekend, take note of all the hay trucks on the highways.

  • Beef Counts

    Trust me, you won’t be hearing the following story on Oprah and no, MSNBC won’t bother sending a reporter, odds are it will be ignored by Michelle Obama’s PR team even given her new passion for youth and nutrition.

  • Wet Weather and Hoppers

    Despite all the canceled team ropings and little league games not to mention frustrated cherry growers one positive about this wet spring is that it might have put a damper on the projected grasshopper plague in the Northwest.

  • Starbucks and Arbuckles Not Much Has Changed

    We’re not that much different from the cowboys in the old west when it comes to loving coffee in the Pacific Northwest.

  • NW Grazing Ruling

    Okay cows no more muddy streams. But whose responsibility is it to stop cattle from drinking water and who should determine how long can cattle graze in a National Forest?

  • Vaquero History Lives on in the Northwest

    American cowboy culture reflect styles of the Rocky Mountain States and Texas yet neglect the major influence California cowboys and vaqueros have had on creating many of our riding traditions, equipment and vocabulary

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