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USMCA One Signature Away

By Mayzie Purviance

After passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in the House of Representatives on December 19, 2019, the deal came to a standstill while awaiting the Senate’s decision to pass the agreement.  On January 16, 2020, the Senate passed USMCA with a vote of 89 ayes and 10 nays.  As of press time, USMCA is waiting for President

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Red Meat Nutrition Study Questioned Once Again

By Mayzie Purviance

Funding — a word that sparks a love-hate relationship with every researcher.  The simple fact is proper research cannot be conducted without proper funding, and that funding has to come from some source.

On December 31, 2019, Annals of Internal Medicine released a correction to a previously published study titled, “Unprocessed Red Meat and Processed Meat Consumption: Dietary Guideline

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Out Of Drought They Rise

Deborah Clark and her husband Emry Birdwell at their ranch in Clay County, Texas.

By Kerry Hoffschneider

 

When drought struck Texas in 2011, feed and water were becoming sparse for many ranchers.  Land managers had to adjust cattle herds and grazing plans in order to accommodate.  These changes, while difficult at the time, were what set Deborah Clark and her

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Phase One Down

By Kayla Sargent

“As incomes rise in China, demand for protein in diets increases as well.  Chinese demand for imported beef, pork and poultry is growing at a rapid rate, made more acute due to domestic pork supply constraints in China as a result of the ongoing outbreak of African swine fever.”

This growing demand, as stated in a fact sheet distributed

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Thoughts From The Editor

It goes without saying the agriculture industry could use a glimpse of optimism after a long spell of difficult times.  This week, our paper has several.  Two major trade deals, despite garnering mixed opinions from our ag organizations and mainstream media, have seen major progress.  They may not be exactly what we had wished for but in an effort to

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Bonnie Louise (McWhorter) Duvall November 4, 1958 – January 18, 2020

Bonnie Louise McWhorter Duvall of Greshamville, Georgia passed away Saturday, January 18, 2020 at her home, surrounded by her loving family.  She was 61.

A lifelong resident of Greensboro, she was born November 4, 1958 to the late Charlotte Maureen Culberson McWhorter and James Hamilton “Hamp” McWhorter.  She graduated from Nathanael Greene Academy in 1976 and was a graduate of the

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Bits & Pieces

left to right:  Neil Orth, Jeff Aegerter, Bruce Brooks, John Goggins, Alan Sears, Hoover Case, Bruce Bradley, Don Birk.

WAR’s Alan Sears Honored at NWSS

The Livestock Marketeers inducted three new members into its Hall of Fame on January 18th, 2020 at its annual Banquet held in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show.  This years honorees are: Hoover Case

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Olszewski Suggests Daines Withdraw New CSKT Compact Bill

By Eric Dietrich, Montana Free Press

Montana State Senator Al Olszewski and four other elected Republicans recently urged U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) to withdraw federal legislation that would finalize a long-negotiated water compact between Montana, the federal government, and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.

Speaking at a press event at the Montana Capitol, Olszewski and other speakers criticized Daines’ legislation

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American Farm Bureau 101st Convention Awards

President Trump Praises Farmers, Ranchers at National Address

President Donald Trump assured farmers and ranchers that a top priority of his administration is fighting for the farmers and ranchers who grow our food.  In his address at the American Farm Bureau Convention in Austin, Trump listed numerous victories of his administration in trade, regulatory reform, rural connectivity, and ag labor.

“Our recent

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No Path Back

A wise veterinarian once told me, “You can always go home, but you can never go back.”   I spent two decades trying to prove this adage wrong — but I failed.  My ranch life began on the gumbo banks of Blacktail Creek in Eastern Montana.  The word “creek” implies running water, but there was none.  We moved to the family

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Not-So Helpful Hints

I just love those helpful hint columns and books full of tips on how to remove every stain known to man or cure anything from warts to arthritis with a home remedy.  Sometimes though, I have to question the effectiveness and efficiency of the remedies and helpful hints.  I have actually had less than miraculous results with many of those

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Oklahoma State University Receives Historic $50 million Donation

Oklahoma State University and alumni Kayleen and Larry Ferguson announced a $50 million gift from the Ferguson Family Foundation that will transform the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources in a variety of ways, including a new name.  Pending approval from the Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents, the college will be renamed the Ferguson College of Agriculture in recognition

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Sustainability and New Technology Highlighted at AFBF 2020

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 101st Annual Convention and Trade Show took place in Austin January 17-22.  In keeping with the theme of this year’s convention, “Sustaining America’s Agriculture,” day one workshops focused on steps farmers and ranchers can take to enhance soil health and improve water quality.  Many other workshops featured precision agriculture technology’s role in helping with

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Agri-Kid

Tibbs Boyd, a little over a year old, pays a visit to his four-legged friends at the Bar 7 Ranch in Ennis, Montana.

 

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R-CALF Warns Ranchers About Dismantled Competitive Infrastructures

R-CALF USA spoke to hundreds of Colorado and New Mexico ranchers during meetings held in Brush and La Junta, Colorado and Las Cruces, New Mexico in mid-January

The Colorado meetings were cosponsored by the Colorado Independent CattleGrowers Association and the Southern Colorado Livestock Association.  The Las Cruces meeting was sponsored by the Range Allotment Owners Association.

In opening remarks, R-CALF USA CEO

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Bad Blood Brewing

Last week, Pudge fell hook, line, and sinker into a plot to dupe Tuff with the help of Rascal.  Surprisingly, the masked bandit has a good idea up his salt and peppered sleeve.  But does his plan actually work, or will Tuff and Banjo find out Pudge is working with the masked bandit to win the ice fishing portion of

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Fake Meat Hot Headlines

By Kayla Sargent

 

Impossible Foods’ CEO Sparks Anger Clear to China   (31)

Here in the States, when agriculturalists hear the name Pat Brown, they tend to bristle up a bit.  Brown, Impossible Foods CEO and Founder, is quoted numerous times saying he wants to entirely replace animals in the food system by 2035 and boasts that in fifteen years “things will be

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Ruby Ochsner April 2,1935 – January 15, 2020

Ruby entered the gates of heaven on January 15, 2020 at Community Hospital in Torrington, Wyoming.

Ruby was born April 21,1935, to Louis Sr. and Pearl Arnold.  She was raised in Hawk Springs, where she attended all 12 years of school.  After graduation, Ruby attended nursing school in Denver and worked as a LPN for a year and a half.

Ruby became

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USDA Reminds Historically Underserved Producers of Advance Payment Option

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) reminds historically underserved producers, who are participating in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), of the advance payment option.  This option allows them to get conservation practice payments in advance of practice implementation.

“The advance payment option makes NRCS conservation assistance more accessible to underserved producers,” NRCS Chief Matthew Lohr said.  “It enables them to

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Brexit, Boris, and Boxing in UK Farmers

Events, like stars, can at times align just enough for you to glimpse your destiny.  If you’re lucky, that sneak peek is the critical break you need for success; If you’re unlucky, the starry view spins off into the universe unseen.

Farmers in the United Kingdom (UK) got that peek after the June 2016 vote which approved Great Britain, Scotland, and

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WCRA Winter Timed Events Semi-Finals

More than $394,000 was paid out to timed-event athletes as the World Champions Rodeo Alliance (WCRA) concluded its Winter Timed Event Semi-Finals at the Lazy E Arena.

The three-day event hosted 320 cowboys and cowgirls from around the globe and advanced 54 timed-event athletes to the Royal City Roundup, a one-day, $1 Million Major Rodeo, which will be held February 28

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A New Home for the National Western Collection

National Western’s lauded and growing art collection is getting a permanent new home.

The J.  Robert and Katherine Wilson Art Gallery is set to be located on the first floor of the Legacy Building at the new National Western Center, and will — for the first time ever — allow the entire National Western Permanent Collection to be available to the general public

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Montana Rancher Relies on Tourism to Support Century-Old Cattle Operation

Montana’s majestic mountains and open rangelands are home to abundant wildlife and herds of cattle.  Rancher Vic Anderson depends upon both to sustain Heaven on Earth, his family’s century-old ranch.

“Tourism diversifies our ranch.  In the cattle business, as everyone knows, markets vary quite a bit.  All ranchers I know have to have another source of income to keep the ranch

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101st Farm Bureau Convention Wraps Up Connecting Consumers

The final day of workshops at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Convention put a focus on the role farmers and ranchers will play in connecting with consumers on sustainability in agriculture and new technologies like gene editing.  Each workshop is summarized below.

Other highlights from the 101st Convention included a keynote from President Donald Trump and an address from Secretary

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2019: Monumental Year for Montana Ranchers

By Fred Wacker, Montana Stockgrowers Association President

We’ve reached a pivotal moment for Montana farmers and ranchers, as three critical trade deals are finalized and implemented.  The benefits here are enormous, and I strongly believe Montana’s agricultural industry can look forward to renewed success and optimism this year.

As a fourth-generation Montana rancher from Miles City and the Montana Stockgrowers Association President,

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Per Capita Green Cards Recently Hit Montana Mailboxes

By Sheila Hildebrand

In the mailbox of producers throughout the state lies a lime green card.  This little card is one more subtle reminder that tax season is upon us.  The card initiates the 2020 Montana Department of Livestock Reporting requirement.  If you own them, you must report them.  Yes, even the chickens.

Montana law requires all livestock owners to report the

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Comments

I sure was glad to return home last Sunday after being gone for a week.  I was given the opportunity to work the world-famous Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.  It was everything and more than I expected.  It was certainly a marathon, most days the sale would last for 10 to 12 hours.  But I have to admit it

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Free-Roaming Bison EIS Draws Battle Lines in Montana

by Chuck Denowh, United Property Owners of Montana Policy Director

The Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks (FWP) is now formally recommending the introduction of free-roaming bison in Montana after the release of a long-awaited environmental impact statement.  It’s a move that dramatically intensifies conflict over wildlife management in Montana.

And worse, it’s a sobering message to the thousands of

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BLM Announces Public Scoping Meetings to Discuss Grazing Updates

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has published a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement to consider proposed revisions to the agency’s grazing regulations.  The BLM currently manages livestock grazing on 155 million of the 245 million acres of public land and administers nearly 18,000 grazing permits and leases.

“Administration of sustainable livestock grazing

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The Value of Irons in the Fire

by Brett DeBruycker

I appreciate the article in the January 16, 2020 Western Ag Reporter titled, “The Price of Irons in the Fire.”  It touches on the Board of Livestock’s October discussion for the coming brand re-record and the potential fee increase.  There will be further discussion of a likely fee increase along with conversation of the ‘roll out’

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Monkey See, Monkey Goes Vegan

When I was a small child, I distinctively remember wanting to be exactly like my aunt Marla Ballard (Mom’s sister), or as I call her, “Tia.”

Tia and I were two peas in a pod.  She was 20 and single when I was born and would often babysit me.  She taught me silly little (slightly inappropriate for a 2-year-old, sometimes) songs

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