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The Obama administration will implement the Clean Water Rule as scheduled Friday everywhere but in the 13 states that won an injunction against it today, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a statement issued Aug. 27. “Under the order issued by the District Court of North Dakota, the parties that obtained the preliminary injunction are not subject to the new
Published: August 31, 2015
When a friend asked her what you do with hops, 3-year-old Hannah Hoffman answered simply, saying, “Make money.”Hannah lives at Hoffman Farms, 33177 Pikes Peak Drive in Greeley, Colo., with her parents Derrick and Hanmei, and she is growing up with a hop yard in her back yard. She sometimes can be seen running through the field, playing — because
Published: August 29, 2015
Short supplies of finished cattle caused the closure of a 60-year-old processing plant earlier this month, according to meat packing company Tyson Fresh Meats, a subsidiary of Tyson Foods, Inc.The cattle market in Dunlap, Iowa, was down slightly this week but it was likely due to the overall market softening and not Tyson Foods’ announcement that a local beef processing
Published: August 27, 2015
Late August isn’t the best time to be trying to find pasture for 2,200 head of cattle. But that’s what 15 ranching families in Idaho are facing, and the situation even more will be in before the fire season is over. “It was just a crazy fire,” said Mary Blackstock, who ranches with her husband Tom on the fifth generation
Published: August 26, 2015
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Published: August 24, 2015
Dave Hayes has been raising bison for 40 years, and sometimes it seems like the bison are more pets than food. Hayes knows his herd well — after all, some of the cows are in their 20s now. When he walks over to their field, he calls out to them, offering “cookies,” which are treats made of alfalfa. “These aren’t
Published: August 21, 2015
It could be the single most devastating event to happen to the U.S. sheep industry in recent history.Sheep and cattle rancher Patrick O’Toole said U.S. Department of Labor rule changes released in April of this year are designed to eliminate the sheep industry.He and four others testified on that subject at a hearing hosted by Wyoming Republican Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis
Published: August 21, 2015
Wyoming’s state veterinary lab passed an important milestone this month that will allow researchers to better study brucellosis and other infectious diseases.Biosafety level three is a federal designation that was hard-won at the Laramie location, where five years ago the University of Wyoming started construction on an addition for more diagnostics and research.“I am ready to start on this yesterday,”
Published: August 21, 2015
Day One Circular beige tanks hugged the rolling grasslands as red or white pipes snaked out of earth. The ground surrounding the tanks was brown, dry and lifeless. In several years’ time, reclamation will change the landscape. Pawnee Buttes Seed of Greeley’s annual grassland tour kicked off its two-day tour Thursday. This year, organizers hope to educate the public on
Published: August 21, 2015
For the first time this year, Weld County is showing up on the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s state veterinarian’s office list of counties with confirmed cases of Vesicular Stomatitis.There are now 70 locations in 10 Colorado counties that have tested positive for Vesicular Stomatitis, according to a press release. The 70 locations are under quarantine after horses, mules and cattle
Published: August 19, 2015
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Published: August 18, 2015
They meet where the Niobrara is wide, and the door to heaven is narrow. Johnstown Rodeo Bible Camp has completed its 21st season, reaching more than 165 youth this year in the Sandhills of north central Nebraska. Volunteers still come together every summer at the Brown County Fairgrounds, teaching the gospel alongside rodeo fundamentals.On the roster are some world champions
Published: August 17, 2015
Before installing a drip irrigation system at Fagerberg Produce, Rod Weimer said he didn’t know anything about computers. More than 15 years later, Weimer is a whiz with the smartphone app that controls the irrigation in 850 acres of Fagerberg Produce fields, which he manages.“My first thought was, ‘I don’t even know how to turn on a computer. How am
Published: August 15, 2015
The Oregon-California Trails Association has been working for the past few years to raise awareness of the southern trails that served travelers headed to California by crossing Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona in the 1800s. This week, March 14-16, OCTA joins with the Arizona History Museum in hosting “Historic Trails Across the Southern United States,” This symposium will take place
Published: March 11, 2013
On March 2, Galeton Fire Protection District Board member, Glen Hill, 75, of rural Galeton, Colo., was honored at the Annual Galeton Fire Department Chili Supper for his many years of volunteer service to the district. Glen served as a volunteer firefighter for 20 years beginning in 1968 and has served continuously on the board since 1974. J.D. Wyatt (current
Published: March 19, 2013
April showers bring May flowers, or so they say. Spring showers also bring one very important element to the state of Colorado, and that is much needed moisture. Spring time is a time of year that the ground can absorb moisture without a high risk of evaporation. In years following a drought, this moisture is more important than ever to
Published: March 11, 2013
Each March, hundreds of participants travel from many sates to attend the Four States Agricultural Exposition. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about ranch management, horse skills, equipment, products, services and overall education. The event will be held at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds, in Cortez, Colo., from March 14-17, 2013. “The Four States Ag Expo is a family event.
Published: March 11, 2013
McDonald’s French fries, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, Marie Callender’s cornbread and Stacy’s Pita chips all have one thing in common: canola oil. The oil comes from Cargill, a food and agriculture company, which recently opened a new seed research and development facility in Fort Collins. The new seed innovation facility houses offices, lab space and seed storage, which were previously spread
Published: August 11, 2015
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Published: August 10, 2015
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Published: August 10, 2015
Farmers and ranchers packed into room 356 at the Colorado State Capitol Aug. 5, to share their testimonies and listen to the stories of others.For more than 700 landowners in Colorado, 2008 marked the beginning of the devastating problems.Landowners who donate their property to a nonprofit organization, for example, instead of developing it can receive a tax credit as part
Published: August 7, 2015
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Published: August 3, 2015
Cory Holcomb remembers the day the grand champion goat disappeared from the Weld County Fair one year ago. He said it felt surreal to be in the goat pens, talking with other parents who couldn’t believe an animal could just vanish from their fair.“It was just weird,” he said, shaking his head as he haltered a stubborn goat Tuesday at
Published: July 30, 2015
Game faces were on for the National High School Finals Rodeo Short-Go round as competitors put it all on the line to win the prestigious Gist Silversmiths buckles and Slone Saddles that come with a National title. The new NHSRA Queen made Texas proud. Chloe Costello, the 17-year-old from Kaufman, will represent NHSRA this next year. She is the 2015
Published: July 30, 2015
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Published: July 20, 2015
Freeze, disease and rain caused a lot of problems in wheat fields in Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas this year, but yields are expected to even out to at least average. Many producers in the southern parts of Colorado have finished harvesting already and reported great yields, while northern Colorado producers are just getting into their fields and are reporting damage
Published: July 18, 2015
Nick Kunz hasn’t graduated from the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) in Curtis, Nebraska, yet. But he already has one of his graduation gifts: a bred heifer.Kunz is one of six students currently enrolled in NCTA’s Heifer Link program who will own their first beef animal when they complete their NCTA degree. Kunz, who grew up at Stuart, expects
Published: July 18, 2015
Compared to last week, a light test of yearlings and calves sold steady to 5.00 lower as extremely hot temperatures across much of the country help to curtail receipts. Temperatures for the most part were in the 90s with heat indexes reaching over 100 degrees. Few auctions noted cattle carrying long hair and susceptible to heat stress sold at a
Published: July 17, 2015
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Published: July 13, 2015
Another legal action from the State of Wyoming seems to amount to little more than one more dusty step in a failed political process as it pertains to wild horses.Wyoming Governor Matt Mead on June 19 directed his attorney general to appeal a recent federal court decision. That decision dismisses the state’s 2014 lawsuit against the Department of the Interior
Published: July 10, 2015
Keep your eyes on the sky if you’re attending the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo on July 14.The U.S. Navy Parachute Team, known as the “Leap Frogs,” will descend in parachutes from planes over the Cheyenne, Wyo., rodeo arena.The Leap Frogs help educate the public about the U.S. Navy and the men and women who serve to protect Americans’ freedoms. Among
Published: July 10, 2015
Jessica Deering’s voice cracks a little when she talks about the night of June 19. She tells the story of taking shelter with her husband, Gary, and three young boys under the stairs in the basement of their home near Hereford, S.D. She wondered how she would know if the tornado that had been spotted 7 miles away was approaching
Published: July 2, 2015
After years of dominating much of the U.S. beef and chicken industries, JBS USA has planned to add to its protein ranks with a $1.45 billion acquisition of Cargill’s U.S. pork division.The Brazilian-based parent company, JBS S.A., announced on Wednesday it had entered into an asset purchase agreement with Cargill Meat Solutions Corp., based in Wichita, Kan. The acquisition will
Published: July 2, 2015
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Published: June 29, 2015
Compared to last week, yearling feeder cattle sold mostly steady with spots 2.00 higher to 2.00 lower. Steer and heifer calves traded steady to 5.00 lower throughout auctions in the Midwest and the Southeast. Demand still remains very good for calves and yearlings as there were several special sales this week as on Wednesday in Bassett, Neb., held a special
Published: June 26, 2015
Grow local. Buy local. Eat local. As the local trend also drives locally sourced brews, small hops and barley operations have been popping up all over Weld County and northern Colorado with the hopes of satisfying the needs of the state’s 200 craft breweries.One of the newest additions to Colorado craft beer culture is Troubadour Maltings, a Fort Collins-based malting
Published: June 26, 2015
Market reports for the week of June 22, 2015. [iframe src="http://e.issuu.com/embed.html#1795640/13715957" width="525" height="317" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe]
Published: June 23, 2015
The post was about the honey-making process happening at Ginger’s Farm in Eaton, Colo., during which followers were being updated in real time. Farm owner Matt Varoz later posted a video to show people what he was up to. “What are you doing? Is that honey?” one response read. “Yummmm!” said another Facebook follower. Varoz isn’t the only farmer cultivating
Published: June 22, 2015
Among the quiet residential streets near Greeley’s Bittersweet Park, the hustle and bustle of the Chicago Board of Trade sound from the speakers of Dean Moore’s home computer. The 90-second blasts of agricultural market news, produced by AgResource Co., broadcast daily to 19 states. Weekly commentary reaches 28 states, and other reports arrive through the radio waves in four Canadian
Published: June 18, 2015
The Geisert gravel pits, located outside of the Weld Food Bank on H Street, are expected to hold 1,100 acre-feet of water in two holding cells. The facility will serve in large part to provide augmentation water for farmers in Weld County and other parts of the conservancy district’s coverage area.District public information officer Kathy Parker said 98 percent of
Published: June 17, 2015
A global research and development company is headed back to Greeley.Agrium Wholesale is opening an 18,000 square foot agricultural research facility on 115th Avenue in Highpointe. The plant should be operational by March 2016, said Agrium Capital Projects Engineer Chris Macbeth.Agrium had a similar research facility in Alabama, but decided to sell it and relocate to Greeley. “There’s a good
Published: June 16, 2015
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Published: June 15, 2015
Compared to last week, a good test of yearling feeder cattle sold steady to 3.00 higher with instances 5.00-7.00 higher from mid-week on. Feeder cattle buyers continue to battle in the ultra-competitive yearling market; especially in the Southern Plains were at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and at OKC-West in El Reno each had receipts of over 12,000 feeders with a
Published: June 12, 2015
Evans, Colo., launched a weekly farmers market June 4. The Thursday market operates 4-7 p.m. at the Riverside Library and Cultural Center located at 3700 Golden St. in Evans. Market manager Shelby Florio said the weekly gathering will include local farmers, artisans and crafters, food trucks and entertainment. The first week also included a book sale that went to support
Published: June 11, 2015
Retired University of Wyoming Extension educator Tammie Jensen in Niobrara County has received the national Annie’s Project Women In Ag Educator Award for her efforts to improve the lives of others.The award is presented by Annie’s Project – Education for Farm Women (APEFW).Annie’s Project is an educational program dedicated to strengthening women’s roles in the modern farm enterprise. Jensen offered
Published: June 9, 2015
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Published: June 8, 2015
Like many other agricultural fields in Weld County, Harry Strohauer’s plots off of Weld County Road 42 have not been planted with corn this year.Residue of past crops remain, but not much grows here — just a spattering of weeds that trickle off and eventually give way to bare ground.While farmers in other parts of the county and state have
Published: June 8, 2015
Compared to last week, calves in a light test and yearlings sold firm to 5.00 higher, with many auctions that were closed during Memorial Day quoted a full 10.00 higher than two weeks ago. Receipts continue to be dominated by heavy yearlings which is fortunate since that is exactly where the best demand exists. Buyer interest still remains good for
Published: June 6, 2015
Say the word “bison” or “buffalo” in Montana and heads will turn.The large, roaming ruminants probably won’t notice. They will be grazing. Slowly ambling toward the next meadow. If they get too far outside of their “designated” areas, they might notice riders horseback, trailing them back toward the park.Ranchers will tell you of disease and overgrazing issues.Wildlife advocates say that
Published: June 6, 2015
While tumbleweeds have long settled into the romantic imagery of the plains, the rolling symbol of the Wild West remains far from home. On Colorado’s eastern plains, increasingly resilient strains of kochia, one of the various plants behind tumbleweeds, have created a headache for both researchers and farmers.Free from the competition found in its natural environment, the European and Asian
Published: June 3, 2015
New federal rules designed to protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands — and the drinking water of 117 million Americans — are being criticized by Republicans and farm groups as going too far.The White House says the rules, issued May 27, will provide much-needed clarity for landowners about which waterways must be protected against pollution and development. But House Speaker
Published: June 3, 2015
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Published: June 1, 2015
The 2015 class of inductees into the Nebraska Sandhills Cowboy Hall of Fame will be honored in a ceremony in Valentine, Neb., June 13. The 17 inductees join a diverse group of people who live in the 20-county region known as the Sandhills of Nebraska, and have made extraordinary contributions to the Western lifestyle or horse culture in a variety
Published: June 1, 2015
Make hay while the sun shines.But what if the sun doesn’t shine?Making haylage might be the answer, said Bruce Anderson, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln extension forage specialist.“That’s the biggest challenge with hay making almost anywhere you go – the problem of weather damage,” Anderson said. “Haylage helps reduce a lot of that occurrence because of its ability to be harvested
Published: June 1, 2015
Teamwork in rodeo seems like an oxymoron. Hard-working, athletic cowboys and cowgirls and their equally agile equine partners compete individually for top honors and cash.But the steer wrestler needs a hazer and a guy to push his steer. So does the breakaway roper. The team roper needs a partner. The goat tyer hopes someone stakes the goat well and an
Published: May 29, 2015
Many find starting something from the ground up laborious, but Windsor residents Jeremy and Tammy Gourd relished in the opportunity to build a better hop infrastructure and started G5 Hop Fields at 11095 Colo. 392 in Windsor.Nationally, hops contributed $33.9 billion to the economy in 2012 but remain a relatively unknown crop to Colorado farmers, something the Gourds hope to
Published: May 29, 2015
In the absence of the center pivots that typically sprinkle rural Weld County, Colo., with irrigation water, sprouts of young, green onion leaves hint that something else is going on behind the scenes at Eaton’s Fagerberg Produce.At one 360-acre site managed by the company, the trick lies just below the soil surface, where 7 1/2 miles of pipeline connect each
Published: May 28, 2015
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Published: May 27, 2015
We have a winner! We received six entries for last month’s mystery photo! John Linnebur of Roggen, Colo., identified the object as an adjustable aluminum flat band. It is used as a leg band on poultry or pea fowl. They come in boxes numbered 1-100. Bill Ugolini of Walsenburg, Colo., sent in the object. Thanks for sharing this nostalgic photo
Published: May 27, 2015
Although the Chadron State College cowgirls did well at the University of Wyoming rodeo earlier this month, the CSC cowboys did not have the success they needed and did not score enough points to qualify as a team for the College National Finals Rodeo in June.The CSC men’s team managed just 125 points, its lowest of the 2014-15 season, and
Published: May 27, 2015
When a customer orders a Big Mac at a McDonald’s, the question may be, “Do you want fries with that?”But the bigger question McDonald’s is asking is, “Is that burger sustainable?” The global fast food chain recently announced its pledge to end deforestation by promising to no longer buy commodities such as beef, coffee, palm oil and poultry from suppliers
Published: May 20, 2015
Copper may have historically been king in Montana, but today, it’s the most common deficiency in the state’s beef cattle.Jeff Hall, DVM, said 72 percent of the Montana-specific tests run at the Utah Veterinary Diagnostic Lab showed copper deficiencies. The toxicologist spoke at the Montana Nutrition Conference in Bozeman April 29.But just like in the mining days of yore, a
Published: May 19, 2015
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Published: May 18, 2015
It’s 10 a.m. on a Friday morning, and Arely Flores rips out the weeds that have re-emerged around the perimeter of a garden in a field behind Greeley, Colo.’s Brentwood Middle School.She tears a large weed loose, bringing soil and roots from the ground, along with a shiny black bug that starts crawling along the upended soil toward Arely’s hand.
Published: May 18, 2015
The piles of dirt tend to rise daily, as the heavy construction continues to dredge into the earth about five miles east of Kersey, Colo.The massive dirt-moving operation, which involves a couple of handfuls of heavy construction equipment, have been dredging ground for three months to dig the 70 Ranch Reservoir, a planned 6,000 acre-foot reservoir just north of U.S.
Published: May 18, 2015
Operators have shut down a dewatering well located near U.S. 85 and Gilcrest that had been heralded as a small, first step in reducing the area’s high water table.The well, operated by Weld County farmer Harry Strohauer, had been expected to run around the clock, pumping 1,300 gallons of groundwater a minute, in an effort to prevent further flooding of
Published: May 18, 2015
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Published: May 13, 2015
Spaghetti with meatballs, sloppy joes, ribeye steak, beef stew, hot dogs, fast food burgers; should those foods be grouped with asbestos, formaldehyde, hepatitis B and C, and other substances and diseases known to cause cancer?That’s the question the World Health Organization is asking.So, is taking a bite of your favorite steak off the grill akin to lighting up a cigarette?
Published: May 9, 2015
A hot brand is proof of ownership, and stockmen want their brands to look good on the animal. Creating a nice-looking brand involves proper technique, and a good branding iron.HOT IRON BRANDSGary Cammack, owner of Cammack Ranch Supply, Union Center, South Dakota, sells two styles of hot irons. “One is electric. These custom-made heating elements are formed to the shape
Published: May 7, 2015
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Published: May 4, 2015
When Don Hijar describes a seed of native prairie grass as amazing, he means it in the true sense of the word. Inside the tiny capsule are the wonder and the livelihood of the plains.A naturally self-sustaining system, the native seed that Hijar and his company Pawnee Buttes Seed of Greeley use to reclaim and repurpose land connects Weld County
Published: April 28, 2015
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Published: April 27, 2015
Do you know what this is? Bill Ugolini of Walsenburg, Colo., is wondering if any of our readers know anything about this mystery object. It is 3 and 1/2 inches long and about 1/4 inch wide and is made of aluminum. If you think you know what this is, then send your answer to The Fence Post Mystery Photo Contest.
Published: April 27, 2015
Steve Mohnen with Mohnen Angus can’t take a lot of time to enjoy the fresh calves on the ground. He’s got next calving season to think about.In the cattle business there isn’t much time to bask in the pleasure of success or wallow in failure. If a breeder isn’t looking at least twelve months into the future, he is probably
Published: April 23, 2015
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Published: April 20, 2015
Marc Pfister flips loaf after loaf of white cheese, helping press out whey and excess fluid from the young cheddar at his workspace in Windsor, Colo.’s Longview Creamery.About two-thirds into the cheesemaking process, the rubbery blocks still lack flavor. By the end, however, Pfister and head cheesemaker Caille Gash will send out text messages to eager customers across the Front
Published: April 20, 2015
It’s the love of the game and the love of kids which has kept Paul Cleveland going for the last 26 years. Since 1990, he has hosted and taught a steer wrestling clinic in Nebraska, and he’s calling it quits as the host and facilitator of the school.Cleveland, who lives in Keystone, Neb., has had some pretty big names alongside
Published: April 13, 2015
Moving one step closer to achieving a statewide water plan, Colorado’s most populated river basins approved regional proposals last week to help establish a water-secure future.At a meeting in the Plaza Event Center in Longmont, Colo., on April 15, the South Platte Basin and Metro roundtables unanimously decided to submit their final implementation plans to the Colorado Water Conservation Board.
Published: April 16, 2015
Yani Hata-Mickells digs a plastic orange shovel into the soil of a rectangle garden plot. After a few minutes, the shovel seems like an unnecessary burden to the 21-month-old toddler. Her tiny fist grabs a chunk of dirt and places it gently into a plastic blue pail.In the early stages of planting season, this is the extent to which Yani
Published: April 9, 2015
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Published: April 13, 2015
The federal estate tax is nearly 100 years old. If South Dakota Senator John Thune has his way, it won’t get any older. Under current law, a deceased person’s estate or assets must be worth $5.43 million before they are subject to the tax. The tax rate is 40 percent, the fourth highest in the world. Only Japan, South Korea
Published: April 11, 2015
Josh Montague describes his job as station manager at Bonnie Plants of Pierce as something similar to the reality television series “Deadliest Catch.”While Montague’s day-to-day may not reach the intensity of crabbing on the Bering Sea, he operates under that same seasonal rush as deep sea fishermen, pushing through exhaustion to earn a year’s living in a short time window.
Published: April 11, 2015
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Published: April 6, 2015
Although a number of Republicans joined Democrats in passing a bill in the House that could end Colorado’s ban on rain barrels, the legislation now awaits its first Senate committee hearing, where some Republicans remain wary of its possible long-term effects.The Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Energy Committee will hold a hearing for House Bill 1259 on April 16.The bill
Published: April 6, 2015
Researchers at Colorado State University are investigating the weighty topic of antibiotic resistance – an issue with ramifications for global food safety and public health – by tracking the genetic footprints of drug-resistant bacteria.They want to determine where infectious organisms originate and how they move through the food system and environment to people. The study, funded with $2.25 million from
Published: April 1, 2015
Compared to last week, feeder cattle and calves sold mostly steady to 5.00 higher with a majority of sales ranging from 2.00-5.00 higher. As a whole, receipts are currently made up of growing lot yearlings and fall born calves both carrying considerable flesh, but there seems to be plenty of buyers eagerly bidding on all classes. True grass ready stocker
Published: April 4, 2015
Mountain View firefighters were presented with a unique challenge last week while responding to a barn fire in Mead, but thanks to the help of a group of neighbors, they were able to save a herd of sheep from the flames.Minutes before 6 p.m. on March 26, Mountain View Fire Rescue was dispatched to a structure fire in the 17200
Published: April 2, 2015
Travis Krein recalls that as a youth cattle and horses were about his only interests. He didn’t participate in sports or many other activities in high school. He just wanted to be a rancher. Conventional wisdom is that unless an individual can inherit a ranch or marry into the family that has one it’s nearly impossible to become a rancher
Published: April 1, 2015
As we were driving through the flatlands of central Argentina, looking at all of the cropland, it was hard to believe 15 years ago it was native prairie grassland. Argentine farmers used to be heavily focused on grazing cattle on open range pasture before crops like corn, soybeans, sunflowers and wheat became more common and profitable. Once this happened, farmers
Published: March 31, 2015
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Published: March 30, 2015
Do you know what this is? Jim Nees of Elizabeth, Colo., is wondering if any of our readers know anything about this mystery object. If you think you know what this is, then send your answer to the Fence Post Mystery Photo Contest. Please include your address and phone number. If your guess agrees with our experts’ opinions, then we’ll
Published: March 30, 2015
Members of a groundwater technical committee from the Gilcrest and Sterling areas, regions that have often butted heads on establishing cohesive water solutions, presented short- and long-term proposals to resolve rising water table issues at the Irrigationist Symposium at Loveland’s Embassy Suites last week.While high groundwater levels have varied in consistency and manageability in the two towns, both have reported
Published: March 28, 2015
Veterinary researchers at the University of California, Davis, are teaming up with their colleagues in human medicine to investigate a troubling disorder in newborn horses and are exploring possible connections to childhood autism. The common link, the researchers suggest, may be abnormal levels of naturally occurring neurosteroids.The horse disorder, known as neonatal maladjustment syndrome, has puzzled horse owners and veterinarians
Published: March 27, 2015
Sorting a livestock class is easy. Just put the good ones up, the bad ones down. Then, be ready to back it up; talk tough. But sorting kids? The most experienced evaluators know that’s impossible.“You know, I used to think I could pick out a kid who was going to excel, but I can’t say that’s true,” Sweet Grass County
Published: March 27, 2015
As South Dakota Farmers Union celebrates its 100th year, we are taking a look back at our organization’s roots and highlighting some of the milestones which make us who we are today. This second article is one of three which focus on SDFU’s role in cooperative development and success in South Dakota. To read the first article, which ran in
Published: March 26, 2015
WASHINGTON, March 17, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports that family-owned farms remain the backbone of the agriculture industry. The latest data comes from the Census of Agriculture farm typology report and help shine light on the question, “What is a family farm?”“As we wrap up mining the 6 million data points from
Published: March 26, 2015
Annie’s Project empowers farm and ranch women to be better business partners and operators through networks and by managing and organizing critical information.The six-week course is designed especially for farm and ranch women to help them develop their management and decision-making skills for their operations. Sessions include presentations by industry experts, hands-on learning projects, and discussions focused on the participants’
Published: March 25, 2015
Market reports for the week of March 23, 2015. [iframe src="http://e.issuu.com/embed.html#1795640/11996994" width="525" height="317" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe]
Published: March 23, 2015
Were it not for the grain silos, Hereford, Colo., might flash across the rear view mirror, passing entirely unnoticed by most traveling motorists.The unincorporated Weld County community sits just 2 miles south of the Wyoming state line on the northern edge of the Pawnee National Grassland. To find its exact location takes some planning — Hereford is not listed on
Published: March 23, 2015
Les Fritz mined his own coal to keep his family warm through the bitter North Dakota winters. “We called it lignite coal but my neighbor Vern Smith said it was lug-night coal. We lugged it day and night,” Fritz of Dickinson, N.D., recalls. Finding the coal was easy for someone with a sharp eye. “We found it on Third Creek.
Published: March 17, 2015

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