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High tech heaven, almost

October 13, 2017 — How did we ever live without computers and all these high tech gadgets we have today? I was thinking about this the other day when I found a box of stories that I had written in Agweek magazine before the days of personal computers. The

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Pitts: What’s left of us

October 13, 2017 — Just as America is doing, the cattle industry is separating itself into two classes: the HAVES and HAVE-NOTS. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 57-percent of American ranchers have less than 20 cows and the average herd is only 42 head. But it's the

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Black: Wanted — Cowboy

October 13, 2017 — WANTED — Cowboy. No TV, No phone. If you don't like dogs and can't tough it in the mountains, don't apply — Alamo, Nevada. I'd like to meet the ol' boy that wrote that ad. You can almost picture him in your mind. We're all

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Yield: Mr. Coyote makes a bad decision

October 13, 2017 — Ah, the joy of sweet success. As you'll recall, last week I recounted how a persistent, even arrogant coyote wuz stalking my little chicken flock. I predicted that the coyote would soon make a fatal mistake. Well, I'm happy to say that my prediction came

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Hanks: Old dogs and old folks

October 13, 2017 — Back in the '80s, the 1980s that is, we had an old dog of undetermined origin wander onto our ranch headquarters. He looked to be a cross of some sort of spaniel and setter. He was honey colored with a white muzzle and big brown

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Sanders: The long trail

October 13, 2017 — After the Civil War, cattle owners wanted to move cattle north and during the years 1867 to 1884, longhorn cattle were walked, though the word used is driven, from San Antonio, and other areas as far south as the Rio Grande, to points north. Abilene,

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Mader: Granny Mae’s Pumpkin Patch

October 13, 2017 — Moving from state to state has given me the chance to visit all kinds of different pumpkin patches in Texas, Colorado and Kansas. I have seen quite a few neat ones (there is a great hay bale slide at the Lone Star Farm Pumpkin Patch

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Petersen: Age is only a number

October 13, 2017 — More years ago than I care to tabulate, I worked on a dude ranch in Arizona. I was young and, therefore, mostly unconscious about life's vicissitudes, oddities and general chaos. But that's what one does when one is young; one gathers experiences so that one

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Teaming up to revitalize an agricultural industry by promoting the legalization of hemp

October 13, 2017 — It's not every day that a congressman from Kentucky and a farmer from Wisconsin ignite a national conversation on a specific issue. However, when it comes to industrial hemp, no two states are more historically intertwined. We once defined and dominated hemp production in this

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I’m no Betty Crocker

October 6, 2017 — My colleagues and I got into a discussion about cooking the other day and, needless to say, I had nothing to offer. I'm kind of like a bull in a china shop when it comes to cooking and working in the kitchen. I've never met

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Radke: Is the death tax dead yet?

October 6, 2017 — On Sept. 27, President Donald Trump presented his tax proposal at the Indiana Farm Bureau Building. In his speech, Trump said, "To protect millions of small businesses and the American farmer, we are finally ending the crushing, the horrible, the unfair estate tax, or as

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Petersen: Dudetime in the Rockies

October 6, 2017 — October has arrived which means fewer vehicles bearing out-of-state license plates can be seen. Travelers are welcome all summer and a smidge beyond. Dude ranches happily provide a taste of the west to guests. As fall comes along, outfitters welcome hunters and anglers. Tourists, recreationists,

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Sanders: To farm or not

October 6, 2017 — On a Facebook page called "Farm Wives Support Group," I hear the angst of women who have married a farmer or are contemplating such. With the title of support group I suppose one expects to hear some complaints among the post, but the majority are

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Hanks: What’s the good news?

October 6, 2017 — What's the good news, you ask? The good news here at the ONO Ranch, gentle readers, is that I have had an abundance of rain. It took a while to get here but when it arrived it was a God send. I have a couple

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Pitts: Seen from afar

October 6, 2017 — Americans collect things. Everything from expensive wristwatches to empty food containers. Some collect things that cannot be possessed like bird and celebrity sightings, while others collect hard evidence of those sightings with photos and autographs. As for me, I collect sightings of famous and odd

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Why isn’t ag invited to the party? Earning trust in innovation

October 6, 2017 — It certainly can be a head-scratcher. Most Americans celebrate innovation when it comes to communication, transportation and medical breakthroughs. Break out the party horns. But where's the excitement when it comes to technology and food? Why isn't agriculture invited to the party? It's largely because

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Pitts: A mother’s plea

September 29, 2017 — I'm not in the mood today to try and be funny. And normally I don't believe writers should use their podium to preach to people. In most cases I don't have the qualifications or the credentials. This column is in response to a plea from

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Black: Political correctness

September 29, 2017 — It's coming! Political Correctness in the Animal Kingdom! I have conferred with those fervent homogenizers of the once colorful and descriptive English language to formulate the following list: STRAY DOG. Both words are unacceptable. They imply that a four-legged mongrel is subsisting as a vagrant.

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Yield: Story time

September 29, 2017 — I love this supposedly-true story. This classified advertisement ran in a local newspaper: "Single blonde female seeks male companionship, ethnicity unimportant. I'm a very good girl who loves to play. I love long walks in the woods, riding in your pickup truck, hunting, camping and

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Sanders: History is meant to be shared

September 29, 2017 — One of the perks of researching history is connecting other people of like interests and learning "new" history from others. In the early days when Hot Springs, S.D., had a small population, many of the people became relatives due to marriage. As succeeding generations scattered

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