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PACT Act Branded in the Books

By Kayla Sargent

With the stroke of President Trump’s pen, the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act become law on Monday, November 25.  The Act will make certain acts of animal cruelty a felony nationwide.  Specifically, intentional “crushing” – defined as crushing, burning, drowning, suffocating, impaling, or otherwise causing serious bodily injury – will now be unlawful, as will the

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Wildlife Corridors Open, Agriculture’s Door Closes?

By Mayzie Purviance

Conservation seems to be a highly discussed topic amongst various environmental and animal rights groups.  The general idea of conservation is widely agreed upon to impact the planet positively, but below the surface level, could certain aspects of conservation be detrimental to the agricultural industry?

On May 16, 2019, The Wildlife Corridor Conservation Act was introduced to the Senate

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Brazil’s Big Steak in America

By Kayla Sargent

Scandal runs deep in the Brazilian meatpacking industry.  JBS SA and Marfrig Global Foods, the world’s top two meat processors, have each been involved in multiple bribery schemes in order to obtain loans.  Perhaps more concerning is the fact that these Brazilian companies used “ill-gotten financing to acquire American companies,” according to United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) President

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Montana Stockgrowers Association 135th Annual Convention Approaching

Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) will hold its 135th Annual Convention and Trade Show December 10 – 12, in Billings, Montana.  In-person registration begins Tuesday, December 10 at 12:00 p.m. or attendees can register online at www.mtbeef.org/msga-events/annual-convention-and-trade-show/.

MSGA’s Annual Convention provides attendees with education, information, fellowship and decision-making opportunities for Montana’s cattle industry as well as access to the largest ranching industry

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Another Look at GRSB

In response to a recently published editorial opinion by Ethan Lane, NCBA VP of Government Affairs, ICOW (Independent Cattlemen of Wyoming) offers another side of the GRSB (Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef) issue. 

Mr. Lane said NCBA isn’t a member of WWF (World Wildlife Federation) and WWF is not a member of NCBA.  True, however, they are both on the Board

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NCBA Seeks Clarity and Consistency in Beef Labeling

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) reaffirmed its policy supporting voluntary country-of-origin labeling (COOL).  Because the association takes the concerns of its members and stakeholders seriously, its Executive Committee has unanimously approved efforts to work with the U.S.  Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) to address the Agency’s longstanding policy on geographic origin statements.

Specifically, NCBA seeks solutions

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European Parliament Approves U.S. Share of Beef Market

On November 28, the European Parliament voted to approve a plan granting the United States a country-specific share of the European Union’s duty-free high-quality beef quota.  The agreement, which was signed and announced in August, will nearly triple U.S. annual duty-free beef exports to the EU over the next seven years, according to the Office of the United States Trade

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Diversify with Uber

We recently returned from taking the grandchildren to Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and I came back home with a diversification idea for the ranch.  During our visit, we had several experiences with Uber which got me to thinking about starting my own version of Uber right here in Big Timber, Montana.

First of all, seven people do not fit in

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Agri-Kid

Caitlyn and Carly Cook of Rosebud Creek, Montana celebrate the building of their new bale castle with their grandpa, Tyler.  Caitlyn and Carly are the daughters of Cole and Lindsey Cook.

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Duane Lathim July 24, 1934 – November 19, 2019

On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, Duane Lathim passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on the family farm at the age of 85.  Duane was born on July 24, 1934 in Dayton, Washington to Art and Okal (Walker) Lathim.

At the age of 9, the family moved to a small farm along the Snake River which is now Windust

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Opportunity in The Ark Valley

A portion of the farmers and ranchers who attended the event.

By Kerry Hoffschneider

Regenerative farmer and cattle producer Curtis Sayles was one of several speakers at the “Opportunity in the Ark Valley” mini conference held November 7-8 in Lamar, Colorado.  The conference offered farmers and ranchers a wide variety of information to improve their soils and learn about the

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Charles Roy Gaugler September 9, 1949 – November 24, 2019

Charles Roy Gaugler, 70, of Garneill died Sunday afternoon at his home of natural causes.  He was born September 9, 1949 in Lewistown, Montana the son of Bill and Faith (Stone) Gaugler.  He was proud of his birth date: 9-9-49.  He lived his entire life at his ranch headquarters in Garneill, Montana.  Charles will be remembered by his generosity, sense

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Don’t Missed These Keynote Speakers

Opening General Session | December 11 | 8 a.m.

Mr. Renkes is a lawyer and business professional with over 30 years of legal, corporate and senior government experience.  He has held public sector positions at both the federal and state levels of government and has assisted major national and international corporations with legal, legislative and policy challenges involving local, state and

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Comments

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.  I know many of you were feeding cows as a strong winter blast blanketed the majority of Reporter Country.  The weather the day of and the day after Thanksgiving got a little western.  My sales kicked in again two days after Thanksgiving and we have been going strong ever since – and

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One Hundred or Bust

As a kid at our mountain cow camps we played “one hundred or bust” after dinner to determine who did the dishes.  The cards are dealt and starting at zero, cowboy number one adds to the count by playing a card from his hand.  The count proceeds around the table until the first unlucky player busts one hundred.  They are

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Wyoming Farm Bureau Sets Policy for Coming Year

Irrigation infrastructure, taxes, private property rights, and migration corridors were among the many topics included in policies adopted at the 100th annual meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB).  Held November 13-15 in Laramie, Wyoming, the meeting is an important step in the grassroots policy development process of Farm Bureau.

“County Farm Bureau members start the policy development process at

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I-BAND Holds 14th Annual Meeting

On November 15 and 16, the Independent Beef Association of North Dakota (I-BAND) held its 14th annual meeting at the Ramada Wyndam in Bismarck.  Dozens of cattle producers from across North Dakota and surrounding states participated in a diverse schedule of activities during the two-day event.

“This was one of our most successful and well-attended annual meetings,” I-BAND President Dwight Keller

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CSKT Compact and Grizzly Bears In Montana Farm Bureau Policy

Voting delegates of the Montana Farm Bureau (MFBF) Convention discussed, debated and voted on policy for the coming year.  The Delegates Session is what makes Farm Bureau a unique grassroot organization; farmers and ranchers developing policy during their county annual meetings which is then voted on at the MFBF Convention.

For the sixth year in a row, the delegates reaffirmed their

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A Holiday Heist

Last week the plot thickened: Banjo and the ranch crew knew about the renegade’s plot to steal back the lynx and her kitten, even on Thanksgiving day.  Will they get caught with Rascal’s help or does he abandon the crew at the last minute, and is there an early Christmas present headed to their way?

“Just a moment,” the Mama said

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Here We Go Again: More Mistruths About the CSKT Compact

By Hertha L. Lund

Even though I would rather not engage in the CSKT Compact debate due to the nasty, vitriol of some who oppose it, I find myself again responding to unfounded arguments against the CSKT Compact.  Recently, WAR printed an op-ed by someone who moved to Montana to fight the Compact who personally will not lose anything regardless of

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Stockgrowers College Courses Offered Wednesday and Thursday

These 60-minute sessions offer attendees valuable educational tips and a chance to enjoy face-to-face talks and hands-on technology education.

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December 12 | 3 p.m. | Double Tree Skyview 1 & 2

Major Determinants of Profit, Five Essentials for Successful Ranch Management – ideas for heifer development, selecting bulls and culling cows, grazing management, marketing and leadership.

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December 11 | 11 a.m. | Double

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Food, Family and Transparency

The holiday season is here which, for me, can be summarized with two words: food and family.  Although this column usually revolves around food (I mean, it is about agriculture after all), I want to take this opportunity to focus on family — specifically farming families.

A common claim I see online is the idea that America’s farms are no longer

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R-CALF USA 20th Anniversary Convention Available on YouTube

R-CALF USA hosted its 20th Anniversary Convention in Deadwood, South Dakota on August 15 -16, 2019.  The convention proclaimed success boasting approximately 400 attendees; the organization’s largest convention in its 20-year history.  An additional 800 guests viewed the convention through online streaming sending its message throughout cattle country as never before.

Only days before the convention, producers faced the market malady

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Milk Shake-Up Just Beginning with Dean’s Downfall

While many in the U.S.  dairy sector focus on why the nation’s largest milk bottler, Dean Foods, filed for bankruptcy November 12, the smart money — if there is any smart money left after four years of crushingly low milk prices — is focused on what’s next.

What’s next is what’s always next when your business is built on shrinking markets,

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Thoughts from the Editor

Last week I got halfway through an article published by Fast Company called “The beef industry wants you to think it has a ‘minimal’ environmental impact (it does not).”  You may recall author Kristin Toussaint citing World Resources Institute (WRI) fellow Tim Searchinger in an effort to dispel NCBA’s recently published white paper about the true, and minimal, environmental impact

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Bits & Pieces

Wyoming Farm Bureau Donates Money for 12,413 Meals

Wyoming families facing hunger received a boost mid-November with the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Committee “Harvest for All” project.  The annual fund drive and raffle to benefit the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies raised $3,103.35 which is the equivalent of 12,413 meals for Wyoming families.

During the state

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Gather ‘Round the ‘Drool Log’ This Holiday Season

Just in time for the holidays, Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. is releasing a new craveable Beef Drool Log video sure to “spice up” any gathering and celebration.  The Beef Drool Log is a two-and-a-half-hour video featuring a beautiful Prime Rib Roast cooking to perfection on a rotisserie over open flame.  The video pays homage to the iconic Yule Log

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