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Greeley’s Hoffman Farms sees good yield in first year of hops production (1)

August 29, 2015 — 

When a friend asked her what you do with hops, 3-year-old Hannah Hoffman answered simply, saying, “Make money.”Hannah lives at Hoffman Farms, 33177 Pikes Peak Drive in Greeley, Colo., with …

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Iowa packing house closes (2)

August 27, 2015 — 

Short supplies of finished cattle caused the closure of a 60-year-old processing plant earlier this month, according to meat packing company Tyson Fresh Meats, a subsidiary of Tyson Foods, Inc.The …

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FIRE FIGHT (3)

August 26, 2015 — 

Late August isn’t the best time to be trying to find pasture for 2,200 head of cattle. But that’s what 15 ranching families in Idaho are facing, and the situation …

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Pawnee Buttes Seed of Greeley’s grass tour brought together wind, ag and oil-gas (4)

August 21, 2015 — 

Day One Circular beige tanks hugged the rolling grasslands as red or white pipes snaked out of earth. The ground surrounding the tanks was brown, dry and lifeless. In several …

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Wyoming state vet lab earns level 3 designation, can move ahead with more research (5)

August 21, 2015 — 

Wyoming’s state veterinary lab passed an important milestone this month that will allow researchers to better study brucellosis and other infectious diseases.Biosafety level three is a federal designation that was …

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Sheep ranchers concerned that new labor rules are ‘brutal’ (6)

August 21, 2015 — 

It could be the single most devastating event to happen to the U.S. sheep industry in recent history.Sheep and cattle rancher Patrick O’Toole said U.S. Department of Labor rule changes …

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Milliken rancher reflects on 40 years in the bison business (7)

August 21, 2015 — 

Dave Hayes has been raising bison for 40 years, and sometimes it seems like the bison are more pets than food. Hayes knows his herd well — after all, some …

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Vesicular Stomatitis found in 10 Colorado counties, including Weld (8)

August 19, 2015 — 

For the first time this year, Weld County is showing up on the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s state veterinarian’s office list of counties with confirmed cases of Vesicular Stomatitis.There are …

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Heaven and horses (9)

August 17, 2015 — 

They meet where the Niobrara is wide, and the door to heaven is narrow. Johnstown Rodeo Bible Camp has completed its 21st season, reaching more than 165 youth this year …

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Eaton’s Rod Weimer wins national Farmer of the Year award for drip irrigation efforts (10)

August 15, 2015 — 

Before installing a drip irrigation system at Fagerberg Produce, Rod Weimer said he didn’t know anything about computers. More than 15 years later, Weimer is a whiz with the smartphone …

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Cargill opens new canola seed research and development facility in Fort Collins (11)

August 11, 2015 — 

McDonald’s French fries, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, Marie Callender’s cornbread and Stacy’s Pita chips all have one thing in common: canola oil. The oil comes from Cargill, a food and agriculture …

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Legislators hear ‘horror stories’ about problems with Colorado’s conservation easement program (12)

August 7, 2015 — 

Farmers and ranchers packed into room 356 at the Colorado State Capitol Aug. 5, to share their testimonies and listen to the stories of others.For more than 700 landowners in …

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Wyoming contestants win two titles in National High School Finals Rodeo (13)

July 30, 2015 — 

Game faces were on for the National High School Finals Rodeo Short-Go round as competitors put it all on the line to win the prestigious Gist Silversmiths buckles and Slone …

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The one that goat away: Disappearance of goat at 2014 Weld County Fair leads to procedural changes (14)

July 30, 2015 — 

Cory Holcomb remembers the day the grand champion goat disappeared from the Weld County Fair one year ago. He said it felt surreal to be in the goat pens, talking …

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Weather, disease affect winter wheat harvest, yields across Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas (15)

July 18, 2015 — 

Freeze, disease and rain caused a lot of problems in wheat fields in Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas this year, but yields are expected to even out to at least average. …

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Nebraska ag college gives graduates a head start on beef production (16)

July 18, 2015 — 

Nick Kunz hasn’t graduated from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) in Curtis, Nebraska, yet. But he already has one of his graduation gifts: a bred heifer.Kunz is one …

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Market reports for July 17, 2015 (17)

July 17, 2015 — 

Compared to last week, a light test of yearlings and calves sold steady to 5.00 lower as extremely hot temperatures across much of the country help to curtail receipts. Temperatures …

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Wyoming seeks to tame wild horse population (18)

July 10, 2015 — 

Another legal action from the State of Wyoming seems to amount to little more than one more dusty step in a failed political process as it pertains to wild horses.Wyoming …

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Salute in the sky: U.S. Navy Parachute Team, “Leap Frogs” will perform at Cheyenne Frontier Days (19)

July 10, 2015 — 

Keep your eyes on the sky if you’re attending the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo on July 14.The U.S. Navy Parachute Team, known as the “Leap Frogs,” will descend in parachutes …

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The aftermath: friends, family, neighbors help with tornado cleanup in South Dakota (20)

July 2, 2015 — 

Jessica Deering’s voice cracks a little when she talks about the night of June 19. She tells the story of taking shelter with her husband, Gary, and three young boys …

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