Crazy, take away the state’s largest cattle producing county for a monument….

Ranchers and farmers in an Oregon county are rallying against a conservation proposal that will designate 2.5 million acres as a national monument, reports Sean Ellis for the Capital Press.

Malheur County is the state’s largest cattle producing county and the proposal will take away nearly 33 percent of the county’s grazing land Sregio Arispe, a livestock and rangeland agent at Oregon State University, told Ellis.

Malheur County Cattlemen’s Association President Chris Christensen told Ellis that taking up so much land for a monument “would destroy the community and the business of agriculture as it’s being done in this area right now.”

Other aspects of Malheur County’s agriculture would be impacted as well, such as the need to grow hay, corn and other grains.