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Pinnacle Asset Management to Acquire JBS USA Five Rivers Cattle Feeding

By Kayla Sargent

Pinnacle Asset Management, L.P., a private, New York – based commodities and natural resource investment firm, has just announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Five Rivers Cattle Feeding from JBS USA for approximately $200 million. Under the agreement, Pinnacle would acquire 11 feed yards in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas

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Jan 18, 2018 Front Page Photo

Happy New Year from the J.O. Miller ranch! The ranch has an annual New Year’s Eve day hayride and community potluck lunch. Driving JO’s shires, James and Jake, are Eddie Hitchcock, Calvin Hanson, Tobias Cortner, Maverick Bushnell, and Chase Anderson. It was a balmy -14 most of the day! The motto for this year’s ride was this: “If you

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Donald Trump has sold out family farmers…

Has Donald Trump been good to America’s family farms? He certainly seems to think so: “Oh, are you happy you voted for me? You are so lucky that I gave you that privilege,” the President told members of the American Farm Bureau Federation in Nashville on January 8, where he gave his first major address of the year. Trump clearly enjoyed himself.

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The REAL ID Act affects nine states… Passports, everyone?

By Leesa Zalesky


Check your passports, dear readers, to make sure they haven’t expired because it’s possible that, before long, you will need one to board domestic commercial flights or access federal facilities if you’re a resident of one of nine states. Currently, the states where residents will need identification other than a driver’s license to fly are these: Kentucky, Maine,

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Sortin Pen ~ 1/18/18

Quote of the Week:
Hello, Montana! This week’s quote comes from Jacque Rollyson, Roy, MT: “Anyone who marries for money will earn every penny of it.”


Conservation groups want Bundy cattle removed from public land…

On January 8, U.S. District Court Judge Gloria Navarro dismissed all charges against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his sons related to the 2014 Bunkerville standoff. The armed standoff

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Rural America in crisis: The opioid epidemic

By Leesa Zalesky

Author’s Note: Last week we reported, under this headline, the roll-out of the #FarmTownStrong campaign by National Farmers Union (NFU) and American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) during the AFBF convention held recently in Nashville, TN. The campaign was initiated by the two national ag groups to address the opioid epidemic throughout rural America. This week we’re expanding

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The new tax law broken down by Attorney at Law, John Alan Cohan

By John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law


The new tax law signed by President Trump, called the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (TCJA), has several provisions beneficial to owners and breeders in the horse and livestock industries. Following are some of the highlights:


New deduction for pass-through businesses: The new law changes how “pass-through” entities—such as sole proprietorships, partnerships, S corporations, and

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NWSS Reflections

Wow… the National Western Stock Show was a whirlwind! I spent much of the last two weeks at this fantastic event. This year marks my 29th straight year of attending the Stock Show, and there are basically three things that have continually stood out to me each year after returning home from Denver.

First of all, Denver is a huge social

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It’s five minutes to midnight… The wild horse tragedy

From bringing pioneers to the West to rounding up livestock on ranches, the horse has contributed to the rich history of the U.S. since being introduced to North America by Spanish explorers in the 1500s. Centuries later, the species is contributing to history in a much different way, with feral horse and burro populations sparking controversial political debates.

Wild horses and

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Made in America, but truth (and profits) in labeling…

By Kenny Graner

Last week, President Donald Trump made history as the first president in nearly 25 years to address the American Farm Bureau Convention. It seems absurd to think that it’s taken this long for our country’s leaders to talk about the one thing that connects all of us: Food.

President Trump didn’t just stop his speech at the

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Now here’s a real friend of FFA…

While agriculture always played a part in Arthur Daniel “Dan” Nafziger’s life, his love for FFA developed when he volunteered to judge Career and Leadership Development Events (CDEs and LDEs) at the National FFA Convention & Expo. It was here that he judged the Ag Issues LDE and found a love for FFA and what it has to offer students.

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Women of World War II Part Seven

By Leesa Zalesky

This series honors and celebrates the women of World War II, both in uniform or as civilians. Their contributions to the war effort, their courage, and their heroism were immeasurable. In part seven, we remember Hazel Ying Lee, the first Chinese-American female pilot to die in a war time plane crash while serving her country.

Hazel Ying

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Droning on and on

You can’t pick up an ag publication these days without finding a story on how drones will revolutionize the cow business. Supposedly, they’ll do everything from checking on float valves to spotting a trespassing hunter. They’ll even find cattle on a far flung ranch. I’ve got news for the experts: we already have such a device… it’s called a dog.

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Bitteroot Treasure

By Ann Chontos
Custer, Montana

He was a registered Thoroughbred, out of a bright red coppery chestnut stud named Big Sorrel and a dark bay mare named Star Tinkle. I named him Bitteroot Treasure with only one ‘r’ in the word Bitteroot because, at the time, the Thoroughbred Industry would not allow more than

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Nebraska Cattlemen applauds Senator Fischer’s appointment to Senate Ag Committee

Nebraska Cattlemen congratulates U.S. Senator Deb Fischer for her appointment on January 9 to the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry, which is empowered with legislative oversight of all matters relating to the nation’s ag industry, farming programs, forestry and logging, and legislation relating to nutrition and health. “We sincerely appreciate Senator Fischer for her willingness to serve on the Senate Ag Committee,” said NC

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Mojo working

The knuckle-cracking cold that accompanied most of the country out of 2017 also followed most of us into 2018… Worse, it didn’t come alone. Much of last year’s bad mojo—the crazy weather, its bitter politics, policy gridlock—also crossed December’s ice bridge into the new year. For example, President Donald Trump’s closed-fist trade negotiating style reappeared January 8 in a much-anticipated

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MSU alumna uses her unusual dog to inspire young scientists

A Montana State University graduate who owns a dog with the world’s longest tongue is hoping her St. Bernard will help more children become excited about science. Passionate about science as well as rescue dogs, Carla Rickert of Bozeman, Montana, recently incorporated both in her new book, “The Adventures of Mochi the Dog.” It’s the first in a series of

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MSU professor marks 37 years teaching animal science

Some things are synonymous with Montana State University: the bobcat, blue and gold, and Montana Hall. In the MSU College of Agriculture and for many Montana ranchers, James Berardinelli may be on that list, too. For the last 37 years, Berardinelli, professor of animal science in MSU’s Department of Animal and Range Sciences, has taught students how to be familiar with the rear end

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New MSU spring wheat variety…

A new Montana State University-developed spring wheat—that’s already attracting attention because of its potential for excellent yields and superior bread-making qualities—is making its way through the pipeline toward Montana growers. Lanning hard red spring wheat was increased from breeder seed to foundation seed this season, and farmers are already requesting it, said Doug Holen, manager of the MSU Foundation Seed Program.

Holen explained

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Cowboy wrangles hibernating rattlesnake…

Shane Bessette was looking down into a broken water pipe he was trying to fix on January 7 south of Great Falls, Montana, when he saw what looked like a white hose. “I reached to grab it, and it moved,” Bessette recalled. “Come to find out, it was a rattlesnake that had been down in the bottom of that pipe, and

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One More Cow

By Bill Hancock

They had to have a new school, that was sure;

The old one had a crack in the bell and also the door.

If everyone pitched in, it wouldn’t cost much, they’d allow,

But when the tax notice came, it cost me a cow!

Then the

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The Department of Redundancy Department

I began writing this column early in the winter of 2006, so this marks my 12th year of weekly deadlines. There are times when I face a blank laptop screen completely void of interesting stories or topics. This is one of those times. When I re-read previous writings, I worry they sound dangerously redundant, a concern bouncing around my mind

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Emotions and investing

By Chris Nolt

Investing can provoke strong emotions. One of the main reasons investors underperform the market is they make decisions based on emotion or “gut feelings.” More often than not, these emotional investment decisions do not end up well. Benjamin Graham, often referred to as “the father of investing,” said it best: “The investor’s chief problem – even

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Hats off to the UW Livestock Judging Team!

The 2017 University of Wyoming Livestock Judging Team finished 8th at the North American International Livestock Exposition in November in Louisville, Kentucky. This marks the first top-10 finish at the National Championship in at least 30 years. “We have records of scores dating back to 1993, and from visiting with past team members through the late ‘80s, we can say

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Fetching horses…

About 48 years ago (Editor’s Note: this was written about 1965), there was an Englishman by the name of Berry living on Montana’s Crow Reservation in the Dryhead country. His place was about 75 miles southeast of Billings on the bank of the Big Horn River. It was a rugged mountain country where the Big Horn River runs for miles

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Agri-Kid ~ 1/18/18

Work Ethic 101 in progress in Carter, Montana. When Marie Skierka shared this fun photo, she wrote: “This little buckaroo, Ames Heryford, is always willing to putting his day’s work in, helping his dad Matt catch the calves to tag.”

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Letters to the Editor ~ 1/18/18

Hopeless endeavor…

WAR editor, the vitriol and hate expressed by Krayton Kerns is why I am not renewing my subscription to the Western Ag Reporter. We have subscribed for many years and greatly benefitted from the information provided in the well-written articles. I am willing to forego the convenience of having all the ag information I will ever need delivered weekly

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Story problems in wind country…

For all but eight years of my life, I have lived on the east slopes of the Rocky Mountain front range out of Augusta and Big Timber, Montana. For the half century (approximately, in case you are doing the math) that I have lived in the wind, I have tried to get used to it, but I don’t think one

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Political Correctness understood…

What is meant by the modern term referred to as POLITICAL CORRECTNESS? The definition is found in four telegrams preserved at the Truman Library & Museum in Independence, Missouri. These four telegrams were exchanged between President Harry Truman and General Douglas MacArthur on the day before the actual signing of the WWII Surrender Agreement in September 1945. The contents of those four telegrams

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Lorenz R. “Lornie” Allemandi ~ November 20, 1924 to January 3, 2018  

Lorenz R. Allemandi (known as Lornie to all who knew him) died in his home on January 3, 2018.

He was born November 20, 1924, in Nighthawk, Washington, on the family ranch where he lived and raised cattle his entire life.

Lornie was preceded in death by his parents, Joe M. and Hazel Allemandi; brother Joe; sisters: Vera, Opal, and Dorothy; and

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