Lodgepole Complex fire… Want to help?

Lodgepole Complex fire…
Want to help?

Hay, Trucking & Feedlot Coordination: Jana Hance, Redwater Valley Bank, 406-485-4782; 406-974-2555; jana@redwatervalleybank.com

Fencing Donations: Lori Murnion, 406-977-2334 – please call ahead to coordinate drop-off and unloading; Lammer Brothers in Jordan – drop-off location only

Cash Donations:
– Petroleum County Stockgrowers Relief Fund, PO Box 147, Winnett, MT 59087
– MSGA Fire Relief Fund, 420 North California Street, Helena, MT

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What will wildlife eat when cattle graze CMR?

Editor’s note: Following the hellacious wildfire(s) in Montana, the possibility of grazing the untouched hundreds of thousands of acres (just shy of 1 million) of the CM Russell National Wildlife Refuge in Montana has been floated as a way to feed thousands of displaced cattle whose fall, winter, and spring groceries burnt to a crisp. The following piece was printed

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State of Montana ponders 24,000-acre ranch purchase…

State of Montana ponders 24,000-acre ranch purchase…

The 24,000-acre Angela Ranch in Rosebud County, MT, may be purchased by the state of Montana with funds from Montana’s Land Banking Fund. The Angela Ranch, located about 30 miles north of Miles City, is on the market for nearly $16 million and “supports antelope, deer, waterfowl, upland game bird hunting opportunities, as well as

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Pangea Nursery Bringing the innate connection humans have to plants back to agricultural consciousness

Pangea Nursery
Bringing the innate connection humans have to plants back to agricultural consciousness

By Kerry Hoffschneider

Andy Waltke, visionary behind Pangea Nursery, is building his own modern-day, pioneer dream with the deed he holds to a small plot of land in a

Andy Waltke kneeling down in his new “farm plot” where the idea of Pangea Nursery is taking shape. He is

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Out of the bad comes the good… Garfield County Fire Foundation Fire Relief Fund Details

 

At (a recent) meeting, it was decided to wait two weeks minimum to choose a leadership team to work on developing applications, identification of needs, etc., for distribution

Looking for something to eat… Cow/calf pairs move through the inedible leavings of the Lodgepole Complex Fire. Mary Brown photo.

of the generous donations flowing into the Fire Relief Fund.

Meanwhile, NO individual or

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An exceptional drought…

July was one of the hottest and driest on record for Billings and elsewhere in eastern Montana, intensifying extreme drought conditions that have gripped much of the region this summer. In July, Miles City recorded only trace amounts of precipitation throughout the entire month, tying with 1988 as the driest July on record. In Glasgow, year-to-date precipitation is less than

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Confusion over food labels abounds in U.S. households

A majority of American consumers are having issues decoding the various date labels on their food products, sparking potential problems that can affect food safety and food waste, according to a new poll led by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA).

The poll found that 60% of 1,000 American consumers surveyed have had discussions in their homes about the exact meaning of such terms

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Show Honors at 2017 Junior National Hereford Expo

Lillie Skiles, Dalhart, TX, and her heifer NCC 743 Breckyn C1857 ET won the polled owned female show, and Rebecca Moore, Madill, OK, won the horned owned female show with BK Cool Kid 5052C at the 2017 Junior National Hereford Expo in Louisville, KY, July 21.

The reserve grand champion owned polled heifer banner went to Brooke and Ben Jensen, Courtland,

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Wildfires cost MT $1.5M a day

 

Montana has nearly depleted its $63 million firefighting reserve fund after budget cuts swept away nearly half the money and the state spending as much on wildfire suppression efforts last month as it did in the 12 months before that, state officials said August 1. It’s costing the state $1.5 million a day to fight fires, meaning the approximately $12

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Take the Local Food Challenge this August

Northern Plains Resource Council is hosting the second annual Montana Local Food Challenge. During all of August, participants statewide will try to eat something local every day, plus participate in weekly challenges related to eating local.

Eating local brings myriad benefits:

* Providing fresher, more nutritious, and better tasting foods;

* Building communities and local economies;

* Supporting family farms and ranches; and

*  Protecting

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Plains Drought is expanding

By Leesa Zalesky

Webster defines drought as a period of dryness, especially when prolonged, that causes extensive damage to crops or prevents their successful growth. It’s so much more than that, as farmers and ranchers in North and South Dakota know firsthand.

At the end of July, the latest U.S. Drought Monitor map showed 82% of North Dakota in some stage

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Lodgepole Complex fire… Want to help?

 

Hay, Trucking & Feedlot Coordination: Jana Hance, Redwater Valley Bank, 406-485-4782; 406-974-2555; jana@redwatervalleybank.com

Fencing Donations: Lori Murnion, 406-977-2334 – please call ahead to coordinate drop-off and unloading; Lammer Brothers in Jordan – drop-off location only

Cash Donations:

– Petroleum County Stockgrowers Relief Fund, PO Box 147, Winnett, MT 59087

– MSGA Fire Relief Fund, 420 North California Street, Helena, MT 59601

– Garfield County Fire

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Out of the bad comes the good… Farmers Unions donate to Jordan Co-Op to help producers in wake of Lodgepole Complex Fire

 

 

To help the farmers and ranchers in Garfield County, MT, and surrounding areas, Montana Farmers Union (MFU) — along with the four other Farmers Union Enterprise (FUE) states, which include Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota — made a $25,000 donation to the Farmers Union Oil Co-Op in Jordan, MT. The donation

Garfield County, MT, rancher and MFU Board

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HYFA Foundation 1 Club started

The Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) and Tim and Kara Coleman, Sierra Ranches, Modesto, California, are teaming up to launch the HYFA Foundation 1 Club at the Western Treasures Sale on October 9. The Foundation 1 Club is a group of breeders that donates 1% of their sale gross to HYFA to benefit leadership, scholarship, and educational experiences for

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More than one way to skin a cat… or show a steer…

By Kayla Sargent

A young man and his show steer touched the hearts of everyone at the recent National Junior Angus Association Show, and the pair are now spreading inspiration across the country after Kent Jaecke posted a photo to Facebook that quickly went viral, being shared over 35,000 times.

Sharing a show ring moment… Pearl’s Pics Photography.

But this

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Do NOT get burnt by bogus wildfire relief scams!

Do NOT get burnt by bogus wildfire relief scams!

As the nation’s largest wildfires rip through parts of Montana, the Better Business Bureau warns of bogus relief efforts. Consumers looking to aid the families affected by the fires are being asked to research charities first before making a donation. “Our hearts go out to those who have been displaced and are

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USDA offers help to fire-affected farmers & ranchers

USDA offers help to fire-affected farmers & ranchers

The USDA Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) Acting State Executive Director in Montana, Amy Webbink, reminds farmers and ranchers affected by the recent wildfires that disaster assistance programs are available to support their recovery efforts. The FSA can assist farmers and ranchers who lost livestock, grazing land, fences, or eligible trees, bushes, and vines

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Out of the bad comes the good… Stockman Bank announces match for Lodgepole complex fire relief fund

Out of the bad comes the good…
Stockman Bank announces match for Lodgepole complex fire relief fund

Stockman Bank has set up a fire relief fund to assist those affected by the massive Lodgepole Complex fire in Montana. Stockman will match all contributions made to the fund up to a total of $10,000. The fund will be used to provide the needed assistance to

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NRCS offers wildfire recovery assistance to MT’s ag producers… Deadline: August 15

NRCS offers wildfire recovery assistance to MT’s ag producers…
Deadline: August 15

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering technical and financial assistance to ag landowners impacted by 2017 wildfires across Montana. NRCS is accepting applications for its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to assist with livestock grazing deferment, damaged fence and post removal, livestock fencing, water facility development, critical

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The trouble is far from over…

The trouble is far from over…

In Sand Springs, Montana, the fires may be dying, but the trouble is far from over. What was, until earlier last week, the nation’s largest wildfire is now under control. As ranchers receive donations of hay and other supplies from around the country, they’re surveying the land, seeing how and if the livestock survived. They

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Wildfire

Wildfire

By Walker R. Hadley
12 Years Old
Baker, MT

The embers blew
As the sparks flew.
Ashes fell to the ground
As the fire spread all around.
Red, orange, yellow has a glow.
The fire rages
Without any cages.
Acre by acre,
Land hits the baker.
Crack goes the trees
In a warm summer breeze,
As it sizzles and pops.
While rain drizzles but merely stops,
The wildfire goes on
Across God’s great lawn.

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Out of the bad comes the good… 14- and 16- year old kids on the back of trucks

Out of the bad comes the good…
14- and 16- year old kids on the back of trucks

Mary Brown, of LO Cattle Company just south of Highway 200 between Mosby and Sand Springs, Montana, is in the thick of the fire. They have 400-plus cattle that are either lost or dead. They are still fighting fire at the north end of

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Alcohol does NOT always mix with Diabetes

Alcohol does NOT always mix with Diabetes

By Barbara Quinn

We were 10,000 feet above sea level at the recent Keystone, Colorado, diabetes conference… a true Rocky Mountain high. And to avoid the dreaded effects of altitude sickness, we were warned to stay away from caffeine, marijuana (legal in Colorado, you know), and alcohol.
Later in the sessions, we learned that alcohol is

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Salt Lake City or bust!

The gondola ride to and from the summit at 11,000 feet was fun… so long as you didn’t worry about how far it was to the canyon floor!

Almost to the top! The logistics of getting a fancy meal up there for 600 people was mind-blowing… much less how they got all the steel and glass and cement up

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Matching federal funds…

Matching federal funds…

The Fire Management Assistance Grant Program (FMAG) provides matching federal funds to assist our nation’s firefighters to control and extinguish fires that threaten such destruction as would constitute a major disaster. An FMAG declaration is an assurance that the federal government, through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will assist firefighters by providing financial support to control or

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SD cattle breeder joins Sustainable Beef roundtable discussion

SD cattle breeder joins Sustainable Beef roundtable discussion
Eagle Pass Ranch, an industry-leading beef genetics company based out of Highmore, SD, announced that it has been granted membership into the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB). This membership was approved at the recent USRSB general assembly meeting in Denver, CO. Eagle Pass Ranch becomes the first member from the Northern Plains

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Tip of the hat to Michigan! ND hay donations and a lottery set up to help producers

Tip of the hat to Michigan!
ND hay donations and a lottery set up to help producers

The ND Department of Agriculture (NDDA) and the ND State University (NDSU) Ag Experiment Station are working together to provide relief to livestock producers affected by drought. The agencies have set up a location near the NDSU campus in Fargo to accept hay donations, which

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Wolf and livestock deaths hit record high in Wyoming

Gray wolves killed a record number of livestock in Wyoming last year, and wildlife managers responded by killing a record number of wolves that were responsible, according to a new federal report. The report, released by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, found that wolves killed 243 livestock — including 154 cattle, 88 sheep, and 1 horse — in 2016.

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“Made in USA” not that simple

President Donald Trump’s push this week to get Americans to buy goods “made in America” is harder than it might seem…Even for Trump.

The gold-plated pens the president uses to sign laws are assembled in Rhode Island but lacquered and engraved in China. The Boeing jet he posed with to showcase America’s industrial might is 30% foreign-made. The firetruck the administration

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MT ranching company aims to revive U.S. textile industry

It takes about two minutes for a skilled shearer to separate a Rambouillet lamb from the fluffy coat that it has worn since the day it was born. As yearling lambs queue up single file, moving from a pen into a loading chute and up into a shearing trailer, Matt Mooney sits a lamb on its tail and goes to

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2017 National Jr. Angus Show Results

Grand Champion Steer: Exhibited by Adam Miller, Gaston, IN; sired by PVF Insight 0129

Reserve: Exhibited by Suter Clark, Gretna, VA; sired by PVF Surveillance 4129

 

Grand Champion Bred & Owned Steer: Exhibited by Sydnee Green, Cashion, OK; sired by PVF Insight 0129

Reserve: Exhibited by Miranda Katherine Raithel, Falls City, NE; sired by Herbster Republic 3177

 

Grand Champion Bred & Owned Cow/Calf Pair:

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If you want open international markets, it’s time to curb ag subsidies

Over the last two years, free trade has been unfairly maligned by politicians on both the left and the right. While this may be a winning political tactic, it fails on the merits, as the policy case for trade liberalization, particularly ag trade, remains as strong as ever.

In a new R Street Institute policy study, trade policy analyst Clark Packard

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Hats off to Tom Burke… 2017 Saddle & Sirloin inductee

 

Tom Burke

Lifelong Angus sale manager, author, speaker, Angus enthusiast, youth supporter, and former American Angus Association board member Tom Burke of Platte City, Missouri, has been selected as the 2017 inductee into the Saddle & Sirloin Portrait Gallery, largely considered the highest honor in the livestock industry. The Saddle & Sirloin Portrait Gallery was established in 1903 and recognizes

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Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reverses Tax Court decision

By John Alan Cohan, Attorney at Law

In a remarkable decision, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a Tax Court opinion dealing with a Thoroughbred racehorse owner’s activities. The case, Roberts v. Commissioner, concluded that the taxpayer’s horse racing activities were entered into for profit. The Court characterized the Tax Court decision as untenable in that it, in

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Water is that important!

By Barbara Quinn

One reporter referred to three of the seven planets recently discovered outside our solar system as “the holy grail for planet-hunting astronomers.” That’s because there’s a real possibility these three heavenly bodies contain water… and could therefore support life.

Water. It’s that important. No, really… it’s that important.

Consider this the next time you take a swig of

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More Monsanto trouble… Two states ban Dicamb

 

By Leesa Zalesky

Last week, Missouri and Arkansas banned the use and sale of the weed killer Dicamba after producer complaints that the chemical drifts into neighboring fields and damages crops. Dicamba use — and ensuing complaints about it — have been on the rise in the U.S. over the past two years with more farmers spraying the chemical

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Making an Impact: Foods Resource Bank

 

By Kerry Hoffschneider

Amber Endres — ag Instructor and FFA advisor in Bloomfield, Nebraska — recently returned from a learning trip to Nicaragua to explore the positive impact the Foods Resource Bank (FRB) is having on that country and all over the world.

Endres and her husband Shonn are the parents of 16-month-old twins, Henry and Owen. She calls their

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The Cheap Bull

By Floyd Lewis, Jr.

About 1940, my father Floyd Sr. and Bob were headed from Gold Hill toward Shady Cove on the Sam’s Valley cut-off road. They were in the middle of nowhere with no houses close by when Bob said, “Hold up, Floyd! There’s a bull we can buy cheap!” Bob pointed to one side nearly a quarter

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Interesting material… Re: Rights-of-Way for Ditches & Canals

 

From an “Instruction Memorandum” (No. OR-85-62) dated October 26, 1984, from the “State Director” of the Portland, Oregon, BLM Office to “All District Managers.”

Subject: Recognition of Existing Rights-of-Way for Ditches and Canals constructed under 43 U.S.C. 661 – Act of July 26, 1866

Prior to the enactment of the Federal Land Policy & Management Act of 1976

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The Seven Stages of Aging on Horseback

– Stage 1: Fall off pony. Bounce. Laugh. Climb back on. Repeat.

– Stage 2: Fall off horse. Run after horse, cussing. Climb back on by shimmying up horse’s neck. Ride until sundown.

– Stage 3: Fall off horse. Use sleeve of shirt to staunch bleeding. Have friend help you get back on horse. Take two Advil and apply ice packs when

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Conundrums, one after another…

The definition of the word “conundrum” is this: something that is puzzling or confusing. Here are six conundrums of Socialism in America:

America is capitalist and greedy, yet half of the population is subsidized.
Half of the population is subsidized, yet they think they are victims.
They think they are victims, yet their representatives run the government.
Their representatives run the government, yet the

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Torrington Livestock Markets changes hands

One of the leaders in the livestock marketing industry is changing directions after 29 years of service to the region. Shawn Madden announced that — as of July 1, 2017 — he will be divesting his interest in Torrington Livestock Markets.

Shawn and Lex started their marketing career in the early 1980s while working for L.W. Maxfield at Torrington Livestock. They

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Mother & daughter history enthusiasts keep stories alive

 

By Kerry Hoffschneider

Inside the Custer County Historical Society, located at Broken Bow, Nebraska, you will find research genealogist, Rosalie (Blakeman) McKnight, and her daughter Tammy Hendrickson, curator. On the wall, there is a tree that says, “Preserving the History of Custer County.” This mother/ daughter duo has been doing just that for decades, not only working at the

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MT rancher shares passion for land conservation

Land conservation has always been a part of rancher Judi Knapp’s life. “I grew up being conscious of conservation because I saw my dad put it to practice in his ag operation,” said Knapp. “Conservation seems like a very natural flow for any farmer or rancher. I doubt whether most of us consciously think about it as a separate process…

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Nutrition Myths

 By Barbara Quinn

One of my treasured books is a gigantic volume of words and pictures that defines distinct elements in the English language. Yes, I know I can Google the same information. But I find it satisfying to thumb through the pages of my American Heritage Dictionary for in-depth meanings to words. So, in my book, the

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2017 Big Sky Draft Horse Expo a Success

By Pat Hansen

The 22nd Annual Big Sky Draft Horse Expo — held June 30 – July 2 at the fairgrounds in Deer Lodge, Montana — was a huge success, said event organizers. Spectators from across the nation and as far away as Australia enjoyed the show. Established in 1995, this largest-

Ben Thornley, 12, of Lewisville, Idaho, won

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Feek Tooke’s Stolen Steer

By Floyd Lewis, Jr.

One of the stories Bob Schneider enjoyed telling involved his lifetime friend and neighbor, Feek Tooke of Ekalaka, Montana’s famed Tooke rodeo family.

As I recall this tale, which took place about 1935, Feek had a big fat steer that he had been feeding in a coulee below the barn, somewhat removed from the house. When

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SD: feeding ditch hay during drought

Farmers and ranchers across South Dakota may cut and bale state highway ditches adjacent to their property as a way to provide access to more forage during the on-going drought in South Dakota. This is part of the State of Emergency declared by Governor Dennis Daugaard. “As part of the State of Emergency, the state eased haying and transportation restrictions

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Agri-Best Feeds starts selling Arrowquip

Arrowquip is thrilled to introduce the newest member of the Arrowquip Family, Agri-Best Feeds of Billings, Montana. As one of the largest dealers in Arrowquip’s growing dealer network, Agri-Best Feeds brings its knowledge and expertise of the livestock industry to ranchers in an all new way– providing them with innovative cattle-handling solutions designed to benefit the rancher and the ranch.

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The 2016 Election and the Demise of Journalistic Standards

Editor’s note: This article appeared in the May/June 2017 issue of Imprimis (33 East College Street, Hillsdale, MI 49242; imprimis@hillsdale.edu). Published by Hillsdale College, Imprimis “is dedicated to educating citizens and promoting civil and religious liberty by covering cultural, economic, political, and educational issues.” Michael Goodwin is the chief political columnist for The New York Post. He has

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Importing M-branded cattle…

By Leesa Zalesky

Just prior to this week’s deadline, an anonymous source called to report that several hundred head of Mexican cattle had been imported into Montana recently and had been quarantined because of a bovine tuberculosis (TB) threat. A call to Dr. Eric Liska — Montana Department of Livestock (DOL), Brucellosis Program Veterinarian — helped get to the bottom of

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What you need to know (and maybe didn’t) about beef exports to China

By Leesa Zalesky

Editor’s Tongue-In-Cheek Comment: Do you suppose Canada and Mexico will bring a trade case against the U.S. for trying to comply with these Chinese export requirements? LG

On June 12, the USDA, the Department of Commerce, the Department of the Treasury, and the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a joint press release announcing the posting of requirements for U.S.

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And the winning auctioneer was…

Brian Curless of Pittsfield, Illinois, proved his world-class talent as a livestock auctioneer at the 54th annual World Livestock Auctioneer Championship, which took place at the Public Auction Yards, Billings, MT, on June 17.
Curless was raised in the livestock marketing industry, but did not originally have any interest in becoming an auctioneer. During his mid-20s, Curless recognized the need for

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WALTZING ON MY DADDY’S BOOTS

By Christine Schuman

Mama said, Girl, put on your calico dress.
She tied my pigtails with satin bows of blue.
It’s Saturday night at the old country school.
Everyone’s dancing to those old fiddle tunes.

Daddy bows, saying, May I have this dance, please?
He’d twirl me around to that old familiar score…
One two three, one two three, we swayed back and forth,
Waltzing in fairyland on

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Sandhills Cattle Association Convention 78th annual meeting…

Tom Kearns from Rushville, NE, on the left, and WAR fieldman Alan Sears visit at the WAR tradeshow booth. Dennis Ginkens photo.

By Kerry Hoffschneider

Champion Pen of Commercial Heifers exhibited by Jeremy & Heidi Stevens, Page, NE, pictured here with their children. Alan Sears photo.

It all began in the late 1930s when area ranchers came together with the goal

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SD/CO lad becomes KY farrier

SD/CO lad becomes KY farrier
By Leesa Zalesky

Author’s Note: Sam Zalesky is my son. He is a Certified Journeyman Farrier at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY. Those of you who followed the community college series will be interested to know that Sam is a community college graduate, and he’s a fine example of the opportunities and experiences students

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Nutrition Myths

By Barbara Quinn

One of my treasured books is a gigantic volume of words and pictures that defines distinct elements in the English language. Yes, I know I can Google the same information. But I find it satisfying to thumb through the pages of my American Heritage Dictionary for in-depth meanings to words. So, in my book, the thought that books

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Farmers will lead climate mitigation efforts… NeFU leader attends Paris conference on carbon sequestration

Graham said the French do a great job of supporting the local farmers so that rural communities, such as this one in Beaune, have an amazing selection of local, nutritious food.

By Kerry Hoffschneider

About a decade ago, Graham Christensen decided to join the Nebraska Farmers Union (NeFU) team, in part because he felt that farmers and ranchers had a great

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CSU Meats Center draws ire of animal rights activists

CSU Meats Center draws ire of animal rights activists

Becca Bleil has a fundamental beef with Colorado State University. A university that prides itself on being green should not slaughter animals on campus, no matter how noble the purpose, she said. Bleil, a member of the animal rights club on campus, began a petition through change.org to protest a small animal

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Dean Baker: A Monument to Rancher Integrity

By Lisa Schmidt

Dean Baker in May 2011. Abigail Johnson photo.

One of agriculture’s preeminent warriors died May 13, 2017.
I don’t think Dean Baker, 77, ever served in the U.S. military, but he fought for agriculture at every turn. Instead of fighting with violence, Dean used his most potent weapons: common sense, tenacity, and an open mind.
I knew Dean when I

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Checkoff History

1890: Sherman Antitrust Act. It was the first federal act that outlawed monopolistic business practices; it was the first measure passed by the U.S. Congress to prohibit trusts, which had come to dominate a number of major industries, destroying competition. The Sherman Act was designed to restore competition but was loosely worded and failed to define such critical terms as

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WY man settles legal fees claim after SCOTUS victory

On May 16, a Wyoming man — who won a huge victory before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) by reversing rulings of a Wyoming federal district court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in favor of the U.S. Forest Service in a dispute over whether his land belongs to the United States and

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From the wolf-lovers' point of view… Rogue Washington rancher wiped out 15% of state's wolves

Washington’s largest cattle rancher has been wreaking havoc on gray wolves in violation of his U.S. Forest Service grazing permit and agency wildlife protection policies, according to a complaint filed May 18 by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The group is pressing to rescind or restrict grazing permits on public land within Colville National Forest to reduce wildlife losses.
The

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The Wild Cow Mugger

By Floyd Lewis, Jr.

Bob Schneider had been a contestant in many rodeos in Montana and the Dakotas and was pretty tough to beat in riding rough stock. I believe there is a saddle in the community museum at Ekalaka, Montana, that Bob won at Miles City in the late twenties or early thirties. In contrast, my father, Floyd Sr., could

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Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue visited Cherry County, Nebraska, on May 20 and met informally with ranchers to hear their concerns. The group met in the midst of a snow storm in a barn on U.S. Senator Deb Fischer’s ranch. Fischer is Nebraska’s senior senator. Perdue complimented producers in Cherry County, the top cow-calf county in the nation. “These folks do

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Domino Effect

By Barbara Quinn

They call it the domino effect – when one event sets off a chain of similar incidents. I prefer it when life dominoes in a positive direction, such as when lunch with an old friend leads to an unexpected meeting with another old friend and another… all in the same day. When stressful events domino, however, they seem

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Dave Wright says Al Capone would applaud NCBA's schemes

By Kerry Hoffschneider

In 1977, the first beef checkoff vote was held, and Dave Wright’s grandfather, Earl Wright, loaded his grandkids up and headed out to make his opinion heard. “We told Grandpa we were not old enough to vote. He told us, ‘You each own a calf, and you can vote.’ He wanted us to vote ‘NO,’ and I remember

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2017 WLAC Contestants

– Eastern Regional Qualifying Event
Champion: Jacob Massey, Petersburg, TN
Reserve Champion: Daniel Mitchell, Cumberland, OH
Runner-up Champion: Wade Leist, Boyne City, MI
Leon Casselman, Long Lane, MO
Brian Curless, Pittsfield, IL
Phillip Gilstrap, Pendleton, SC
Brandon McLagan, Unionville, MO
Jay Romine, Mt. Washington, KY
Tim Yoder, Montezuma, GA
Billy Younkin, Cecil, AL

Jacob Massey, Eastern Regional champion

Bio: Jacob Massey
2017 World Livestock Auctioneer Champion for Eastern Region

As a child, Jacob

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Don't miss this! Annual LMA convention headed to Billings!

The annual convention of the Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) — together with the 54th annual World Livestock Auctioneer Championship contest — will take place in Billings, Montana, on June 14-18.

About LMA…
The trade and sale of livestock have been a fixture throughout history, helping to shape the way people live and the growth of the United States. Changes in technology and

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LMA livestock auctions raise $1.1M for wildfire relief

In response to wildfires that spread across the Plains in March, Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) members initiated and completed wildfire relief efforts, raising $1.1 million. Funds raised have been sent to state ag trade associations for disbursement to livestock producers, local fire departments that had battled the flames, and/or the families of those who perished in the wildfires.
As early as

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What Works for Weight Loss

By Barbara Quinn

I’m having an up and down relationship with my scale this month. I’m not trying to do anything dramatic, just eliminate a few bulges that keep me uncomfortable in my usually comfortable clothes. I’m a dietitian. I know this stuff, right? Most of the time, I can figure out what strategies work best for my clients who need

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MT Governor vetoes House Bill 367

By Pat Hansen

A grass-roots bill supported by nearly every representative of the ag industry, conservation groups, hunters, recreationists, and legislators of both parties in the Montana Legislature was vetoed May 11 by Governor Steve Bullock.
HB 367 was developed by ranchers in Powell, Granite, and Deer Lodge Counties and sponsored in the legislature by Representative Becky Beard (R-HD 80) with 17

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106-year-old MT woman recalls a lifetime of progress on farm

Hi-Line Homesteader Eva Amundson, who now lives in Missoula, Montana, will celebrate her 106th birthday this month. Photo courtesy of DNRC.

Perseverance, determination, and good management were essential to survive the homesteader days, according to a Hi-Line homesteader. “We worked hard at everything,” said Eva Amundson, whose family homesteaded near Joplin, Montana. “It was tough. You had to pull yourself

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Farm Bureau opens the $145K Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

Last year, Montana Farm Bureau Federation had three members apply for the American Farm Bureau Entrepreneurship Challenge. It’s now time for the next AFBF Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge offering $145,000 in start-up funds to six selected businesses. The competition provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations that benefit rural regions of the U.S. It is the first

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Cattle futures & beef prices soar after blizzard clobbers Midwest

Cattle futures extended a surge to a record, and wholesale beef jumped to a 13-month high after a l(late April) weekend blizzard hammered the Midwest, and a Kansas livestock group estimated the snowstorm may have killed thousands of animals, signaling tightening meat supplies. More than half of U.S. feedlots are located in the region hit by the massive storm that

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Testing – Adding a New Article to WAR

I have no idea what I need to write but need to test this article piece of the website data entry system.

I did however find an article and will try and post it below

Congrats in order!
MT Running Ranchers do well in 200-mile relay in Hawaii

12 runners, 2 vehicles, and 200 miles.

The Montana Running Ranchers left behind a logo on

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2017 NE Leopold Conservation Award

2017 NE Leopold Conservation Award

On April 17, NE Governor Pete Ricketts joined Sand County Foundation, the Nebraska Cattlemen, Cargill, and the Nebraska Environmental Trust to announce K & W Farms as the recipient of the 2017 Nebraska Leopold Conservation Award. The annual award honors Nebraska landowner achievement in voluntary stewardship and management of natural resources.

Kurt and Wayne Kaup own

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Feds petitioned to delist Preble's mouse

Feds petitioned to delist Preble\’s mouse   With a formal delisting petition submitted on March 30, the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) is calling on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife to remove the Preble\’s meadow jumping mouse from Endangered Species Act coverage. The petition is based on new scientific findings confirming that the mouse, far from being “threatened,” is not meaningfully

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Government findings on cessation of U.S. horse slaughter

Inset quote: In June 2011, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) determined that the cessation of domestic horse slaughter has unintentionally led to a DECLINE in horse welfare in the United States, has negatively impacted the value of lower-to-medium priced horses by 8-21%, and has led to a 148% and 660% increase of horses transported to Canada and Mexico, respectively, for

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MT's Alan Mikkelsen named Reclamation's Deputy Commissioner

MT\’s Alan Mikkelsen named Reclamation\’s Deputy Commissioner

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Bureau of Reclamation Acting Commissioner David Murillo announced the appointment of Alan Mikkelsen of Montana as Reclamation\’s Deputy Commissioner. “Alan Mikkelsen is a Westerner, who has decades of experience in all things water, including irrigation projects, Tribal water compacts, conservation, and even a long-term fishing

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Stripe Rust threatens the Pacific Northwest…

Stripe Rust threatens the Pacific Northwest…

Many winter wheat varieties are extremely susceptible to stripe rust. It only takes the right combination of humidity, rust spores, and susceptible varieties for this pathogen to spread throughout the region and infect the crop. Last April, stripe rust spread throughout the Pacific Northwest and was confirmed in 16 states across the nation.

With confirmations

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USU researchers shine spotlight on Yellowstone wolves' behavior

USU researchers shine spotlight on Yellowstone wolves\’ behavior

In a new multi-institutional study, Utah State University researchers found some surprising traits of the wolf population in Yellowstone National Park, dispelling some widely held beliefs about them. Researchers found that wolves in Yellowstone aren\’t likely to switch from hunting elk to bison, even though bison are twice as abundant in Yellowstone

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Attention, WAR readers:

Most of us have an all-time favorite horse that deserves to have its story told, and we’re sure that WAR readers will enjoy reading those. Of course, we also want photos to include with your submission. Send your article and photos to editor@westernagreporter.com marked “My Horse Story.” We look forward to getting those from you! The ones we’ve run already

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100 years ago Montana in WWI…

The U.S. entered WWI on April 6, 1917, and Montana’s patriotic young men responded to their nation’s call beyond the federal government’s greatest expectations: Montana furnished 25% more men proportionately than any other state in the Union. They came by the thousands from farms, ranches, mines, logging camps, villages, towns, and cities of the sparsely populated Western commonwealth. Montana was

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Drummond Culinary Champions

 Drummond Culinary Arts Team, the 2017 Montana ProStart Champions. L to R: Leroy Davis, team captain Emilee Steinberg, Kolter Clute, Ryan Hilmo, Erika Pfendler, and Shiloh Rainey.   Instructor Tina Wetsch and team mentor Chef Brent Parker.   Culinary One students — Kyla Kolbeck, on the left, and Gabbi Kempp — served hors d\’oeuvres in Deer Lodge.

Chef Lee Johnson,

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