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When it comes to boookkeeping, farm couples need to share information

March 17, 2017 — Every March, when I finally get around to filing my taxes, I always make myself promise to keep better records for the next year. Something in my scatter-brained, fun-loving personality detests taking care of all the little details until the very last minute. However, after […]

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Petersen: Veterinarians are my weakness

March 17, 2017 — In ranch and farm country, a veterinarian's service leads the list of necessities. His or her phone number is posted right next to the landline phone, noted in the cell phone and scratched in the dust on the side of the pickup. Veterinarians Are My […]

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Playing fast and loose with the news

March 17, 2017 — I was watching CBS News on Wednesday evening and they had a story about glyphosate. The story "Lawsuit accuses Monsanto of manipulating research to hide Roundup dangers" started with a clip of a woman who had stage 4 non-Hodgkins lymphoma. She claims that glyphosate, which […]

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Ag Committee prepares for next farm bill

March 17, 2017 — The House Agriculture Committee recently held its first hearing of the 115th Congress. "Rural Economic Outlook: Setting the Stage for the Next Farm Bill" was the first in a series of hearings the committee plans to hold this year as it prepares to write a […]

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Yield: A health warning to would-be vegetarians

March 17, 2017 — These days there are a jillion different diets to try, but none work as well as the Will Power Diet. His works every time if you've got the fortitude to stick with it. However, whenever I go into a health food store, I'm struck with […]

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Hanks: Fire Season

March 17, 2017 — Gentle readers, I don't even remember the first time I heard the phrase "fire season." I don't. We moved to Colorado in the summer of 1985 over 31 years ago. There was only one time I remember having to go up a mountain side with […]

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Using a 1031 Exchange to defer tax on the sale of appreciated land

March 17, 2017 — Many farm and ranch owners today are sitting on land that has dramatically risen in value. Depending on the amount of gain in their property and how it is owned, the taxes due on the sale of their appreciated land can amount to 20 to […]

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Black: Anything that can go wrong

March 17, 2017 — By gosh, that's a new twist," thought Terry as he tightened his collar against the biting wind and stared at the heifer. She was trying to calve standing up! He eased up on her and dropped a loop over the horns. She stood atop a […]

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Pitts: Do the math

March 17, 2017 — I'm often asked by young students what they should study in college in order to become a professional writer. If I was one perhaps I'd know. Other than the four mandatory years of English in high school, I've never taken a writing class in my […]

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Busy week at The Fence Post

March 10, 2017 — I hope you don't mind, but every once in a while, I just have to brag a little about The Fence Post and the people who contribute to the magazine. Although I believe every week we produce outstanding work, this week was particularly busy and […]

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Petersen: Alternative facts or how do ya like it out west?

March 10, 2017 — Everywhere folks are on the move. Whole herds of homo sapiens are moving "Out West." Sometimes, the reality of establishing roots, especially in rural Out West, gives newcomers pause. The following is a free-verse "poetic essay." You might say free verse is an "alternative fact" […]

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Yield: I’m ugly and I’m proud

March 10, 2017 — Someone told me recently that you are what you eat. After some thought about that statement, I guess I'd have to agree since one of my favorite foods is jerky. ••• Back in the days when I traveled the U.S. and parts of Canada giving […]

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Hanks: Early signs of Spring

March 10, 2017 — I'm trying to convince myself gentle readers, that we may have an early spring. When you receive this column, the first day of spring will be only a week away. I have seen several robins starting to hang around and a few sparrows are starting […]

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Sanders: Lucky Dog

March 10, 2017 — What is a farm without a dog? In a word, quiet. My dogs have always been collies (maybe I should write a song.) My last dog was a purebred, regulation, normal-sized, collie. When we got him, he was named sight unseen by our young, impressionable […]

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Radke: New study finds farmers out-hustle just about everybody

March 10, 2017 — The old saying, "Time is money," rings true for farmers and ranchers. Early to rise and late to bed, agriculturalists work the soil, tend to their livestock, manage their finances, adapt to new technologies and make strides to better themselves and their businesses. This industry […]

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Pitts: Bring back the blobs

March 10, 2017 — Eighteen states have sued the feds over some new twists to the Endangered Species Act. A species no longer has to be few in number to be listed; only its habitat has to be "endangered". There might be trillions of some long-eared bat, but if […]

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Black: Miserable

March 10, 2017 — March came in like a lion and left the door open. It's blowed like a banshee for weeks. I saddle and ride like some kind of robot. She builds up a temper and shrieks. The constant thrumming that grates on my skin And pulls on […]

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Legacy quest

March 6, 2017 — Why do you raise cattle? It isn't a flippant question, but one I want you to deeply consider. You have to make money to survive, but there are easier ways. It's likely not the impressive health insurance benefits or the bonus pools, sales incentive trips […]

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Weathering the weather

March 3, 2017 — My trip to North Dakota was pretty uneventful. We drove through snow from Wyoming to Belle Fouche, S.D., on the way there. Although it wasn't snowing in North Dakota it was bone-chillingly cold. Luckily, I was prepared. The weather brought back memories of past winter […]

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Taxation on the sale of farm and ranch property

March 3, 2017 — Taxes on the sale of farm and ranch property can erode the wealth a family has worked a lifetime for by 25 percent or more. If you are considering selling land, livestock, crops, machinery or equipment, consult with your tax advisors to learn about the […]

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