**California cattle ranchers and conservationists are partnering to preserve open space, while also protecting grazing for livestock.

Since 2001, 280,000 acres of working ranch landscapes have been lost to development, such as subdivisions and shopping centers.

But some 80 California ranches have reached agreements with the California Rangeland Trust to permanently protect another 365,000 acres of working lands.

**The deadline for the USDA’s second round of funding for Climate-Smart Commodities is Friday, June 10.

This funding pool is for partners proposing projects between $250,000 and $5 million.

The proposals should emphasize the enrollment of small and-or underserved producers, and-or monitoring, reporting, and verification activities developed at minority-serving institutions.

USDA Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation Robert Bonnie says, information on how to apply and

additional information are available at www.usda.gov.

**Ag groups responded to USDA’s proposed poultry marketing disclosure requirements and the advanced notice of proposed rulemaking under the Packers and Stockyards Act.

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall says his organization appreciates USDA working to create more transparency in the poultry industry, adding, farmers deserve to know what they are getting into and understand how they are getting paid.

He says there are no easy answers and that AFB will review these proposals in detail.