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Mader: Garage sale

May 11, 2018 — It's that time of year for us again — moving time! It's seems like this happens to us every other year or so. This time it's different though — we have no idea where we are moving. We have been renting a house in Falcon,

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Radke: Fake meats

May 4, 2018 — Despite the loud and proud rantings of the meatless movement, just 7.3 million of the 325 million people in the United States follow a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle; however, an additional 22.8 million people follow a "vegetarian-inclined diet." Consumers may be basing their dietary choices

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Beef producers contribute to societal, economic fabric of Kansas

May 4, 2018 — Many products get publicity and special recognition during the year. But in Kansas, if any product deserves its own month, it's beef. That's why Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has declared May as Beef Month in the state. This declaration makes this the 34th consecutive year

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‘How ya gonna pay for it?’

April 27, 2018 — This is what I hear every time someone brings up the subject of out-of-control property taxes. Of course they are referring to how the legislature would appropriate sales and income tax revenue to pay for a portion of what property taxes currently pays for. This

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Sundling: CM Truck Beds

April 27, 2018 — On the farm, I found my favorite tool when I put a steel flatbed on my 1977 C30 Chevy dually. With the stiff springs in the 1977 one ton, adding the weight of the steel flatbed it calmed down the ride. I could drink coffee

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Mader: Kiowa Creek Flood of 1935

April 20, 2018 — Both of my great-grandparents were born on farms in the early 1900s shortly after their parents immigrated to the United States from Germany. They met north of Bennett, Colo., and married in the 1920s. Like most families during that time, they were very poor. My

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Rakde: The livestock industry’s voice in the conversation about antibiotics

April 6, 2018 — Antibiotic resistance is becoming an increasingly hot button topic, and the livestock industry is going to continue to be a huge part of the discussion moving forward. As a whole, the industry has already made great strides in doing our part. With the introduction of

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Farm bill reauthorization goes to the heart of Colorado’s rural economies

March 23, 2018 — Farms and ranches are the lifeblood of Colorado's rural economies and communities, utilizing local suppliers, paying local labor, generating income that is spent in local stores and growing healthy and affordable food for Colorado and the world. Right now, Colorado's agricultural industry is also facing

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Radke: The decline of rural populations

March 9, 2018 — In America, we have access to an abundance of some of the safest and most affordable food in the world. It's a luxury we often take for granted. After all, most of us don't have to hunt for meat, forage for fruits and vegetables, churn

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NAFTA beefs up sales for America’s farmers and ranchers

March 2, 2018 — Trade is a hot topic in the news today, and a high priority for America's farmers and ranchers. Not convinced global trade has a real effect at the farm level? Let's look at some ways I know trade directly impacts my farm. Thanks in part

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Opioids: Rural America’s real threat

February 16, 2018 — According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 100 farmers and agriculture workers suffer a lost-work-time injury every single day. Even with safety measures in place, farm and ranch work is labor-intensive, and not without risk. Rural primary care physicians and emergency rooms

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Beef producer disappointed COORS didn’t make it out of committee

February 1, 2018 — After spending the afternoon of Jan. 29 at the capital building in Colorado listening to dozens of testimonies both for and against HB-1043, which would have established a state placard system for identifying the country of origin beef products sold in retail markets, I felt

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