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To The Fence Post Readers: Please excuse our growing pains!

September 18, 2017 — Hello! First and foremost, thank you for continuing to read and rely on us for the news and stories you need to keep up with the ag industry. We sincerely appreciate the trust you place in us as your information and marketing partner; it's an […]

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It’s about time

September 15, 2017 — It's too bad that there has to be an epic fire season before the U.S. government realizes that the Forest Service's spending habits are part of the problem. Seems the department has been borrowing money from its fire prevention program to pay for firefighting. As […]

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Bennet, Bipartisan Senators urge Congress to pass wildfire funding fix

September 15, 2017 — DENVER, Colo. — With fires blazing across the west, Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and a bipartisan group of senators urged Senate Leaders Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer to include a wildfire funding fix in any future disaster aid legislation that passes through Congress. Congress […]

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Petersen: Worry Blues

September 15, 2017 — Ranching and farming are occupations wherein just when one hopes things are getting better, another calamity drops out of the blue, rears an ugly head, makes one chase one's tail, causes one's blood pressure numbers to go off the chart and indubitably increases one's proficiency […]

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Radke: Livestock have smaller environmental impact than often reported

September 15, 2017 — Move over, Meatless Mondays. There are more effective ways to save the planet than skipping your favorite cheeseburger. I was sitting in one of my freshman journalism classes at South Dakota State University (more than a decade ago) when I was first challenged with the […]

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Ethically sourced, really?

September 8, 2017 — If you read the story on page 18 about former agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack's speech at the AgInnovation Summit 2.0, he talks about companies using misleading food labels and that those in the ag industry shouldn't be turning against each other. When I read that […]

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Beef lessons from dairy conceptions

September 8, 2017 — You've heard that the key to beef quality could lie in making sure a calf never has a bad day. A paper in the Journal of Dairy Science adds validity — and before you quit reading because the work didn't come from the beef side, […]

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Sanders: Your wish is granted

September 8, 2017 — For many the thought of writing a grant application causes hands to be thrown up into the air and cries of "but I can't do that!" are heard loud and long. I'd like to put your minds at ease and give you my perspectives as […]

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Petersen: Gates

September 8, 2017 — If you live in the country on a working ranch or if you're a newcomer playing at ranching on a "hobby" stretch of ground, you are obliged to cope with gates, particularly the wire kind. To cope with wire gates there are three tips to […]

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Yield: GI and the family dog

September 8, 2017 — For being retired, ol' Nevah and I have been pretty busy the past week. The first thing we did wuz attend another country music concert in the fine, old, ornate Grenada Theater in Emporia, Kan. The star of the show wuz Texan, Tracy Byrd. Byrd […]

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Black: Coyote cowboy observations

September 8, 2017 — There's always time to pet your dog. -If a feller doesn't trim his own horse's feet, he's got too many horses or not enough time. -Some people do what they've gotta do to live where they wanna live. Others live where they have to live […]

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Pitts: Rattled

September 8, 2017 — Despite having lived in, or near, rattlesnake country my entire life I've never known anyone who actually got bit by one, let alone got bit and lived to tell the tale. Until now, that is. We've lived in our house for over 30 years and […]

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Hanks: Colonel

September 8, 2017 — I'm not sure if we named him or if Colonel was his name when we brought him home. To me, he was just what it was going to take to make a cowboy out of me at 11 years of age. Yep, mom picked him […]

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Black: The Yellow Ribbon

September 1, 2017 — The women stood in line. Her eyes stared vacantly. Her face was gaunt. A thin film of dust covered her clothing. The weight of the world lay on her shoulders. She was muttering under her breath. A fly touched her cheek. She brushed it off, […]

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Pitts: My annual breakdown

September 1, 2017 — My entire life has been one long stress test. I'm high-strung anyway and stressful events like an IRS audit and a colonoscopy literally make me sick. Becoming a deadline writer for 40 years probably wasn't the best career choice either. But you want to know […]

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Petersen: Recipes for the cooking impaired

September 1, 2017 — Recipe lovers: Those who are addicted to cookery whether it's creating a new main dish or delighting in a fancy bakery. The passionate cook can enjoy days, weeks, months and years of kitchen activities, especially those involving mixing, stirring, blending, combining, heating, sauteing, blanching, dicing, […]

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Yield: I’m a pilot, sir

September 1, 2017 — Our eldest daughter is awesome. Let me describe how awesome she is. On her 50th birthday on Aug. 21, for her birthday celebration she didn't blow out candles. She blew out the sun for 2 1/2 minutes — and she has a T-shirt that says […]

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Sanders: Hot air

September 1, 2017 — Once in a while a person comes along who impacts an entire community for the good. Hot Springs, S.D., has one worth telling about and her name is Petra. She, her husband and children moved to the area three years ago and it was not […]

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Hanks: There’s always a better way

September 1, 2017 — Gentle readers, there's always a better way to do something or other, or so it seems in hindsight. After chores and breakfast this morning, I was sitting on the front deck with a cup of "get up and go" (coffee). Down the road a quarter […]

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The Post’s poet laureate

September 1, 2017 — I usually don't publish poems in The Fence Post unless they are written by one of our columnists. The reason for that is because I would be inundated with poetry if I did. But I received a poem — from my now favorite poet — […]

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