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World Pork Expo 2019 Cancelled In Caution of ASF

The National Pork Producers Council’s (NPPC) board of directors announced its decision to cancel World Pork Expo 2019 out of an abundance of caution as African swine fever (ASF) continues to spread in China and other parts of Asia. World Pork Expo, held each June at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, hosts approximately 20,000 visitors over three days,

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Trade Trumps D.C. Discussions During NCBA, PLC Fly-in

Montana Stockgrowers Association representatives Karoline Rose, President Fred Wacker, Tayla Snapp, ANCW President Wanda Pinnow, 1st Vice President Jim Steinbeisser, and Executive Vice President Jay Bodner participated NCBA’s Legislative Conference.

By Lilly Platts


Representatives from across the nation traveled to Washington D.C. at the beginning of April to participate in the annual Public Lands Council (PLC) and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

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Two Buffalo Bills On the Move in Montana Legislature

By Kayla Sargent

The Montana Legislature passed HJ 28 last week.  This joint resolution will now be sent to the United States Congress, the Department of the Interior, and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), requesting that the BLM deny American Prairie Reserve’s (APR) bison grazing proposal on 18 BLM allotments in central Montana.

The main concerns listed in

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2017 Census of Agriculture Data Now Available

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the results of the 2017 Census of Agriculture. The census spans some 6.4 million new points of information about America’s farms and ranches and those who operate them, including new data about on-farm decision making down to the county level.

The information is collected by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) directly from farmers

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Packer Concentration Intensifies with Recent California Merger

By Kayla Sargent

Those in the beef and cattle industry have surely heard mention of the “Big Four” by now.  JBS, Tyson, Cargill, and National Beef control 85 percent of the industry.  But more packing plant mergers have lead to at least seven companies of notable size that now control an even greater portion of the industry.


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A Before and After Flood Story

By Kerry Hoffschneider

Nebraska’s flood stories are multi-layered and multi-stories deep.  Each farm, ranch, and community recently impacted by historical high flood waters are different.  The Schultz family is one of those stories whose lives changed forever overnight.

It was about noon on Wednesday and there were enough flood warnings going around that the Schultz family decided it

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Montana Legislature Defeats the Cowboy in Defense of the Cowgirl

By Kayla Sargent


As the bucking bulls were being unloaded at the yards in Billings, Montana and a sign garnering fan excitement was hung across Main Street announcing the annual two-day Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Tour Stop, PBR announced, via Facebook, that the 2020 Billings stop would be cancelled.  The post explained PBR was retaliating in response to the

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Ranchers Welcome Bernhardt Confirmation, Urge Action on Remaining Vacancies

On April 11, David Bernhardt was confirmed as Secretary of the Interior.  This announcement was praised by the NCBA and Public Lands Council.

“The confirmation of Secretary Bernhardt is welcome news for livestock producers across the country. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Secretary and are glad he can finally focus on the Department of Interior’s critical work.

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Pinterest for Lazy People Hacks

My Easter decorations are calling me from the closet today, but I am trying to ignore their call.  It doesn’t seem worth it to drag out all of those tubs if the decorations are only up for a week, so I guess I should answer the call.  Instead I find myself checking out Pinterest for decorating ideas. I absolutely love

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Babies and bum calves go hand-in-hand this time of year.  Thanks, John Moore for sharing this great photo.  Four-year-old, Braelynn Irish, of Miles City, Montana, is helping out at the Lazy T L Ranch north of town.

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Calf-Crop Failure

Every spring, a phone call from my Pryor Creek friend launches bull fertility testing season.  Leftists who believe cow farts cause climate change will never follow this analogy but for normal people here is a routine bull fertility test, revealing why I dread this time of year.

With the bull in a squeeze chute, the lucky veterinarian inserts his gloved arm

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It always does my heart good to hear the President of the United States talk about and support rural America.  Last week, President Trump and Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), announced their plans for the “race to 5G,” and a Rural Digital Opportunity Fund plan.

The President explained that moving from the current 4G cellular network up

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Platte County Flood Relief Project

Jill Goedeken takes food out to volunteers from Long Prairie, Minnesota who came to help fix fence and conduct other clean-up projects for Platte County farmers and ranchers impacted by the flood.

By Kerry Hoffschneider

Agriculture extension educators from Columbus, Nebraska are seeing first-hand what farmers in Platte County are facing in the aftermath of unprecedented flooding across

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Varmint Vigilantes

Last week, Tuff and Rascal were on the hunt for the possum posse, said to be up at the spring run-off waterfall.  Along the way they had a friend join them who taught them about a ‘yoler’ and more evidence of bigger issues headed toward the ranch. Will they figure out a solution on the spot or race to the

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Thoughts from the Editor

We may have underestimated our new competition. Burger King’s pilot program for the Impossible Whopper has begun in Missouri.  Since they rolled it out less than a month ago, many people have rushed to taste test the new product.  Some of these “taste testers” were true beef connoisseurs, farmers and ranchers who regularly eat some of the best beef

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‘No Problem, I’ll Just Stop Eating Pork’

One tried-and-true tool politicians use to deflect public criticism directed at them is as old as politics itself: beat up the press.

Someone in Secretary Sonny Perdue’s U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) thought it was time to do just that April 8 as the “FSIS Office of Congressional and Public Affairs” – USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service – issued a blistering

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Bullock Issues Executive Order to Expedite Fertilizer Delivery

With a compressed spring planting schedule and an increased fertilizer delivery demand facing farmers across Montana, Governor Bullock signed an executive order temporarily exempting certain carriers from hours of service regulations. The order pertains only to carriers actively involved in transporting anhydrous ammonia and other fertilizers.

The executive order requires that carriers and commercial drivers operate their commercial motor vehicles in

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Taste Test: This Fake Meat is the Real Deal

By Eric Bohl, Missouri Farm Bureau Director of Public Affairs


After more than a year of writing columns about the coming wave of meat substitutes, I finally got the chance to taste test of one of the leading products. Based on what I tasted, these plant-based “burgers” are here to stay.

On April 1, fast food giant Burger King rolled out its

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Cattlemen’s Beef Board Names New CEO

The Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board (CBB) has named Gregory Hanes of Colorado as their new chief executive officer, effective June 17, 2019.

“Knowledge of beef producers and the overall beef industry is a must in this role,” CBB Chairman Chuck Coffey, Davis, Oklahoma, said. “Greg is well-regarded – both here in the U.S. and abroad – for his background

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