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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.

  • Proudly Clinging to Guns and Religion

    When he made the political gaff that revealed his disdain of rural America by saying small town Americans “cling to guns and religion,” little did Obama know it would end up a compliment, fuel for rural grass root politics

  • Cutting Horse Keeping Costs

    Chyma Smith sheds light on the novel idea of co-op horse keeping.

  • Olive Green Adminsitration

    The Save Our Wild Salmon folks are fuming, well get in line with all the others whining that this President isn’t as green as expected

  • Open Range Wrap Up

    Ag Industry knows the cattle business is back, but it is sure nice to see main stream media does as well.

  • The Trackers

    You nearly always see them in cowboy movies, they’re usually down on one knee fingering the dirt or sniffing the ground.

  • Small town Rodeo Provides Tonic for High Tech Stress

    Last weekend I was in Wiley City Washington, a tiny blink of a town not far from Yakima but a step back to a place where a man is judged by how he handles a horse, kids aren’t coddled, and you don’t get a trophy for just showing up.

  • Demise Of Trout In Alpine Lakes

    One of the pleasures of high country is finding remote mountain lakes to fish, unfortunately that experience could soon become a mere memory.

  • Flying Cowboys

    Oh we’re not supposed to profile anyone but if you get on an airplane, watch for the guys in cowboy hats.

  • Trailering Tips

    I have been amazed over the years to watch with not only the number grow but size and investments in of horse trailers traveling our Northwest roads.

  • Send Nasty Cows Packing

    Veterinarians and livestock producers that artificially inseminate cattle and horses know that nervous Nelly’s and animals with poor dispositions often are less likely to conceive.

  • War Horse

    If you are a horse lover who has studied history to any length you know the price the equine species has paid for our freedom.

  • The Benefits of Burns

    Only you can prevent forest fires but should you!

  • Open Range Wrap UP

    What is it about Northwest moms and the Tea Party movement? The Bald Eagle is ruffling feathers of birdwatchers,and our country set a new record, trust me it’s nothing to be proud about.

  • Building Better Calves

    I’m Susan Allen welcome to Open Range. Now how in the world can human pregnancies help us raise better beef cattle?

  • Let The Good Times Roll for Beef Producers

    The stars have finally aligned for cattle producers.

  • 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?

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