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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 kinds, like saddles, custom made silver, knives, bits, paintings, hotel rooms, bull and horse semen,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A near capacity crowd of more than 7,400 fans filled the Denver Coliseum while hometown Broncos took part in a crucial AFC championship playoff game, showing the enthusiasm Mile High residents have for rodeo Jan. 24 at the final rodeo competition of the National Western Stock Show. The action inside the arena lived up to their expectations, as arena records
Published: January 28, 2016
One national cattle group is talking with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to learn more about how lightning-fast electronic trading – the buying and selling of cattle “on paper” might affect the value of real, live feeder calves.Another national cattle group asked a senate committee to investigate possible antitrust behavior.On November 14, 2014, 74 head of 609 pound black and baldy
Published: January 27, 2016
After both houses of Congress passed a joint resolution to nullify the controversial Clean Water Rule, commonly known as Waters of the U.S., President Barack Obama vetoed the bill Jan. 19. The Senate tried to keep the resolution alive in a cloture vote Jan. 21, but majority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was unable to secure the necessary three-fifths majority
Published: January 20, 2016
After 2014, a big year for beef producers, cattle prices have dropped. But how far down will they go in 2016, and what kind of impact that will they have on Colorado’s producers?The market is so unpredictable that even the Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown, a long-time rancher, can’t answer them.“I don’t know a lot about the beef business,
Published: January 26, 2016
Tuesday, Jan. 26Produce DayEvents Center Room B9-9:30 a.m.WelcomeRobert Sakata, president of the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association, owner of Sakata Farms in Brighton, Colo.The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association has grown to over 140 members with 25 sponsors in just over one year. At their November retreat, the board set their 2016 priorities. Sakata will provide updates regarding
Published: January 26, 2016
Denver — Tonya Huwa walked back to the steer pens with tears in her eyes Jan. 21 — tears of joy, tears of pride and mostly tears of relief. Her son, Austin Huwa, 14, had just won the grand champion award in the eighth class of the junior market steers show at the National Western Stock Show.“This is a big
Published: January 26, 2016
The theme of this year’s Colorado Farm Show is People, Products, Progress — three words that sum up the spirit of the farm show, said spokesman Erich Ehrlich.For 52 years, the Colorado Farm Show at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley has been about offering resources and information to farmers, as well as highlighting the spirit of agriculture. It’s about
Published: January 26, 2016
Jim Jensen, a fourth generation Wyoming cattleman and owner of Lucky 7 Angus, was named U.S. Industry Livestock Leader of the Year during this year’s National Western Stock Show. Jensen/Lucky 7 Angus was presented the honor Jan. 15 during the rodeo. This award is jointly sponsored by the National Western Stock Show and the Green Family Foundation, who has been
Published: January 26, 2016
One of the anti-government protesters at the wildlife preserve near Burns, Ore., was killed Tuesday night by officers, according to the Associated Press. Eight others, including leader Ammon Bundy, were arrested during a traffic stop. The Oregonian reported that Robert “LaVoy Finicum, an Arizona rancher, was the man killed.As of Wednesday, the preserve was surrounded by law enforcement.For the full
Published: January 26, 2016
DENVER — For the Scanga family of Ault, the market swine show Tuesday at National Western was the culmination of years of practice and teamwork.Sam and Ian Scanga, 12 and 11, respectively, showed pigs as their parents watched them follow their footsteps into agriculture. John Scanga, 42, now works at Elanco Animal Health. He spent time on faculty with Colorado
Published: January 26, 2016
Massive draft horses were on display at the Big Thunder Draft Horse Show in Loveland, Colo., Jan. 15-17.The three-day celebration of the world of draft horses had fans packing the barns to get up close to the gentle giants. All the shows were sold out.Maybe it is all of the publicity that the Budweiser Clydesdales get, but people just cannot
Published: January 26, 2016
Riding a good horse across a pasture belly-deep in green grass. Helping new calves take their first breaths. Driving a combine over acres and acres of wheat.Those are some of the images that attract job-seekers to the ag industry. The tough part is matching the skills and dreams with the dream job — or the dream employee.Tri-State Livestock News and
Published: January 26, 2016
Denver loves a horse show. That was true in 1907 when the fledgling “Western Livestock Show” had its first horse show and it was just as true 109 years later when the 110th National Western Stock Show held the $10,000 Monarch Casino Gambler’s Choice Jumper Stake show.The National Western Stock Show has a wide array of both amateur and professional
Published: January 26, 2016
In 110 years, National Western has racked up a lot of history, and most of it in the Stockyards, where it all started.That was back when Denver was second only to Chicago as a livestock distribution center. To put that into perspective, at the first Stock Show in 1906, there were 45 states in the Union, Theodore Roosevelt was president,
Published: January 26, 2016
The Mainland grizzly (Ursus arctos horribilis), the Mainland black bear (Ursus arctos) and the Mainland cowboy (Whoopis cowboyupus) are creatures often found in wilderness areas of the Rocky Mountain West.Hikers, campers, horseback riders and confused souls need to be able to identify these beasts by certain attributes in order to determine whether to run, use pepper spray or recite their
Published: January 18, 2016
Given all the havoc in the world to start this new year off, seems to me that I might be wise to lead off this column with some information that might soothe your stressful troubles.I read recently that the most frequently asked how-to question that folks look up on Google is how to reduce stress.Serendipitously, within a few days, I
Published: January 18, 2016
DENVER — If you ask Susie Wollert why she spends three weeks surrounded by farm animals every January, she’ll tell you she does it for the people. Wollert, the National Western Stock Show’s livestock liaison, started volunteering at the show in 2005, five years after her husband died. One of her friends suggested it to her as a way to
Published: January 25, 2016
Compared to last week, the bulk of the calves traded mostly 5.00-15.00 lower with yearlings selling 5.00-10.00 lower. There were instances throughout the trade areas mostly in the Northern Plains and Midwest where 500-750 lb steers and yearlings over 800 pounds sold steady, with a few auctions even reporting a higher market; but overall the majority of the markets reported
Published: January 22, 2016
USDA announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering farm ownership microloans. This opportunity creates a new financing avenue for farmers looking to purchase new property or to improve current property. Especially beneficial to beginning, undeserved, and veteran farmers, the program is open for farm land and building purchases as well as soil and water conservation improvements. With
Published: January 22, 2016
Angus enthusiasts consigned 46 bulls to the 2016 National Western Angus Bull Sale, Jan. 13 in Denver, Colo. The annual sale, which is the only sale managed by the American Angus Association, grossed $368,750 and averaged $8,016. A panel of three judges including Mark Nikkel, Maple Hill, Kan.; Jake Tiedeman, North Platte, Neb.; and Scott Bayer, Ringle, Wis., evaluated the
Published: January 22, 2016
Nebraska Senators voted to advance a bill Jan. 22 that would allow meatpacking companies to own hogs during production.Under LB176, introduced by Ogallala Sen. Ken Schilz last session, a person who owns, leases or holds a legal interest in a swine production operation could enter into a contract to produce swine for a packer. The producer, or contract grower, would
Published: January 22, 2016
The WestChanges abound across the region this week, but are mostly found outside of California where favorable precipitation continues to come in waves.For most of the West, snowpack and snow water equivalent numbers are running above-normal to well above-normal in general. There are still some lagging totals in northern Utah and southeastern Idaho as well as in Wyoming and northwestern
Published: January 22, 2016
Wheat is one of the world’s staple foods and a big crop on the Great Plains, but it has been left in the dust. A corn farmer can grow 44 percent more bushels per acre than 30 years ago, but only 16 percent more wheat. That’s led many farmers to make a switch.“Wheat acres have been going down since 1981
Published: January 21, 2016
DENVER — About 24 years ago, Donna Garnett and Khadija Haynes mentored an at-risk young man from Five Points in Denver. They took him to the National Western Stock Show, hoping the experience would impact his life. This young man could have ended up in jail, like his friends. But he didn’t.He told Garnett and Haynes he kept out of
Published: January 21, 2016
Following up a November Senate vote, the House last week approved a joint resolution disapproving of the so-called Waters of the U.S. rule and canceling its “force and effect.”The legislation now heads to the President for his signature or veto. The White House threatened to veto the measure after the Senate’s November approval. The House would need 290 votes to
Published: January 20, 2016
My first experience in commercial agriculture was as a six-year-old sharecropper when I turned one of my mom’s tiny flower beds into a radish ranch. My cash crop consisted of two rows planted way too close together and I waited impatiently for the first green sign that my crop would not fail. I can remember to this day the pride
Published: January 18, 2016
Richard Etulain, professor emeritus of history at the University of New Mexico, has written or edited more than 50 books and specializes in the history and cultures of the American West. His most recent work has centered on the unique and interesting life of one of the most iconic characters of the American West.“The Life and Legends of Calamity Jane”
Published: January 18, 2016
Between a shootout format and a head-to-head title round, the excitement of the event brought big crowds to its three rodeo performances on Jan. 9. The first two performances whittled down 100 invited contestants to 40, where 20 from each team, sponsored by Cinch Jeans and CenturyLink, then met in Saturday night’s championship round for a chance to advance to
Published: January 11, 2016
Riding five-year-old Don Magnum (owned by Magnum Quarter Horses) in the horse’s first reining competition, Dan James put on a technical display of spins, slides and lead changes throughout the routine. While those grabbed the judges’ attentions and propelled the Aussie to 228 points and a share of first place, the sold-out audience was floored by what happened midway through
Published: January 11, 2016
With their cat-like personalities, sometimes it can be hard to win over an alpaca’s heart.But Eaton’s Laura Ruppel said when it happens, there’s a connection like no other.Ruppel runs Sunrise Silhouettes Farm, 14497 Weld County Road 76 in Eaton, Colo., with her family. She wanted to share that connection with others at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, so
Published: January 19, 2016
She might have missed the beginning of Rice’s Lucky Clover Honey, but 92 years later, she can at least taste the same honey L.R. Rice was carting around.Five generations and a few revamps later, the family-owned business still is going strong.“We produce a really great quality product that’s the same as it was many years ago when Jim’s grandfather sold
Published: January 12, 2016
Mac told me a harrowing tale about losing a loaded six-horse trailer off the back of his pickup. He admitted he knew the ball was too small, but it wasn’t far to go, it was gettin’ dark, the kids were restless, it was a new moon, the tide was running out, his hat was too tight...whatever the excuse, he needed
Published: January 18, 2016
This year, 12 graduating high school seniors and two college freshmen will receive scholarships from the Colorado Farm Show.The farm show is giving a total of $27,000 to the students Jan. 27 at the Events Center at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley, Colo., according to a news release from the show. In total, the Colorado Farm Show has awarded
Published: January 19, 2016
DENVER — Tyrel Sidwell’s dad always said you can’t choose your kids’ friends but you can choose who they spend their time around. That’s why Sidwell’s children are involved with 4-H and showing goats.That’s why Sidwell’s children are involved with 4-H and showing goats. The Eaton, Colo., family was at National Western Stock Show’s market goat show Jan. 13, in
Published: January 19, 2016
Yep, gentle readers, I do believe this is one of those special mornings, at least for me. As I write this, it is early in January and it’s clear and not as cold as it has been. Last night, when I came in from dancing, I didn’t go down and plug in the heater in the water tub at the
Published: January 18, 2016
As a rancher, I’m proud to eat at Culver’s and spend my money at a restaurant chain that supports agriculture. Since 2013, the burger company has donated more than $1 million to support the National FFA Association. The company’s “Thank A Farmer” campaign highlights the work America’s farmers and ranchers do to raise meat and dairy for its burgers and
Published: January 18, 2016
The PlainsPortions of east Texas, east Kansas, southeast Nebraska and the Texas Panhandle that were in the wettest part of the storm track got more than 200 percent of normal precipitation for the week. Temperatures were generally 3-6 degrees cooler than normal, as a good push of arctic air made it into the region. No changes were made in the
Published: January 18, 2016
The National Western Stock Show announced its largest opening day attendance in Stock Show history with 50,654 fans. The number beats the former Stock Show record of 47,207 set last year. The opening day event line-up included three rodeo performances, the second annual BBQ competition and an extra long list of events and activities included with a grounds admission ticket.
Published: January 18, 2016
Greeley Fire Department firefighters rescued a cow Jan. 13 that had fallen through an iced-over creek.Firefighters were called about 12:35 p.m. to a property at 3791 E. 18th St. in Greeley, Colo. When they arrived, firefighters found a cow that had fallen through the ice into a roughly 8-foot deep section of a creek, adjacent to the South Platte River.
Published: January 18, 2016
Last year, Colorado’s corn yields, acreage and overall production took a dip from 2014.In 2015, the state’s corn farmers harvested about 135 million bushels of corn from 950,000 acres, according to a news release issued Jan. 14 from Colorado Corn.Farmers brought in 142 bushels per acre, four less than the previous year. However, just two months ago, harvest forecasts projected
Published: January 18, 2016
Delegates at the 97th American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention elected Zippy Duvall of Georgia as president and Scott VanderWal of South Dakota as vice president for two-year terms on Jan. 12. Delegates elected seven state Farm Bureau presidents to the AFBF board of directors: Carl Bednarski, Michigan; Rich Felts, Kansas (Midwest Region), Harry Ott, South Carolina; Jeff Aiken, Tennessee;
Published: January 18, 2016
The format invited champions from other rodeos to create seven teams, with each team consisting of five contestants, each representing a category: bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, and bull riding. Those contestants competed in a traditional shootout format, with the top three in each event advancing to a “shootout round” where the winner pocketed $10,000.The thirty-five
Published: January 17, 2016
Freestyle bullfighting isn’t the attraction it once was.Sponsored by Wrangler from 1981-2000 as part of the National Finals Rodeo, the event has existed since as part of singular rodeo events, with many of bullfighters serving as cowboy protectors, tasked with the duty of distracting a bull from injuring a rider or participant during an event.Eaton resident Kevin Rich, however, is
Published: January 14, 2016
A near Christmas miracle happened in the North Dakota badlands.The Wisness family of Keene is an example of cowboy talent and perseverance. In high school, Levi and Beau were each state champions in wrestling. They went on to become top bulldoggers, and Levi won the PRCA’s Badlands Circuit steer wrestling title for 2003 and 2004. Chase was tromping on their
Published: January 14, 2016
Travis DePorter pointed to a picture on the wall of his office, hanging beneath banners and bows from livestock shows across the country.In the photo, his daughter Alyssa DePorter is smiling with her grand champion lamb at the 2015 Colorado State Fair. “You remember that day?” he asked her.Alyssa and her lamb, Lambo, were supposed to march in the parade
Published: January 9, 2016
Once upon a time, there was a beautiful little basin called Pleasant Valley. Pristine streams ran down from wooded hillsides. Wild game was abundant. Fish flourished. The peasants tilled their farms and irrigated them with mountain water. The livestock grazed the grassy meadows. It was a contented community, though lacking in material wealth.Word of the scenic beauty of Pleasant Valley
Published: January 11, 2016
Cargill Meat Solutions in Fort Morgan, Colo., will allow more than 150 Muslim employees to reapply for their positions following a mass termination in December. The Wichita-based company let its employees go after a misunderstanding about the company policy on prayer breaks escalated. The Somali Muslim employees are being represented by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Cargill representatives reviewed the
Published: January 11, 2016
TUESDAY, JAN. 19 — FREE GROUNDS ADMISSION DAYNRCHA Reined Cow Horse Show — 8 a.m., Events CenterSimmental Jr. Breeding Heifer Show/Simmental Bull Show — 8 a.m., Stadium ArenaSalers Jr. Breeding Heifer/41st National Salers Open Show — 9 a.m., Stadium ArenaPro Rodeo Timed Event Slack — 10 a.m., ColiseumPiedmontese Show — 11 a.m., Stockyards ArenaSheep Shearing — 12:30 p.m., Ames Activity
Published: January 9, 2016
Happy New Year to all. My only resolutions for 2016 are to make an all effort to see in 2017 a year from now, have as much fun as possible on the trip, and absolutely to vote in every available election.***Surfing the Internet can turn up some interesting tidbits of news pertaining to agriculture.The most unusual such news story I’ve
Published: January 11, 2016
We could have learned a lot from the Native Americans if we hadn’t been in such a hurry to wipe them out. In many tribes, a warrior could have as many wives as he could afford to feed, and most tribes believed women should do all the work while the men went on hunting parties and to tribal yard sales.
Published: January 11, 2016
Freshly graduated from nursing school in a big city metropolis, Melissa got hired on at a small clinic in a ranching community out West. She approached her job with enthusiasm,efficiency and she always followed the rules in the Professional Nurse’s TLC Handbook. When a pair of cowboys, Wade and Clyde, showed up at the clinic, Melissa went into overdrive. She
Published: January 11, 2016
One of the ways we identify our cattle is by using plastic eartags. They may look like earrings on the cows, but they are more practical. Because the herd has more than one owner, we use different colors to signify ownership and we also have the last names embossed on the tags. The tags are numbered and we put corresponding
Published: January 11, 2016
The Agriculture Department, acting like a late arriving Grinch, announced the final federal order Class III benchmark milk price of 2015 at $14.44 per hundredweight (cwt.), down 86 cents from November, $3.38 below December 2014, and equates to about $1.24 per gallon, down 8 cents from November. It is the lowest Class III price in four years, January 2011 to
Published: January 11, 2016
True to their words, Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond turned themselves in peacefully Jan. 4, to complete their 5-year prison sentences.Video footage showed 74-year-old Dwight hugging his wife of 55 years, Susie, then their son Steven hugging his mother before Dwight and Steven reported for their prison sentence.While the Hammond family appeared cool and calm despite the imminent jail
Published: January 12, 2016
The start of the shift on Jan. 5 marked the first day of operation for Mountain States Lamb Cooperative’s lamb plant in northeast Greeley. The co-op purchased the Greeley lamb slaughter plant from JBS USA at the end of last year. “The first kill started at 7 a.m.,” said Frank Moore, chairman of the co-op, which is under the Mountain
Published: January 11, 2016
The Rocky Mountain Agribusiness Association’s 64th Annual Convention and Trade Show will take place Jan. 12-14 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Denver, Colo. Exhibits will be open from noon-6 p.m.Attendees can learn about first aid, seed technology, biotechnology soil, laws and regulations, label statements and more. For members, registration fees after Dec. 19 are $105 and $160 for 1-day
Published: January 11, 2016
The PlainsMost of the Midwest was warmer than normal for the week, with the greatest departures, of 9-12 degrees above normal, in the northern areas of the region. The Midwest was also dry, with only isolated light precipitation. The recent shift to a wetter regime led to improvements to the moderate drought and abnormally dry conditions that existed in southern
Published: January 11, 2016
Last year, wildfires burned more than 10 million acres across the U.S., agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week. He urged Congress to pass the bipartisan Wildfire Disaster Funding Act in a USDA release.More than 50 fires burned more than 50,000 acres in 2015 and 20 of those burned more than 100,000 acres. More than 4,500 structures were destroyed in
Published: January 11, 2016
The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofits in Greeley and the surrounding area for programs that promote writing, reading and literacy skills or arts, languages and sciences. Applications are accepted now through Feb. 15 and the recipients of the grants will be announced on May 2. Grantees can request anywhere from $500 to $3,000.Since 2008, the
Published: January 11, 2016

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