This year will be recorded as one of the most memorable but only as a matter of the degree of difficulty, as farm and ranch families experienced challenges few thought were possible a year ago.
Planning for your farm’s future has never been more urgent. With one-third of United States farmers older than age 65, it’s estimated that 70% of farmland will change hands in the next 15 years.
I’m sure you know by now that I am opinionated, but I have seen several situations where a rancher and farmer and his wife have worked all their life accumulating land and machinery and other possessions and then sometimes the kids get so greedy that they try to restrict their dad the last f…
Created 34 years ago through a vote of producers all over the country, the Beef Checkoff launched to add support to the industry through promotion and research to ultimately grow beef demand. After all, if beef producers aren’t promoting their product, who will? The program started in 1985 w…
As farmers and ranchers are wrapping up fall harvests and rounding up cattle, Monday is a special day they will be unified with their urban cousins in taking time to remember past and present veterans.
Ever since hemp was finalized in the 2018 farm bill, producers have been eager to learn more. We’ve covered several different meetings on this topic and just about every one of them is packed with growers who wonder if this might be the next best way to diversify and find new revenues.
It has been an exciting time for Washingtonians lately. The Washington Nationals (Nats for short) earned their first World Series title in franchise history, just a year after the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup and the same year as the Washington Mystics won their first Women’s Nati…
In recent weeks, presidential candidates have pledged billions of dollars to bring broadband and internet access to rural America. Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and other Democratic hopefuls correctly realize that a lack of high-speed internet and other attendant technologies h…
It’s rare that I allow an entertainer to get my goat on an issue. I figure he or she is a citizen, protected by the First Amendment, same as you or me, just with a larger platform and an amplified voice.
There is a very good demand for long weaned steers and heifers coming off the grass. Actually the bigger the better at least 800 pounds or more is good. Even a lot of the big heifers that didn’t breed are going to the feedlot and selling well.
New York, like California, has plenty of problems and most of them stem from poor leadership and the willingness of its residents to blindly follow any “cool,” “green” or otherwise popular trend. Two of New York’s problems, which if managed properly, could be addressed with a single solution.
As the American farmer is enduring a grueling, slow harvest, many questions remain regarding the true size of the crop. Some feel the final U.S. yield will be closer to 45 bushels per acre, versus the current U.S. Department of Agriculture number of 46.9 bushels per acre.
Fair week, the week of high emotions, temperatures, and the proof that 4-H really does “make the best better.” Fair time, where young and old come together, to showcase the bright future of communities across the nation, is well underway across the Midwest. I’m hopeful you got to at least vi…
Twice a year, the White House holds outdoor, self-guided tours for the public. The perfectly manicured grounds, including the White House kitchen garden, which is green and producing vegetables, is showcased.
President Donald Trump’s claim that China is willing to address “agricultural structural issues” in a trade deal has the United States ag sector excited that real change may be coming to the U.S-China trading relationship beyond just increased commodity sales.
The very first animal rights conference I attended nearly 20 years ago was in Arlington, Virginia, just down the road and across the river from the nation’s Capital. I went because, early on, I wanted to meet the people in the movement. I wanted to understand them and what their vision truly was.
The unusually cool, wet weather throughout much of the United States this spring resulted in more grain sorghum acres planted later than normal. Late-planted sorghum, like any other summer crop, runs the risk of reduced yield and quality due to an early freeze prior to maturity.
Fortunately, high temperatures in August and September across several regions helped late-planted sorghum mature quicker than expected.
I don’t know where I stumbled across this phrase first, but it’s one that spoke to me the other day: “I had to make you uncomfortable, otherwise you never would have moved.”
We are sad to announce that longtime Publisher and Editor Holly Martin has accepted a position with the American Angus Association. However, sad as we are, we are also happy for her and her family and proud that a leading association that fights for cattlemen will benefit from Holly’s expert…
Over 25 years ago, I made a call that changed who I am. I was working as reporter for a local Dodge City newspaper, and my former Kansas State University advisor called to check on me and see how I was doing. He had heard of a job opportunity at High Plains Journal and thought I might be int…
In recent days there has certainly been a lot said about #FairCattleMarkets. Maybe everything that can be said has already been said but the conversation clearly is not loud enough yet. I continue to see the cattlemen (of which I am one) yelling that we are not getting paid fairly.
Almost every day, another major food company or agribusiness sends me their plans to be eco-friendlier, carbon-neutral, sustainable or regenerative. Clearly, there’s a strong movement to mesh business and environmental goals and perhaps, build public support along the way.
We are in the midst of peak hurricane season and tropical activity left its mark in Texas in September. Tropical Storm Imelda brought very heavy rain, which prompted flash flood emergency conditions in parts of the state last month, according to the National Weather Service.
You’ve likely heard many of the famous quotes on change such as “Change is inevitable. Growth is optional” by John Maxwell or Thomas Fuller’s words “All things are difficult before they are easy.”
In “The Farmer’s Son: Calving Season on a Family Farm,” John Connell shares the story of returning to his family’s farm, Birchview, in County Longford, Ireland. For generations the Connells have farmed near the River Camlin, not far from the village of Ballinalee. Their Irish ancestors were …
Last week on Washington’s Gallaudet University campus, a matchup between former NFL players, members of Congress, and U.S. Capitol Police occurred in a friendly game of football.
Last month I talked about the importance of ending stocks in terms of grain marketing. Remember, if the perception is that the ending stocks number is getting smaller, then grain prices will often times rally higher.
The other night my husband and I were watching television together and the Burger King commercial for the Impossible Burger came on. I made the remark to him, “If those people think it tastes like a real burger, what kind of crap beef are they eating?”
Last Friday the U.S. Department of Agriculture came out with an inventory cattle report. It showed we had 99% on feed compared to a year ago and the marketing was at 98%.
This week’s column is a first. This writer has never harped on the same topic two weeks in a row, but when something this juicy and unbelievable happens, it needs to be discussed.