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United Call for Prompt Farm Bill Passage

The two largest farming groups in the United States called for swift passage of the farm bill by a congressional conference committee.  Faced with the lowest farm income in 12 years, the presidents of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and National Farmers Union (NFU) are asking Senate and House conferees to move quickly. Everything from commodity price supports to

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Increased Predation Overwhelms Investigators

by Kayla Sargent

Twenty investigators across the state of Montana isn’t enough to keep up with the high volume of livestock depredations this summer.  Montana Wildlife Services Director John Steuber enlisted the help of the Montana Livestock Loss Board (LLB) in informing producers that their investigations are backlogged a bit, but they will get to each call.

“The problem is predation is

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The Battle of the Beef Checkoff

by Kayla Sargent

NCBA and R-CALF USA seem to be pulling off their gloves and backing each other into the corner of the ring with their new accusations against one another and the handling of the beef checkoff funds.

R-CALF USA (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of America) announced that they are taking aim at thirteen more state Beef Checkoff programs. 

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August Photo Contest Winner

“Mom says to be nice.” Donna Ashley captured this photo of her dog Duke and a filly meeting in their pasture near Forsyth, MT.

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Thought’s From The Editor

In all the talk about Modernizing the Endangered Species Act (ESA) lately, one key concept that has surfaced is more local, rather than federal, management.  Did that idea resound in anyone’s mind when reading about the overload that livestock depredation investigators have experienced in Montana this week?

Just like John Steuber said, Montana doesn’t have enough investigators for a state of

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Encouraging Trade Discussions

The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) is encouraged by the opportunities associated with emerging trade discussions following statements released within the last week by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

In a Senate hearing held last week, U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer said, “I think (the Philippines) may be

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Thanks to Brandy Jones, Wamego, KS, for sharing this photo that she titled “Brother, is this high enough?”.

Chase Jones is doing his best to help out his brother, Colby, with his heifer.


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Save The Great American West

Kris Stewart

Ninety-Six Ranch

Paradise Valley, Nevada

In the early morning hours of July 5, 2018, the Martin fire erupted in Paradise Valley, Nevada. Over the next several days it consumed hundreds of thousands of acres, killed countless wildlife, and destroyed what was prime habitat for the threatened sage grouse. Included in the country burned was our entire BLM grazing permit and over

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The Cost of Keeping One Open Cow Can Pay to Have the Herd Pregnancy Checked

Recently the topic of pregnancy checking was discussed. There are several producers who use palpation, ultrasound, or blood test to determine the pregnancy status of cows in the herd. However, there are more producers who use either the eye test, or fail to pregnancy check at all.

Regardless of what one may think, every producer is faced with the cost of

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Persistence in the Face of Adversity

By Krayton Kearns, DVM

I save my most labor-intensive projects for the hottest days of the year.  It’s a gift.  My August task was to insert a water line 60-feet through an earthen dam, so I can install a frost-proof stock tank for my horses.  A wise cowboy would have placed the pipe 15 years ago when he created a reservoir

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The Yellowstone’s ‘Phelps’

By Susan Metcalf

Floating the Yellowstone River this time of year is always a fun family outing, but the river demands respect as every year it claims lives. This is a tale of a floating incident that had a happy ending, but it underscores how quickly river accidents can happen. Remember, it is cool to wear your life jacket!

After his appearance

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Harvest Hotline Helps Connect Farmers

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has activated the North Dakota Harvest Hotline.

“Farmers who need custom combining and combiners looking for a job should call us at 701-425-8454,” Goehring said. “Your name and information will be entered into the Harvest Hotline database to be matched up with other callers.”

Goehring said North Dakota Department of Agriculture employees will answer calls to the hotline

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By John Goggins

I recently returned home from the Ag Media Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Temperatures were mainly in the 110 – 112 degree range during my stay there, but it actually hit 118 degrees one day!

Once again, the Summit was very educational for myself and two other members of my staff.  Yes, we did win a couple of categories and

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It’s Time the Cattle Industry Takes Their Checkoff Back

By USCA Past President and Founding Member Chuck Kiker

I never thought I’d see the day that an amendment concerning the Beef Checkoff would make its way to the floor that didn’t originate from the Senate Agriculture Committee. But that’s just what happened when the Booker/Lee amendment was introduced during the floor debate during the run-up to the vote on

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A Slight Mishap

By Jean Peterson

“She seems to be settling in well,” said Tuff.

He watched little Willie, the new piglet, work with Hannah in her pen.

“She is,” said Banjo. “She’s come a long way in a short time and you can just see how much Hannah loves working with her.”

Willemina, little Willie for short, zoomed in a wide circle around the pen and

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Meet Your New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

By Alan Guebert

The only Washington D.C. area team having a worse year than the Baltimore Orioles is big food’s biggest, richest lobbying arm, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA).

Most American farmers and ranchers don’t know GMA by its acronym.  They do, however, know its work.  It was the organizer and checkbook behind the defeat of several state initiatives to label genetically

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