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Ranching Industry Praises Department of Interior After Agency Reissues Hammond Ranches' Grazing Permit

Ranching Industry Praises Department of Interior After Agency Reissues Hammond Ranches' Grazing Permit

1/28/2019 5:08:00 PM/Categories: Popular Posts, Videos, Original, Today's Top 5, Livestock, National News

WASHINGTON (January 28, 2019) –  Public Lands Council (PLC) President Bob Skinner and National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) President Kevin Kester today issued the following statement in response to the reissuance of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) grazing permits to Hammond Ranches:
"In light of a full and unconditional presidential pardon, the reissuance of the Hammond Ranches' grazing permits is the final step in righting the egregious injustices the Hammonds faced. This is the culmination of years of effort on behalf of this industry to restore a family's livelihood. We speak on behalf of the livestock producers nationwide in saying thank you to Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and his team who worked to correct the hardships this family faced." 


 Lane Nordlund was with Public Lands Council leaders when the news broke. Watch now.


 

Additionally, Ethan Lane, Senior Executive Director of PLC and NCBA Federal Lands, issued the following statement on behalf of Hammond Ranches:

"The Hammonds have asked me to convey their appreciation to Acting Secretary Bernhardt and the Bureau of Land Management for reissuing their grazing permits. They are looking forward to digging into the specifics of the reinstatement and, finally, getting back to the business of ranching."

Background:
In 2012, Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond were convicted of felony arson and sentenced to five years imprisonment under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996. This conviction was the result of two routine, back-burn fires started on their private property spreading to small parcels of adjacent federal land. On July 10, 2018, President Trump signed Executive Grants of Clemency for both men. However, the initial conviction resulted in the loss of Hammond Ranches' BLM grazing permits. Today, the Department of the Interior notified Hammond Ranches that their grazing permits had been reinstated.
 


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The Public Lands Council (PLC) actively represents cattle and sheep producers who hold public lands grazing permits. The PLC advocates for these western ranchers who preserve our nation’s natural resources while providing vital food and fiber to the nation and the world. Today, more than 22,000 public land ranchers maintain 250 million acres of U.S. public land. Visit www.publiclandscouncil.org to learn more. 


The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) has represented America's cattle producers since 1898, preserving the heritage and strength of the industry through education and public policy.  As the largest association of cattle producers, NCBA works to create new markets and increase demand for beef.  Efforts are made possible through membership contributions. To join, contact NCBA at 1-866-BEEF-USA or membership@beef.org.



CONTACTS: 
Ed Frank, 202-879-9125, efrank@beef.org
Jaclyn Roberts, 202-879-9134, jroberts@beef.org
Max Moncaster, 202-879-9124, mmoncaster@beef.org

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17 comments on article "Ranching Industry Praises Department of Interior After Agency Reissues Hammond Ranches' Grazing Permit"

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Tammy Barkhurst

1/28/2019 5:42 PM

The NBCA DOES NOT represent all ranchers. Quite the opposite, they are controlled by monopolistic packers, who work AGAINST USA ranchers. They get their funding from all of us, with the mandated checkoff, then use it against us.


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Sharon Bedell

1/28/2019 8:46 PM

Great news, now what about straightening out LaVoy Finnicums widow and her permit problems.


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Ben Kuhl

1/28/2019 8:55 PM

Poor Hammonds. What about their neighbors they burned out who had to sell cows or buy hay? I guess they didn't pay Walden as much as Hammonds did so no one cares.


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Laura Hummel

1/28/2019 11:14 PM

This is the correct resolution to a terrible injustice.


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Dave Talbot

1/29/2019 7:50 AM

Thank you President Thrump for correcting a terrible wrong. These ranchers did nothing wrong. They were jailed released then re- jailed. The BLM is way out of control.


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Lisa Bedell

1/29/2019 8:36 AM

Ben Kuhl. That never happened.

Get your facts straight or go back to being a third grader.


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Carolyn L Kelly

1/29/2019 10:51 AM

Lisa Bidell...why resort to insults? Makes no sense why you would be so hateful because someone may not have gotten the facts correct!


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Bonnie Van Dewerker

1/29/2019 10:54 AM

I am glad that they are now where they should have been all along, vindicated with pardons and leaves. Now here's the glitch, the rest of the ranchers who were affected by those back burns, who suffered with losses need to be taken care of also. Their losses need to be addressed and losses recovered by the government and the Hammonds.


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Candace

1/29/2019 4:20 PM

Comment from a shared post: H/T Erin Maupin

This is awesome news!!! I am so excited that the RIGHT thing has finally been done all the way around in regard to the Hammond family!!! I am very grateful to former Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and to acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt! I know that it shouldn't matter who is now claiming credit for this miraculous turn of events. However, this article giving Ethan Lane and NCBA's PLC credit makes my blood boil to say the least. So hang on...this is going to be a long post that covers 4 years!! It is very true that Oregon Cattleman's Association and their CEO, Jerome Rosa, have been fighting for this for years, as have the Oregon Farm Bureau. After Steven Hammond and Dwight Hammond were sent back to prison for the second time, a large number of people fought for their release and a miracle happened, they were pardoned thanks to ALL of us, every single one of us! During the time they were in prison, Angus McIntosh of Range Allotment Owners Association began shouting from the roof tops about Hammond's grazing RIGHTs, he toured all over the country on all ranchers behalf, but imparticularly on behalf of the Hammonds. Also during this time Trent Loos , spoke of them continually on his radio programs as well as at numerous speaking engagements all across the nation. Protect the Harvest's founder, Forrest Lucas, and his right hand man Dave Duquette, were not only pivotal in the Hammond's being pardoned, they kept pressuring the Trump administration to reinstate their grazing rights. Ramona Morrison , daughter of the late Wayne Hage Sr., constantly wrote and spoke with the White House and U.S. Congressmen and Senators on the Hammonds behalf. Members of Harney County, Tim K Smith and Melodi Molt, along with others including Kathy Smith of Utah, Trent Loos and Protect the Harvest formed a group, the Range Rights and Resources Symposium that meets in a different city in the U.S. annually, which began with the Hammonds, and other families like them in mind. C.J. Hadley, and Range Magazine, as well as Carrie Longwood Stadheim and Tri State Livestock News, have continued to print articles about the Hammonds, even when it wasn't "popular" to do so. All this time, all of these people, and you know who did not speak out for the Hammonds while they were imprisoned, before they were pardoned? National Cattleman's Beef Association, Public Lands Council and Ethan Lane!!!! After the Hammond’s were Pardoned, the Harney County Stockgrowers' Association hired Budd-Falen law offices to write a brief on behalf of the Hammonds, it was a lengthy brief explaining the legal reasons that the Hammond's grazing rights should be re-instated following a Presidential Pardon. That brief was followed by a brief jointly written by the Oregon Cattleman's Association and the Oregon Farm Bureau. Their brief followed the same line of legal arguments as did the Harney County Stockgrowers. Yes, I personally read all of the briefs. You know who did not present a brief on behalf of the Hammonds? Yep, you guessed it....NCBA, PLC and Mr. Ethan Lane did not!! After, the briefs were presented to the Administrative Law Judge handling the Hammond's Case, and to the Department of Interior Solicitors, then Secretary Zinke sent a notice to the Administrative Law Judge that the DOI would take jurisdiction of the case. The ALJ then remanded the case back to the Department of the Interior. At that point we all new that the right and just thing would be done. Thank you to everyone that I have mentioned, and the thousands more that I didn't mention for proving that we still live in the greatest Country in the world! Hopefully the Hammond family will be the first of many ranching/farming families that have been poorly treated or wrongly abused to receive long awaited justice! As for Mr. Ethan Lane, NCBA and PLC who waited for the Political Winds to blow them in the right direction, I say this.....strattling the fence is dangerous, you had better pick a side and climb down, or someone is likely to push you off!!!!


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M MacInnis

1/29/2019 5:04 PM

Now this is the second post I have seen mentioning other ranchers and their losses from this, I am not going to say the backburn from the Hammonds because the BLM has set soooo many fires. I was heavily involved in this and don’t recall reading about this in the court paperwork, the research or anything. Can someone point me in the right direction? Also, would ANY of this had been made possible had the attention not been brought to it by the stand and peaceful protest made by those that went to the refuge? If a great man and fellow rancher LaVoy had not been murdered? Had constant attention not been drawn to the Hammond plight by thousands for a solid 2 years?! Please let’s not forget freedom any freedom does not come for free.


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Ben Kuhl

1/29/2019 5:28 PM

https://farm.ewg.org/addrsearch.php?s=yup&stab=US&zip=&last=&stab=AL&first=&fullname=Hammond+Ranches+Inc&stab2=OR&b=Search++Businesses

Welfare recipient champions 10 years running.


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Tracy Rossi

1/29/2019 7:27 PM

Those men would still be rotting in jail if it weren’t for brave men. What exactly has the NCBA done for anyone? Right down the road from me 50 ranches have been put out of business by these ABC agencies!


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J. Merrick

1/29/2019 8:55 PM

Another lawless Trump order. Disgusting! Our public lands belong to all of us - not just the ranchers. Disgusting!


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Stan Lee

1/30/2019 12:45 PM

J. Merrick, the lands DO belong to the taxpayers and nothing is stopping you from using the land... not even the ranchers! The ranchers don't take control of the land the way you obviously assume. These are open range areas and the ranchers pay for permits to graze their cattle on the open range publicly owned lands. So your disgust is completely unwarranted. Try reading up on open range grazing and public lands before you fly off in a fit because you don't like our president. While you're at it, why don't you do some research on Federal seizure of both state and privately owned lands. The Forestry Service and BLM have been over-stepping their constitutional authority for many years now. Especially under the Obama administration where the Feds took control of 264 million acres of state and privately owned properties.


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Walter Morris

1/30/2019 1:25 PM

Another situation where one or two families suffered in order that a few people working for and with Government agencies were allowed to profit a t the total expense of some poor fools trying to make an honest living. Sorry for the terrible labeling but that is what all of us in agriculture are, myself included. The only good part is that those singled out were only deprived of about five years of their lives. If those people responsible for these crimes had been successful, they would be still paying. One thing that is good is the number of people that are aware that the NCBA, ALC. MSG, MFB, MFU,MWA, and many other so called representatives of thee people, have allowed people that are paid employees with no dog in the fight to make our decisions and are not representing those paying them. It is high time that we wake up and get rid of these bums and speak for what is right. We have surrendered almost every right and privilege that our forefathers have worked all of their lives for. Lets stand up on our two hind legs and fight like men.


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John Mayo

2/2/2019 12:18 AM

Don’t forget to thank the Bundys and others who suffered because of the stand they took for the Hammonds. And we must not forget LaVoy.

Ultimately we must continue in the battle against a strong centralized federal government that continues to oppress the masses. The Founders would have it no other way.

And we must continue to push for the federal government to relinquish these large tracks of land back to the states. They are only allowed forts, ports, and 10 sq miles.


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John Mayo

2/3/2019 1:01 AM

Don’t forget about the suffering the Bundys and others went through standing with the Hammonds.

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