McLean County Farm Bureau

Lesser prairie chicken rule pressures fragile rural economies

Over 18 months ago, on June 1, 2021, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to list the lesser prairie chicken under the Endangered Species Act. With the final rule released, implications of the listing on agriculture in the affected region are becoming more clear. This Farm Bureau Market Intel describes some of these possible implications, which could undermine years of voluntary conservation efforts by farmers and ranchers. READ MORE