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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.

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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.”

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Where do four years go? The Finicum family of Cane Beds, Arizona, knows exactly where every day has gone—on a great quest for the sons of liberty to stand and be heard.

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The Trump administration remains resolved to get a deal with China that nobody ever thought they would.

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Throughout the years of exhibiting purebred breeding stock in the pig business, no show or sale has treated us better than the National Barrow Show in Austin, Minnesota. As a 20-year-old rookie, I was honored to have my boar selected as the reserve champion at this historical event.

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The 2019 Nebraska State Fair has come and gone. In the end, it was a tremendous week but it was filled with plenty of anxiety courtesy of Mother Nature. The exhibitors appeared to enjoy the fair as much as any of the 149 that came before this one.

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I grew up in a privileged family; no, we did not have the wealth you may be envisioning on the balance sheet but we had bountiful treasures in life and love.

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I am writing this from the middle of Hollywood, California, where I have come for the premiere of a Forrest Film’s movie called “Bennett’s War.” I will have more about that soon but in the meantime I am going to my favorite approach—historical perspective.

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Cardiovascular disease continues to be the No. 1 killer of humans around the world and yet I recently learned that one day it could be a thing of the past. For the past 18 years, I have hosted Nathan Bryan, the foremost authority on nitric oxide, on my radio shows. We have had some great dis…

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The 4th Saturday of July came and went without much mention or notice. A few within our community mentioned being happy to still promote the Official Day of the American Cowboy but for the most part it was crickets.

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The only thing fair in life is the summer county celebration, and that should continue to be the focus of fair for sure. Like so many, we have just concluded our 2019 Sherman County Fair in Nebraska, complete with small victories and some setbacks.

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I had a wonderful discussion with Sara Place of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association on Rural Route Radio about true beef sustainability and it has taken me down some research paths that we have not spent enough time examining.

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I have little doubt that the economy is better than it was. Likewise, I believe that under the Trump administration we have streamlined some of the bureaucracy and made minor steps toward draining the swamp.

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During the week as we celebrate our nation’s independence, Nike has announced it is rejecting part of our history.

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I am surrounded by nearly 1,000 young people who all love pigs in Springfield, Illinois, as I write this. There is no doubt they love showing pigs.

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I used to do a short radio piece called “From the Doghouse” because I believe that when 84 percent of all pet owners recognize themselves as “mother” or “father” of their pet, the human race is in trouble.

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I reckon there is no need to get frustrated because it is just the way of the world today—we live in a visual society. I have been doing radio for 20 years now and I think that we can educate individuals with audio, but it is becoming glaringly apparent that if you want to have a real impact…

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I had a conversation with an employee of Anheuser-Busch and we were primarily talking about the Budweiser Clydesdales and how InBev had strongly hinted they would phase out that expense after their purchase of AB in 2008. The good news is that maybe they have decided horses actually do sell …

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Community is defined by Merriam-Webster as a group of people with a common characteristic or interest, living together within a larger society.

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The business of farming is so complex that unless you are in it, you really can’t relate or understand all the factors that come into play.

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I am reluctant to say that food is the new weapon, because I believe it is pretty easy, throughout history, to identify where food was used as a weapon. However, the trade war is just that. In the past week I have had excellent discussions with folks on the front lines of this war and I am h…

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I know for a fact that things are as wacky as they can get. Well, I suppose it could get worse but I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about it because I read a book once that told us all of this would come to pass and it is what it is.

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May is officially designated as beef month! Okay, this is where I would naturally suggest that every month should be beef month but if others are talking about the cow in the month of May, then let’s go for it.

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Nebraska, and I’m sure other states as well, is in the middle of a heated battle over property taxes. Thanks to rapidly escalating rural property values, the amount we pay annually in property tax has tripled since we purchased our farm just over 10 years ago.

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I had yet another trip to Big Sky Country and this time it was to the heart of the Gallatin Valley in Bozeman, Montana. I enjoyed quite a bit of reminiscing about my very first trip to the region in September 1991.

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Every January when we put up the new “family calendar” on the refrigerator, the first dates marked off are those in June with great big letters—“WPX.” Of course, our annual pilgrimage to the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, takes place that first week of June.

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I will preface everything I am about to say with my bias right up front: I do not believe that the government is here to help me. In our house, we have not accepted a dime in “assistance” from the government and I don’t plan to start now.

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Not a day goes by that I don’t get some inquiry about how to deal with folks who want to either shut down an existing farm, or, more commonly, the local folks who are trying to prevent the building of a new farm or farm building.

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For the past several weeks Nebraskans have heard comments about the delayed return of the Sandhill cranes. I really don’t know the numbers but I know that people have been buzzing about the lack of birds flying north over the Platte River, and thus above my house, in the middle of March.

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Much like dancing the two-step, the information presented to the public about meat consumption today is constantly moving one step forward and two steps back.

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As livestock producers, we are continually told that we do not know enough to manage the health of our own animals. We are told that we need a DVM prescription to medicate our herds.

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I have just arrived in Reno, Nevada, for the second time this month. This time I’m here for the Western Dairy Herd Management conference with 1,500 dairymen from across the country.

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It has now been a year since I spoke at the National Block and Bridle convention in Orlando, Florida. The convention is always a highlight of the year and I was able to spend an extra day visiting Florida farms and ranches on the same trip.

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The attack on nature’s original ethanol plant has certainly accelerated to the point that every cattleman has finally spoken out. It is clear to me that God created the first ethanol plant as a four-stomached critter that converts cellulose material into hundreds of products that improve hum…

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I don’t think we use this term “liberty” enough. We tend to choose freedom and maybe there is not a huge difference, but I decided to just look up the official definitions.

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Remember back in junior high school when the boys who liked certain girls would start picking on them instead of being polite? I am not sure the junior high mentality ever ends because the cow is now the cute girl on the playground that everybody must really, really like because there is lis…

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We have a segment of our population today that doesn’t understand the history of how we now have things so good. To my point, the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, just concluded for 2019 and we are told that 2020 holds in store a brand-new facility. You cannot have ever been …

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I just finished recording a radio program with a stay-at-home mother from Montana. Lindsay Persico is married to an Air Force veteran and the mother of three kids.

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Happy New Year! Have you established your resolutions yet? I have not as I don’t do that but I might think about things I want to shift in priority going into the new year instead.

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What did your 2018 look like and what are you hoping for in 2019? That’s something I think most people think about this time of year. Trent actually does a review of his favorite interviews of the year on Loos Tales to wrap up the last week of programming.

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Who among us has not repeated, or in my case been asked on multiple occasions, “Were you born in a barn?” My mother asked me that many times as a kid and, from first-hand experience, I can tell you the correct answer is not, “Well, I don’t know. You were there.”

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As 2018 winds down, I am reflecting back on the people that I’ve met. I am often told that I have a wonderful life (and I never disagree) with an awesome family and the opportunity to travel to 30 states and a couple foreign countries every year. While the travels are great, without question…

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As I was fueling my pickup in rural Nebraska, I saw the sign for this grocery store/fuel shop promoting eggs for 89 cents a dozen. While I fully understand the concept of a “loss leader,” something about this really shifted my windshield thoughts into overdrive.

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If we would have had his conversation prior to December of 2013, I would have had a completely different take on it. That was the day I sat down with John Burkel of Badger, Minnesota, about three weeks after the president of the United States pardoned his two turkeys.

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In 2008 I spent a great deal of time in California because of the looming vote in what was called Proposition 2. For quick refresher, Prop 2 was about eliminating crates in veal and pork production but more widely recognized for increasing the required space for laying hens.

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In what has been a trying season for the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team, the entire season might now be epitomized by a young man from our hometown. Headlines on Sunday all across the state read, “Five years of practice leads to one sack but walk-on Matt Jarzynka couldn’t be happier.” Wh…

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Luckily fall has returned to the central United States after most of us endured a true shock to our systems with a very early cold snap that even included a pile of the white stuff and some bitterly cold winds.