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Baxter Black: Trolling for Buffalo

August 23, 2019

Buffalo Bob took the call on his cellular phone. I caught the last of the conversation, “and if that don’t work try a shot. No . . . not a tranquilizer, a 30-30. At least...


Lee Pitts: Forecast For The Weekend

August 23, 2019

Monday through Friday if you were to ask me what day of the week it is there’s a 50 percent chance I’d guess wrong. My biological clock simply doesn’t do weekdays. One day is as...




Meyer: My Fake News Checkoff

August 22, 2019

This past week, the Cattlemans Beef Board (CBB) shared the “good news” results of our producer Return on Investment (ROI) study. Dr. Harry Kaiser, professor of economics at Cornell University, conducted another 5 year ROI...


Varilek’s Cattle Call: A Week of Red

August 16, 2019

We wrapped up one of the worst weeks I have ever seen in the agriculture futures market. Between a fire in a packing plant and a USDA grain report, producers were left with sharply weaker...


The Lost Chicken

August 15, 2019

Lynne parked her car in the little lot behind Cookies Du Moi. It was an odd little corner of Salt Lake City mixing pawn shops, liquor stores with barred windows and an invasion of upscale...



David Ganje: The Cheese Plant

August 14, 2019

South Dakota’s agriculture industry has a $32.5 billion economic impact each year for the state. In addition to generating 33 percent of the state’s economic activity, dairy and cheese plants are called value-added industries in...


Opinion: Non-logic and the NCBA

August 14, 2019

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is currently making a media and lobbying push to have the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) – better known as NAFTA-II – ratified by Congress. In their press...


Lee Pitts: House Calls

August 13, 2019

PETA has declared victory in their battle over fur and now they want to go to war over wool. I guess no one has told PETA that you don’t have to kill a sheep to...


Varilek’s Cattle Call: Plenty of Supply

August 9, 2019

After a week away from writing, we are still in a holding pattern over in the futures market. Every year we drag though the end of the summer, and I cannot wait for it to...



Prairie Memories By Gary Heintz: School Days, 1930s

August 8, 2019

Dad didn’t walk uphill to school both ways when he was a kid, but many times getting to school was an adventure just the same. The Heintz family lived at many different locations when the...



Baxter Black: The Feedlot Hand

August 8, 2019

Life is just a bowl of cherries to a first rate feedlot hand, All the gates swing free and easy, every day’s precisely planned. The boss is always pleasant and lavish with his praise. And...


Lee Pitts: Infamous Vegetarians

August 8, 2019

I’m getting sick and tired of vegans and vegetarians bragging about all the famous people down through history who were vegetarians for at least part of their lives. I’ll admit it’s a pretty impressive list:...


Guest Opinion: Genocide against white farmers, S. Africa

August 8, 2019

South Africa has long had a serious problem with crime. The murder rate is 36 per 100,000, meaning 57 people are murdered each day, placing South Africa’s homicide rate just behind that of countries now...