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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.

  • Lone Ranger Creed

    They don’t make westerns much any more and if they did I would guess kids today wouldn’t be interested in them. Does it matter?

  • Equine Gifts

    All horses deserve, at least once in their lives, to be loved by a little girl....

  • Fire Fightings New Mascot

    Only you can help prevent forest fires. Out West generations of kids have grown up with Smokey the Bear in a region of the United States continually ravaged by forest fires. Is it time for new mascot?

  • Uof I's Big Discovery

    Ten inches isn’t three feet but it’s still the find of the century right in here in our back yard.

  • The Shack

    One of the most glaring differences I see and feel when I visit family in cities or suburbs is fear.

  • CSP Program

    I have many ranchers who are good stewards of their land and wildlife habitat so I am pleased to report that there’s now a federal program to reward them.

  • Horse Buying Tips

    If you’re in the market for a horse there is no better time to buy, prices are low and summer riding looms pleasantly on the horizon.

  • Hops and Happy Cows

    Wow nearly forty thousand acres of hops are grown here in the Pacific Northwest and Just like with our wine industry we have the perfect conditions for producing some of the finest hops in the world

  • Affluence Arrogance and Ignorance

    Midst the Versace, Lauren and Rolex ads in the glossy May issue of Vogue I find yet another article denigrating production agriculture, again targeting the beef industry.

  • The Northwest's Famous Stuntman

    I’m Susan Allen this is Open Range. John Wayne’s success as an actor and can, in many way be can be attributed to a Northwest cowboy

  • The Dukes Horses

    There was a predicable nature to John Wayne movies, you knew what you were going to get, that is, with the exception of the horse he would elect to ride in each film.

  • Alone In the Wild Wild West

    If there were “do overs” in parenting I’d be the first in line, but paton the back is that we taught our boys to be at home in the wilderness.

  • Open Range Wrap UP

    Agriculture helps unemployment, What do Burt and Ernie have to do with country kids? Ten trees that need to be cut down and finally, the "uber " liberal New York times defines Tea Party backers.

  • Buying Country Property

    If you can swing it, it’s a great time to invest in country property, interest rates are low and sellers are dealing but don’t close on anything without thoroughly checking the water resources.

  • Blue Pine

    My son just completed renovating his tackroom and the first thing I noticed were the walls lined with the most unique and fragrant pine. What was it?

  • Ellen and The HSUS

    Ellen DeGeneres is catching a lot of flack on agriculture internet blogs for her affiliation with the Humans Society of the U.S. Is it warranted?

  • Immigration Rally's and Ranchers' Funeral

    This past Saturday while hundreds attended a memorial service in Douglas Arizona for a popular rancher allegedly killed by an illegal immigrant, in cities like Seattle, Chicago and Las Vegas thousands of Hispanics rallied for easier immigration laws.

  • New Technology In The Old West

    It is hard to imagine that tweets and twitter could oon go the way of instant messenger and become obsolete, it wasn’t much different in the rural West in the late 1800.’s

  • Border Wars

    It took the murder of a prominent Arizona rancher to finally get a reaction from our government. Where's the action

  • Meatshop 101

    In today’s Costco era there are still people like my grandpa who put their heart into the meat cutting industry and care about educating consumers.

  • Obama Wonderland

    After watching the new Alice and Wonderland movie, I realized we’re living it!

  • Emerging Divison I and II Sport

    A growing number of young riders are striving to be recruited by prestigious NCAA sanctioned universities .

  • Angus Started With A Scottish Dreamer

    What famous breed of cattle was once considered a freak!

  • Don't Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth

    When I would act ungrateful as a child my grandmother would gently remind me “not to look a gift horse in the mouth”... what the heck did she mean by that?

  • Don't Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth

    When I would act ungrateful as a child my grandmother would gently remind me “not to look a gift horse in the mouth”... what the heck did she mean by that?

  • Open Range Wrap Up

    It’s Friday time to wrap up the week with stories that impact life out West.

  • President Reagan Horses as Diplomats

    A true horseman, Ronald Reagan wasn’t one to look a gift horse in the mouth.

  • Reagans Ranch Reveals Heart of a President,

    To fully understand President Reagan during his Centennial Celebration visit his California ranch.

  • Benefiting from Bull Sales

    Is buying a bull at a sale, art, science or a little of both?

  • Fish Farmers From Idaho

    What Idaho crop bucked the economy and actually was up eight percent last year?

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