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The ol’ cow thought to herself, ‘I sure hate standin’ in line. Even if it’s just once a year it’s not somethin’ I look forward to. ‘Oh, great. Here comes that yay hoo with a hot shot. Where’d they pick him up? Must be refugee from the hayin’ crew. ‘The weather’s nice. Thank goodness for that! I’ve stood in this
Published: September 26, 2016
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack addressed the Senate Agriculture Committee Wednesday about the farm economy, and worries in the agriculture industry. One of the largest problems farmers see today are the trending-lows for bumper crops. Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., attributed the current lows as part of the “roller coaster” the industry is in, dating back to 2009 when
Published: September 26, 2016
With 42 years of experience as a hatmaker, Randy Priest of the Silver-Tip Hat Company in Donnelly, Idaho has a real eye for what looks good on people. His hats are so transforming they attracted the likes of country star Lyle Lovett, singer Natalie Imbruglia and actors Sam Shepard and Scott Glenn. The late Steve McQueen’s widow, Barbi, also has
Published: September 23, 2016
Stripe rust is a serious disease that commonly occurs wherever wheat is grown under cool, moist environmental conditions during the season. It is considered to be the primary rust disease in wheat production, and has been studied extensively for more than 100 years. FIRST REPORTSStripe rust was first found in the United States in 1915 by a Danish visiting scientist,
Published: September 23, 2016
We all learned it as kids: Old MacDonald has a farm, and on that farm he has a cow that said, “moo.” But why? Why do cows moo? Whenever I’m out reporting in the field, I can tell many ranchers have a powerful connection with their cattle – they can almost understand them. But researchers today are trying to figure
Published: September 23, 2016
The research examined the effects of imidacloprid, which belongs to a popular class of nicotine-based insecticides known as neonicotinoids. Honey bees are often exposed to neonicotinoids when they’re in the process of pollinating crops and ornamental plants while foraging for the nectar and pollen that feed their colonies.Queen bees in colonies were fed imidacloprid-laced syrup laid substantially fewer eggs —
Published: September 23, 2016
The Guinness Book of World Records never included a category for steam engines plowing through a field. That changed Sept. 10.About 2,500 people from Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa and Colorado gathered in Concordia, Kan., to watch nine shiny, restored steam engines line up and plow across a field for at least five minutes.“As far as Guinness is concerned, (we
Published: September 23, 2016
Baby’s Breath is on the watch list. The Colorado Department of Agriculture is monitoring this plant to see how invasive it is and if it should be listed as a noxious weed. Baby’s Breath is a perennial plant whose top growth dries down at the end of the season, breaks off in the wind and tumbles, spreading its seeds. This
Published: September 23, 2016
Nebraska can expect to benefit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Hiroyuki Ishige, chairman and CEO of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), told assembled guests at Nebraska Innovation Campus last week. Ishige spoke as a guest of the Clayton K. Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance currently in development at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a trade agreement
Published: September 22, 2016
When it rains several inches, and a field is vacant of plant life, how much water penetrates into the soil? During a recent cover crop field tour in Boelus, Neb., soil experts addressed this question. “Soil health is the capacity of the soil to function as a vital, living ecosystem to sustain plants, animals and humans,” said Linda Schott, University
Published: September 22, 2016
Summers are a time to stay at grandma and grandpa’s home in Longmont, Colo., for Kayla Becker.The 13-year-old works with her grandparents and animals throughout the summer to get them prepared the Boulder County and Colorado State Fairs. At her grandparent’s house, she cares for the hogs and goats.She, like most kids in 4-H, has a set schedule. She wakes
Published: September 15, 2016
It always fascinated me that Charmayne James’ horse Scamper looked like he was running slower than the others, but his time was always faster. Was his stride longer? Was his body longer? Were his legs longer? Did it take less strides to go the same distance as the others? Or was each step done with such precision that it eliminated
Published: September 15, 2016
On Sept. 13, the U.S. announced a trade dispute with China at the World Trade Organization due to excessive governmental support for rice, wheat and corn production, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Under the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Agriculture, each country in is only supposed to provide every ag with so many subsidies, that
Published: September 15, 2016
For Tricia Sproles, who runs Papa Brown’s U-Pick Orchard in Palisade with her husband Chris Brown, it’s not about the peach.“It’s about the experience,” she said.That’s why last year, Sproles decided to take the family’s traveling produce stand and settle down as an open-to-the-public, pick-your-own orchard. They still sell sweet corn from Olathe, Colo., vegetables Sproles grows and pre-picked peaches
Published: September 16, 2016
I learned recently that one of my all-time favorite rural/aggie columnists got his hide nailed to the proverbial wall by political correctness. It seems that a few farm wives — most on social media and most not direct readers of his column — took exception to my friend’s humorous Top Ten List of “above and beyond” farm wife qualities. The
Published: September 16, 2016
Jack Arterburn has been appointed Extension Educator for beef systems for the northern Panhandle.His appointment was announced by Dr. Jack Whittier, Director of Research and Extension for the Panhandle. He began his duties Aug. 29, based at the Nebraska Extension Office in Rushville.Arterburn will be responsible for Extension beef systems programming primarily in the northern Panhandle counties of Sioux, Dawes,
Published: September 16, 2016
Classrooms are buzzing with typical start-of-school excitement across the nation. But at Terry High School in eastern Montana, the learning space expected to be the loudest is devoid of all noise – and students.Table saws and oxy-acetylene torches sit silent in the shop building that for years housed woodshop and welding classes. After a nationwide recruiting effort this summer, the
Published: September 6, 2016
Gentle readers, if you recall I have mentioned in recent columns how interested I have become these past few years with how some, if not all animals, react with their human counterparts in some situations. I think it might have begun years ago when we first moved up to Colorado to manage a large mountain ranch on the Western Slope.
Published: September 16, 2016
Leaders from seven state departments of agriculture and 23 U.S. agribusinesses and organizations will accompany Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agriculture Services Alexis Taylor on a trade mission to Hong Kong and Shanghai Sept. 7-15 to extend USDA’s Women in Agriculture initiative abroad and expand export opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products.“USDA is committed to building opportunities
Published: September 16, 2016
How are ranchers and farmers in parts of the country faring through the terrible drought? Will they quit farming and ranching voluntarily? Not on your life. For some, unfortunately, it will be their last year. Reading the advertisements for livestock auctions tells the story: “Selling due to the drought.” On a normal year, ranchers rarely sell herds of mother cows,
Published: September 16, 2016
Water lettuce is another species on the watch list, the Department of Agriculture’s opportunity to evaluate a species to determine if it poses an environmental risk to Colorado. Water lettuce is an aquatic plant that produces floating gray-green rosettes of velvety leaves. In the right growing conditions, water lettuce will form a monoculture slowing water flow, preventing sunlight from reaching
Published: September 16, 2016
Employment opportunities for electricians are growing faster than the average for all occupations in the U.S. Colorado’s building boom in homes and businesses up and down the Front Range require more wiring, electrical power and systems automation including communications, lighting and control systems. Yet many employers report difficulty finding qualified applicants.To help address the need and provide opportunities for aspiring
Published: September 16, 2016
In the summer of 2013, Buster the Angus bull calf was just weeks away from being butchered when Cedaredge, Colo., rancher and pharmacist John Breitnauer first spotted him.Buster’s owner was widowed and gave away most of the animals she had. Breitnauer stopped by to help her find homes for her horses, and when he leaned over the fence to check
Published: September 15, 2016
Determination. Grit. Hope. Horses. All of these things were the building blocks for a fresh-faced, fair-haired cowgirl’s spunky and sweet outlook on life. At the age of 25, Amberly Snyder is traveling the country, amid a full rodeo career and the pursuit of a Masters Degree in school counseling, sharing her story of the importance of a great attitude and
Published: September 15, 2016
The regulations will be implemented by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and will require producers to work directly with their veterinarian when they use feed-grade antibiotics with all food-producing livestock.A Veterinary Feed Directive is a paper or electronic written order by a licensed veterinarian approving the use of a feed-grade antibiotic for the prevention, treatment or control of a
Published: September 15, 2016
The good times in the cattle business sure didn’t last long, did they? Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. And we’ll always have those little reminders of what a decent market felt like — your 2015 pickup, $10,000 range bulls, $22,000 geldings, pallets of new barbed wire, stacks of cedar posts and bundles of tee posts you bought
Published: September 15, 2016
As the Colorado State University Rams prepare to take the field for their second home game on Sept. 17, a hungry crowd will take part in another Fort Collins tradition – Ag Day. This year’s Ag Day, the 35th since it began in 1981, will also be the last one at Hughes Stadium: Football games and the Ag Day tailgate
Published: September 14, 2016
In high risk years, a heavy growth of grass occurs in late fall or early spring followed by a hot, early summer leaving massive amounts of flash fuel just awaiting a lightning strike, a pitched cigarette or the Fourth of July. Historically, many small towns have shared grazing spaces in the center of or surrounding towns referred to as the
Published: September 14, 2016
Paintings, sculptures, ceramics and pottery depict crops, farm animals and Colorado scenery. Everything from mules to pigs to abandoned barns is represented, and most of the items are for sale.The Creamery was built in 1939 by the Dairyman’s Association, and it was home to Challenge Butter until the late 1960’s. That company sold out to a Hari Krishna group, which
Published: September 14, 2016
“Roy, can you show us the scar? It’s gotta be a big one!”“What scar?”“Where they took your conscience out!”“Aw Kendall, yer full of it! What would an order buyer know about a conscience anyway!”“I was just down to the fair office. I noticed that you put a floor bid on all the kids’ show steers. I’ve never seen anything so
Published: September 11, 2016
The 24th annual Sheridan, Wyo., Elk’s Youth Rodeo was Aug. 28-29, and attracted contestants from all around.Three arenas, running at the same time, were used to accommodate the 831 entries each day. This was a hard two days with very skilled competitors. Event organizers said they were impressed with the contestants’ attitudes and their commitment. Cash and awards of $71,988
Published: September 11, 2016
It’s hard to hear George Maxey talk as he zooms through his alfalfa and corn fields in a little vehicle that looks like a golf cart.He’s not too quiet, and it’s not the little motor drowning him out. It’s the four backhoes, collection of sump pumps and diesel trucks that men in bright yellow vests are using to rip a
Published: September 11, 2016
Twins Kayla and Jenna Frink, 19, combine for five grand champion sheep between the Weld County and Colorado State fairs between the past four seasons. At this year’s state fair, the bid for Jenna’s grand champion lambs drew a $20,000 bid. Kayla’s reserve drew in $12,000. Those earnings went into the twins’ college funds. Both are sophomores with Kayla at
Published: September 11, 2016
Published: September 13, 2016
Holly Brompton trains animals to pull wagons for parades, haul water from the family well and more. But when she gets the harness ready, it’s not for a team of draft horses or even donkeys. It’s a team of oxen.The oxen, the name used for any bovine animal trained to pull, are raised in corrals and pastures in Crook, Colo.
Published: September 13, 2016
My family and I just got home from five days spent at the South Dakota State Fair. We love going to the event each year, where we have a chance to showcase our seedstock, network with industry friends and peers and camp with four generations of our growing extended family. Upon arriving home, I posted a few photos on Facebook
Published: September 13, 2016
The picture of early life on the prairie, complete with steam engines and big tractors, came to life in a central Kansas field Sept. 10, as organizers attempted to set a record for the Guinness Book of World Records. The public saw 10 steam engines and big prairie tractors plow through a field just south of Concordia, Kan., all day
Published: September 11, 2016
Matt Carson always knew he wanted to own his own business, but he went through many ideas before finding the right fit.At one point, back when Chipotle was just getting started, Carson worked at a burrito shop for a few months. He thought that might be the business he wanted to start. It wasn’t.“I would get this close,“ he said
Published: September 11, 2016
There is nothing more rewarding than watching a customer bond with a horse. “It’s just magic,” said Irv Timmerman of Kimball, Neb. “That’s why we are in this business.”Producing horses with a good, gentle disposition is no easy feat. In fact, it is something the family has worked to improve for years. It was Irv’s brother, Roger, and his wife,
Published: September 11, 2016
Currently, it’s summertime fun in the business of agriculture. Prolonged and soaring temperatures sometimes causing low yields on grain and hay crops. Forest fires everywhere. The occasional tiny spit-ups of rain are followed by wind that dries the terrain as if there’d been no rain at all. Water in irrigation ditches is so low, fights break out between neighbors. Ditch
Published: September 11, 2016
It’s been quite a year for my family so far. In January we moved from the Fort Worth Texas area back to Colorado Springs. We’d been gone for seven years and never expected to return to Colorado, but a job offer for my husband brought us back. We found a house to rent in the middle of the city. Though
Published: September 11, 2016
Andrew and Luke Leffler recall hooking up a wagon to an old tractor to go out and pick corn when they were kids. Once they picked the corn, the two brothers, along with their sisters, Natalie and Sarah, piled it on a table under a small tent outside their parents’ house on Weld County Road 74 west of Eaton., Colo.
Published: September 11, 2016
Haven’t you at some time heard results of a study by a university or a federal group for which you already “knew” the results? For years, my cousin and I have told each other, “Stress makes you fat.”We believed it because we experienced it. Not even taking into account the fact that for some, stress also leads to over eating.
Published: September 11, 2016
Though water in three landlocked, semi-arid states will always be contentious, Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas are now two steps closer to harmony after a history of conflict over the Republican River Basin. Last month, the Republican River Compact Administration signed two resolutions, according to a release from the office of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s, D-Colo. The aim of these resolutions were
Published: September 11, 2016
A little more than 30 miles northeast of Greeley, the 190,000 acres of open prairie that make up the Pawnee National Grasslands unfold. The 30-by-60 mile short grass prairie, which is managed by the federal government, provides grazing land for about 8,000 Weld County cattle every year. Or at least it has in the past. Democrats in the Colorado state
Published: September 11, 2016
Beef took center stage at the Nebraska State Fair Sept. 2 during the “Beef Masters Culinary Challenge” presented by the Nebraska Beef Council and Central Community College in Hastings. The contest was modeled after the popular television series “Chopped,” where chef contestants compete to create the best dish using ingredients from a mystery basket. The contest at the State Fair
Published: September 11, 2016
Sometimes gentle readers we are, or at least I am, baffled by how some situations manifest themselves. Let me start from the beginning. When I worked on the LX Ranch north of Amarillo, Texas, they hired a feller — we’ll call Jim. We’ll call him that ‘cause that happened to be his name. Jim was a “sold out cowboy.” By
Published: September 11, 2016
Well, I had a little trip last weekend that proved you can have a good time without good luck. Ol’ Nevah and I went to Oklahoma City and met our Arkansas friends, Mr. and Mrs. Penn Cilpusher, for a long weekend of visiting family members, horse racing, and old-age education.As for the family part of our 3-day vacation, the Cilpushers
Published: September 11, 2016
Because of the beef industry’s rich heritage in Rock County, a group called Rock County Growth, Inc. decided to welcome travelers to Rock County by installing highway signs that mirror a historic Nebraska icon, the Beef State license plate. These signs are simple and to the point - 81 BEEF, the Beef County.The signs are located at each entrance to
Published: September 11, 2016
The Days of ’76 Rodeo was really the Day of Six-Year-Old July 28. Grayson Chapeau, of Spearfish, S.D., was dubbed honorary Days of ’76 Committee Member by Chairman Rob Burns.He received a shirt declaring his title and spent the day in the company rodeo queens and Hall of Fame members, as well as attended the PRCA pro rodeo performance.Grayson was
Published: September 8, 2016
Stephens Farm, with its welcoming sign out front and older-looking white buildings at the end of a circle driveway, looks like a traditional bed and breakfast.It seems like a nice place to live. But Deanna VanWagner and Christina Morris both say it has its downsides. They live with 16 other residents, so there’s the inevitable tension that close quarters can
Published: September 8, 2016
On June 23, the United Kingdom held a referendum to determine whether the country would remain a member of the European Union or leave. After a 52 percent majority voted to leave, it was determined that the U.K. would begin arrangements to separate from the EU.Vincent Amanor-Boadu, professor of agribusiness economics and management at Kansas State University, said there are
Published: September 8, 2016
USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development Lisa Mensah announced on Sept. 6 grants to preserve and repair affordable housing for very-low- and low-income families living in rural areas.“Housing Preservation Grants are an excellent source of funding to help folks keep up a safe and energy efficient home that is in good repair,” Mensah said. “This funding will go a long
Published: September 8, 2016
After inspecting about three and a half million head of cattle per year, Nebraska’s brand inspectors can easily identify a misplaced brand on an animal’s hide.The state’s audit department, charged this spring with checking for problems within the brand inspection program’s management system can also see problems at a glance. Upon completing a review this spring, the auditor’s department reported
Published: September 7, 2016
When Jerry Cooksey started farming in Roggen in the early 1990s, the agriculture economy was bad. Farmers stopped buying new equipment and decided which crops were worth keeping around. Some even went out of business before the market could rebound.So when corn and wheat prices slipped three years ago, it wasn’t a shock to Cooksey. He’s seen a few bad
Published: September 7, 2016
Pueblo, Colo. — The Colorado State Fair started Aug. 26, and opening weekend hosted a number of vendors, livestock shows, carnival rides and more. The fair runs through Sept. 5, with concerts, rodeo competitions and other attractions for people of all ages.
Published: August 30, 2016
The livestock business has an effective symbol that has withstood the loving treatment of Hollywood, Nashville and Madison Ave. It is now under attack by the Anti-Livestock Industry. It is the cowboy.Hollywood made heroes of cowboys who always got the bad guy, practiced safe shooting and could leap on their horse from a burning train. Then Hollywood gave us the
Published: September 6, 2016
Inky, the saddle bronc horse owned by Korkow Rodeo of Pierre, S.D., helped change it. DeMoss made an 82 point ride on the horse to win the 25th anniversary of the Oregon Trail Rodeo.He had planned on competing in Kennewick, Wash., instead of Hastings. “I got to thinking about it,” he said, “and prayed about it a bit and a
Published: September 6, 2016
The Sept. 6 announcement that the proposal by Bayer AG to purchase Monsanto Co. is progressing towards an agreeable deal perpetuates the alarming trend of consolidation in agriculture. In response to the latest merger talks, National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson issued the following statement:“A Bayer/Monsanto deal represents the latest in a wave of consolidation in the agricultural inputs sector,
Published: September 6, 2016
I’d be the first to admit that many of my best friends have some pretty disgusting habits. My best male friend chews with his mouth open and has been known to pass gas at embarrassing moments. I don’t know why I like him as he has never sent me a birthday card or a Christmas present. And I must confess
Published: September 6, 2016
The late KC Longbrake lives on through Bares, Broncs, Bulls and Bibles, a rough stock clinic put on by his college roommate and friend, saddle bronc rider Cole Elshere, of Faith, S.D. Elshere teamed up with a slew of fellow professional rodeo athletes to host the clinic in May at the Dupree, S.D., rodeo arena in memory of Longbrake.This was
Published: September 4, 2016
The Fence Post Co. of Greeley has acquired an agricultural publishing company – Acres USA, based in Austin, Tex.Swift Communications, the parent company of The Fence Post and The Greeley Tribune, finalized the transaction of the nationally circulated monthly magazine, book-publishing and events company Sept. 1.            Acres USA is North America’s oldest, largest magazine covering commercial-scale organic and sustainable farming
Published: September 4, 2016
At the Northeast Kansas Tractor Cruise on Labor Day, Ingrid Olsen, 11, greets participants. Her father Keith said it’s a highlight for many of the tractor drivers to stop and say hello to Ingrid and her older sister, Grete.Ingrid will be at the event and ready for the warm welcome, but when members of the Everest, Kan., community stop by
Published: September 1, 2016
The meatpacking plants that enable American consumers to find cheap hamburger and chicken wings in the grocery store are among the most dangerous places to work in the country. Federal regulators and meat companies agree more must be done to make slaughterhouses safer, and while there are signs the industry is stepping up its efforts, danger remains.The rate of meatpacking
Published: September 1, 2016
Two horses in Weld County and one horse in LaPlata County have been diagnosed with West Nile Virus. The cases were diagnosed by Colorado State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Fort Collins.The incidence of the disease varies year to year and depends on a number of factors, including mosquito numbers. Here is some important information for horse owners, please help
Published: August 31, 2016
It’s not often law enforcement officers can provide a presence and security at events on horseback, but the Converse County Sheriff’s Department in Douglas, Wyo., is trying it out as part of a new program. Cpl. Rick Jones said the mounted patrol program in Converse County was an idea he came up with while riding in a parade with the
Published: August 31, 2016
Beef is still relatively expensive at the retail level, but an agricultural economist for the Livestock Marketing Information Center said prices might drop in coming months.At the 17th Annual Open House at the Gudmundsen Sandhills Research Facility in Whitman, Neb., Jessica Sampson told producers beef prices take longer to drop at the retail level than cattle prices. Sampson attributed this
Published: August 29, 2016
The Bonkoski’s first year attending was when her mother, Amy, was pregnant with Lacey. They’ve been coming ever since.This year held a special treat for Lacey. She got to pick her own peaches at an orchard before the festival on Aug. 20. Spinning in a circle, she recounted how many fruits she’d plucked.“I think it’s the highlight,” Amy said, laughing
Published: August 21, 2016
Many’s the time I’ve come home with yellow paint on my coveralls. Caterpillar yellow. Spot it a mile away! We used it to mark our cull cows. Two paint brands we’d borrowed from the sheepherders were dipped in the paint can and daubed on the cow’s rump according to their condition.O for old or open. P for old and pregnant.
Published: August 29, 2016
This is the first year Brighton’s Sakata Farms isn’t growing cabbage, one of its former principal crops. Robert Sakata, farm owner, said it wasn’t worth planting this year, because he wouldn’t have enough employees to harvest it.“We got tired of leaving crops in the field,” he said.Sakata, along with several other farmers, said labor was the No. 1 concern for
Published: August 29, 2016
When you have just enough cows to name them all, it’s easy to characterize them by appearance, temperament and some might even say personality. Kids like to find names to fit. Twister was one of ours 20 years ago, an outlier for poor docility that left no daughters in the herd.Now with 100 or more cows to start each year,
Published: August 30, 2016
Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and Engage Cuba announced the launch of a statewide council that will work to open trade opportunities to Cuba and end the travel ban. The 38 member council includes a diverse group of Coloradans representing agriculture, banking, travel and tourism, high-tech, healthcare, education, energy and others.“Whether it’s potatoes from the San Luis Valley, grass-fed beef
Published: August 30, 2016
To the east of U.S. 25 in Fort Collins, Colo., fields of corn, barley, industrial hemp and others grow throughout the year. With a privately owned farm in the mix, the land is used for Colorado State University research.Members of the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee went on the tour of the fields Aug. 24 and got information about some of
Published: August 29, 2016
Members of 4-H are the future of farming and ranching. As such, Scottsbluff, Neb.’s 21st Century Equipment is proud to support 4-H County Fair Livestock Programs across the 43 counties in our operating area.Individual donations were presented to county extension offices in July and August to be used at the discretion of the council and advisors in livestock facilities, livestock
Published: August 29, 2016
Like a diamond in the rough, a small cut of beef that meat cutters throw in with ground meat is now being looked at as a high-end delicacy by researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno.The small, quarter-moon-shaped slice of beef that has a taste and tenderness that outclasses any other cut except filet mignon made its debut this week
Published: August 29, 2016
For a fourth year, the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee is accepting applications from FFA chapters around the state as part of its Colorado Corn FFA Grant Program.The deadline to apply is Nov. 15. An application form is available at www.coloradocorn.com. The Colorado Corn FFA Grant Program assists FFA chapters in Colorado on projects that lack funding within their school district’s
Published: August 29, 2016
With the ongoing goal of improving seat belt use in Colorado, the Colorado Department of Transportation recently turned its focus to rural counties across the state. Along with the Colorado State Patrol and local law enforcement, CDOT led a rural Click It or Ticket enforcement period, from July 18 to 24, to remind rural communities that buckling up is crucial
Published: August 29, 2016
The Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program is accepting applications for its next class, which will consist of 12 seminars from February 2017 through February 2019. The deadline to apply is Sept. 30. Once selected, program participants travel around Colorado to learn about different regions’ agriculture and hone leadership skills. At the end of the program, participants will travel to a foreign
Published: August 29, 2016
Founded in 1959, the Women’s Surface Creek Saddle Club continues to attract members from across Colorado.The current group, which ranges in age from 16 to 86, owns and rides a range of animals including mules, Arabians, Fjords, Paso Finos, Missouri Foxtrotters and Quarter horses. Throughout the year they practice for and participate in competitive trail riding, cow penning, driving, Western
Published: August 29, 2016
When people think of agriculture in Weld County, they probably think of beef cattle and dairy cows, not of chile peppers. Kathy Rickart of Tigges Farm wants to change that.Rickart, who co-manages the farm at 12404 Weld County Road 64 1/2 with her two siblings, said she wants to brand a “Greeley” chile pepper. She got the idea from Hatch,
Published: August 29, 2016
Whew, what a change in the weather. Yesterday was 99 degrees with a heat index near 110. Today, the temperature is 82 and it actually feels cool outdoors. That’s Kansas weather for you, but I welcome the change. Plus, we’re plenty wet, which is highly unusual for Kansas in August — more than 4-inches of rain lately.•••I’ve been watching the
Published: August 29, 2016
An all purpose, all weather, year-round resolution list for the ranch person, especially ranch women. Add your own resolution to the list. It has no ending...Resolved:-Get the feeding done every day before the wind comes up. This likely means 4 a.m. in this wind-farm country.-Don’t step in any posies. Not certain this requires a resolution. One never steps in “stuff”
Published: August 29, 2016
Today I washed clothes, baked cookies from scratch, started a batch of yeast rolls from scratch, boiled a chicken so we can have scratch-made chickens and noodles tomorrow, made the noodles and cooked lunch for six, as I do most every weekday in summer. I felt accomplished. Then I thought about it and contrasted it to the lives of the
Published: August 29, 2016
When you drive past the acres of hemp fields in Galeton, you might mistake the green spongy plants for marijuana. It would be an easy mistake to make, but it is a mistake — and it’s one that’s causing a struggle for the emerging hemp industry.As the director of agronomy with Colorado Cultivars at TLC Farms in Galeton, Damian Farris
Published: August 27, 2016
Receiving protocol can cause stress in calves, which can cause limitations in future success from the stock. The difference between a stressful and a seamless receiving period can have a significant influence on future performance.“How calves are received at the feedlot can affect performance throughout the feeding phase,” said Chad Zehnder, Ph.D., and cattle consultant for Purina Animal Nutrition. “The
Published: August 27, 2016
With three months left of election season, last week Republican hopeful Donald Trump announced the names of those to serve on his Agricultural Advisory Committee during his campaign.Those selected are state and federal officials, along with others involved in the agriculture community.In a news release, Trump said his committee are the top of the industry.“The members of my agricultural advisory
Published: August 27, 2016
Gentle readers, sometimes first impressions are lasting impressions and sometimes they are not. Let me explain to you my humble cowboy opinion. If you meet someone for the very first time and you have been wanting to meet them because you admire them for themselves or for something they have or have done, you want to come across as acceptable.
Published: August 25, 2016
As hard as this may be to believe, I don’t like what I see when I look in the mirror. Whenever I am even close to a mirror it immediately flashes a warning sign, “Objects in the mirror are even uglier than they appear.” I’m no clothes horse; more of a clothes night-mare. I’m no fashion plate either, not even
Published: August 25, 2016
Lindsey Hinrichs didn’t let an accident get in the way of her passion.The 2015 Miss Oregon Trail Rodeo, who lives in Glenvil, Neb., was kicked by a horse when she was fourteen years old. She doesn’t remember much about the accident, and was unconscious for half a day, but she’s still back to horses and being on horseback.It was on
Published: August 25, 2016
Johnny “Backflip” Dudley has gone from being a tough Marine to being the tough guy in the rodeo arena.The Aubrey, Texas man will be in Hastings, Neb., at the Oregon Trail Rodeo next weekend, serving as the rodeo clown and barrelman. While he used to protect our country, he now works to protect bullfighters and bull riders.He got his first
Published: August 25, 2016
The first joint project to help farmers use existing irrigation water to generate electricity has been completed in Colorado. The Colorado Department of Agriculture is looking for more producers who want to try it.The installation, near Hotchkiss, Colo., is the first for the multi-agency Pressurized Irrigation Small Hydropower Partnership Project, which is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural
Published: August 25, 2016
Educating students in kindergarten through 12th grade about the process of growing and harvesting wheat and other grains in America is the theme of a new series of lessons called ‘Harvesting: Crops & Careers’ developed by the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization, U.S. Custom Harvesters, New Holland and ConjoStudios LLC.The seven lessons introduce students to new technologies and varied
Published: August 25, 2016
Kathleen Turner, 63Jan. 22, 1953-June 11, 2016Residence: Green River, Wyo.Kathleen Ann Turner, 63, of Green River, Wyo., passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at her home. A resident of Green River for the past three months and former longtime resident of Rawlins, Wyo., Kathy died surrounded by family following a lengthy illness.She was born on January 22, 1953 in
Published: August 24, 2016
There’s nothing quite like being a farmer, Mike Schuppe said over the buzz of machinery as he worked the hay fields at his farm northeast of Sterling. There’s nothing like the hard work it takes to put up a good crop. But even the best crop — and the most optimistic farmer — can be crushed by a bad market.In
Published: August 23, 2016
Sen. Daniel Webster didn’t buy Horace Greeley’s advice to “Go West, young man.” Webster saw the West as a wasteland.“What do we want with this vast, worthless area,” Webster said in a Senate speech in the mid-1800s. “This region of savages and wild beasts, of deserts, of shifting sands and whirlwinds of dust, of cactus and prairie dogs? To what
Published: August 23, 2016
Producers learned about cover crops, grazing diversity and management at the 2016 Nebraska Grazing Conference. With these subjects in mind, organizers of the annual event hope to see the quality of grazing lands this generation has enjoyed available for future generations.“There are a lot of positives in the Nebraska beef cattle industry right now,” said Don Adams of the University
Published: August 23, 2016
The 104th Wyoming State Fair kicked off Aug. 13 in Douglas, Wyo., and ran through Aug. 20. The Wyoming State Fair is the largest youth competition in the state and is focused on affordable, family-friendly entertainment, youth competition, agriculture education and fun.Family friendly and affordable grandstand events were scheduled for each night at the fair. This year, the order of
Published: August 23, 2016
“Well, at least it isn’t broken,” he said as he wiped his face with his good arm. “Although it might be a smidgen outta place. That sucker sure did buck hard! I’m glad I was wearin’ my hat or I’da punched right through that net wire fence and hung there like a bat! Dadgummit! Where’s the rest of my shirt?
Published: August 23, 2016
It’s a quarter of a century old, but it’s still young at heart. The Oregon Trail Rodeo turns 25 years old this year, when it returns Aug. 26-28 to the Adams County Fairgrounds in Hastings, Neb.The rodeo started in 1992 by a group of Hastings and area men: Rich Asmus, Jack Friend, Willis Hunt, Wes Keebler, Stan McMahon, Luwane Nelson,
Published: August 18, 2016
Almost 40 years after Don Wilhite accepted a teaching position at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the man known as Dr. Drought is retiring from teaching.That’s not to say he’s retiring from the research he has made his passion for the past four decades, though. In fact, the former director of UNL’s School of Natural Resources is using his newfound time
Published: August 18, 2016

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