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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.

  • Youth Sport Verses Hunting

    There is no doubt Hunting and fishing is loosing it’s appeal for the younger generation, youth sports might be to blame!

  • Count Fuel Per Mile Not Food Miles

    In theory if you oppose large scale farming operations you ‘d better be boycotting Ralph Lauren and other successful “family owned” companies

  • Killing Them With Kindness

    “Killed by Kindness” So often in the cases of horses and dogs we do things thinking we are being “nice” but in the end we not only harm but have even caused the death of our four footed friends.

  • OPEN RANGE- Barrel Racing's International Ambassador

    When I think of barrels in context with Italy, horses aren’t exactly what I picture and that is the very reason Shannon Kerr is breeding them in Italy.

  • OPEN RANGE- El Paso Payoff Hurts Cattle Producers

    Money talks, no I take that back, when it comes to a couple of western environmental groups it shouts!

  • Armed Guards For Cattle Inspectors

    Only in the USA is a cattle inspector now a dangerous occupation.

  • Environmentalists and Loggers Find Common Ground

    There is a rumbling in the woods, no it’s not Sasquash but something just as unheard of is occurring in a remote region of Washington

  • 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 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,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

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