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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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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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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Livestock free meat and driverless trucks… How technology is changing the red meat industry

I have often said that the beef industry would better serve customers if they marketed smaller steaks in line with consumer preferences. I was going to expand on that thought in this article since there has been no shortage of discussion when I have brought up the idea in front of beef industry groups over the last several years. So

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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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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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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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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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Raising chickens…

According to the USDA, about 1% of all U.S. households own chickens and another 5% plan to buy their first chicken(s) in the next five years. Another USDA study indicates that 69% of backyard chicken enthusiasts keep chickens foremost for fun or as a hobby. In addition, a previous USDA study projected an increase in urban flocks of over 400%

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The Mar-a-Lago Cannonball

Two decades ago our Double Rafter Cattle Drives hosted a Tennessee cowboy affectionately tagged Dr. Nate. He stood six-foot-four, weighed 300 pounds, and had a redneck Southern accent. He claimed to be the first member of his family to graduate college, and his first day at med school, the faculty thought he “was there to fix the air-conditioning.” We loved

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Forget pea protein and fake meat… Record amount of MEAT to be consumed in 2018

For all the buzz about pea protein and lab-grown burgers, Americans are set to eat more meat in 2018 than ever before. To be precise, the average consumer will eat 222.2 pounds (.61 pounds/day average) of red meat and poultry this year, according to the USDA, surpassing a record set in 2004. Meanwhile, domestic production will surpass 100 billion pounds for

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Opioid abuse… Rural America in crisis

By Leesa Zalesky

If you think that the words “opioids, heroin, or drug addiction” apply only to lower-income or disadvantaged people living in larger metropolitan cities or if those words conjure up images of homeless junkies sleeping on city park benches, think again. An October 2017 survey—commissioned by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and the National Farmers Union (NFU)—

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Heads up, Montanans!

The 2017 Montana Legislature passed House Bill 466, which makes special fuel (diesel) purchased at the pump with a credit or debit card eligible for a partial refund of the Montana tax to those qualified for the estimate allowed for ag use. This will be effective as of January 1, 2018. To be eligible, the following criteria must be met:

The

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Farm to Table: Navigating Food Forum

Consumer acceptance of biotech crops was the theme for the Navigating Food Forum featuring Pam Bailey, vice president of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), and Jane DeMarchi, vice president of government relations for the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA). The forum, held during the recent national Farm Bureau convention, discussed how farmers and ranchers as well as other factors of

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MT snowpack is currently the best in the West

The snowpack across most of the western U.S. isn’t looking good in most states, but it’s a different story in Montana, according to snowpack data collected by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). After a hot and dry summer, snowfall began at the end of September in the Treasure State, helping to alleviate fire concerns and beginning the seasonal

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We are all first responders

By Lee dePalo

The year 2017 brought high winds, fire, and floods to our nation in the form of devastating wildfire and hurricane seasons. These events impacted millions of individuals and families across the country and devastated countless communities. The response to these events challenged the nation’s emergency management capabilities, and recovery efforts will go on for years to

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Embezzlement… Probation ordered for former UPPA exec

By Leesa Zalesky

 

Haven Hendricks—a former executive director of the Utah Pork Producers Association (UPPA) accused of stealing money for years from the organization—has been sentenced to 36 months’ probation and ordered not to work at any job where he would handle money. Hendricks, 76, pleaded no contest last November to second-degree felony communications fraud and third-degree felony unlawful dealing

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MSU faculty seek to increase participation of women in ag with USDA grant

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Statistics and the USDA show that—while women constitute less than 1% of the nation’s ag scientists, engineers, and policymakers—they occupy the majority, about 60%, of lower-paid ag jobs on America’s farms and ranches.

Six female professors at Montana State University and Flathead Valley Community College hope to increase the percentage of women ag scientists, engineers, and policymakers

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RMSGA Banquet

By Pat Hansen

Nearly 200 ranchers and ag supporters enjoyed the 7th annual RMSGA banquet and evening program. President Matt Graveley recapped the issues and accomplishments of the year, which had been discussed during the afternoon session – see related article.

Rick Haines—owner of the Independent Ag Network with headquarters in Twin Falls, ID, and Ag News director for KMON in

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Yahoo! You sent in $51,400! ~ Out of the bad comes the good… Garfield County Fire Relief Fund

Thanks to all you folks who sent money to me to help Montana ranchers rebuild after the awful Lodgepole Complex fires earlier this summer—I received 115 checks totaling $51,400 from generous folks in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming. It was my intention

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Abuse of tax deductions for charitable donations of conservation lands are on the rise

Abuse of a tax deduction intended to encourage conservation of environmentally-important land and historic buildings has cheated the government out of billions of dollars of revenue while often doing little to advance environmental protection.

In a new Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center analysis of the provision and its misuse by taxpayers and real estate developers, Brookings Senior Fellow Adam Looney reveals a

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Farm Bill action possible in early 2018… with an “If” …

There’s an open window for passing a farm bill in early 2018, says Scott Brown, University of Missouri policy analyst. But potential passage gets tough by late spring. Getting action depends on Congress quickly agreeing to pass a farm bill much like what exists.

Mostly, farmers are pleased with current legislation, Brown told the MU Crop Management Conference. But every commodity

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DASH into the New Year

By Barbara Quinn

It’s one of the most effective diet strategies to bring down blood pressure and reduce dangerous inflammation. It helps us lose weight and protects almost every organ in our bodies. And hardly anyone knows about it.

It’s called the DASH diet, not to be confused with the popular seasoning. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension…

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Don’t miss this great event!

By Pat Hansen

The 46th annual Livestock Seminar features the Bar J Wranglers in concert at the historic Rialto Theater in Deer Lodge, Montana, on Friday, January 12, and a free afternoon educational program at the Community Center on Saturday, January 13. The event is sponsored by the Deer Lodge Valley Conservation District.

At 7 p.m. on January 12, the

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RMSGA’s annual meeting & banquet

By Pat Hansen

A proposed land sale/ land purchase by two state agencies highlighted the 7th annual Rocky Mountain Stockgrowers Association annual meeting held recently in Deer Lodge, Montana.

President Matt Graveley led the afternoon session that featured guest speakers Fred Staedler, retired DNRC land manager, and Abby St. Lawrence, ag property rights attorney from Helena. They explained the proposed

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AHA releases BOLT genetic evaluation

The American Hereford Association (AHA) released on December 4 the first updated expected progeny differences (EPDs) and corresponding accuracies using the Biometric Open Language Tools (BOLT) genetic evaluation software. The new genetic evaluation also includes two new traits, Sustained Cow Fertility (SCF) and Dry Matter Intake (DMI), and updated profit ($) indexes. “It’s long been our goal to provide Hereford

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The 112th National Western Stock Show begins January 6

The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) launched its 112th year with the annual kick-off parade January 4. Parking for the 2018 show will be more plentiful than ever, due to the demolition of a building just north of the Yards, as well as other land acquisitions by the City of Denver for the expansion of the site into the National

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Tax reform must not jeopardize farm program funding

The U.S. House of Representatives on December 20 voted to approve the conference Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, a sweeping tax system overhaul that will now go to the President’s desk for signing into law.

National Farmers Union (NFU) staunchly opposed the Act because of its regressive taxation structure and devastating implications re health care affordability and the nation’s financial standing. The bill’s

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Reducing volatility in the stock market

By Chris Nolt

The volatility of an investment portfolio has a big impact on the amount of money you accumulate or distribute for retirement. You can have two portfolios with the same average annual return, but the portfolio with lower volatility will have more money.

Effective diversification…

Although diversification does not assure a profit or protect against a loss, it is

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Setting on a mountain of corn…

By Kerry Hoffschneider

Arbor Bank in Nebraska City, Nebraska, invited farmers from across their region and adjoining states to attend their educational event: “Market Update Meeting: Surviving Difficult Markets.” The presenter was Steve Knuth, CEO of AgWest, who started off the meeting by addressing the piles of corn that heaped up over the 2017 harvest all across the Midwest.

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MSGA applauds appointment of MT ranchers to CBB…

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue recently announced the appointment of 27 members to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board. Two Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) members were among the appointees: Turk Stovall of Billings and Katie Cooper of Willow Creek will serve three-year terms on the Board. “We are thrilled to have Turk and Katie represent Montana on the Cattlemen’s Beef

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Breeders win big during 2nd annual Gelbvieh Carcass Contest…

Results of the 2nd annual American Gelbvieh Foundation (AGF) Steer Challenge and Scale & Rail Sire-Identified Carcass Contest were announced during the 47th annual AGF national convention awards banquet on December 9. Breeders from Iowa and Nebraska took home top honors with prize payouts totaling $6,950. The AGF continues to help advance the Gelbvieh breed through its support of research

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Montanans to serve on AFBF national ag issues committees…

Four Montana Farm Bureau members have been chosen to serve on national issue advisory committees for the American Farm Bureau Federation. These committees play an important role in AFBF’s policy implementation and development. Over the past years, committee members have made significant contributions to AFBF’s mission, from participating in advocacy fly-ins and doing media interviews to helping Farm Bureau develop

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American Gelbvieh Association news

Members of the American Gelbvieh Association (AGA) elected five candidates to the board of directors at the annual membership meeting held December 9 during the 47th annual AGA national convention in Wichita, Kansas. Newly elected board members are Dustin Aherin, Phillipsburg, KS; Jeff Loveless, Spanish Fork, UT; Derek Martin, Bucklin, KS; and Dan McCarty, Rifle, CO. Re-elected to serve a

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Annie’s Project Part 4 Legal Concerns: Water, Leases, & Succession Planning

by Kayla Sargent

Many Montana landowners have probably received a “Notice of Opportunity to File for Exempt Water Rights” in the mail recently. At our December Annie’s Project at the cozy Careless Creek Ranch Getaway outside of Shawmut, MT, the focus was legal matters. So, why not start with learning right from an attorney what these letters are all

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Chopped Net Wrap… Distribution & Clearance in the Digestive Tract of Beef Cattle

Note: Montana State University College of Agriculture and MSU Extension faculty have completed the third annual College of Agriculture & Extension research report. The report showcases research being conducted by faculty throughout Montana and provides research-based information to ag agents and producers. The third edition has 11 articles on topics including ruminant nutrition, grazing, plant pathology, soils, livestock reproduction, wildlife and livestock

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Women of World War II Part Six

By Leesa Zalesky

This series honors and celebrates the women of World War II, both in uniform and as civilians.  Their contributions to the war effort, their courage, and their heroism were immeasurable. In part six we feature Jackie Cochran, the first of “The Original Fly Girls.”

 

Jacqueline “Jackie” Cochran was a pioneer in the field of American aviation and

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A business match made in dairy and cheese heaven

By Kerry Hoffschneider

It’s where the agricultural arts of animal husbandry and cheese creation merge. It is also a real example of the forever case for urban and rural bridges to be made. In the case of Katie Justman and Ben Gotschall, it is a business match made in milk and cheese heaven and all for the love of

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Hats off!

Herbster Angus Farms has graciously donated two frozen embryos by the $400,000 SAV International and out of herd matron and top-progeny earner, SAV Abigale 5650. All proceeds go to the Nebraska Junior Angus Association.

SAV International (17318795) was our selection and the record-selling lot of the 2013 SAV sale. He has become one of the most popular, potent, highly-respected, and widely-used sires in

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Tom Burke Joins WAR’s Goggins in Prestigious Saddle & Sirloin Portrait Gallery

Tom Burke of Platte City, Mo., has been selected as the 2017 inductee into the Saddle & Sirloin Portrait Gallery, largely considered the highest honor in the livestock industry. Over 400 people from around the world gathered on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center for the Induction ceremony and dinner honoring Burke, an Angus enthusiast,

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Need A Christmas Gift For The Horse Person In Your Life? How About A Moneigh?

By Leesa Zalesky

I’ll be honest: I “lifted” this idea while in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky not long ago. Moneighs are a spinoff from the French Impressionist artist Claude Monet, who created very valuable landscape and flora paintings. Today, Moneighs are painted by all the famous Thoroughbred horses and used to raise funds for Thoroughbred rescue and retirement

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Have cattle gotten too big?

If you’ve dined at a steakhouse recently or grilled rib-eye for dinner, you may have noticed a curious trend: Steaks are getting thinner. As U.S. beef cattle have ballooned in size, experts say, restaurants, grocery stores, and meat processors have had to get creative in how they slice and dice them up. Increasingly, that means thinner steaks as well as

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Rescued by a Rancher…

By Stewart Truelsen

In October, a Utah rancher was driving a utility terrain vehicle to check on his cattle in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument when he came upon an elderly woman lying on a rocky, remote road. She was confused and dehydrated after being stranded for six days in one of the last explored areas of the continental

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G.G. & Kim Kortes receive WyFB Leadership Award

G.G. and Kim Kortes of Carbon County were awarded the 2017 Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Leadership Award at the 98th annual meeting of the organization. Presented November 17, the award is given to those who have gone above and beyond in their ag leadership service in the organization. “G.G. and Kim make an incredible team,” said Todd Fornstrom, WyFB President. “They are dedicated to

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Nebraska Farmers Union Convention “Harnessing the Power of Cooperation since 1931”

By Kerry Hoffschneider

Nebraska Farmers Union (NeFU) President, John Hansen, was very clear about agriculture’s impact on the state during a property tax discussion at the 104th Annual Convention of the NeFU. “So goes agriculture, so goes the state economy,” he said.

Property taxes were at the forefront of the meeting held in Grand Island, Neb. A panel representing the

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Rangeland researchers advise smaller cows for better herd results

Ranchers running beef cattle on dry and dusty landscapes should consider smaller cows to get the best out of their herd. That’s the recommendation of a recent interdisciplinary study involving rangeland researchers in Oregon, Wyoming, and Oklahoma. Breeding smaller cattle could be a long-term strategy that will help ranchers and ease pressure on an increasingly drought-prone range, said Leticia Henderson,

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Women of World War II Part Five: The Original Fly Girls

By Leesa Zalesky

This series honors and celebrates the women of World War II, both in and out of uniform. Their contributions to the war effort, their courage, and their heroism were immeasurable. In part five, we feature “The Original Fly Girls.”

L to R: WASPs Frances Green, Margaret Kirchner, Ann Waldner, and Blanche Osborn leave their

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DNRC cuts interest rate on rangeland improvement loans

Montana ranchers considering rangeland improvement projects received a boost this month when the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) reduced interest rates for Rangeland Improvement Loans from 3% to 1.5%. “It’s been a challenging summer for our farmers and ranchers,” said Stacey Barta, Rangeland Resources Program Coordinator with the Montana DNRC. “The state’s Rangeland Resources Executive Committee requested

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Spotted Dog WMA Management Plan Hearing

By Pat Hansen

For more than four years, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) and citizens on the Spotted Dog Work Group have collaborated to produce a draft management plan for the Spotted Dog Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Powell County, Montana. Approximately 50 people attended a public hearing on the plan November 30 in Deer Lodge.

Mike Thompson, FWP

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Annie’s Project, Part 3 Understanding Finance

by Kayla Sargent

“Every ag producer worries, even when they are rich,” said Megan Shroyer, Senior Vice President, Montana Credit with Northwest Farm Credit Services. “You can feel it. It’s how you sleep at night. It’s mental and can have a lot to do with your attitude.”

I think this rings true all throughout our industry; being price-takers has its

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Oral electrolyte saves time, cash, & calves

Dr. Gary Strobel, Professor Emeritus-Montana State University, and Bryan Blatt, CEO of Ecoplanet Animal Health, have announced the release of an innovative oral electrolyte and nutritional supplement for use in young calves experiencing scours. SX Calf is unique and extremely effective in many ways. Dr. Strobel created the product based on a biomimic of rain forest endophytic fungi. This new

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Cloning, a realm of (expensive) possibilities

By Zack Goggins

Many people hear the word “cloning,” and think of a cheesy sci-fi movie about someone creating a million of themselves to achieve world domination; a lot of people don’t know that the cloning of animals has been accomplished many times. From the National Human Genome Research Institute, “In reproductive cloning, researchers remove a mature somatic cell,

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The Women of World War II Part Four: It took more courage to live than to die…

By Leesa Zalesky

This series honors and celebrates the women of World War II, both in and out of uniform. Their contributions to the war effort, their courage, and their heroism were immeasurable. In part four, we feature the “Angels of Bataan and Corregidor.”

A group of Army nurses during World War II.

The Battle of Bataan—January 7 through April

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Great news! Congrats! Hip Hip Hooray! MSU College of Agriculture students win more than $490,000 in scholarships

Montana State University College of Agriculture students, alumni, faculty, staff, and scholarship donors celebrated the $490,000 in scholarships that were distributed to more than 200 students during the college’s annual scholarship banquet on November 3 at MSU in Bozeman. The banquet, held during the college’s annual Celebrate Agriculture event, attracted more than 300 Montana ag supporters from across the state. The banquet dinner featured

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Challenging Tyson to change for the better

By Kerry Hoffschneider

 

Mighty Earth campaign organizers against Tyson Foods, Inc., have taken up offices in Omaha, NE; Fayetteville, AR; Des Moines, IA; Kansas City, MO; Chicago, IL; New Orleans, LA; and Dallas, TX. Michael Greenberg, who landed in the Omaha office, said he knows that farmers may be wary of a Columbia-educated, East-Coaster who wants to get Tyson

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The effects of wild horses on Western ranges… The issue, in short, is management

 

A study published last month in the Ecological Society of America journal, ECOSPHERE, has determined that, mostly, what many have assumed all along: Because of their feral and unmanaged nature, wild horses can have negative impacts on rangelands. Well, it’s more nuanced than that.

The study – “Effects of feral free-roaming horses on semi-arid rangeland ecosystems: an example from the sagebrush steppe”

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Rodney Nelson named NDSA’s honorary local brand inspector

Rodney Nelson of Almont, North Dakota, was recently named the 2017 Honorary Local Brand Inspector at the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) annual convention in Fargo. A brand inspector since 1985, Nelson conducts locals inspections in the country and at the New Salem and Almont scales. “Livestock producers appreciate Rodney’s work ethic and service to the industry,” said NDSA Chief Brand Inspector

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Old Zeke

by Tom Ogle

 

I feel an uncontrollable need to tell this story. I have pieced together as much as I could from memory and from a few people who knew him. If my facts are not perfect, please forgive me.

I first met Zeke when I was sacking groceries at Bridwell’s Grocery Store. I had just turned 16, and I

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Focusing on the wrong thing with your investments…

By Chris Nolt

 

People who invest in the stock market often focus on the wrong thing. They focus on the daily up and down movement of stock prices versus the upward movement of the market over time. People fear the stock market because stock prices are volatile, and they can see when their account value goes down. By focusing

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Critiques of the growing “food movement”

As America’s population has shifted from a farm-based economy to one driven by jobs in urban areas, a smaller number of farms are producing the vast majority of the country’s food. That transformation, along with a change in attitudes about how food is produced, has led to what is known as the “food movement,” which is mainly made up of

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The lost words from our childhood…

Words have gone as fast as the buggy whip! The other day a not-so-elderly (65) lady said something to her son about driving a Jalopy, and he looked at her quizzically and said, “What the heck is a Jalopy?” OMG! (new phrase!)

Well, I hope you are hunky-dory after you read this.

 

By Richard

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The Women of World War II Part Three: Mary Louise Hawkins

This series honors and celebrates the women of World War II, both in and out of uniform. Their contributions to the war effort made it possible to defeat Hitler and to rebuild America’s economy. In part three, we feature Mary Louise Hawkins, an “angel with wings.”

First Lieutenant Mary Louise Hawkins, an Army nurse, served in the Pacific Theater during the

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A little Thanksgiving history…

The first Thanksgiving was introduced in 1777, a year after the Declaration of Independence when the Continental Congress declared a day of thanksgiving to celebrate a Revolutionary War victory.

The next was issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789: “Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God,

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American ag can’t afford to lose out on trade

By Hope Pjesky

 

It saddens me the way anti-trade rhetoric has escalated in the media and political climate over the last few years. Overlooking the benefits, people are too often quick to write off free trade agreements. They seem to forget the basic economic principle of comparative advantage, which allows people to do what they are best at and

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The Genoa Indian School

By Kerry Hoffschneider

 

There were boys like Irvin Gates at the Genoa (Nebraska) Indian School. Gates was an outstanding athlete on a relay team and even won first place at the Nebraska State Track Meet. But, in Gates’s case, it took 50 years to actually see the award he earned. He was able to, much in part, because Jerry

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The Women of World War II Part Two: Aleda Lutz

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 made it possible to defeat Hitler and rebuild America’s economy. In Part Two, we feature Aleda Lutz, another “angel with wings.”

Born November 9, 1915, in Freeland, Michigan, Aleda Lutz became the first American woman

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Rural areas at risk as water levels drop in Ogallala aquifer

The draining of a massive aquifer that underlies portions of eight states in the central U.S. is drying up streams, causing fish to disappear, and threatening the livelihood of farmers who rely on it for their crops. Water levels in the Ogallala aquifer have been dropping for decades as irrigators pump water faster than rainfall can recharge it. An analysis

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Hats off!

The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust (WSGLT) announced today that Jim Wilson will be the recipient of the 2017 Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award. Wilson lives in Thermopolis, Wyoming, where he ranches with his wife Teri. The Wilsons are known for their practical and progressive ag practices and management techniques. The couple has led the way in the conservation of the

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Nebraska LEAD announces 2017-2019 Fellows

Participants of Group 37 of the Nebraska LEAD (Leadership Education/ Action Development) program have been announced by the program’s director, Terry Hejny. The two-year program began in September. The newest members of Nebraska’s premier ag leadership development program are involved in production ag and/or agribusiness in Nebraska. “We are proud to say that Class 37 appears to be filled with

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The Women of World War II Part I: Elsie Ott

 

 By Leesa Zalesky

Editor’s note: In honor of Veterans Day, Leesa has written a wonderful new series for our patriotic readers. Enjoy! Salute! LG

 

Tom Brokaw called them The Greatest Generation. In his book of the same name, Brokaw profiled those Americans who grew up during the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl and who then answered their

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MSGA seeking applicants for leadership program

The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) is excited to announce the third year of a leadership program for young leaders in the ranching industry. The Stockgrowers Leadership Series is designed to provide training and skills to future leaders of Montana’s ranching communities. The 16-month class kicks off in January 2018 in Helena. Applications are due November 20. “We are excited to

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Crowd Cow… 60 shares per cow… $89 per share

Your editor likes to page through every issue of the “Bloomberg Businessweek” magazine because there is ALWAYS something interesting and/or thought-provoking. The October 16 issue was no exception.

In an article by Dimitra Kessenides and David Rocks about small business, there was a feature about something called “Crowd Cow.” Here are the highlights:

“Crowd Cow delivers premium beef from small, independent farms

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A 129-year-old beauty

By Floyd Lewis

Milton Freewater, Oregon

 

There is a story that goes with this very old saddle, probably the most unique one I’ve had in my shop.

About 10 years ago, the owner, Ed Burlingame, told me he had his great-granddad’s old saddle somewhere in the tack room but hadn’t seen it in 35 – 40 years. So when

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Must-haves for your equine first-aid kit

By Jeff Hall, DVM, senior equine technical services veterinarian, Zoetis

It’s the perfect day for a ride. But while unloading your horse, he quickly steps back, lifting his head high to catch on the bare metal of your horse trailer. The gash is deep. What are your next steps?

Make sure you know the best plan of action to help

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Hoofin’ it for Hunger raises $7,000 for the Montana Food Bank Network

The Hoofin’ it for Hunger (HIFH) race started in 2011 when the Montana Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Committee decided to hold an event to promote outdoor exercise, to increase awareness about agriculture to a non-farming public, and to raise funds to help feed needy families. Hoofin’ it for Hunger was born with the Montana Food Bank Network

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Hereford breeders celebrate 50 Years in the Hereford business

In celebration of 50 years in the Hereford business, David Smith, Tru-la Da Ranch, NS Polled Herefords, Hot Iron Enterprises, JC Cattle Co., and WCN Polled Herefords were honored as Golden Breeders on October 27. The six were recognized during the American Hereford Association (AHA) Hereford Honorees’ Reception in Kansas City, Missouri.
“The Golden Hereford Breeder award represents a tremendous milestone,”

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What explains America’s mass shootings?

The United States has 270 million guns and 90 mass shooters between 1966 and 2012. No other country has more than 46 million guns or 18 mass shooters. … When the world looks at the United States, it sees a land of exceptions: a time-tested if noisy democracy, a crusader in foreign policy, an exporter of beloved music and film.

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The advantage of skipping college…

Your editor likes to page through every issue of the “Bloomberg Businessweek” magazine because there is ALWAYS something interesting and/or thought-provoking. The July 3, 2017, issue was no exception.

Following are the highlights of an article lengthily titled “Want a $1 million paycheck? Skip college and go work in a lumberyard.” Following are the points that caught my eye:

“… One of

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Beef by-products

By Amanda Radke

 

Every day, it seems the vegan crowd gets louder and bolder in their actions. Whether they are basing their dietary choice to forego meat because of perceived ethical or environmental benefits, much of the ideologies followed by the meatless folks is based on inaccurate information, misconceptions, and fear-mongering from those who can profit from hysteria.

Yet, it’s

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2017… another successful year for AAA

The American Angus Association (AAA) experienced another outstanding year, confirmed by the 2017 fiscal year-end report. From coast to coast, producers were affected by deadly wildfires, unprecedented flooding, tropical storms, and more. Despite a year plagued by natural disasters, Angus producers were resilient, and the Association’s membership persevered.

Registrations for Angus cattle totaled 332,421 head in fiscal year 2017, which began

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NDSA elects officers…

North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) members tapped Gackle, North Dakota, rancher Warren Zenker for a second term as the organization’s president at the 88th annual convention & trade show, “Boots on the Ground,” in Fargo, ND, in September. The 24-year NDSA member and his wife Linda manage a 400-head cow/calf herd and a 2,000-head permitted feedlot; they also farm alongside

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Funny Post

The WAR Editor loves this photo! Thanks to her friend, John L. Moore of Miles City, Montana for sharing. He wrote: “Seen on a fence post in western Montana. Likely a Missoula homesteader who feared the post would be offended by staples.”

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“Beef On Every Plate”

Montana Cattlemen’s Association Foundation has received a $5,000 grant from the Town Pump Charitable Foundation to help pay for processing hamburger from cattle donated by local ranchers. The Foundation organized the “Beef On Every Plate” program to enable cattle producers to donate cull cows, steers, and bulls, which the Foundation then arranges to have processed into one-pound hamburger packages and

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Q&A: Controlling Parasites in Horses

Dr. Kenton Morgan, Zoetis senior veterinarian, Equine Technical Services, shares his answers to some of the most common questions horse owners have about controlling parasites.

 

Q:  When is the best time to deworm my horse?

A:  Horse owners need to take advantage of the environment and deworm when parasite levels can be at their highest — during the spring and fall

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A little Western history…

Western stagecoach companies were big business in the latter half of the 19th century. In addition to passengers and freight, stages hauled gold and silver bullion as well as mining company payrolls. Stage robbery was a constant danger, and bandits employed many strategies to ambush a stagecoach. Thieves rarely met with much resistance from stage drivers, since they had passenger

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Import workers OR import food?

By American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall

Thanks to scientific innovation in agriculture, farmers and ranchers are using fewer resources to grow an abundant, sustainable food supply. But I wonder how far our new technology and techniques will take us if farmers are left without one of the most critical resources to keep our farms sustainable: a stable workforce.

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How to rein in the costs of the fed’s wild horse program… Lifetime costs of $50,000 per captured horse!

Editor’s note: If you aren’t familiar with the PERC Report, you should be as it always contains well-researched, well-written material on tough subjects. The Summer 2017 issue, for instance, has a thorough article on the controversial wild horse program. The article is way too long for the small papers we have this time of year, so I have

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Jurisdiction of the U.S. Tax Court

By John Alan Cohan

Attorney at Law

 

For most people, their encounter with the IRS ends at the audit phase: Taxpayers will often agree to pay whatever the IRS says they owe. In situations where the auditor claims your activity is a hobby, not a business, this can have long-lasting and adverse consequences because deductions against outside income

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AHA Hall of Fame inductees honored

Byron Bayers, Twin Bridges, Montana, and Lester Schafer, Buffalo Lake, Minnesota, were inducted into the Hereford Hall of Fame October 27 in Kansas City, Missouri, during the American Hereford Association (AHA) Hereford Honorees’ Reception at the AHA annual meeting. The Hall of Fame annually recognizes breeders who have dynamically influenced the direction and advancement of the Hereford breed.

L to

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Lamb pricing models…

By Zack Goggins

 

If you watch KTVQ news in Montana, you may have seen Russell Nemetz’ coverage of a U.S. wool plant in the Carolinas with a military materials contract. It is accompanied by a great video display of the process to prepare wool for textile manufacturing. I’m noticing a lot more media outlets are paying attention to the

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Livestock, Grazing, & Soil Health… Ladies’ Day On The Range

 

By Anne Indreland

 

The Sweet Grass and Upper Musselshell Conservation Districts, along with the Harlowton and Big Timber Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) offices, presented a livestock, grazing, and soil health event for area ranchers. The day began with a “Ladies’ Day On The Range” hosted by the Nash Ranch. This portion of the day focused on grazing, soil health,

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#YouMightBeARancher…

By Leesa Zalesky

 

If you’re on Twitter, you need to search out @JLazySAngus

On October 18, @JLazySAngus put out a Twitter call for contributions to #YouMightBeARancher, and, well, ranchers on Twitter—and there appear to be plenty of them—responded in force from all across the country. I suspect @JLazySAngus didn’t expect it all to go viral, but it did and in short

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Must-haves for your equine first-aid kit

By Jeff Hall, DVM, senior equine technical services veterinarian, Zoetis

It’s the perfect day for a ride. But while unloading your horse, he quickly steps back, lifting his head high to catch on the bare metal of your horse trailer. The gash is deep. What are your next steps?

Make sure you know the best plan of action to help

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Regenerating for the Next Generation

By Kerry Hoffschneider

 

Scott Gonnerman has the kind of salt-of-the-earth common sense that can be a rare find nowadays. When Gonnerman was a child, he told everyone he wanted to be “a farmer and a semi-driver.” He has achieved these goals… and much more.

Today, his farm in York County, Nebraska, has visitors from all over the world—Australia, Russia, and

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Montana’s 2017 Angus Tour

By Kurt Kangas

 

The lifting of the clouds revealed the snowcapped mountains of the Bridgers, Hylites, Spanish Peaks, and Tobacco Roots ringing Montana’s Gallatin Valley as 400 Angus enthusiasts representing 26 states and 3 Canadian provinces were treated to a truly breathtaking backdrop as the 2017 Montana Angus Tour kicked off. Recent storms had quelled the fear of fire

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