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Sanders: Old becomes new

October 16, 2018 — For those of a certain age this glossary may help bring you into the current day. What is amusing is these are new terms for old actions, though today's younger generation may think they have invented something other than a new name. And they would

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You know it’s going to be a hard winter

October 16, 2018 — The good ol' boys at the coffee shop, stressed-out ranchers gloomily palaverin' about the weather while leaning on the backend of a pickup and anxious business townsfolk pondering the pessimistic prospect of nobody buying their merchandise are all guessing what winter will be like. Professional

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Yield: A lot has changed

October 16, 2018 — A lot has happened in our lives since I last wrote a column. I wrote two in advance so I could enjoy some "column-free" time. The first thing that happened to ol' Nevah and me is that our grandson Chance Yield got married. He and

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Hanks: Fill in the blanks

October 16, 2018 — Gentle readers this column is one of those where we just sort of fill in the blanks. As hard as I tried I could not come up with a suitable subject for this week's column. I thought I would just fill in some blanks and

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Pitts: Signs of a stroke

October 16, 2018 — One of the signs you're getting old is the AARP and the American Heart Association will send you pamphlets warning about the signs of a heart attack or stroke. Trust me, it's not junk mail. Nor is it anything to laugh at, although I'm often

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Black: Caught up in the fence

October 16, 2018 — She was a pretty cow. A big polled Hereford but she was only half bagged up. So they sorted her off. These were pretty rangy cows and when they got separated from the big bunch they got nervous. Rex and Clair dropped her over into

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4th Annual Northeast Livestock Symposium to be held Nov. 13 in Sterling, Colo.

October 16, 2018 — GREELEY, Colo. – Join livestock producers for the annual Northeast Livestock Symposium, an educational symposium held Nov. 13, 2018 in the Hays Student Center Ballroom at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo., (100 College Avenue, Sterling, CO 80751). This year's event will feature a full

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APHIS deregulates a genetically engineered cotton variety

October 16, 2018 — The Agriculture Department's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced the deregulation of a cotton variety genetically engineered by Texas A&M University to have ultra-low levels of gossypol in its seed. Gossypol is a naturally occurring compound in the pigment of cotton plants that protects

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Brookings Institute publishes paper critical of SNAP work requirements

October 16, 2018 — The Brookings Institution this week has published a paper by the Hamilton Project that questions the value of proposed stiffer work requirements for beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. "We find that the majority of SNAP and Medicaid participants who would be exposed to

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Trump signs Global Food Security Act

October 16, 2018 — Without fanfare, President Donald Trump last week signed the Global Food Security Act, which extends authorities of the 2016 act for five years. In a statement, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green noted that the reauthorization was sponsored by Sens. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.,

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Farm-ranch succession and transition workshops Nov. 5 in Chadron, Nov. 6 in Alliance, Nov. 7 in Oshkosh, Neb.

October 16, 2018 — Persons of all ages are invited to attend upcoming Farm and Ranch Estate Planning workshops in Chadron, Alliance and Oshkosh hosted by Nebraska Extension. This workshop is free, but those planning to attend are asked to register by calling the phone number below for the

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USDA partners to help rural leaders build strategies to achieve prosperity

October 16, 2018 — SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture has finalized four cooperative agreements to help rural communities create and implement economic development plans. "Under the leadership of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, USDA is committed to

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Landlord-Tenant Farmland Rent Workshops Nov. 6 in Scottsbluff, Nov. 7 in Bridgeport, Neb.

October 16, 2018 — Those interested in learning about current trends in cash rental rates, lease provisions, and crop and grazing land considerations should make plans to attend upcoming land management meetings in Scottsbluff and Bridgeport. The workshops are designed to provide up to date information on management strategies

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Farm bill panel: Senate bill or bust

October 16, 2018 — A panel of nutrition, farm and environmental advocates said that Congress should pass the Senate version of a new farm bill this year, but if a House-Senate conference committee adopts many provisions in the House bill their groups will oppose the conference report. At a

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FAS: Southern Africa promising market for U.S. ag products

October 16, 2018 — The Southern Africa countries of Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), Zambia and Zimbabwe are promising markets for U.S. farm products, the Agriculture Department's Foreign Agricultural Service said in a report. The region imported $14 billion in agricultural and

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Chesapeake panel: Food system needs to be equitable

October 16, 2018 — Building a "good" food system means that the system of food production needs to be more equitable than it has been from past centuries up until the present, a panel said at the Chespeake Food Summit last month. Food production has been unequal going all

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As Trumps tour hurricane damage, reports shine light on ag losses

October 16, 2018 — As President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump traveled to Florida and Georgia today to tour damage from Hurricane Michael and meet with farmers in Georgia, news stories detailed the extent of the damage to agriculture, particularly peanuts and chicken. At the Georgia Operations

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Livestock groups petition DOT for hours of service flexibility

October 16, 2018 — Today organizations representing livestock, bee, and fish haulers across the country submitted a petition to the Department of Transportation requesting additional flexibility on Hours of Service requirements. The petition asks for a five-year exemption from certain HOS requirements for livestock haulers and encourages DOT to

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Colorado cattle company earns CAB feedyard award

October 16, 2018 — Bledsoe Cattle Company recently earned honors from the Certified Angus Beef® brand. Bob and Grant Bledsoe talk about the importance of partnership in their 7,000-head, Wray, Colo., feedyard.

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Mixed reactions to Budd Falen being named to key fish and wildlife job

October 15, 2018 — The Interior Department has tapped Wyoming attorney Karen Budd-Falen for a key, behind-the-scenes legal position with considerable sway over parks and wildlife policies. As deputy solicitor for Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Budd-Falen will render legal opinions that can either bind or unleash Interior officials. And

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