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Continue discussion on antibiotic use on farms

February 10, 2017 — It's great to see educators and farmers discussing the use of antibiotics on farms as mentioned in your recent article "Colorado Farm Show expert: Communication between farmers, consumers key when discussing antibiotics in livestock, Jan 26." The overuse of antibiotics in any setting breeds bacteria […]

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The Importance of trade to US agriculture

February 3, 2017 — WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. agriculture creates jobs and supports economic growth in rural America, and American agriculture depends on maintaining and increasing access to markets outside the U.S. Trade is vital to the success of our nation's farmers and ranchers. More than 25 percent of […]

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Black: Sometimes the problem is hidden in plain sight

January 27, 2017 — On the coldest morning of last December my pickup wouldn't start. It wasn't the battery, it turned over. I ground away at the starter, manipulating the manual choke (it's 30 years old) until the battery began to weaken. Installing my daughter behind the wheel and […]

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Pitts: The rules of being a rancher

January 27, 2017 — So you want to be a rancher, huh? There is more to it than joining the cattlemen's association, buying a hat and sitting at the coffee shop all day. These are the rules all ranchers must obey. 1 You must be at least 59 years […]

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Yield: The things you’ll hear getting coffee

January 27, 2017 — I didn't think ol' Nevah and I were nimble enuf to dodge anything these days, but last weekend we dodged the massive ice storm that crippled much of Kansas and many other states. Here at Damphewmore Acres, the temperature hovered around 34 degrees which apparently […]

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Hanks: My two worst wrecks on a horse

January 27, 2017 — Gentle readers, in a recent column, I mentioned talents that some folks have, like for example, horse whisperers. I am going to retell a couple of wrecks that I was involved in years ago, many years ago. I had a new horse and a new […]

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Radke: How to operate on a family ranch

January 27, 2017 — Working alongside family members on the ranch is a huge blessing, but it doesn't come without its pitfalls. My grandpa retired younger than most, which left my dad as the sole operator of our seedstock business until my husband Tyler and I returned to the […]

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Sanders: The real march for equality

January 27, 2017 — In the Jan. 2, 2017 edition of The Fence Post there was an article on Jeannette Finicum and how the Bureau of Land Management has been treating her since her husband, LaVoy, was shot and killed last year. In case you missed it, I wanted […]

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Petersen: Cowboy, let your spurs ring out

January 27, 2017 — February — the month when love blooms, cards with sugary messages fly around like confetti at a big-city parade and sweetheart dances sprout in gymnasiums, lounges, schools and community halls. Hearts go pit-a-pat, especially at the Swamp Creek Community Hall where cowboys and cowgirls gather. […]

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Johnson: Don’t need a horse to be a cowgirl

January 20, 2017 — While I was watching the horse events at the National Western Stock Show, I was reminded of a time when I was a young girl growing up on a farm near Edinburg, N.D., and wanting to be a cowgirl. But I didn't have a horse. […]

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Yield: Some Reader mail and words from Jay Esse

January 20, 2017 — My little observation last week about driverless farm, ranch and commercial vehicles in the Fly-Over Nation struck a chord with some of my discerning readers. All that I heard from agreed with me — which is a bit unusual in its own right. One reader, […]

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Black: My unlucky buddy Dale

January 20, 2017 — One slow summer afternoon I was down at the calving shed near the river. For two months each spring it was like salmon spawning at rush hour! Hundreds of heifers, covies of calves, never ending nights, dozens of days, aches, dings, scratches, sutures, sleeves, scours, […]

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Sanders: My surprise trip to see my granddaughter

January 20, 2017 — After thinking it would be months before I saw the new granddaughter, I ended up going to Ann Arbor for a week to help take care of her. Although I remembered how small a two-week old is, it is still an awakening to see those […]

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The state of agriculture

January 20, 2017 — Most Coloradans did not grow up in a rural area and have never been on a farm or ranch, yet the people of Colorado support agriculture's positive contribution to the quality of life in our state. In a recent survey conducted for the Colorado Department […]

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Jacks: My time running a Colorado mountain ranch

January 20, 2017 — Gentle readers, have you ever had to go through the humiliation of being FIRED? I have, and in this particular case it was like a heavy load had been lifted off of my weak shoulders. It was only eight months ago that I had moved […]

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Pitts: My letter to the farmers and ranchers

January 19, 2017 — Farmers and ranchers, I was thinking of you today. You hardly ever write any more. When I started writing this column 35 years ago I got lots of letters. Paul Harvey once sent me a box of 1,400 letters addressed to me. But not so […]

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Yield: Driverless vehicles and Machiavellian chickens

January 13, 2017 — The news almost daily comes up with stories about driverless vehicles and artificial intelligence. Judging from the news stories, it won't be long until all you have to do is get into your vehicle or hitch an Uber ride, poke your destination into some global […]

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Pitts: My not-so-long lasting neighbors

January 13, 2017 — There's an unwritten rule of nature that says when two species share the same territory the weaker one will sooner or later leave or be run off. Educated people who want to show how smart they are call this "competitive exclusion". Basically, it's nature's way […]

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Pitts: Teaching a young dog old tricks

December 28, 2016 — My shrewd buddy Everett came by for a visit today. I haven't seen him for a while because he's been hauling stock, driving his John Deere and learning how to operate a backhoe. Everett came by because he got a new saddle and he needed […]

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The strength and resilience of rural America

October 5, 2016 — I've spent most of my life living in big cities. But the truth is, a lot of what's shaped me came from my grandparents who grew up on the prairie in Kansas. They taught me the kind of values that don't always make headlines, let […]

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