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Trend this summer is for wet, cool weather
Trend this summer is for wet, cool weather

May 22, 2019

Eager to plow through the planting season, farmers and ranchers in the Plains and Rocky Mountain states are anxiously eyeing the newly-released summer climate outlook issued by the Climate Prediction Center on May 16. El...


Ashley Doolittle’slegacy
Ashley Doolittle’slegacy

May 24, 2019

The statistics are gut-wrenching: • One in three U.S. teens ages 14-20 have been victims of dating violence. Young women in this age group are at a three-times greater risk than are any other demographic....


Kansas cowboy is NCTA Aggie of the Year
Kansas cowboy is NCTA Aggie of the Year

May 21, 2019

CURTIS, Neb. – To ranchers and agricultural college students, the 2019 Aggie of the Year in Curtis, Neb., would be considered a “top hand.” Damian Wellman of Prairie View, Kan., was named the Aggie of...



House 2020 Ag bill would stop Trump ERS, NIFA moves
House 2020 Ag bill would stop Trump ERS, NIFA moves

May 22, 2019

The House Appropriations Committee today released the text of the fiscal year 2020 Agriculture and related agencies appropriations bill. The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee is scheduled to hold a markup session on the bill at...


FCA Chairman Tonsager dies
FCA Chairman Tonsager dies

May 22, 2019

Farm Credit Administration Chairman Dallas Tonsager died Tuesday afternoon, his family said in an email. A funeral service will be held in his home state of South Dakota, with a memorial service to be held...





Pitts: Rest in pieces

July 13, 2018

If the obituary of our country is ever written, this is how it might read: United States of America, July 4, 1776 – Nov. 4, 2046, 270 years of age. The last of the great...


Catahoula Leopard Dog: Not your average stock dog
Catahoula Leopard Dog: Not your average stock dog

February 17, 2014

“A Catta whatta?” That’s the most common response that owners of Catahoula Leopards get after answering the question, “What kind of dog is that?” The largest breed of stock dog, a Catahoula, typically weighs between...


Nebraska – a hotbed for new plant diseases

May 20, 2019

Though plant pathology was not officially recognized as distinct from botany until 1920, the study of plant diseases had been practiced in Nebraska since 1884 with the arrival of the eminent botanist Charles Bessey. Since...



James Arness on Anzio Beach in WWII
James Arness on Anzio Beach in WWII

May 29, 2012

Four months shy of his 21st birthday, James King Aurness of Minneapolis, Minn., was waiting anxiously with fellow soldiers, standing on one of the U.S. Army’s WWII landing barges of the U.S. 3rd Army Infantry...



Organic sales up, but OTA seeks regulatory revisions
Organic sales up, but OTA seeks regulatory revisions

May 23, 2019

Sales of organic products in 2018 hit a record $52.5 billion, up 6.3 percent from the previous year, but the Organic Trade Association is seeking to maintain and improve organic integrity with changes in regulation,...



Hall designated acting CEO of Farm Credit Administration
Hall designated acting CEO of Farm Credit Administration

May 21, 2019

Jeffery Hall, a member of the Farm Credit Administration board, has been designated the FCA acting chief executive officer due to the illness of FCA Chairman Dallas Tonsager. “Under normal circumstances, FCA’s board chairman serves...


2019 grasshopper populations and risk of infestation and damage in Colorado
2019 grasshopper populations and risk of infestation and damage in Colorado

May 20, 2019

According to the 2018 USDA APHIS adult grasshopper counts, www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/plant_pest_info/grasshopper/…/hazard.pdf, there were low populations of grasshoppers in Colorado last year with the exception of some areas of a low to moderate risk of rangeland infestations...


John Wayne in Monument Valley
John Wayne in Monument Valley

February 28, 2011

“Monument Valley is the place where God put the West.” – John Wayne Billboard posters in Kayenta, Ariz., 22 miles to the south of Monument Valley, advertise it as “the 8th Wonder of the World.”...