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Oklahoma fires seen from space, more than 300,000 acres lost so far

April 23, 2018 — Low humidity combined with high winds sweeping down the Oklahoma plains is the perfect recipe for a wild fire in the Sooner state. Crews have been battling flames reaching over 70 feet in places for the past eight days while images from space clearly depict

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NAFTA agreement may come May 4

April 23, 2018 — The United States, Mexico and Canada may try to announce an agreement in principle on a revision of the North American Free Trade Agreement on May 4, according to media reports over the weekend. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has proposed withdrawing from NAFTA in order

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DeLauro, Pocan urge Perdue to withdraw swine slaughter rule

April 23, 2018 — Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Mark Pocan, D-Wis., today led a letter with 61 of their colleagues urging Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to withdraw the Modernization of Swine Slaughter Inspection proposed rule that would allow an increase in swine slaughter line speeds. "The Modernization of

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Perdue touts work requirements as Post details problems in Wisconsin

April 23, 2018 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue wrote an article that appeared on Fox News and on the White House website highlighting his commitment to enforcing President Donald Trump's executive order holding states responsible for transitioning beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program into the workforce. The executive

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Trump appoints Keenum, Lackey to BIFAD ahead of spring meetings

April 23, 2018 — President Donald Trump last week announced his intent to nominate Mark Keenum, president of Mississippi State University, to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development for a four-year term expiring July 28, 2020, and to designate him as chair of the board, which advises

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Bennet, Gardner co-sponsor bipartisan bill to legalize hemp

April 23, 2018 — WASHINGTON — Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., this week cosponsored the bipartisan Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would legalize and clearly define hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the list of controlled substances. The legislation also

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Friday the 13th brings harsh April blizzard to SD

April 23, 2018 — For many ranchers, calving season is strategically planned for April and May to avoid harsh winter weather conditions. Many of these cattle folks will remember 2018 for the winter that never seemed to end. In dramatic fashion, and after an unseasonably cool late March and

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Colorado woman loses cattle to modern day rustler

April 23, 2018 — Kelley Sanburg still dreams of the horses she last saw more than five years ago. There was a gray paint and two buckskin mules named Chip and Dale, who worked together as a driving team. A black colt, a red gelding and another beautiful young

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Cabbage Roll Casserole | Sharon Raasch – Imperial, Neb.

April 23, 2018 — 2 pounds ground beef 1 large onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 cans tomato sauce, divided 1 tsp. dried thyme 1/2 tsp. dill weed 1/2 tsp. rubbed sage 1/4 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper 2 c. cooked rice 4 bacon

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Vegetable Beef Skillet Bake | Sharon Raasch – Imperial, Neb.

April 23, 2018 — 1 pound extra-lean ground beef 1/2 pound sliced fresh mushrooms 1 onion, chopped 2 c. frozen peas and carrots 1 can (10-3/4 oz.) condensed cream of mushroom soup 1/4 lb. Velveeta, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 1 can (8 oz.) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls Brown meat

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Monterey Chicken Pasta Bake | Sharon Raasch – Imperial, Neb.

April 23, 2018 — 3 c. rigatoni pasta, uncooked 1/4 c. butter 1 small onion, finely chopped 1/4 c. flour 1 can (14-1/2 oz.) chicken broth 1 pkg. (7 oz.) shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided 3 c. chopped cooked chicken 6 slices bacon, cooked, crumbled 2 tbsp. grated Parmesan

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Chili Tortilla Bake | Sharon Raasch – Imperial, Neb.

April 23, 2018 — 1 pound extra-lean ground beef 2 cans tomato sauce 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained 1 cup frozen corn 1 can chopped green chilies 2 tbsp. dried minced onion 2 tbsp. chili powder 1 tsp. ground cumin 1/2 tsp. garlic powder 1/2 tsp. dried

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Amish Chicken Casserole | Sharon Raasch – Imperial, Neb.

April 23, 2018 — 8 oz. pkg. medium egg noodles 1/2 c. butter 1/3 c. all-purpose flour 2 c. chicken broth 1 c. milk 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. black pepper 2 c. chopped cooked rotisserie chicken 8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced 1/3 c. chopped onion 2 tbsp. chopped

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Chicken Enchilada Casserole | Katie Vammer – New Raymer, Colo.

April 23, 2018 — 1 chicken, cooked and deboned 1 large can green chilies 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 c. chicken broth 1 pound grated cheddar cheese 1 large onion, chopped 10 corn tortillas 2 tbsp. butter Hot sauce Preheat oven

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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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Yield: A couple pranksters

April 20, 2018 — My story about the Washington state ranching couple who pulled pranks on "gun free" retailers in the Seattle area, prompted a response from ol' Lowe Beamer from Nebraska. Lowe wrote: "A couple years ago when your Platte City, Mo., buddy Canby Handy, came out to

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Hanks: Fearing Friday the 13th

April 20, 2018 — Actually, I hardly give it a thought on this Friday the 13th as I write this column. I mean, I'm thinking about it of course, because I'm writing about it, right? I am not concerned a freaky clown will burst in from the kitchen and

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Pitts: The cowboy arts

April 20, 2018 — I'm proud to say that I was a vocational student, even though the rest of my high school looked down on us and we were quarantined far from the regular campus. Teachers and school administrators weren't used to straight-A students and the smartest kid in

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Black: I was only trying to help

April 20, 2018 — It is a wonder that some vet students don't get discouraged. I don't mean from the grueling hours of study, the four years without sleep or the daunting specter of trying to cram 10 metric tons of knowledge into a six-ounce brain. No, I mean

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In a Sow’s Ear: The annual horse drive

April 20, 2018 — Each year, proceeds from the annual horse drive event in Gardiner, Mont., benefits a worthy cause. This year the drive will allocate the money to buy chairs for wounded and disabled military men and women. In case you're not familiar with the horse drive, it

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