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Good, old-fashioned fun

May 19, 2017 — When I was young, I loved to go to my grandparent's farm near Adams, N.D., especially when my cousins were there. In those days we didn't have video games and we sure weren't going to stay inside with the adults and watch TV. My grandparent's […]

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Wisconsin: lessons learned should guide dairy’s future

May 19, 2017 — Over the past month, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection focused on finding a short-term solution for the dozens of Wisconsin dairy farm families who suddenly lost their milk market. Thankfully on May 1, 99 percent of the milk had found a new […]

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Investing in the stock and bond market

May 19, 2017 — The U.S. stock market has risen, on average, roughly 10 percent annually since 1926, measured by the S&P 500 stock index. This return beats virtually all other investments over the same time period. Despite this excellent long-term performance, short-term volatility is inevitable and causes a […]

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Know the Rules, Know Your Rights – Permittees Helping Permittees

May 12, 2017 — Colorado Public Lands Council, Colorado Wool Growers and Colorado Cattlemen's Association have fielded a significantly higher level of inquiries about federal lands grazing rights in the past couple of months due to misleading or misinformed sources of information coming online. As was stated at the […]

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Pitts: Sorry Cattle

May 12, 2017 — It was a strange phone call. Everyone knew that old Bean Belly Bill always sold his cattle to the same buyer every year, so why was he calling Red, a field man for an auction market 500 miles away? Despite his reservations, Red returned Bean […]

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Black: Ol’ Duffy

May 12, 2017 — Ol' Duff slept in the bunkhouse in the corner by the wall Nobody slept beside him. It was self-defense, that's all 'Cause Ol' Duff was a chorus of expulsions in his sleep That sounded like a freight train goin' through a band of sheep! His […]

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Sanders: C’mon, lets celebrate

May 12, 2017 — Americans seem to have this thing for commemorations, even if they are created out of thin air. There is "National Eat Your Jell-O Day" on July 12, not to be confused with "National Jell-O Week," the second week of February and made official by the […]

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Petersen: Tiptoe through the cowpies

May 12, 2017 — My neighbor ranchers, Agnes and Fred, have been enduring some mighty sloppy trips to the calving pasture. This has been a wet, rainy spring and the heifers have been birthing at a prodigious rate, usually at night, which means Fred and Agnes have been sleep […]

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Jack: Good Morning America

May 12, 2017 — Well, gentle readers, it is a beautiful morning this Saturday as I sit down to converse with you, my friends, again. I have been sitting out on the front deck with a hot cup of coffee in the cool of the morning. I haven't fixed […]

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Yield: The true meaning of ‘service’

May 12, 2017 — We missed the Big Snow and the Big Rain, but we still got 2.5-inches of rain here in the Flint Hills — which wuz more than we needed — but we still consider ourselves lucky. It could have been much worse like the farmers in […]

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How retirement planning can help agricultural families

May 12, 2017 — Ranch families oftentimes have little money in retirement plans when they reach their golden years. Furthermore, their Social Security benefits are not large enough to live on. This situation wouldn't necessarily be a problem if they plan to sell some or all of their property […]

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Your old work jeans could be worth $425

May 5, 2017 — Turns out, ranchers are sitting on a gold mine with their work jeans. Before you wash out the mud, you may want to list them for sale online. Last week, Nordstroms unveiled its newest trend in fashion — fake mud jeans. The "Barracuda Straight Leg […]

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Why a Solo 401(k) plan can be a wise retirement plan for farm and ranch owners

May 5, 2017 — A Solo 401(k) also known as an individual 401(k) can be an excellent retirement plan for a farm or ranch owner who doesn't have employees or who has employees that can be excluded from coverage. The advantages of a Solo 401(k) plan include: » Low […]

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Over 250,000 farmers, organizations, businesses, urge Congress to pass meaningful checkoff program reform

May 5, 2017 — WASHINGTON, D.C. — In letters to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, more than 80 organizations, representing over 250,000 ranchers, farmers and businesses called on Congress to fix the federal government's failed commodity checkoff tax programs by supporting recently introduced legislation that, when passed, […]

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Blizzard impact still being tallied

May 5, 2017 — Wildfires and weather have had a devastating impact on farmers and ranchers in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. The story that starts on page 5 doesn't even begin to tell the whole story. There are many more farms and ranches hit by the blizzard and […]

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Zero to 60 in 20 years

May 5, 2017 — I've been a hustler all my life. In high school I was the richest kid in my class and if I wasn't sleeping, going to school or running, I was working. After a photo appeared on the front page of our newspaper with me holding […]

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Black: Cow Population

May 5, 2017 — The following excerpts are from the Oklahoma Livestock Committee meeting on Species Relations. Voting members include beef cows, feedlot steers and dairy cows. "Will the secretary please read the state demographer's report?" "Yes, Madam Cowperson. For the first time in the history of the state, […]

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Hanks: Red-lipped Bronc stomper

May 5, 2017 — Gentle readers, if you receive this on the eighth day of May then this was the day that I married "Little Miss Martha" some 52 years ago. Martha was an extremely sweet, quiet, patient and loving woman. What a doll she was. Down deep inside […]

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Sanders: Sustainable Ag

May 5, 2017 — The term "sustainable agriculture" is frequently bantered about. When I first heard it being discussed, it seemed logical to me that sustainable agriculture simply meant an agricultural producer who managed to stay in business over a sustained period of time. How nice to finally have […]

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Petersen: I’m an outfitter til I die

May 5, 2017 — It's that time of year when the Gardiner, Mont., annual Horse Drive takes place. What's that, you may ask? It's a genuine western event that can leave you feeling prayerful, thankful and glad to be a part of the experience. From the Gardiner corrals, upwards […]

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