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The WestParts of the Great Basin to central Rockies received 1-3 inches of precipitation, with amounts locally over 3 inches in Nevada and adjoining Idaho. Smaller amounts fell to the north, with no precipitation reported across much of the Southwest. D0 was pulled back in parts of Montana and Wyoming, and D2 in south central Montana was deleted. D0 expanded
Published: April 29, 2016
Skyview School of STEM kids entered the gymnasium class by class. They sat squirming on the gymnasium floor, waiting to hear the big news.Kendra Jacoby, Skyview’s gifted and talented teacher stood in front of the assembly and made the big reveal — Skyview received a $60,000 Great Outdoors Colorado mini grant for an outdoor classroom. The classroom will include a
Published: April 29, 2016
Beef producers, extension educators, veterinarians and others in the beef industry are encouraged to attend the 2016 Beef Methane Conference May 11-12, hosted by Nebraska Extension. The conference will be at the Cornhusker Marriot Hotel, 333 S. 13th St. in Lincoln. Attendees will learn the latest on beef cattle enteric methane production, why it is produced, the impact of its
Published: April 29, 2016
Eleven-year-old Jonan Bush, has a green thumb, even if it’s still little.He likes helping his mom plant new flowers in her garden. When the pair attended Spring Field Day April 24 in Belleville, Kan., hosted by Kansas State University’s River Valley Extension District, he got the chance to learn about new plants, something he was very excited about.That joy about
Published: April 29, 2016
I’m going to start this off with full disclosure: I’ve never successfully grown anything.I killed a cactus houseplant once. I had a bamboo plant for a couple years, but only because it was so hardy, it took that long for it to die its slow, painful death. I can’t even successfully grow my hair out, because I’m not patient enough.I’m
Published: April 29, 2016
Agriculture and its many offshoots can be hazardous endeavors.Risks come during machinery operation, handling livestock and other animals, weather and more. To help warn and advise farmers and ranchers, the first Ag Safety Day for Larimer County was held April 23 at Centennial Livestock Auction.“I have seen several ag-related accidents over the years and realize that some kids don’t have
Published: April 29, 2016
To hear Mr. and Mrs. Urban Airhead talk, you’d think farming and ranching are activities we engage in for our own foolish pleasure. They talk about how much water we waste as if we are filling our Olympic-size swimming pools with it. I know I wake up every morning and the first thing I think of is, “How much water
Published: April 29, 2016
The legend of Joaquin Murieta is just that — a legend.Therefore, it’s not easy to know what is truth. It is certain that Murieta migrated north from his native Mexico to California in pursuit of gold during the Gold Rush. There, Murieta encountered severe racism, and he and his wife may have been attacked.New Mexico novelist Thomas D. Clagett takes
Published: April 29, 2016
Dr. Charles Neumann finds two of his favorite things, animals and kids, wrapped up in one event ­­— high school rodeo.The retired veterinarian volunteers his time and expertise at the Nebraska High School Finals Rodeo in Hastings, Neb. every year, and will do it again this June, when the finals comes to town June 16-18.He’s there in case an animal
Published: April 29, 2016
On the wall in Ed Orr’s office in west Greeley is a plaque showing the family’s cattle brands. His is pictured last, the latest in a line of Colorado ranchers dating back four generations. When you ask him about his two set of cattle, he smiles. One groups runs on a ranch in Grand County and the other grazes just
Published: April 29, 2016
As Colorado development land becomes a hot commodity and farming overhead costs grow, ag properties become less likely to survive as-is when sold.Some multi-generational farm owners try to hang onto their family’s rural roots by devoting part of their land to farm museums, or through Community Sponsored Agriculture endeavors or special event-driven festivities. One Fort Collins farm more than 130
Published: April 29, 2016
Low commodity prices are beginning to affect agriculture land prices in some Colorado regions, but not as much in Weld and Morgan Counties.Ryan Hostetler, managing broker at AGPROfessionals in Greeley, said the Weld County market is still very strong, probably due to limited supply.“The demand for agriculture land and water in Weld County has not diminished,” Hostetler said. “There’s a
Published: April 29, 2016
Earlier this month, my agency – the Agricultural Marketing Service – released data showing that there are now more than 21,000 certified organic operations in the United States and more than 31,000 around the world. These numbers represent an increase of almost 12 percent between 2014 and 2015, continuing the trend of rapid growth in the organic sector as consumer
Published: April 29, 2016
While watching the “telly” recently, I again saw an advertisement promoting beef, chicken and pork products that are hormone and antibiotic-free.Hummmm... So I reckon you might want to eat a meat product that at one time could have been sick and survived without medication? So was it completely well or was there some residual effects? We take our kids to
Published: April 29, 2016
I mentioned recently that I’d moved my purple martin bird houses to a new, more open location. Of course, the dreaded starlings and pesky English sparrows quickly moved in before the purple martins arrived.Well, a couple of days ago, a pair of purple martins arrived and I sat on the deck and watched what happened. The martins perched on top
Published: April 29, 2016
Last year, I had a large number of complaints on prickly lettuce. It was being mistaken for a thistle. The leaves look very much like thistle leaves. There are even prickly spines going up the midrib of the leaf on the underside. It has tiny yellow flowers like a sunflower. These flowers turn into white puff balls and blow around
Published: April 29, 2016
The products were made at the company’s Waco, Texas facility and recalled because of potential contamination from outside materials, including plastic, wood, rubber and metal, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The products included popcorn chicken, breaded chicken patties, chicken nuggets and other similar chicken products produced between Aug. 21, 2014, and March 1,
Published: April 26, 2016
When Jack Annan went to Colorado State University, he knew he wasn’t going to grow crops for the rest of his life.He could have gone the traditional route and taken over the family farm in LaSalle, like many did. But the Weld County land that housed hogs and grew sugar beets, alfalfa hay, potatoes, oats and corn also helped sprout
Published: April 22, 2016
Gena Rose slipped into her coveralls, pulled on a baseball cap and reached for a glass Corona beer bottle from a picnic table.“It’s milk for one of the kids,” she said. “We’d use old Coke bottles, but you can’t find them anymore. The rubber nipple doesn’t fit on anything else.” Rose was introduced to the Boer goat breed four years
Published: April 26, 2016
Sometimes in life, it’s a matter of finding out what you’re good at and then doing it.That was the case for a thirteen-year-old buckskin named Chuck.Chuck wasn’t any good at ranch work, and he didn’t really care about tie-down roping.But when it came to steer wrestling, he loved it.Chuck was purchased by a Nebraska Sandhills ranch family as a weanling
Published: April 22, 2016
Jacque Corsentino rode her share of horses throughout her life, always hoping one of them would be that one-in-a-million animal she’d heard people talk about.Then, after she got bucked off one too many times by a full-sized horse, she switched to owning miniature horses. That’s when Shine pranced into her life on short, little legs, black bangs flopping in front
Published: April 21, 2016
A source of pride amongst cowboys is knowin’ the lay of the land.And any poor fool that gets lost they figger ain’t much of a hand!They said, “We’ll all meet at Bull Crick!” Then looked at me like a trainee!“Draw me a map and I’ll find it! Columbus had nothin’ on me!”Daylight broke into my windshield, headed south and loaded
Published: April 26, 2016
Nebraska agriculture groups joined together to urge Congress to fully fund the Agriculture Research Service, which includes funding for the Meat Animal Research Center (MARC) in Clay Center, Neb., as part of the Fiscal Year 2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill. In a letter to U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, and Congressman Robert Aderholt, chair
Published: April 26, 2016
Temple Grandin’s worldwide reputation as a leader in the field of humane animal handing and autism advocacy propelled her into one of the nation’s most distinguished groups – the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The Colorado State University professor of animal sciences was elected to American Academy April 20 in Cambridge, Mass.Her approach to animal welfare is informed by
Published: April 26, 2016
Colorado State University will take a leading role as part of a USDA-NIFA funded university consortium to address agricultural sustainability on the Ogallala Aquifer.The consortium, comprised of CSU and seven other universities as well as USDA-ARS, has been awarded a USDA Water for Agriculture Challenge Area CAP grant which will provide $10 million over four years for innovative research and
Published: April 26, 2016
Crop planting in Colorado is inching closer to — or in the case of potatoes and sugar beets, ahead of — the five-year average for this time of year, according to the Crop Progress and Condition report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Late March storms brought much-needed moisture to the state, but it kept farmers from getting into the fields. Two
Published: April 22, 2016
The Greeley Stampede Golf Tournament, sponsored by Great Western Bank, will be held June 4 at the Eaton Country Club. The event is open to the public and businesses are encouraged to become sponsors. Sponsorships start at $100 to have your name or logo featured on a tee box sign. Teams will get Santiago’s breakfast burritos, a JBS steak lunch
Published: April 22, 2016
Lexus Kelsch of McLaughlin, S.D., recently won the collegiate barrel racing title for the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) at Curtis.She won the short go-round and winning average on April 15-16 to put her atop the standings during the weekend contest hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Rodeo Association.April 11-17 was deemed “Rodeo Week” in the state by Nebraska
Published: April 22, 2016
The 2016 Nebraska Ranch Practicum gives ranchers cutting edge research in range livestock production from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Natural resources, livestock management and economic reality are integrated throughout the practicum.During the three-season UNL Extension class, participants have the opportunity to expand their knowledge with an overview of ranching practices from new angles. Throughout the program, participants will cover a
Published: April 22, 2016
The Platte Valley FFA Chapter will host the 58th Annual Little American Royal Livestock and Horse Show May 6-7. The spring livestock show gives 4-H, FFA and breed association members the chance to exhibit beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, horses, swine and meat goats. The show is the largest spring show in the state with more than 1,200 entries. Following
Published: April 22, 2016
The Greeley Stampede is seeking entries for its National Anthem Contest.The winners of the contest will get the chance to sing “The Star Spangled Banner” at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Xtreme Bulls on June 23 or at one of the PRCA rodeos on June 28, 29, 30 or July 2 or at the Demolition Derby on July 4. To
Published: April 22, 2016
As the fleecy head of a lamb poked out to gnaw on the bars of its pen, the slobbery, chubby cheeks of a redheaded baby did the same at the next pen over.A downy goat chewed on some straw from his pen, so a toddler scooped a handful into his toothy mouth, then let out a wail when it didn’t
Published: April 22, 2016
Cowboy Wade is foreman at a sizeable spread hereabouts. A “yep” and “nope” cowboy, Wade views life and cow activity with a wry eye. His attitude remains unruffled in the face of a snorty mama cow or a rampaging bull. It takes a lot to faze Wade. He can handle it all … or thought he could until Wanda showed
Published: April 22, 2016
Cowboy ethics is a popular phrase that came about from a book penned by James P. Owen titled, “Cowboy Ethics: What Wall Street Can Learn from the Code of the West.” Owen, a lawyer, is not the originator of the idea, he is just capitalizing on it. Zane Grey is credited with the first written record when he wrote “The
Published: April 22, 2016
Ben Kern sat on the seat of a covered wagon, holding the lines to a team of horses in early June 1993 in Ogallala, Neb. It was our first meeting. Since that time, he and I became fast friends and traveled thousands of miles along the Western emigrant trails, many of them in his yellow-wheeled wagon.Ben will be honored April
Published: April 22, 2016
Our electric branding iron hangs high on a barn wall, bought on impulse 35 years ago but not used in 30. We freeze brand our replacement heifers, though.And regardless of their perfect hides, we consider each year’s calves branded by the fact that they came from this place in Kansas we call Rockytop.On many western ranches, there’s a day or
Published: April 22, 2016
Ashley Gordon turned a high school hobby into a paying business five years ago.He grows mushrooms in a rented building on the outskirts of Grand Island, Neb., and sells them to restaurants, grocery stores and farmers’ markets as far away as Lincoln and Omaha, 150 miles to the east. And he’s setting up a business model for area farmers who
Published: April 19, 2016
Bruce Ford was used to making what could be life-altering decisions.Every time, as he settled in on a bareback horse rearing up like he was possessed, Ford would offer “Let ‘er fly.”So, several years ago when his doctor told him it was either his left leg or his life — the result of an ongoing battle with sugar diabetes —
Published: April 19, 2016
I have developed a way to evaluate when a person reaches the pinnacle of their profession, their prime, so to speak. I call it the “Peak of Practical Intelligence.” It states there is a point in the lifetime of a profession where your dependence on your knowledge derived from Education (ED) equals your dependence on your knowledge gained from Experience
Published: April 19, 2016
The seventh annual Big Wyoming Horse Expo has something to offer all horse lovers who want to further develop their riding skills and learn more about their horses.This year’s event will be held April 22-24 in the indoor Wyoming Pepsi Equine Center at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in Douglas, Wyo. During this long-weekend event, horse lovers can compete in a
Published: April 15, 2016
Amberley Snyder finds ways to make things work. Using duct tape is one of her go-to solutions.But it can’t fix everything. That’s what AgrAbility is for.AgrAbility helps those in the agriculture industry with disabilities still be able to work. They help with all sorts of things ranging from arthritis to back impairments to mental disabilities.Snyder was the keynote speaker at
Published: April 15, 2016
Most big cities seem to have their own alternative newspaper that runs an annual poll asking readers to name their favorite place to get a massage, or eat Thai food or vegetarian barbecue. In their biggest issue of the year, they’ll print a “Best Of” edition announcing winners in categories like dog grooming, limo service, esthetician (whatever that is), art
Published: April 19, 2016
Gentle readers, we all have certain things that rub us the wrong way. You know, push our hair back against the grain. I have a few I’d like to share with you. My compadres at the T Bar Inn have heard them all, and I reckon I need a new audience. Our country is $19 trillion in debt and the
Published: April 19, 2016
It’s gets tougher and tougher to find good temporary hired help on today’s farms and ranches. Farm boys who know the aggie ropes are scarce as hen’s teeth and the only resource left is a very small pool of teens who want to work, but don’t know the first thing about agriculture.That’s the background for a very true story that
Published: April 19, 2016
Dana Hoff was obese, diabetic and lethargic when she entered the home of Nicole Nelson and Michelle Rice. Most of all, she was unhappy.Hoff lived alone in a trailer when she came under Envision’s care. She’d been with Envision, the Evans agency that offers support for those with developmental disabilities, for more than 20 years, but the agency finally moved
Published: April 19, 2016
A rangeland and local agriculture session featuring a tour of the Lockhart Cattle Co. is Saturday, April 30, near Jackson Hole, Wyo.The tour has a limit of 30, said Glenn Owings, University of Wyoming Extension educator.Topics include rangeland ecosystems, ranch operation basics in Wyoming and ranching culture, landscape values and local food production.A presentation will be from 10-11 a.m. at
Published: April 15, 2016
Beef Bucks, Inc. will be accepting applications for their 2016-2017 scholarship until May 1. The scholarship is open to any applicant that is dependent upon the beef industry. This may be directly or through a parent or guardian. The scholarship will be available for use in the second semester of the 2016-2017 academic year for those attending a school of
Published: April 15, 2016
NCTA Aggie students Tom Percival of Oxford, Neb., and Lexus Kelsch of McLaughlin, S.D., made it to final rounds in collegiate rodeo action last weekend at South Dakota State University.“Everyone competed very well in the spring opener,” said Bridger Chykta, rodeo coach at the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. “The NCTA athletes executed fundamentals properly and were aggressive in their
Published: April 15, 2016
The following are the winners of CASNR awards, the annual banquet for the College of Agriculture Sciences and Natural Resources, which took place April 10 at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.Outstanding teacherLarry BarksdaleOutstanding organization Agronomy ClubOutstanding student organization officer Ben HalorsonSuperior academic advisorJoe LuckOutstanding student organization member Kate LikensOutstanding undergraduate teaching assistant Jessica BartakOutstanding staff memberSherri PitchieOutstanding student organization for
Published: April 15, 2016
Denise Reardon enjoys talking to people. “I like to ask them where they’re from and get to know them personally,” she said.Occasionally, her asthma acts up when she gets chatty — especially, since she tends to meet people 11,000 feet above sea level. “I might lose my breath little,” she said, “but it doesn’t stop me.”As a conductor on Leadville’s
Published: April 15, 2016
As designated by Colorado’s legislature, April is Historic Leadville Month. This year, according to historian David Wright, celebrations will be held over the weekend of April 22 and 23.The events have been carefully planned by Wright along with his wife, Jane, fifth-generation resident Judge Neil Reynolds and a host of volunteers. They include an Olde Tyme photo booth, a Bluegrass
Published: April 15, 2016
TransCanada continues to make significant progress in its investigation to locate the source of oil on the Keystone Pipeline right-of-way. The company has completed its initial modelling and have provided to regulators an estimate of the potential volume of leaked oil. The estimate is 400 barrels, or about 16,800 gallons.The volume estimate reported to the National Response Centre (NRC) and
Published: April 15, 2016
Peabody Energy and Arch Coal, the two largest coal mines in America, announced 15 percent of their workforces would be cut March 31. With 500 coal miners in Wyoming without work, many are calling the day “Black Thursday.”“The coal industry is facing a perfect storm of factors that has led to these layoffs,” said Anne Alexander, University of Wyoming economist
Published: April 15, 2016
The Stacked Lazy 3 Ranch, owned and managed by Keven and Sandi Turecek, has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Colorado Leopold Conservation Award.In 1949, renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold published a book entitled “A Sand County Almanac.” He called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage, which he called “an evolutionary possibility
Published: April 15, 2016
Nebraska Extension will be teaching a three-part series of classes focusing on home food preservation. The classes will be held on April 21, 28 and May 3 at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 315 West 5th in North Platte, starting at 6:30 p.m. Nancy Frecks, extension educator in Dundy, Hayes and Hitchcock Counties, will be the presenter. All classes will
Published: April 15, 2016
Tractor Supply Company, in partnership with National 4-H Council, is proud to announce the launch of its 2016 Spring Paper Clover Campaign.Tractor Supply Company and Del’s Feed and Farm Supply customers will have the opportunity to purchase paper clovers between April 13-24 for $1 or more during checkout. All funds raised will be used to support 4-H youth development program
Published: April 15, 2016
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced April 12 that dairy farms participating in the Margin Protection Program can now update their production history when an eligible family member joins the operation. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, protects participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below
Published: April 15, 2016
The Colorado Independent CattleGrowers Association is seeking an intern to serve for six to eight weeks during the summer. The position, called the Joel Franz Memorial Internship, will include a variety of duties, including creating invitations for the annual association convention to writing press releases. Most of the internship will or can be done from home. The internship closes with
Published: April 15, 2016
As one of the largest agricultural producing counties in the nation, Weld County growers and livestock producers face daily challenges when it comes to maintaining an adequate workforce. The Greeley Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee invites the public to an educational symposium from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. on May 18 to learn about the labor complexities involved in getting food
Published: April 15, 2016
At the end of the day, a farmer can look back at how many acres he has disked, irrigated or harvested. A rancher counts his newborn calves, repairs his fence or works (vaccinates or other herd health duties) his cows. All of these are quantifiable, physical, easy to see projects. Though the work never ends for farmers or ranchers, there
Published: April 15, 2016
How do ranch women keep track? They do it with calendars. You get new ones every year from banks, groceries, feed stores—every location is happy to supply you with a calendar. Which is a good thing. You can use a few in the house — kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, office —­ and in the barn. On a ranch, activities carried out
Published: April 15, 2016
Being in the Suffolk sheep business for 33 years is no easy feat.But Larry Lofink of Lofink Suffolk in Cheyenne has tackled this challenge by determining what genetic improvements he wants to make in his flock and sticking with it. “Years ago, I got into the sheep business to give my kids a project for 4-H and FFA,” he said.
Published: April 15, 2016
The farmers and municipal water representatives in the room predicted that would be the magic number, and on April 14, Northern Water’s board of directors voted to make that number official. The 70 percent quota is about as average as it gets, said Northern Water’s Brian Werner. He knows the old saying ‘There’s no such thing as an average water
Published: April 14, 2016
John Stulp, special policy adviser for water to Gov. John Hickenlooper, read a letter from the governor at the Northern Water Spring Water Users meeting April 13 at the Ranch in Loveland. In the letter, Hickenlooper applauded Northern Water for the Windy Gap Firming Project’s ability to bring communities together, protect fish and wildlife, and make Colorado’s water more sustainable,
Published: April 14, 2016
Jim said he had the best two-strand bob wire fence in the country. The ranchers who bordered him got together and fixed his fence. Now his pasture is gettin’ thin and he’s only got half as many cows! That didn’t please Jim’s banker. So he reduced his line of credit and told him to sell part of his herd to
Published: April 11, 2016
Sometimes life’s proper direction is full circle. Betina Tacoronte was born in Colorado in 1965, where she resided until she married a military man. Stationed originally in Virginia, the couple was transferred to Hawaii in 1997.Tropical living and ocean breezes — paradise, right? In many ways, yes. But Tacoronte soon realized that the human beings’ shortcomings affect other species regardless
Published: April 11, 2016
Bentley would later inherit the family plot, add to it and continue working the land with his wife, Olga, two sons and a sister. In 1969, Bentley retired from farm life and sold off 150 acres but maintained a small parcel along 47th Avenue between 16th and 20th streets where he built two homes.Although it would cease to serve as
Published: April 11, 2016
A pack of wolves north of Yellowstone National park that have preyed on livestock over a two-year period have now become the hunted. Specialists from USDA are flying in and working on the ground to eliminate Rosebud pack. The pack, whose territory is the Beartooth front in a ranching community in southern Montana, had made a name for itself, killing
Published: April 8, 2016
Joyce Kelly knows the volatility of agricultural markets. The Greeley woman, who runs a corn farm with her husband, felt the latest market downturn firsthand.The Kellys grow corn for grain, and when corn prices plummeted after hitting a high of more than $7 per bushel, her family’s income took a nosedive, too. When meat prices slipped, Kelly felt that too
Published: April 8, 2016
A wildfire that started March 22 scorched more than 360,000 acres of Kansas and Oklahoma land.The blaze continued through the Easter weekend, and thanks to an inch of snow in some areas, the fire was 95 percent contained as of April 1. Nearly 20 homes and 25 minor structures had been burned and ranchers were still trying to gather wandering
Published: April 11, 2016
“Not all cowboys are cowboys” is, I think, a fairly accurate statement. I have friends and know other folks around the area and from my past that would consider themselves to be “cowboys”. They aren’t now and were not back then. I can tell you, gentle readers, that the only person that can hang the title of “cowboy” on you
Published: April 11, 2016
The “cultural conflict” that exists between city folks and country folks is legendary. The conflict usually stems from misunderstandings, not mis-intentions. The most egregious from a country folk standpoint is when city folks move to the country “to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life so they can enjoy the serenity of country life.” Then, once they
Published: April 11, 2016
We take a lot of things for granted in the cattle business, like a squeeze chute and a wife that both work, a dog that sleeps at your feet and a horse that doesn’t. One of the biggest things we hardly ever appreciate is the lowly feedbunk. But not me, I haven’t taken the feedbunk for granted ever since I
Published: April 11, 2016
Dames rocket is an escaped ornamental, biennial plant from the mustard family. This plant is on the “B list” requiring suppression. Over the years, it was included in a number of wildflower seed mixes which has aided in the spread of this plant into uncultivated areas. The purplish pink flowers have four petals. Dames rocket flowers from April through July.
Published: April 11, 2016
According to the latest snowpack reports from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, northern Colorado water users may finally get to let out the breath they’ve been holding. In February, Brian Werner of the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District said a wet, snowy spring would be key for a good water year. March and April are the most important months of
Published: April 11, 2016
The PlainsThe showery weather relieved some of the D0 in western Texas, but farther north and west, abnormal dryness and moderate drought continued to expand. D0 conditions worsened to D1 in southern New Mexico, and D1 expanded across central and southern Kansas, southeastern Colorado, and part of Oklahoma. To the north and east, abnormal dryness expanded to cover southern Nebraska
Published: April 8, 2016
With climate change comes the threat of more wildfires, particularly in the western United States. And where there’s fire, there’s smoke.This expected increase in wildfire smoke will no doubt affect overall levels of what’s called particulate matter air pollution – the mixture of inhalable solid or liquid particles suspended in air. And wind-driven dust, on the rise due to climate-related
Published: April 8, 2016
As the spring semester hits a mid-point, the students, staff and faculty at the University of the Nebraska Lincoln will celebrate accomplishments within the agriculture department at the university.The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources will have its 16th annual CASNR Week, with a number of events held April 9-16.There are four new events this year, according to Karen
Published: April 8, 2016
On a cool spring night near Absarokee, Montana, last week, 28 replacement heifers were grazing a pasture when wolves descended on them, running the young cows through three fences. One heifer was killed and dragged against a creek and chewed on. Another stood off by herself, too badly injured to keep up with the herd, her rectum torn, her intestines
Published: April 8, 2016
Hundreds gathered for the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War March 29. Veterans, family members and friends helped celebrate at the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony at Ft. Logan National Cemetery. March 29 is the date the final U.S. troops left Vietnam in 1975.This story has been edited from its original form to reflect the correct end
Published: April 8, 2016
Socially awkward situations ­— they happen to all of us, and by their very definition, they always happen at inopportune times.Such wuz what happened to my ol’ county extension agent buddy — you’ll remember he’s Avery Ware — when he and three friends attended a recent concert at the old Grenada Theater in Emporia. Avery told the story on himself
Published: April 5, 2016
There’s a Limerick Song that I believe was generated from early “Sesame Street” limerick verses. To that tune, here’s a passage of Camp Hell’s-a-Roarin’ limericks. No, these five-line verses aren’t off-color, lewd or disgustingly nasty. I’m optimistic that these tidbits are witty, humorous and old-fashioned fun you can share around a campfire. Start with the refrain and teach it to
Published: April 8, 2016
The March Federal order Class III benchmark milk price was announced by USDA at $13.74 per hundredweight (cwt.), down 6 cents from February, $1.82 below March 2015, and equates to about $1.18 per gallon, down from $1.19 in February. It is the lowest March Class III since 2010.The First Quarter Class III average stands at $13.75, down from $15.73 at
Published: April 5, 2016
The Wyoming Department of Agriculture is accepting project proposals for the 2016 United States Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop grant.According to a news release from the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, the state department will get more than $300,000 to help the competitiveness of specialty crops.Proposals are due May 2 by a person, non-profit, municipality or educational institution. Grants will be
Published: April 8, 2016
The Colorado Pork Producers Council is holding the Taste of Elegance event, a night of dinner and drinks to benefit the Colorado FFA Foundation and the ACF Colorado Chef’s Association Education fund, according to a news release from the pork organization.The event will be held 5-8 p.m. April 30 at the Gutterson Lake House at St. Michaels Reservoir Estate in
Published: April 8, 2016
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation last week announced the 2016 marketing assistance loan rates by county for wheat, corn, grain sorghum, barley, oats, soybeans and each “other oilseed” (canola, crambe, flaxseed, mustard seed, rapeseed, safflower, sesame seed and sunflower seed). The rates are posted on the Farm Service Agency (FSA) website at www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/price-support/commodity-loan-rates/index.Marketing assistance loans provide
Published: April 8, 2016
The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust is accepting nominations for the Kurt Bucholz Award.The award is given to those who practice and show similar core beliefs through public service and conservation efforts to those Bucholz embodied during his life, a news release from the group said.Nomination forms can be found at www.wsgalt.org, and are due May 16.To be eligible, one
Published: April 8, 2016
The Greeley Stampede is accepting entries for the cutest of all the rodeo events, Mutton Bustin’. In Mutton Bustin, children ages 5-7 and weighing less than 55 pounds try to ride a sheep across the arena and hold on as long as possible, according to a new release from the Greeley Stampede. “The crowd always goes crazy,” said James Herman,
Published: April 8, 2016
The Greeley-based organization Colorado Corn announced this week the election of Doug Wilson as president of the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee. This election follows the death last month of Charlie Bartlett, the committee’s former president. “We lost an incredible leader with Charlie’s passing, but we will certainly make it a priority to carry forward with his innovative and forward-thinking spirit
Published: April 8, 2016
It’s time for producers to sign up for coverage programs.Producers can sign up for the Agriculture Risk Coverage program or the Price Loss Coverage program until Aug. 1, according to a news release from the Weld County United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency. The programs each provide financial assistance for producers in case the prices for certain commodities
Published: April 8, 2016
Gentle readers, if you can remember my last column, I was braggin’ on spring being just around the corner. ‘Member that? Well, I reckon I jumped the gun just a tad. About three days later, we had one of those big bad blizzards. You know, the kind that are on steroids? Yep, 40-60 m.p.h. winds and snow that was so
Published: April 5, 2016
Back in the 1800s when cattle wearing different brands shared the same range, it was quite common for ranchers to eat the beef of another rancher. After all, for every beef of your neighbors you ate, that was one of yours that you could sell for $12.50.One of the more amusing stories I’ve heard from this era occurred when Burk
Published: April 5, 2016
There’s a Limerick Song that I believe was generated from early “Sesame Street” limerick verses. To that tune, here’s a passage of Camp Hell’s-a-Roarin’ limericks. No, these five-line verses aren’t off-color, lewd or disgustingly nasty. I’m optimistic that these tidbits are witty, humorous and old-fashioned fun you can share around a campfire. Start with the refrain and teach it to
Published: April 4, 2016
There is at least one thing that separates agricultural people from their office-working brothers...the weather.How often have you seen the local anchorman turn to the local weather girl and say, “Gosh, Marsha, that’s really good news! I’m sure getting tired of this rain!”What’s he getting tired of? Having a soggy newspaper on the porch? Having to wear his goulashes from
Published: April 4, 2016
Alex Latchininsky was “stunned” recently to find locusts in Tajikistan hatching in the first week of March — six weeks earlier than normal.He had noticed for years that the warmer climate was impacting locusts, both in Central Asia and in Wyoming, where the University of Wyoming professor and extension entomologist splits his time. But a March hatch in Tajikistan was
Published: April 5, 2016
The dairy industry in Colorado is continuing to grow.Leprino Foods Company submitted plans to the city of Greeley for the long-planned Phase Three expansion.“It indicates that they’re following through with the phasing that’s been planned out for quite some time,” said Greeley city planner Brett Walker. “I think it means good things for Leprino and for the city (of Greeley).”The
Published: April 5, 2016
Tickets are on sale for the Jesse James Festival Trail Ride.The celebration will be Sept. 14-18 in Smithville, Mo.There are different ticket packages and include attendance to the festival, rodeo, entrances to history museums and other events.To register call Rachel Graves at (816) 407-3652 or email rgraves@claycountymo.gov.-Staff reports
Published: April 5, 2016
There is a new agreement to open all barriers on U.S. beef exports to Peru.The announcement was March 14 by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. trade representative Michael Froman, according to a news release. The beef export barriers went into effect in 2003, but the U.S.-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement in 2009 opened some of those barriers. Beef and
Published: April 5, 2016
Nebraska voters will have to wait until 2017 — at the earliest — if they want to be the next Right to Farm state.Despite confidence the constitutional amendment would be on the November ballot, Sen. John Kuehn — the bill’s sponsor — withdrew the bill from further discussion in the state legislator last month.During the interim session, Kuehn will help
Published: April 4, 2016
Even though producers are making less off milk and meat they sell, they aren’t paying as much to feed their animals.Many cattle feeders and dairy owners are buying their feed at a low price because of the depressed commodities market.Some producers say the low grain and corn prices are making a huge difference in their profits, while others say those
Published: April 4, 2016

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