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Today I am going to come back to the “60 Minutes” piece that ran a couple of weeks ago attacking pig farmers. There is one negative stigma that continues to grow in and out of the farming community: contract production.

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This year it seems to me there are a few more cattle coming to the sale this first month of January and a good share of them are lighter weight cattle.

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New sorghum hybrids are developed and released by seed companies at a pace that tends to be slower than some other crops. However, in the last two years, the industry has seen many new sorghum hybrids released, providing growers with new and exciting options to consider.

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The enormous pool of democratic candidates for the office of President of the United States is finally shrinking. The infighting is getting worse, and even the two socialists have thrown down the gauntlet.

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Even if taxes are a certainty for most Americans, you can still be smart about your tax bill. This year, consider the following tips to legally reduce the amount of taxes you owe:

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At the Woodward Livestock Auction we try to stay progressive and run the best sale we can.

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I am by no means bilingual in any one foreign language, but I know enough of a few to get by in a foreign land. But of any of the foreign languages I do speak, maybe the handiest of them all is “consumer.”

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In 2015, I went to New York City in an attempt to help the horse and carriage businesses stay afloat in Central Park. Five years later, they are still there, although not without serious challenges but that is not the topic for today. What happened, that I didn’t foresee until I got there, w…

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The dinner at this year’s 77th Golden Globes was vegan. Of course, it couldn’t just be vegan; it had to be vegan for the sake of climate change due to animal agriculture.

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Recently, the “Houston Chronicle” and “San Antonio Express-News” ran a commentary piece from columnist Chris Tomlinson attacking beef in favor of plant-based proteins. Like most vegan marketing, it does a fantastic job of cherry-picking data and using opinion instead of facts and legitimate …

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2019 was the 70th year of High Plains Journal’s publication. You might have read some of what my colleague Kylene Scott wrote in her end-of-the-year package. 

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As we charge down the path of 2020, I want to be more assertive and relentless in getting the facts to the consuming public about the production of food. The one strategic aspect that most of us in the farming community cannot quite figure out is how we do this without giving the “opposition…

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While rattling down a dusty country road or rolling across an asphalt highway, there are only a few things that really catch my eye: stray dogs, Tex-Mex restaurants and beautiful old barns. There is something about faded whitewash and classic red paint, weathervanes, sliding barn doors and u…

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On Dec. 20, 2018, President Donald Tump signed into law the 2018 farm bill. Thank goodness this occurred just two days before a 35-day federal government shutdown, the second longest shutdown in history.

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Hey, it is here! Happy New Year. Every single person I know in the farming community has been looking for 2019 to be in the rear view mirror with the hope that 2020 will be a step in the right direction.

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If you’re in your 40s, like me, you are of that unique bridge generation that remembers life with a landline phone and cartoons only on Saturday mornings. We got our first email addresses in college, and learned to text by carefully pressing the number keys on a Nokia until we got the letter…

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Editors like to see stories of success and ushering in a new year is the right time to be optimistic and have high hopes. 

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Kansas joined the Union on Jan. 29, 1861, and many people know the story of its statehood and its history tied to not only the Civil War but also to the rise of political populism, the home of President Dwight D. Eisenhower and aviator Amelia Earhart.

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The new year is nearly upon us. In looking back this past year it is easy to see why it was a bumpy ride as a result of presidential decisions on trade wars to Mother Nature’s unending fits and temper tantrums that led to floods and droughts.

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Today, the moral of the story is quite simple: “Thank you, Jesus.” The older I get, the more I am turned off by the commerce-driven Christmas instead of the focus being on the birth of Jesus Christ.

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Washington is a ghost town these days. The halls of Congress are darkened. Members of Congress have jetted back to their home states and districts. Hopefully, congressional staff members have scraped together enough money to travel home for the holidays.

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One cattleman who is in his 50s was talking to another very diverse man who is a little older and also very involved in the cattle business. The younger man had expressed his opinion that starting another packinghouse was probably the only hope or means of survival in the cattle business.

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In the hustle and bustle of trying to prepare for Christmas it can become so easy to focus on what’s ahead—getting holiday travel schedules down, dealing with inclement weather, preparing for end of the year financial reports, checking on government programs and deadlines and the list goes o…

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Recently, on a warm fall day, I stopped at my 77-year-old father-in-law’s farmhouse because he was meeting with a salesman for the fourth time regarding a transmission line easement. I walked into his sunporch to find four men with the sole purpose of persuading him to sign. Weeks later, he …

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The Beef Checkoff was designed by producers, for producers, to build value by focusing on key areas of research and promotion to drive demand for our beef around the world. But who decides where checkoff dollars are best utilized?

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I feel compelled to follow up on last week’s piece with a few more thoughts on the government-regulated speech we call “the Checkoff.” I don’t really care that some of you think I am just trying to stir the pot on this one because in my heart I clearly see the dire situation we are in. Yes, …

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Every year is a little different from the previous year. This year there is little wheat pasture around but for the most part it is scarce.

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Despite the drain on Washington—and the entire country—that is the House Democrats’ impeachment proceedings of President Donald Trump, the hallways and lawn of the U.S. Capitol are merry and bright.

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Many growers will be glad to see 2019 behind them. To say 2019 was a stressful year is an understatement. Weather conditions were simply not conducive for crop production in many regions of the country. However, grain sorghum actually had a decent year compared to some of the other crops. Its ability to withstand short periods of drought and high temperatures allowed the crop to produce a good yield across many areas.

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With Thanksgiving just finished and Christmas and the new year just ahead, the holiday season is a great time to reflect on the past year and start thinking about the road ahead.

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Citing health reasons, three-term U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, from Georgia, is retiring at the end of 2019, a couple years shy of the end of his term.

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In the past 20 years I have come to learn that the two most divisive conversations you can have within our community are about checkoff programs and mandatory Country of Origin Labeling.

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A lot of mostly calves and some feeders are showing up at the auctions this week. I think the main reason cattlemen weaned later than usual is there is very little wheat pasture around.

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It was a typical Wednesday. I sent my youngest off to Youth Group without a second thought. When it was over, he came home and was off to bed shortly after. As I took a minute to scroll through Facebook, I saw them.

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Growing up on our family’s farm, one thing was for sure: at 12:20 p.m., over lunch, and at about 10:20 p.m., over a milkshake, we’d all quietly sit in front of the television watching the weather. Or, if my dad, siblings and I were out on adventure in his 1966 Ford truck, we’d be listening t…

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I still haven’t given up on the idea of a new packing house. And neither have several others. But someone or a group has got to start putting it together.

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“The only thing fair in life is the celebration every year.” A friend once told me that and without question it is a true statement.