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Heat, grasshoppers bring something to complain about

July 21, 2017 — Now that winter snow, ice, snowbound roads and furnaces going full blast to keep frostbite and hypothermia from setting in are over, it's time to complain of fires, drought, grasshoppers and summer heat. How hot IS it? It's so hot… » hens are laying soft-boiled […]

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Mader: My first show calf, Part II

July 21, 2017 — It's the week before fair around here and I'm bustling around trying to help my 8- and 11-year-old kids finish record books, bake final cakes, put together small engine demos and complete shooting sports posters. Despite my best efforts, the week before fair always seems […]

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Sanders: Civilian Conservation Corps

July 21, 2017 — Any state or federal park that existed before 1933 was likely touched by the Civilian Conservation Corps, which was established under law on March 31, 1933. That in itself was a miracle because Franklin Delano Roosevelt was inaugurated as U.S. president on March 4, 1933. […]

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Hanks: Summertime blues

July 21, 2017 — I can distinctly remember a few months ago when I was whining about the cold, miserable weather. Man how I wished we could just have some of those good ol' hot summer days. Well, gentle readers, ya know where this is going. Here I am […]

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World won’t wait for U.S. to lead on trade

July 21, 2017 — Nebraska beef is once again being sold in China after the Trump administration negotiated an end to a 14-year ban. This is a great development for Nebraska agriculture, as well as for Chinese consumers who finally get to enjoy this high-quality, delicious product. In contrast […]

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Yield: On the road again

July 21, 2017 — Last week ol' Nevah and I went to Villisca, and Red Oak, Iowa, to honor the long and productive life of "Bud," a 95-year-old friend, farmer, superior horseman and horse breeder, multiple-honored World War II veteran and survivor of the Battle of the Bulge in […]

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Pitts: My most memorable vacations

July 21, 2017 — It's summer and many Americans are on vacation. But not my wife and I. Other than a day at a bit-and-spur show, we haven't had a vacation in 25 years. I tell my wife she shouldn't complain because last year she took a trip completely […]

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Black: Horses kin hurt ya

July 21, 2017 — I looked up at the pig-eyed backyard horse. The roll of fat down the crest of his neck quivered as he snorted and flared his nostrils. He was not pleased that I'd managed to get a halter on him in the first place. He belonged […]

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Johnson: Road trip to South Dakota

July 14, 2017 — I drove to Belle Fourche, S.D., last week for a meeting with The Fence Post team and people from our sister paper, Tri-State Livestock News, which has an office there. I hate to brag, but I did bring some much-needed rain for the area with […]

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Effertz: Checkoff finances shopping app, more

July 14, 2017 — It hasn't been smooth sailing for the beef cattle industry over the past year. For its part, the cattle market has certainly been aggravating. As a beef producer I know the limitations of what any of us at the ranch level can do individually to […]

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Black: Photosensitization

July 14, 2017 — Like a good boy, I subscribed my mother to one of the papers that carries my column. Later I asked her how she liked it. She said, "It's fine, son. I like most of 'em, but those where you ramble on about cow diseases and […]

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Petersen: The rocky road of love

July 14, 2017 — Courting, dating, persuading, pursuing, enticing, no matter how it's described, here's the likely scenario — cowboy style. Velma and Clyde or: The Rocky Road of Romance A cowboy's sure a handsome critter Velma found him so In high-heeled boots, his walk a strut She loved […]

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Yield: A political limerick

July 14, 2017 — I'm starting to write this column on Independence Day. Ol' Nevah and I had a real quiet Fourth of July holiday. We basically stayed home all four days and canned some carrots, tilled and watered the garden, watched patriotic shows about the Star Spangled Banner […]

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Hanks: Buddy, have you lost your mind?

July 14, 2017 — It was early June and it was a hot, hot morning when we had the cows and calves and bulls penned. The calves had been sorted off, the branding fire was roarin' and the dirt was fixin' to fly. This was on the Coldwater Cattle […]

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Pitts: Get along little dogies

July 14, 2017 — Among the many things I enjoy about raising animals is watching their interpersonal relationships. If there was such a thing, I think I'd have made a very good cow, sheep, pig or horse psychologist. Wisely, I considered their ability to pay and became a writer […]

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Sanders: A buffet story

July 14, 2017 — What would you do if you were given a billion dollars to use for philanthropy? Who would you help? Would you teach people so they could help themselves? In an amazing book book, "40 Chances," Howard G. Buffet — son of the Oracle of Omaha, […]

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Radke: Could beef be the perfect food to prevent Alzheimer’s

July 7, 2017 — Aging ranchers have plenty of things to think about, such as transitioning the operation, working with the next generation and making plans for retirement. More than likely, another top concern is health. As we advance in years, it seems like more health issues tend to […]

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Yield: Aggie Emojis

July 7, 2017 — They used to be called emoticons, but now they're called emojis — those lovable, laughable or just plain irritating little facial (and otherwise) icons that social media savvy folks attach to their messages to convey something about the mood they're in or convey what they're […]

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Hanks: Endangered Species

July 7, 2017 — Are there still remaining endangered species, you might ask? So glad ya did 'cause I can think of a few off of the top of my head. Hummmm, let's see, well, there are those conservative folks that at times would like to voice their opinion […]

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Black: Pestilence

July 7, 2017 — Piojos! Lice! The biting kind. You see 'em everywhere They're thick as thieves on cattle's backs and crawlin' in their hair! And ticks the size of Tootsie Pops transfuse a cow a day! And two can pack a yearlin' off or pull a two-horse sleigh! […]

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