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Fly control is vital to prevent VSV

July 15, 2019

After an initial confirmed case in Weld County, the Vesicular Stomatitis quarantines now include 15 premises in Weld, Larimer and La Plata counties. Colorado is the third state with confirmed cases of the virus, behind...


Snakes and stock in the summer
Snakes and stock in the summer

July 12, 2019

After a cool, wet spring, increased sightings of snakes are the subject of many social media posts and café table talks. Marvin Reynolds, area director and Extension agent in the San Luis Valley area office...



Horn first female president of Ag Law Society
Horn first female president of Ag Law Society

July 5, 2019

A ranch-raised Colorado law student studying at Washburn University School of Law is the first female president of the Agricultural Law Society. Abbey Horn grew up on the Raymond Horn Ranch, a multigenerational cow calf...


Centennial Celebration July 20 in Keenesburg
Centennial Celebration July 20 in Keenesburg

July 3, 2019

Keenesburg, Colo., could have withered up and blown away in the 1970s had a group of citizens not convinced the state that Interstate 76 should go through the small, farming community. The town, instead, will...


Grotelueschen retiring from UNL
Grotelueschen retiring from UNL

June 28, 2019

Dr. Dale Grotelueschen isn’t certain what retirement from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center will look like, but said jokingly, he is certain he doesn’t like the word. Grotelueschen, who earned his...


USDA comment period on livestock dealer trust closed

June 28, 2019

Livestock producers who sell to a dealer are not protected by a trust, as they would be selling through an auction market, though a Dealer Statutory Trust comment period closed June 25, that could lead...


Yellowstone stars’ hats begin in Greeley, Colo.
Yellowstone stars’ hats begin in Greeley, Colo.

June 26, 2019

Yellowstone, for fans of the series of the same name, evokes visions of a sprawling Montana ranch and the family and crew who live and work there. On June 19, the Yellowstone was the signature...



High yields expected despite cool temps in Colo.
High yields expected despite cool temps in Colo.

June 21, 2019

The Colorado Wheat Tour, a corner-to-corner look at replicated test plots, has come to an end. The tour began Monday, June 17, moving from Walsh at the Baca County Plainsman Research Center to Stulp Farms...


Erker’s 100-year old barn anchors farm
Erker’s 100-year old barn anchors farm

June 20, 2019

The red barn on Leon Erker’s farm near Wiggins, Colo., has been the site of Halloween parties and dances in the loft and numerous hot, dirty summers spent stacking hay in the same loft. Built...


Cattlemen get a gate-to-plate view in YCC
Cattlemen get a gate-to-plate view in YCC

June 14, 2019

Jake Feddes, a Montana cattle producer, participated in the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s Young Cattleman’s Conference. The 10-day trip begins in Denver, moves to Chicago, and ends in Washington D.C., essentially touching on every aspect...


Arkansas Valley looking at a good water year
Arkansas Valley looking at a good water year

June 14, 2019

The mountain run off in the Arkansas River is later than usual, which is not news to farmers who have been experiencing lower than normal temperatures and higher amounts of moisture. For Lamar, Colo., farmer...


Buffalo Brand mural taking shape
Buffalo Brand mural taking shape

June 14, 2019

Drivers up and down Highway 85 in Greeley, Colo., have been witnessing a buffalo mural in progress on the side of the Buffalo Brand Seeds building. Buffalo Brand deals in seeds for turf grass, alfalfa,...


Whittle the Wood in Craig, Colo.
Whittle the Wood in Craig, Colo.

June 4, 2019

Competitive chainsaw wood carvers will be making their way to Craig, Colo., beginning June 12 for the 20th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous Chainsaw Carving Competition and Festival. The three-day event includes live music, a...


Hemp is changing the value of farm ground
Hemp is changing the value of farm ground

May 31, 2019

In Rocky Ford, Colo., agriculture is king. Alfalfa and produce — especially the area’s famous cantaloupes — along with other crops are part of the landscape and the economy, even in bad years. For one...


Donated bridge connects more than just land
Donated bridge connects more than just land

May 31, 2019

Kai Baldwin saw the Nebraska flooding on the television and tearfully asked his mother how the ranchers would be able to save the cattle without bridges? He was determined to help. By the 6-year old’s...



Lewis’ bill protects private property
Lewis’ bill protects private property

May 24, 2019

Rep. Kimmi Lewis has long been heralded as a defender of private property rights and the signing of her HB19-1078 into law was in the defense of those rights. Lewis said multiple landowners, including herself,...