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Work-Study: Students study ag topics in high school biology

July 11, 2019

Several Nebraska youth are getting a taste of the agricultural research world.  Students at Central City, Nebraska, in Mrs. Chelle Gillan’s advanced biology and anatomy and physiology classes are required to do a research project...









Petersen gives feed, more to NE ranchers in need

March 22, 2019

A college student in Nebraska isn’t snowmobiling in Minnesota, like she had planned to do over spring break this week. Instead, she’s working fifteen hour days, collecting animal feed and medicines to help those farmers...


College student trades spring break for disaster relief

March 21, 2019

A college student in Nebraska isn’t snowmobiling in Minnesota, like she had planned to do over spring break this week. Instead, she’s working fifteen hour days, collecting animal feed and medicines to help those farmers...


Ty Erickson, Orin Larson big winners at American Rodeo

March 5, 2019

Billed as the biggest one-day rodeo in the world, RFD-TV’s The American Rodeo is over, and nine cowboys and cowgirls are depositing big checks in their accounts. Several The American contestants from the Tri-State Livestock...


COOL bills being discussed in Montana and Oklahoma

February 15, 2019

It’s cool to eat American beef, but it’s not COOL, as in Country of Origin Labeling-cool. Some producers in Montana and Oklahoma are working to make COOL a law in their states. In Montana, a...


Neb. legislators debate property tax relief

February 1, 2019

With the Nebraska Legislature starting back up last month, property tax reform is on the top of the list for senators from agricultural areas of Nebraska, and for their urban counterparts as well. Unlikely bedfellows...


PRCA Timer of the Year: Kim Sutton

January 29, 2019

While Sutton Rodeo has produced legends in the arena, Kim Sutton is making a name for herself behind the timing desk at the rodeo. Sutton was honored with the award during the PRCA’s annual Awards...


Familiar faces return for Cowboy Church

January 28, 2019

Christian and country music artist Susie McEntire-Eaton and her husband Mark Eaton will hold Cowboy Church at the Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid City on January 27, at 9 am.    Susie has been bringing...


Rodeo Rapid City dedicates day to saddle bronc riders

January 24, 2019

“This is saddle bronc country.” One day of Rodeo Rapid City is dedicated to saddle bronc riders. Wednesday, Jan. 30 features three different saddle bronc riding events: the Saddle Bronc Futurity, held at 10 am,...