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Brutal South Africa farm attacks ongoing

April 29, 2019

For 25 years now, in a phenomenon known as “Farm Attacks” South Africa’s farmers have been the target of a brutal slow war. Often perpetrated by well-trained, well-equipped criminals using paramilitary methods, the attacks have...


State-mandated placarding not COOL
State-mandated placarding not COOL

April 26, 2019

I firmly believe Montana farmers and ranchers care deeply about developing and growing consumer confidence and trust in the products we painstakingly raise. It’s a key goal in helping a growing urban demographic understand why...


Letter to the Editor: Americans want to preserve wolves

April 26, 2019

Interesting definition of words in your article “livestock industry groups launch campaign supporting state management of gray wolf populations” “Responsibly manage” in Montana means kill half of a population, with the goal of driving wolf...


Houston: The Real Whopper

April 18, 2019

We’re not even a third of the way through 2019, but we already have a frontrunner for a political fact-checker’s annual “Lie of the Year” award: the trendy yet incorrect political/media narrative that if we...


Legislators trying to tax us again

February 1, 2019

Normally I am addressing the people of Wyoming’s Ag industry but, just like last year I need to reach out to ALL Wyomingites! Once again the great people, businesses and industries of Wyoming, are under...



The anatomy of a wind farm ordinance

January 30, 2019

Campbell County South Dakota is in the throes of a proposed wind farm ordinance that inadequately addresses its temporary nature and the legal emergency which would justify its passage. The county, similar to other areas...


Thullner: “Get a loan” who cares

January 24, 2019

The Trump imposed trade tariffs and the border wall government shut down crisis could eliminate the family farm and ranch, but who cares? Production agriculture is now seeing a back log of the marketing of...



Campbell County wind farm

January 18, 2019

Last July and August, the Campbell County Commission considered the issue of a Campbell County wind farm ordinance, and the lack thereof. Now on its return from hibernation, the Commission wishes to cram down that...


Ethanol is the safe option
Ethanol is the safe option

January 16, 2019

As fuel prices decrease, farmers are seeing corn ethanol markets drop. What to do? Well, let’s hope we don’t see the price at the pumps go up. Instead, let’s use more ethanol. What I’m suggesting...



Pulling the bull

January 8, 2019

(editor’s note: this letter was submitted a few months ago. We didn’t run the letter immediately because the author and I were communicating back and forth about the state of the industry. We decided it...



Tracking down decision makers of 2019

December 28, 2018

You’ve heard the expression, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” We know this is true. In the life of an idea becoming legislation, there are a few key people that you need...



Ganje: The leviathan in the Missouri

August 29, 2018

It is good to be vigilant when dealing with a leviathan of a bureaucracy. It is better however to be pointed with them, carry a big stick, keep notes and exercise financial purse strings. The...




Dear President, please release the Hammonds
Dear President, please release the Hammonds

December 29, 2017

Editor’s note: Travis has sent this letter to a number of senators, representatives, and the President. My name is Travis Williams, I am a fifth generation rancher from Eastern Oregon. I have been friends with...