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Recent Stories by Rachel Spencer Gabel, Freelance Writer

Cash Cowboys aim to be true to their core values in their reality TV series

February 14, 2018 — Brent Huwa has built a number of businesses with the help of great people and a focus on the company's core values. It's those people and those values in action he hopes shine through in the family's reality show, Cash Cowboys. Cash Cowboys, which airs

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COORS bill causes rift among Colorado beef producers and cattle industry groups

January 26, 2018 — A debate that is neither simple nor reticent is, once again, raging between members of different camps within the cattle industry with the discussion centered in Colorado. As the arguments about Country of Origin Labeling in beef come before the Colorado House Agriculture committee in

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Royal Heritage: American Royal prepares for a move

January 18, 2018 — The American Royal will be making its move to Wyandotte County, Kansas, after being rooted in Kansas City, Missouri since 1899. What originally began as the National Hereford Show has evolved into a multifaceted event featuring livestock shows, a rodeo, The World Series of Barbecue,

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Leather and Silver: Andy Stevens works in two mediums for beauty and function

January 18, 2018 —   After nearly 25 years creating leather and silver items, Andy Stevens has his own style that sets him apart. While he may not be able to put his finger on exactly what makes him different, his customers recognize the differences in quality and craftsmanship. 

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Colorado program aims to beef up number of large animal veterinarians in rural areas

November 22, 2017 — In the rural Colorado towns where cattle are still king, there is often a very real shortage of large animal and food animal practitioners but the multifaceted problem is being addressed on the floor of the legislature. Ashley Stokes, DVM, PhD, who has spent most

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Documentary shows what goes on before food is served in a fancy restaurant

November 9, 2017 — A beautifully plated gourmet dish served by one of Toronto's most popular Financial District restaurants, Canoe, is the eye candy Dylan Sher is hoping will grab the attention of his food-loving city counterparts. Sher, an agriculture student and city boy by birth, is hoping his

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Fighting a lion-sized disease through a lamb

October 20, 2017 — Huntington's Disease is a dirty thief. It robs the people it strikes of their minds and bodies in the form of muscle coordination loss, abnormal writhing referred to as chorea, and leads to both cognitive decline and psychiatric problems. For those who are stricken, there

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Wyoming attorney Karen Budd-Falen may be next BLM leader

October 13, 2017 — While the White House has yet to confirm, it appears that Wyoming attorney Karen Budd-Falen will be the next leader of the Bureau of Land Management. Budd-Falen, who with her husband, Frank Falen, owns a Cheyenne-based law firm, is University of Wyoming educated and a

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Colorado ranchers use SimAngus genetics that tolerate the high-altitude environment

September 22, 2017 — The Field name has been synonymous with Colorado ranching for generations. A sign of the times, the cattle operation is now a family-owned LLC headquartered in Gunnison, Colo. Tom Field, along with his brothers, Mike and Pat, make up the ownership of this operation with

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Ag-gag laws are under fire

September 22, 2017 — Ag-gag laws are designed to protect producers from undercover videos filmed of their operations. However, recent court rulings suggest producers will not have sanctuary due to the laws' conflicts with the First Amendment. In Utah, a federal district court ruled against the state's ag-gag laws,

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Animal rescue operations continue in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

September 7, 2017 — Brian Pearson is the cattle manager of Texas' Spindletop Ranch and has spent long days and nights preparing for Hurricane Harvey and now, in the storm's wake, days rescuing cattle and moving them to higher ground. Pearson and his crew from the Devers, Texas, ranch

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All American Beef Battalion volunteers cook steaks for soldiers and their families

July 19, 2017 — Bill Broadie's office ought to be a museum both to the cattle industry and the Armed Services. Broadie, a third-generation cattleman and longtime Superior representative, has filled his Ashland, Kan., office with photos and an awe-inspiring collection of Challenge coins. The coins bear the motto

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‘What the Health’ film maker uses fear mongering, not science, to turn consumers away from processed meats

July 7, 2017 — Kip Andersen, a documentary film maker and yoga teacher from San Francisco, Calif., released his most recent Netflix documentary, "What the Health," a follow up to his earlier film "Cowspiracy." According to his biography, Andersen's film career began after he "found out animal agriculture is

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Vicchrilli goes from jockey to trainer

June 28, 2017 — The racetrack — the early morning workouts and weekend races — has been calling Russell Vicchrilli for nearly 30 years. Vicchrilli, a jockey turned trainer from Wiggins, Colo., has experienced winning from both sides, recently adding his first two consecutive wins as a trainer to

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Arvada man unwittingly buys and restores his father’s John Deere 70

June 23, 2017 — While living in Minneapolis, miles away from the North Dakota farm of his youth, Clint Rau was looking for a tractor to refurbish in his upcoming retirement. He stumbled across a farm auction offering a John Deere 70, a model his father, known as Pa,

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Personal trainer credits rodeo experience with his success

June 16, 2017 — In the 90s on a ranch in Sula, Mont., there was one horse no one liked to ride because he would buck from time to time. Ryan Ehmann thought it was fun and so began his career as a professional bareback bronc rider at the

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How to share your farm story and through social media and traditional media

June 2, 2017 — Agriculturalists have long been encouraged to share their story with consumers through social media and through interviews with the traditional news media. The list of agriculturists who share their stories through social media is growing and some of those who originally began blogging some years

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Branding Day

May 18, 2017 — The corral is quiet as the sun rises over the east side and it simmers to life with every pickup and trailer, saddled horse standing at the ready, and a little boy who peeks out from beneath his trusty lid. For one son, his first

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Colorado’s Huwa earns full ride rodeo scholarship to South Plains College in Levelland, Texas

May 12, 2017 — For Cody Huwa, a senior at Wiggins High School in northeastern Colorado, tying thousands of calves in preparation for collegiate level competition paid off. Huwa, of Roggen, Colo., was awarded a full ride rodeo scholarship to South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. South Plains College

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Feedyards say cattle weight loss caused by blizzard is the biggest economic hit

May 12, 2017 — The numbers of cattle lost to last week's blizzard that bore down upon southeastern Colorado, southwest Kansas, and parts of Oklahoma and Texas are still being tallied. With some cattle drifting with the storm some 20 miles, the sorting continues. Lee Reeve, co-owner of Reeve

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