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Building a better burger? McDonald’s goes sustainable, at least in rhetoric (1)

May 20, 2015 — 

When a customer orders a Big Mac at a McDonald’s, the question may be, “Do you want fries with that?”But the bigger question McDonald’s is asking is, “Is that burger …

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Mining value out of minerals: Vitamin/mineral abnormalities and effects in Montana (2)

May 19, 2015 — 

Copper may have historically been king in Montana, but today, it’s the most common deficiency in the state’s beef cattle.Jeff Hall, DVM, said 72 percent of the Montana-specific tests run …

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Brentwood teacher helps students grow roots in conservation and nutrition education (3)

May 18, 2015 — 

It’s 10 a.m. on a Friday morning, and Arely Flores rips out the weeds that have re-emerged around the perimeter of a garden in a field behind Greeley, Colo.’s Brentwood …

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Reservoir project east of Kersey will add 6,000 acre-feet of storage (4)

May 18, 2015 — 

The piles of dirt tend to rise daily, as the heavy construction continues to dredge into the earth about five miles east of Kersey, Colo.The massive dirt-moving operation, which involves …

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Gilcrest dewatering well shut off after first day (5)

May 18, 2015 — 

Operators have shut down a dewatering well located near U.S. 85 and Gilcrest that had been heralded as a small, first step in reducing the area’s high water table.The well, …

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What’s cooking? Meat industry seeks to prove red meat doesn’t cause cancer (6)

May 9, 2015 — 

Spaghetti with meatballs, sloppy joes, ribeye steak, beef stew, hot dogs, fast food burgers; should those foods be grouped with asbestos, formaldehyde, hepatitis B and C, and other substances and …

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Strike while the branding iron is hot: Tips for branding livestock (7)

May 7, 2015 — 

A hot brand is proof of ownership, and stockmen want their brands to look good on the animal. Creating a nice-looking brand involves proper technique, and a good branding iron.HOT …

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For Weld County, progress means a return to Colorado’s historic plains (8)

April 28, 2015 — 

When Don Hijar describes a seed of native prairie grass as amazing, he means it in the true sense of the word. Inside the tiny capsule are the wonder and …

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Test-tube technology: Using IVF on cows has numerous pros, cons (9)

April 23, 2015 — 

Steve Mohnen with Mohnen Angus can’t take a lot of time to enjoy the fresh calves on the ground. He’s got next calving season to think about.In the cattle business …

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Windsor cheesemakers bring Midwestern staple to the Front Range (video) (10)

April 20, 2015 — 

Marc Pfister flips loaf after loaf of white cheese, helping press out whey and excess fluid from the young cheddar at his workspace in Windsor, Colo.’s Longview Creamery.About two-thirds into …

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26 years of bulldogging school comes to an end (11)

April 17, 2015 — 

It’s the love of the game and the love of kids which has kept Paul Cleveland going for the last 26 years. Since 1990, he has hosted and taught a …

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Families flock to Baby Animal Days at Centennial Village (12)

April 17, 2015 — 

Kids ran back and forth from the sheep to goats to the baby rabbits to a miniature horse, and back again to the goats and cows. The biggest decision they …

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South Platte Basin water plan approved for submission (13)

April 16, 2015 — 

Moving one step closer to achieving a statewide water plan, Colorado’s most populated river basins approved regional proposals last week to help establish a water-secure future.At a meeting in the …

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Greeley accepting applications for open plots at community gardens (14)

April 14, 2015 — 

Yani Hata-Mickells digs a plastic orange shovel into the soil of a rectangle garden plot. After a few minutes, the shovel seems like an unnecessary burden to the 21-month-old toddler. …

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Lawmakers work to abolish death tax (15)

April 11, 2015 — 

The federal estate tax is nearly 100 years old. If South Dakota Senator John Thune has his way, it won’t get any older. Under current law, a deceased person’s estate …

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Weld County, Colorado greenhouses blossom for spring gardening (video) (16)

April 11, 2015 — 

Josh Montague describes his job as station manager at Bonnie Plants of Pierce as something similar to the reality television series “Deadliest Catch.”While Montague’s day-to-day may not reach the intensity …

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Rain barrel bill draws mixed feeling and predictions from lawmakers and stakeholders (17)

April 6, 2015 — 

Although a number of Republicans joined Democrats in passing a bill in the House that could end Colorado’s ban on rain barrels, the legislation now awaits its first Senate committee …

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CSU researches ‘superbug’ genes to understand antibiotic-resistant germs (18)

April 6, 2015 — 

Researchers at Colorado State University are investigating the weighty topic of antibiotic resistance – an issue with ramifications for global food safety and public health – by tracking the genetic …

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Market reports for April 3, 2015 (19)

April 4, 2015 — 

Compared to last week, feeder cattle and calves sold mostly steady to 5.00 higher with a majority of sales ranging from 2.00-5.00 higher. As a whole, receipts are currently made …

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Big R, longtime Greeley farm and ranch store, sells to Murdoch’s (video) (20)

April 2, 2015 — 

The range of emotions at Greeley’s Big R store on Tuesday, well, ranged.Some turned away, others vowed to bawl, others were hopeful of a more certain future.After 55 years, longtime …

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