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John and Barbara Breitnauer of Cedaredge, Colo., hadn’t thought about getting into the brewing business until two of their friends made the suggestion. “They said a pub would be good for Main Street,” said Barbara. “I told them they were crazy.” The couple already owned a century-old building in town. Once known as Cedaredge Floral and Gift, it was closed
Published: January 31, 2016
Trevor Brazile’s name is missing from the top of the tie-down roping and all-around world standings. The 23-time world champ has won more money than any other tie-down roper this year, and just came off a win at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver last weekend. But as long as the lawsuit between the Elite Rodeo Association
Published: February 1, 2016
Right on the heels of a record attendance of 700 meteorologists attending the recent National Weather Association (NWA) annual conference in Oklahoma City, Okla., in late fall 2015, the NWA has launched a widely-heralded series of monthly webinars throughout 2016. During its webinar about weather and agriculture last month, a dozen panelists including meteorologists and farmers interacted live; increasing public
Published: February 2, 2016
Small town farmers and ranchers plugged into big data Jan. 27 at the Colorado Farm Show during the Big Bad Farm Data panel.Colorado farmers are, for the most part, not against big data, or the aggregate system that collects farm data, such as acreage and yield numbers. “I’m still processing and digesting it,” said Laura Negley of Eads, who was
Published: February 2, 2016
You’d never guess that people told him he couldn’t do something — mostly because he always did it, anyway. And you’d never guess that the loss of a close friend is what caused him to stop feeling bad for himself. Schaffert spoke to a crowd Thursday morning at the Colorado Farm Show at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley, sharing
Published: February 2, 2016
Water seeped into several presentations Jan. 26 at the annual Colorado Farm Show at Island Grove Regional Park for Colorado Produce day.Dennis Nuxoll, vice president of federal government affairs for Western Growers braved east coast storms, trudged through the snow and caught a plane to tell attendees how congressional action could affect them this year. “Trying to do something around
Published: January 27, 2016
Alan and Julie Gentz of Sterling, Colo. ramped up their ongoing legal battle with the Colorado Department of Revenue last month, targeting another man in particular. On Jan. 13, the Gentzes filed their second lawsuit in the 13th Judicial District Court against Mark Weston.The Gentzes accused Weston, a real estate appraiser and former member of the Conservation Easement Oversight Committee,
Published: February 2, 2016
When the Veterinary Feed Directive goes into effect in 2017, it will impact nearly everyone in the livestock industry.But at the Colorado Farm Show this week, when Christine Gabel, territory business manager with animal health company Zoetis asked a room of farmers and ranchers if they’d heard of it, she was met with silence. Most looked to their neighbors, foreheads
Published: February 1, 2016
Column readers know my fondness for practical jokes that don’t do nuthin’ except spread a little humor. Usually, those kind of practical jokes are amongst members of like generations — old guys tricking old guys or young guys pranking their youthful brethren.But, occasionally I hear of a good inter-generational practical joke. Here’s one that happened in our community recently that
Published: February 3, 2016
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced Jan. 25 that Greeley was one of 27 locations across the United States chosen to participate in the Local Foods, Local Places initiative.The national project is aimed to strengthen food security, local economies and childhood wellness, and is spearheaded by several national organizations, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S.
Published: February 3, 2016
Glen and Lyle Murray parted ways with Pioneer Seed Company after their family spent generations as an integral part of the company in northeastern Colorado. The brothers, 66 and 55 respectively, retired. They’re ready for a change of pace. “You’ve got to know when to pass the torch,” Lyle said. “You’ve got to be happy with what you do.”The family
Published: February 4, 2016
A car slowed down and pulled over to the side of Interstate 25 near Fort Collins. The vehicle never came to a complete stop. Instead, its passenger opened the window and flung out a cat. A farm owner working in her nearby field observed the cruel act and feared the worst. About an hour later, a confused, bedraggled feline slunk
Published: February 5, 2016
Syngenta this week announced that ChemChina has offered to acquire the company at $465 per ordinary share plus a special dividend of CHF 5 to be paid conditional upon and prior to closing. The offer is equivalent to a Swiss franc value of CHF 480 per share1. Syngenta shareholders will in addition receive the proposed ordinary dividend of CHF 11
Published: February 5, 2016
Despite weather concerns early in the week, the KNEB Farm & Ranch Expo in Mitchell, Neb., saw large numbers on Feb. 5. The expo ran Feb. 5-6.Expo organizer Kendra Feather said the free breakfast served at the expo Friday saw the largest crowd in the expo’s 31 year history. Though the numbers for attendance weren’t official at the time of
Published: February 5, 2016
LINCOLN – Nebraska farmers and ranchers can’t control the weather, but there are areas where decision making can dramatically affect their operation’s profitability in 2016 and beyond. The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation’s 2016 Ag Edge Conference will bring both local and national experts to the Embassy Suites in Lincoln Feb. 8-9, to “give farmers and ranchers a competitive edge today
Published: February 5, 2016
Sometimes, I find myself wanting to step outside of the box a little bit. I don’t know, gentle readers, if that’s what I’m doing today but it is a little different from my usual column. A couple of years back I lost a dear friend. He had three lovely daughters and one especially that seem to find life extremely difficult
Published: January 26, 2016
A baby calf nursing for the first time … if everything’s going right, it might look a little peaceful.But no matter how serene it may seem on the outside, what’s happening inside is a fast and furious defense system. The biological signal that calf — and its immune system — gets could be summed up as, “It’s go time!” Everybody
Published: February 8, 2016
New look, new body, new engines, new transmissions and it’s about time for the Toyota Tacoma. It’s been 11 years since any big change. The 2016 truck I tested was a loaded double cab TRD Off-Road 4×4. The new 6 speed automatic replaces the 5-speed auto. A 3.5L V-6 with 278 horsepower and 265 torque, replaces the 4.0 L V-6
Published: February 5, 2016
Ranch brandings in the future will take on an all new look thanks to squeamish animal right-ists who get ill just thinking about all the despicable things we do to our animals to keep them healthy and safe. PETA and their ilk want you to treat your cattle like humans. No, on second thought, they want you to treat your
Published: February 4, 2016
Our hope for tomorrow, gentle readers, is of course our youth. I sometimes wonder where we are on a scale of one to 10 how we are doing in preparing our youngsters for the future. They, after all, will be calling the shots and will be living in a pleasing environment that suits the majority — or they will be
Published: February 3, 2016
This is the time of year when cow people don’t get much sleep. If you boiled “raisin’ cattle” down to its bare bones, the whole business revolves around gettin’ a live calf on the ground.Folks outside the wonderful world of calvin’ season probably have some peculiar ideas about what happens. Maybe they think a heifer calves like chickens lay eggs
Published: February 2, 2016
In Fall River County, southwestern South Dakota, we found a great way to preserve local history. We have an annual, one-day history conference with plenary sessions. This is how it all began.Eleven years ago, I was a speaker for a Custer County, S.D., historical society monthly meeting. It occurred to me that our historical society should do something similar. Yet
Published: February 4, 2016
“Landscape of Dreams: Santa Fe and the Creative West,” a panel discussion, will be presented at Collected Works Bookstore, 202 Galisteo, Feb. 25 in Santa Fe, N.M. The program will feature New Mexican authors Lesley Polling-Kempes, Jack Loeffler, Anne Hillerman and Paul Andrew Hutton. The four will share their thoughts on creativity, the lure of the West, fiction, nonfiction, music
Published: February 4, 2016
Delicious meat loaf | Ethel Williams Papillion , Neb.1-1/2 lb. ground beef2 lbs. ground ham1 c. cracker crumbs2 eggs1 c. milkTopping1/2 c. vinegar1/4 c. water1 t. dry mustard1-1/2 c. brown sugarHeat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients except ground beef. Mix well. Add ground beef, mix thoroughly. Press into 8x4 inch pan. Bake one hour. Let stand 5 minutes
Published: February 5, 2016
Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog, claims it’s going to be an early spring — according to one source. According to another, the little varmint asserts we’re to have six more weeks of winter. Either way, it works out about the same. Either way, cowboys and ranchers are adding to their collections of bale string. Whether big round, big square or small
Published: February 8, 2016
David Thompson started working as a clerk’s apprentice with the Hudson’s Bay Company at age 14, soon having a chance to explore portions of Canada, where his lust for adventure was hindered when he severely broke his leg. While laid up in camp for nearly a year he learned how to survey and make maps. These were skills he would
Published: February 8, 2016
“Quality is our recipe,” said Liliana Esposito, Wendy’s chief communications officer, during a press conference at the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show in San Diego, Calif.Esposito shared that Wendy’s is a U.S. company with 5,374 stores across the U.S. The chain also has a presence in Canada with 359 stores and another 395 restaurants around the world. Wendy’s
Published: February 8, 2016
Competition between agricultural, urban, recreational and energy uses for water in Colorado will only increase as population continues to grow.Farmers and ranchers are left to answer the question of how to do more with less. That was the conclusion reached at the third annual Poudre River forum Feb. 4 at The Ranch Event Center in Loveland, Colo., where water experts
Published: February 9, 2016
A snowy week across the state added to Colorado’s already positive snowpack numbers, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service.The whole state is above the historic average for snowpack, and the river basins that impact Weld County — the South Platte and the Upper Colorado — are both more than 10 percent above normal. These levels impact what the summer
Published: February 9, 2016
I loved Animal Breeding when I was in college. No, not that kind of animal breeding, get your mind out of the gutter. I’m referring to a class I took where we learned about heritability.I’m so old that when I went to college, there were no EPD’s for beef cattle and that’s a shame because that stuff fascinates me. I’m
Published: February 8, 2016
A number of years ago, gentle readers, a feller by the handle of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale wrote a book titled “The Power Of Positive Thinking.” My mother, on many occasions, tried to get me to read this inspirational book. Not to be. I was too busy living life and after all, young folks usually have not encountered so much
Published: February 8, 2016
In urban and suburban areas, where tractors are relics and corn comes from the grocery store, agricultural education programs are gaining popularity. It’s not because of the illustrious jobs on the farm — those are hard to come by these days. It’s not because of a surplus of teachers — hundreds of ag education positions go unfilled every year. According
Published: February 9, 2016
A phrase wove itself throughout the signage and business models of vendors lining the aisles of Buffalo Bill Farm and Ranch Expo Feb. 4 in North Platte, Neb.“Precision ag” isn’t just for the young or those new to the industry. Agricultual indusries across the board are increasingly interested in making the business more precise. Vendors gathered to sell data, products,
Published: February 8, 2016
Nebraska lawmakers voted 34-14 on Friday morning to pass LB 176 to end the ban on packers owning hogs.LB 176 overturned a portion of Nebraska’s Competitive Livestock Act that banned packing houses from owning hogs from gestation to the slaughter house and allows farmers to contract with packers. Nebraska was the last remaining state to carry a ban on meatpackers
Published: February 5, 2016
As radical terrorists continue their penetration of the Unites States and psychos attack unsuspecting pedestrians, our country seeks solutions. Conservative Constitutional fundamentalists stand by the law and support arming everyone! Whereas progressive liberals insist on disarming everyday citizens and depend on government to protect everyone! Yet compromise is hard to find.Speaking for myself, I know many reasonable supporters of the
Published: February 8, 2016
Ronette Bush-Heinrich, the general manager of the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic, is fielding one question a lot this year — how does the classic plan to celebrate its 25th anniversary?That’s easy, she said. Agriculture has always been about the future, so the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic is commemorating 25 years by giving $25,000 to the next generation. At this year’s event, four
Published: February 8, 2016
The Stampede Foundation is now accepting applications from graduating Weld County high school seniors. The non-profit organization will award 19 scholarships valued at a total of $34,000. Online applications are due by 4 p.m. March 30. Weld County High School seniors who meet general qualifications and are scheduled to graduate in the spring are encouraged to apply. Scholarship recipients will
Published: February 9, 2016
Carl Hansen, of Livermore, Colo., will be awarded the 2015 Master Agriculturist by the Fort Collins Rotary Club for his outstanding operation, stewardship and leadership in the agriculture industry. The celebration will be held at the Rural Urban Day luncheon at noon, Feb. 10 at the Midtown Arts Center, 3750 S. Mason St, Fort Collins, Colo., 80525. The club will
Published: February 9, 2016
Nebraska Agriculture Education Student Teacher Scholarship ProgramApplicants must be enrolled in the Agricultural Education Teacher Education program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. They are eligible to apply for scholarship for the value of approximately one-half tuition or $1,200 for the semester in which the student’s student teaching experience occurs. Applications are due March 1.Charles Marshall LoansThe Charles Marshall Loan Fund
Published: February 9, 2016
There’s an organization that comes alongside agricultural people who have medical issues and need help financially.Cowfolks Care is a not-for-profit group founded in 2013 to help ag folks in need of financial assistance due to major health problems. The organization, founded by Sheila Carlson, is a Facebook community that holds auctions to raise the money. People donate items of all
Published: February 10, 2016
Will miracles never cease? Here I am writing this column on Jan. 29, the day before my 73rd birthday, and it’s 65 degrees and sunny outdoors — and tomorrow is to be just like today. Usually, the week of my birthday — by the way, ol’ Nevah and I have the same birthday — is the coldest week of the
Published: February 8, 2016
For over 50 years the T-Cross produced hard-working cow horses that a cowboy could rely on to work all day long.The T-Cross is foundation bred. Years ago Bob Norris bought a horse named Poco Pico from the Waggoner Ranch, which goes back to Poco Bueno and Tee Cross is by a horse named Otoe. Along the way they acquired top
Published: February 11, 2016
English settlers arriving on this continent brought with them the skills and animals to which they were accustomed back across the pond.Sheep herding and other farm work required dogs that could adapt to all aspects of life in this new land and also serve as guard dogs against predators. Enter a breed type well-known to those early Americans. Those loyal
Published: February 11, 2016
Once known as the Queen of the Copper Camps, the little town of Bisbee, Ariz., now bills itself as “a modern blend of creativity, friendliness, style and romance.”Tucked high into the Mule Mountains of southern Arizona, it has cooler temperatures than Phoenix and Tucson (72 is the average) which makes it the perfect place for year-round exploring. Along with its
Published: February 11, 2016
The Fruita FFA chapter had an amazing year at the Mesa County Fair. We had various members show proudly in their official FFA jackets. We also had multiple champion winners: Korbin Roehm won five grand champion titles — grand champion market steer, grand champion home grown market steer, grand champion best of Mesa County, reserve grand champion market swine, and
Published: February 12, 2016
A pair of local 4-H programs recently received a boost to their respective endeavors, thanks to grant dollars from the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee. The two winners of this year’s Colorado Corn 4-H Grant Program were: * Colorado State University’s Denver Extension Embryology Program ($2,000). This effort allows 500 youth to take responsibility for fertilized eggs and hatched chicks, which
Published: February 12, 2016
The 2016 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture – titled “Next Generation Agriculture” – is set for 8 a.m. on Feb. 18, taking place at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel (3801 Quebec St). The There’s no shortage of issues discussed among the public, media, lawmakers and industry when it comes to food production, and the 2016 Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture
Published: February 12, 2016
Reunions are a form of time travel designed to revive the past, rehydrate memories and relive youthful triumphs.Summit Rodeo Corporation (SRC) annually engages in those restorative get-togethers where old friends can share former victories, updates on their current lives and tell a few tall tales. Before learning where those reunions take its members and friends, it’s necessary to go back
Published: February 12, 2016
When Barb Freeman goes to a trade show, she arrives with a carload of horses – stuffed ones, that is.Her trade show displays are filled with large and small horses with every type of outfit she can make. Some are designed for cowboys and cowgirls, while other horses sport fun, vibrant dresses. At Horses Galore & More, Freeman has a
Published: February 12, 2016
2016 PRCA WORLD STANDINGSAll-around1. Caleb Smidt, Bellville, Texas $11,505Bareback Riding1. Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa $20,5162. Jake Brown, Hillsboro, Texas 19,1043. Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah 16,7614. Orin Larsen, Inglis, Manitoba 15,4445. Tanner Aus, Granite Falls, Minn. 13,7836. George Gillespie IV, Hamilton, Mont. 9,8637. Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La. 9,6998. Kyle Bowers, Drayton Valley, Alberta 8,9929. J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo. 8,83510. Evan Jayne, Marseille, France, 8,17511. Bill Tutor, Huntsville, Texas 6,81412. Chad Rutherford, Lake Charles, La. 6,12213. Ty Breuer, Mandan, N.D. 6,02914. R.C. Landingham, Paso Robles, Calif. 5,24515. Teddy Athan, Livermore, Calif. 4,58216. Heath Ford, Slocum,
Published: February 15, 2016
Gentle readers, did you ever opine as if you would like to know when your time is up? I have. After careful consideration I came to the conclusion that I didn’t want to know. If I knew, I think it would have some adverse affect on my being me. Does that make sense? At coffee this morning, I was told
Published: February 15, 2016
On Thursday, Feb. 4, the first ruling in what will likely be a long battle was made in the lawsuit between two rodeo associations. A preliminary injunction brought by plaintiffs Elite Rodeo Association (ERA), Trevor Brazile, Bobby Mote, and Ryan Motes against the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association was denied, meaning that ERA members who are owners in the association will
Published: February 15, 2016
The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week announced a joint agreement with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation to increase employment opportunities in the agricultural sector for military veterans and their spouses.USDA Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Deputy Under Secretary Lanon Baccam signed the agreement along with Eric Eversole, vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Eversole, a Commander
Published: February 15, 2016
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture and partners across the nation together will direct up to $720 million towards 84 conservation projects that will help communities improve water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. These projects make up the second round of the Regional Conservation Partnership
Published: February 15, 2016
The Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to set renewable fuel volume targets well below amounts required by law has created an uproar in rural America. In response, the nation’s second biggest general farm organization is asking the court system to intervene and require EPA to follow congressional direction as laid out by the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).In a petition filed last
Published: February 15, 2016
Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register, indicating plans to prepare an environmental impact statement on the introduction of biotechnology products. The goal of the Notice is to identify “reasonable alternatives and potential issues to be evaluated in the environmental impact statement” as well as to redefine the term “biotechnology”.
Published: February 15, 2016
By Jan. 1, 2017, livestock producers who use feed-grade antibiotics will have to comply with a new regulation called the Veterinary Feed Directive. The VFD will regulate the sale of previously over-the-counter antibiotics and require producers to obtain prescriptions from veterinarians.To learn more about the impact this will have on veterinarians and producers, The Fence Post talked with Dr. Hannah
Published: February 15, 2016
Tucked away in a University of Missouri research building, a family of pigs is kept upright and mostly happy by a handful of researchers.Two new litters recently joined the assembly of pudgy, snorting, pink piglets.While they look like an ordinary collection of pigs one might find in hog barns all over the country, these animals are special. They’re genetically engineered
Published: February 16, 2016
The deadline to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program is Feb. 26, and with cuts to the program this year, the sign-up will be competitive. Landowners interested in the program shouldn’t delay, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told The Fence Post last week.The program works to address conservation issues, including drinking water protection, soil erosion, habitat preservation, preservation and restoration
Published: February 16, 2016
The judge stood in the show ring as the yearlin’ bulls arrived.Noted and prestigious, his reputation had survivedA thousand purebred standoffs and a million county fairsAnd despite his regal bearing, he didn’t put on airs.Oh, maybe just a little but nobody seemed to mind,The purple robe and scepter made the show look more refined.He stood straight with self-assurance and whispered
Published: February 15, 2016
Profit was the name of the game at the West Central Cattlemen’s Day meeting in Brush last week.Producers were presented with a wealth of knowledge from University of Nebraska and Colorado State University extension researchers about a variety of topics, inclduing grazing systems, the importance of minerals, matching calves to a backgrounding system,bull selection, improving the reproductive efficiency of the
Published: February 15, 2016
Colorado legislators took steps Feb. 9 to address landowner complaints that the Colorado Department of Revenue rejected their conservation easement tax credits without cause. Landowners testified the state wrongly disallowed more than $116 million in conservation easement tax credits and stripped the value of their easements without cause or due process.Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, sponsored SB 16-44, a bill that
Published: February 17, 2016
The Natural Resources Conservation Service field office will host an event to identify agricultural and natural resource issues within the Greeley community.This workshop is open to the public, and feedback provided will help direct the agency’s programs. Landowners and other conservation partners are encouraged to attend.To meet the needs of landowners across the county, the agency will host two sessions.
Published: February 19, 2016
Firewood can host a variety of wood-infesting insects, which occasionally escape into the home when firewood is brought indoors. Most of these pests are only a nuisance and will not hurt people, nor damage furniture or the home. The moisture content in furniture and structural wood is generally too low to support insect infestation. Here’s a guide to what pests
Published: February 19, 2016
Sometimes I think Murphy — you know, the guy who invented the law that if anything can go bad it will — decides it’s time to reverse his law and take pity on folks, like me, who are absolutely and totally mechanically inept.Let me explain. Last week, the air compressor that my son-in-law, Poe Laris, gave me a dozen years
Published: February 15, 2016
Compared to last week, calves and yearlings sold mostly steady to 5.00 higher, with instances throughout the trade area where the markets traded in a 5.00 higher to 5.00 lower range early in the week. Active trading this week in the major marketing areas where the full advance of the market was most evident on the middle-weight cattle weighing 500-700
Published: February 19, 2016
Unsettled, cold weather across the eastern half of the country contrasted with mostly dry, warm weather from the Great Plains to the Pacific Coast. Rain and northern snow fell from the central Gulf Coast into New England, though the heaviest precipitation fell outside of the driest areas. Meanwhile, unseasonably warm, locally hot conditions across Texas renewed concerns over dryness and
Published: February 19, 2016
When Nunn’s Mary Jo Brockshus and Brad Peterson go out to the pasture to check on their yaks, they might get to see them dance.“They do this thing called the yak dance,” Brockshus said. “When they get all fired up, their tails go straight up in the air, and they kick up and do a thing where they jump around.”They’ve
Published: February 19, 2016
In the current firestorm of political thrusts, parries, runaway egos and confusing mayhem, it’s good to remember who protects, guards and keeps our country free.TWENTY ONE STEPS At Arlington National CemeteryThe Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Is guarded continuously 24-sevenNo matter what the weather A Tomb Guard works six hours a dayTo prepare his uniformOf heavy wool — worn in
Published: February 15, 2016
Every day, Barry Schaefer leaves his home in Kersey and travels down one-lane county roads, surrounded by seemingly infinite frozen fields. He’s made the drive for 20 years. About three years ago, his destination changed. These days, he drives to a headquarters that dwarfs the concrete shelter where he used to work.He’s headed to Platte Valley Fire Protection District’s gleaming
Published: February 19, 2016
How can anyone on earth say something derogatory about an animal that produces milk, filet mignon, cheese, ice cream, hamburger and leather while at the same time they are mowing weeds, producing fertilizer and reducing fire danger? I’d imagine when you mention the word “cow” to city folks the animal they think of is a dairy animal. They may even
Published: February 15, 2016
As winter drags on, even with a few warm days to melt the more than a foot of snow that fell across the Front Range and southern Wyoming this month, it is time to think about a little getaway. And where better than to the Arizona sunshine and an opportunity to meet, visit with, and hear talk by dozens of
Published: February 15, 2016
It’s nearly seven years to the day, and we are back to where we started. Last week, we made our biggest move yet — 12 hours from Granbury, Texas to Colorado Springs, Colo. If you’ve been following me for a while, that’s four moves in the last seven years. Three of those moves have been in the last three and
Published: February 15, 2016
KEARNEY — Ronette Bush-Heinrich, manager of the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic, remembers when the dream started to showcase the beef industry of Nebraska in Kearney. That was back in 1990, two years before the event really kicked off in 1992.The NCC began with shows and sales of 11 beef breeds, a commercial trade show and the junior livestock show. It has
Published: February 22, 2016
DENVER — The agricultural industry faces a problem that has nothing to do with food, money or regulations. It’s called the graying of ag, and it means trouble if the industry doesn’t get an infusion of younger producers.That’s why the Governor’s Forum on Colorado Agriculture at the Renaissance Hotel at Stapleton on Thursday focused on the Next Generation of Agriculture,
Published: February 22, 2016
The Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association Annual Conference featured lots of orange and blue, from carrots and water to the Denver Broncos. The conference at the Renaissance Hotel at Stapleton in Denver kicked off Feb. 17 with association president Robert Sakata taking the stage in an orange wig and Peyton Manning jersey. The Brighton man gestured to his slideshow
Published: February 22, 2016
During the 25th Anniversary of the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic, beef producers caught a glimpse of what future technology may bring.Specialists discussed everything from strides being made in weather forecasting to the use of drones in identifying sick cattle, barn cameras to keep premises secure and how cattle health will be monitored in the future.Watching weatherKent Boughton, chief forecaster with NTV/KFXL
Published: February 22, 2016
Rep. Jon Becker’s, R-Fort Morgan, Conservation Easement Tax Credit Landowner Relief bill passed the State, Veterans and MIlitary Affairs Committee of the Colorado House of Representatives Feb. 17 with a 5-4 vote.The bill will now move to the Finance Committee. This is the latest in a string of attempted legislative action to address what some legislators and landowners see as
Published: February 22, 2016
It is my observation that dogs feel certain basic emotions like affection, fear, confusion or joy. I’m not sure they’re capable of feeling sadness or jealousy or if they can get their feelings hurt. But I believe a dog can get embarrassed. Take the Sunbeam clippers to a long haired dog, and see if he doesn’t slink off behind the
Published: February 22, 2016
I’ve been writing a syndicated column for 35 years now. Thirty two years of that time was spent on the syndicated column you’re reading, and three years when I wrote a humor column under an assumed name because I didn’t want to disgrace the family name. When I was 21, I worked for a livestock weekly as a contract worker
Published: February 22, 2016
I’m not much of a waterfowl hunter because I’m not really fond of eating duck and goose. Plus, the weather is usually too cold and waterfowl hunters get up and going long before the crack of dawn. That’s not my recipe for fun hunting, nor good eating.But, I’m glad there are goose hunting aficionados, because a couple of week’s ago,
Published: February 22, 2016
All generalizations are false. Or rather, let’s say most of them have a lot of exceptions – because if they were all false, that opening statement would be both true and false. Can we have it both ways? Let’s say the full-time producers think if you have cows and a full-time job that does not include the cows, then you
Published: February 22, 2016
It all starts with 3 millimeter microscopic beads, some heavy-duty thread, a loom and an idea.Several days later, it is a work of art. For Kailey Simms, it is a relaxing way to create unique beadwork gifts for clients, family and friends.Like most young women, Kailey’s interest in beadwork stemmed from a desire for a one-of-a kind item that was
Published: February 24, 2016
PUEBLO — Students at a Pueblo County middle school are digging into a new academic program that educators are hoping will reap benefits down the road for the agricultural industry.“We’re losing a lot in agriculture when kids today don’t even know where eggs come from,” said Vineland Middle School teacher Stacy Bustos. “When they think that produce just comes from
Published: February 24, 2016
VALENTINE — Every year in February, Valentine, the Heart City of Nebraska, shows the love in many ways with the whole community and surrounding area residents coming together to support good health and the beef that is part of a heart-healthy diet.On Feb. 12, the event kicked off with the third annual Red For Women, Red Dress Event at the
Published: February 24, 2016
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, the University of Montana and other partners have used Google Earth Engine to build a new interactive online map tool that, for the first time, combines layers of data to better target invasive species that are damaging habitat and rangeland. The tool was built as part of USDA’s ongoing Sage Grouse Initiative and presents geospatial
Published: February 24, 2016
The Greeley Stampede’s Ace of Spades in what is now a loaded concert deck played on the Stampede’s Free Stage in 2008.Perhaps you’ve heard of Lady Antebellum? The Stampede felt good about this year’s lineup, but the Grammy-winning and platinum-selling trio of two guys and a girl, known for hits such as “Need You Now,” makes it special, said John
Published: February 26, 2016
Cowboy Clarence has reached his dotage — not on purpose. Father Time kind of did him in. Clarence used to be the hottest fiddle player in the county. Actually, he still pretty much is, but his skills are dwindling, which is to say, his body is failing him but his mind remains razor sharp. At a recent Swamp Creek School
Published: February 22, 2016
The Continental Divide from Colorado to Montana is high country known for scenic vistas and diverse mineral resources. Beginning in the 19th century and continuing to the present, miners have harvested the bounty of nature. Gold, silver, copper and sapphires are some of the riches they’ve taken home.The mother lodes they found spawned fast-growing towns and rich histories, and today
Published: February 22, 2016
High on the Nebraska plains, there’s a citrus grove with trees holding up a canopy of lemons, grapefruit-sized oranges, green figs and bunches of grapes.Yes, it’s indoors. And it’s only possible because it taps in to the core of the earth’s own energy, geothermal heating in the winter and cooling in the summer.Russ Finch, a former mail carrier and farmer,
Published: February 29, 2016
Gentle reader, do you consider yourself a redneck? If so, exactly what does the term “redneck” mean to you? If I had to come up with a qualifying definition, I would say something like this — a redneck is someone who works with their hands and usually, it’s an outside job. You know, they are subject to the changing conditions
Published: February 22, 2016
In only six weeks, a group of University of Nebraska-Lincoln students created an award-winning application that can make life easier for crop growers.“We sat down and thought about what we could do in a short amount of time that will make the most impact, and finding a way to make people profitable was a good answer,” said Matthew Pedersen, the
Published: February 29, 2016
Halsey - Eppley Lodge at the State 4-H Camp in the Nebraska National Forest near Halsey was the place where area cattle producers and friends gathered to celebrate their product at the fourth annual ‘Winter Ball’ hosted by the Nebraska Cattlemen Sandhills Affliate.Some seedstock producers are seeing the light at the end of the calving tunnel, while others are just
Published: February 29, 2016
USDA Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment Robert Bonnie earlier this month announced a federal investment of over $40 million for restoration of forests near growing communities to reduce wildfire threats, protect water supplies, improve wildlife habitat and support rural economies. This is the third year of the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and
Published: February 29, 2016
The Windsor FFA chapter will hold a silent auction at the Windsor High School auxiliary gym Wednesday at 5 p.m. Attendees can bid on over 75 auction items or over 70 students for hired-hand work. “It’s our major fundraiser of the year,” said Jarrod Bessire, FFA advisor at Windsor High School. Last year, they managed to raise about $20,000. The
Published: February 29, 2016
Rain barrels are back on the agenda for Colorado. Last year, a few state legislators attempted to pass rules to allow the banned precipitation catchers. They’re going at it again this session.House Bill 1005 would allow residents who live in houses or small condo complexes to place two 55-gallon barrels on their properties to collect rain water. They would be
Published: February 29, 2016
North Dakota led the way in 2012. Now Nebraska legislators are working to become one of the next “Right to Farm” states.The Agriculture Committee for the state of Nebraska had a committee hearing Feb. 23 to discuss a proposed constitutional change, which will be on the November ballot if it gets the legislative support it needs. The state of Oklahoma
Published: March 1, 2016
When Marc Arnusch graduated from college in the mid-1990s, his father didn’t want him to come back to the family farm in Keenesburg, Colo.Crop prices were so bad, Hans Arnusch didn’t think his son could make a living, like he and his father before him had. Arnusch understood his dad’s concerns, but he grew up with farming. He loved it.
Published: February 29, 2016
Unless you’re a tiger trimmer in Tanganyika, the tranquilizer gun has not lived up to its potential. During its preliminary promotion, it was touted as the greatest invention since the rope. But, in the livestock business, it has never quite fulfilled its expectations. The biggest problem seems to be its predictable unpredictable results.Most large-animal vets have tranquilizer guns. Some of
Published: February 29, 2016
Historically, the foothills of the eastern Sierras have always been a land of guns and outlaws where the cemetery is called Boot Hill and the richest citizen in town is the undertaker. Some pretty tough hombres live in the Comstock country. It’s a land where the residents are fully exposed to all of nature’s nasty elements, everything from bankers to
Published: March 1, 2016

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