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American Farm and Grazing Land Being Removed From Production by Billionaire-Funded Group

The American Prairie Foundation has “quietly” snagged over 450,000 acres of Montana farm and grazing land to add to their already garnered million of acres in order to create the country’s largest ecosystem. And they’ve been doing it since 2004. They are removing the land from production of any kind- farming, cattle ranching, all of it. What kind of effect will this have on food shortages?

The American Prairie is planning to release bison onto the farm and grazing lands so that people can “enjoy them.” While most of us love to look at wildlife, the group plans to take the food supply out of production in order to do it. And other ranchers adjacent to the new preserve could risk losing their livestock to Brucellosis, a disease that infects wild Bison. The Foundation plans to make their preserve about 25% larger than Yellowstone. About 3% of the donors are foreign.

Using its donor funds, the group has purchased about 118,000 acres of private land and leased another 334,000 acres of public land owned primarily by the federal government.

“Those donors are able to write those contributions off as a charitable donation, so they don’t have to live with the consequences of what they’re doing to these communities,” said Chuck Denowh, the policy director at the United Property Owners of Montana (UPOM), a group made up of local ranchers opposed to AP’s plans.

“It’s really concerning that we have such an amount of foreign money coming into AP to buy up our ag land,” he told Fox News Digital. “For the future of food security of this country, we need to take a close look at that.”

Denowh said the vast majority of locals throughout the surrounding counties who have looked after and conserved the land for decades are opposed to the AP’s plans. The region is almost entirely dependent on the agriculture industry…

The foundation requested permission from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the federal agency responsible for managing 245 million acres of public lands, to allow bison grazing on portions of the leased property in 2017 and again in 2019. The agency announced Thursday that it had approved the AP’s request for bison grazing across 63,500 acres of federal property.

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[Note: the Federal govenment technically does not “own” land. They are public lands that are supposed to be managed by the government for the use of the people- which has become a giant black eye in recent years, as the mismanagement of both land and wildlife by the Bureau of Land Management and other Federal agencies has created angst that was completely unnecessary].

Denowh is correct: local farmers and ranchers are keen to protect and conserve their lands in any state. It’s their livelihood, their future. While bison are edible, and their meat tastes similar to beef, this plan is a wildlife conservation project, so no food will come from it. The billionaire investors along with their foreign ones are a problem that needs to be addressed.

The government will allow bison on federal land, but they throw sixteen times of a fit over cattle ranchers that have used grazing lands for a hundred years. What is the difference between cows eating the grasses and bison? Not a lot. Some of the land owned by the American Prairie foundation was leased to cattle ranchers for grazing…but their well-known plan is to eventually push them off the land. The group has stated that since the farm and grazing land has been shrinking for decades their plan isn’t a problem.

“It’s just flatly illegal. This is federal land that is specifically — by the Taylor Grazing Act, by federal law — set aside for livestock grazing. Bison are not livestock, even under federal law.

That’s the part that everyone just seems to be ignoring here. AP doesn’t want to admit that, certainly the Bureau of Land Management and the Department of Interior don’t want to admit that. But that’s just the fact.”

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen

Thae Taylor Grazing Act was passed in 1934. Its purpose was to increase food and livestock production. The American Prairie Foundation’s plans are apparently against that idea.

Do we all love wildlife? Yes. But we also recognize that farm and grazing land is essential to the entire world at this time. Montana agriculture supplies the country with wheat, hay, lentils, corn and meat. Taking any of that away at a critical point is foolish.

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H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. All of her posts on Conservative Firing Line are also posted on Uncle Sam's.

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