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Audubon's Conservation Ranching Program pairs livestock producers with local ecologists who guide them through sustainable grazing practices and other land-management systems that create vital habitats for birds, reports an article in Audubon magazine. Ranchers are required to either mow or graze grasses to certain heights to benefit seasonal birds. The program includes a "Grazed on Bird-Friendly Land" label that participants can use. They can also sell their labeled beef on a premium market through 15 meat retailers for an extra 50 cents to $2 per pound. So far 40 ranchers covering 600,000 acres in seven states are working with the National Audubon Society, Audubon Dakotas, and Audubon Rockies in the program.

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