Why bother? What Montana Ranchers Wish We Knew

Ranchers say, “…The future of the ranching lifestyle is uncertain…”, “…People think we’re antagonists to good wildlife management and that’s not the case at all…”, and “There are so many people who don’t have any ties to the land that we have to make an effort to get out and tell our story. Because we have a very good story to tell.”

This video asks: With so few – 2% – of Americans still working the land, why do some choose to continue to carry on with an agricultural lifestyle?”  The answers from Montana ranchers.

From the Montana Stockgrowers Association

Part I


Part II


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I was raised in Northern California on a sheep ranch. I'm passionate about working landscapes – balancing the interests of agriculture, thriving rural communities, and healthy natural resources. My husband Richard – the Professor - is a teacher. We live in Idaho with our horses, dogs, and close-by daughter and her family. I'm taking a trip soon and have attempted to introduce readers to some important backstories that will be helpful to understand the context for my observations. To read them, go to Topics in the sidebar and select Rambles with Ruby.

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