Souther States Cooperative 100th Years and USDA Expanding Wildfire Efforts
**Southern States Cooperative is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2023 with events focused on customers and employees.
The agricultural cooperative operates in eight Southeast states, with more than 100 Southern States Cooperative retail locations.
The cooperative just launched a “Share Your Story” campaign, collecting personal stories of members and employees and sharing them on social media.
Southern States leadership will also hold customer appreciation events throughout the year.
**The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association recently filed a Notice of Intent to sue the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the listing of the “lesser prairie chicken” under the Endangered Species Act.
NCBA Associate Director of Government Affairs Sigrid Johannes says, the lesser prairie chicken only survives today because of the voluntary conservation efforts of ranchers,” adding, there are numerous places where this listing goes seriously wrong and we are defending ranchers against this overreaching, unscientific rule.
**Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced his agency is expanding efforts to reduce the risk of wildfires in the western U.S.
Funds will be invested to directly protect at-risk communities and critical infrastructure in 11 additional landscapes in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
Vilsack says, it’s no longer a matter of IF a wildfire will threaten many western communities, it’s a matter of WHEN.