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Live and learn – and then pass it along to your kids

I see all kinds. In my travels across the country, I visit many ranches that have been in the same family for a century or at least several decades. I always enjoy hearing what prior generations of cattlemen have passed on to the current stewards.
10/16/2019
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BOAH to consider poultry disease control rule at quarterly meeting

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indiana State Board of Animal Health (BOAH) will hold its quarterly meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 22 at the BOAH office on the Indiana State Fairgrounds, in Discovery Hall, Suite 100. It is located at 1202 East 38th Street in Indianapolis.
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Book is great on the strange, could be better on the ‘local’

Jump in an airplane in Chicago, head to L.A., and what do you see? Clouds. Lots of clouds, a crazy-quilt of green farm-and-park patches, ribbons of road, and cerulean dots of water.
10/16/2019
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Farm Expo grand prize offers $3,000-plus in farming tools

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo, scheduled from Dec. 17-19 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, has announced the grand prize to be awarded to one lucky farmer attending this year’s show.
10/16/2019
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Uncertainty hurting ag producers, countermeasures are developing

Agricultural producers in much of the United States are frustrated by factors that affect their economic well-being: too much or too little precipitation, harvest weather that seems to change by the hour, government programs that promise much but change regularly or don’t address root problems, markets – both domestic and foreign – that seem promising and then disappear, increased expenses related to tariffs, insecurity about what will happen politically, and threats of national and global recession
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Ag’s coming heart transplant

If government and private estimates are accurate, hundreds of millions of American farm acres will have new owners in the next 15 years.
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We ought not squander the opportunity of industry inquiry

Like most ranchers, I am not too keen on leaving the ranch and getting involved in politics and policy. In fact, if I hadn’t bumped into Jess Peterson at a bull sale in southern Virginia a few years back, I wouldn’t have gotten involved in the U.S. Cattlemen’s Assoc. (USCA).
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Politics, celebrity outshine science and tech in climate debate

Climate change is emerging as one of the early issues in the 2020 Presidential campaign. The gaggle of candidates for the Democratic nomination for President are all talking about it and advancing their own ideas to save the planet. CNN even committed to broadcasting several hours of town hall meetings on the subject.
10/16/2019
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Being really smart doesn’t always get used in real life


 

I just finished reading a book about Albert Einstein, written by Walter Isaacson, and I don't know what possessed me to do it. It was difficult reading, and the author used a lot of words I was unfamiliar with, like "usufruct."
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U.S. dairy export value up 3 percent from last August

Looking globally, the U.S. Dairy Export Council reported U.S. dairy export value was nearly $3.92 billion in the first eight months of 2019, up 3 percent from last year and the highest figure in five years. Gains were led by increased volumes of cheese, as well as higher selling prices for dairy ingredients.
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