OTERO CNTY - West Otero Timpas Conservation District Annual Meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Nov.  5, in the Heritage Center at Crowley, Colorado.

Speakers are Jaron Hinkley, “Drones Use in Agriculture” and Shelly Simmons, “Noxious Weeds and Your Bottom Line.”

Please RSVP to 719-254-7883 or 719-254-7672.

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Agricultural Secretary Sonny Perdue is speaking next month at Kansas State University.

Perdue's appearance is part of the Landon Lecture series. The series is named for former Kansas Gov. Alf Landon, who was the 1936 Republican nominee for president. The series was established in 1966 to bring in speakers to discuss issues facing business, politics and international relations.

He will talk about lessons in public service that he learned on the farm. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Wyoming agriculture lawyer joins Interior Department

CASPER, Wyo. — A Wyoming lawyer who has represented ranchers against conservationists and the federal government has been hired by the U.S. Interior Department as a deputy solicitor.

Karen Budd-Falen of Cheyenne will be representing the agency on wildlife issues, endangered species and national parks.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that Budd-Falen is best known for her legal career in the West, advocating for clients on matters such as grazing on federal land.

Decades ago, she represented the Bundy family, who would stage an armed confrontation with law enforcement in 2014. She also was a leader in a movement that called for more local input on federal land management plans.

Land and wildlife advocates expressed concern about Budd-Falen's appointment because of her past work as an attorney.

Oregon issues $187K fine to dairy for 224 violations

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon regulators have fined the state's second-largest dairy more than $187,000 after finding 224 violations of its wastewater permit.

The Statesman Journal reports the state Department of Agriculture announced the fine last week against Lost Valley Farm near Boardman.

The violations that occurred between June 2017 and August 2018 include allowing manure lagoons to overflow, improperly storing dead cows and failing to report spills.

Owner Greg te Velde declined to comment Tuesday. He has until next month to appeal the penalty.

The penalty comes as te Velde faces bankruptcy proceedings, a pending permit revocation and criminal contempt of court charges.

Department spokeswoman Andrea Cantu-Schomus says the penalty amount due will become part of his bankruptcy estate.