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ISSUE DATE: 09/06/2010

Buy small cattle and make them big

By Doug Rich

John Paul Pendergrass and his father, John Frank, are carrying on a family tradition that started when the family moved to Arkansas in 1870. Together they own and operate the Pendergrass Cattle Company in Charleston, Ark.

"I know they always had cattle and always had steer cattle," John Frank said. "Dad and Granddad bought cattle from all over the country."

John Frank, who was born in 1936, can remember driving cattle five miles to Branch, Ark., putting them on rail cars, and shipping them to Kansas City.

"They bought small cattle and made them big and that is not too much different from what we do today."


NEWS

AFA Leaders Conference sponsorships available
Ag foundation has opportunities for teachers, students
American Agri-Women Show now airing
Community Development Academy scholarships available
Competition is a good thing--or not
Dodge City to host Kansas MarketPlace
Farmer challenges fence law
Ford County Farm Bureau awards ag scholarships
Gulf oil spill may harm U.S. grain exports
Independent study highlights success of market development programs
Iowa Farm Bureau announces 2010 Friends of Ag
Kansas, Midwest rural economies continue to soften
Montrose County designated primary natural disaster area
More farmers are tweeting to respond to activists
National report highlights rural capacity issues
Neb. office of USDA stats arm gets new leader
Nebraska gets grant to improve rural care
Numana-Share the Bounty helps Haiti
RMA releases COMBO insurance policy to farmers
Rural Development schedules Community Facilities workshops
Rural Landowner Workshop set for Sept. 17
Survey: Consumers support biotechnology
'Tabletizer' compacts biomass material
USDA collects more than 8,300 pounds of food
USDA offers Bioenergy Market News Reports
Yellowjackets 'baited' with USDA technology

CROPS

ARS looks for better way to control insects in stored grain
Atrazine study shows ban would hurt Midwest producers
Chicot County growers harvesting corn, soybeans
Consider all factors when faced with replanting
Crickets invade Nebraska
Crop dusters keep Iowa's farm fields healthy
Despite heat, record Kansas corn crop likely
Ethanol industry counters Environmental Working Group's claims
Export Exchange registration now open
Farmington farmer to host tour
Improving weed control for the next wheat crop
Kansas become proactive through social media
Kansas Wheat Commission, KAWG release annual report
Mitchell chamber urges new Corn Palace in 20 years
NASS to measure 2010 small grain production
Nigerian delegation attends wheat milling course
NMDA chile promotion takes off
NMSU peanut field days to focus on specialty nuts
NMSU's Chile Pepper Institute plans International Pepper Conference
Promising corn varieties to fight aflatoxin showcased at field day
Sorghum Field Day held in Akron Sept. 9
Soybean pod worms in area fields
Students learn about crop science
U.S. corn, soybeans headed for record year
USW calls for rational perspective on global wheat supply and demand
Watch for grasshoppers when planting winter wheat, alfalfa
Wheat awards will be presented at Kansas State Fair
Wheat farmers use up seed from last year
Wheat Varieties Virtual Tour helps planning decisions

LIVESTOCK

AHA announces fall 2010 Gold TPR Breeders
AHA releases heifer calving rate EPDs
Beitia hired as NALF communications director
Branded beef company urges GIPSA caution
Buy small cattle and make them big
Dairy farmers have moderate month
Families attend Charolais Junior National events
Flint Hills Bull Blowout set for Sept. 11
Governor's Charity Steer Show raises $108,430
Groups compete to have their opinions heard
K-State hosts 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes
MU dairy-grazing studies to be shown at field day
National Red Angus Convention planned for Ozarks
NMSU studies hypertension in cattle
North Panhandle Beef Day will be Sept. 22
Red Angus, Simmental associations rally 'Young Guns'
Thompson Farm will host field day Sept. 21
U.S. Pork Center of Excellence launches Swine Science Online
Volunteers needed for Miles of Smiles Therapeutic Riding Program

EDITOR

Fairness
USCA director addresses Tom Vilsack
Where we live

COLUMNS

Break the packers: Secure the White House
Just a scoop full
New radish cover crop boosts yields for corn, soybeans
Stacked corn hybrids to debut
The midnight train to Chicago
Who is on the big screen now?

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Amarillo livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock sales
Apache livestock auction report
Cooler weather, much needed precipitation arrive
Dodge City cattle sales report
Grain market close
Grasshoppers and fire cause concern
Grasshoppers hurting pastures
Hay prices generally steady
Hay trade slow
High Plains slaughter news
Irrigated sorghum conditions in mostly good condition
Lack of precip, windy weather raise crop and pasture concerns
Lexington livestock sales report
McAlester livestock auction report
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction
OKC West livestock sales report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock livestock sales
Precip needed to fill soybean pods, revive pastures
Presho livestock auction report
Rain slows corn harvest, helps fall crops progress
Salina cattle auction
South Central direct sheep
Soybeans turning yellow
Spring wheat 32% harvested
Springfield dairy heifer sale
Springfield livestock auction report
Springfield livestock market report
Superior video auction report
Weather promotes crop progression
West Plains regional cattle sales
Western half of state remains dry
Wheat seeding, field prep continue
Wheat, corn bids pushed higher

RANGE

Annual hay directory connects producers with buyers
Grazing school will teach farm forage plans for livestock
Grazing seminar, ranch tour to be held Sept. 22
Pasture profits theme of annual conference in Ozarks

FAMILY

4-H Alumni will be honored Sept. 26
Container garden display planned at Tri-State Fairgrounds
Deer breeder sentenced for smuggling
Gerard has a gracious living space
Gillette man bets the farm on breeding birds
Good lawn practices reduce risk of nutsedges taking over
Growing shade-tolerant lawns
Heat-plagued trees may mean meager wildlife food supply
Iowa Farm Bureau cookout champion crowned at fair
Making munchies matter
Meditation for 9-6-10
MU Bradford Farm to host Tomato Festival
NMDA 'Get Your Fix' green chile promotion launched
OSU Farmers Market seeking local farmers, Made in Okla. products
Plum crazy about plums
Recycling Seminar set for Oct. 15
'Road of Sales' will benefit 4-Hers
State wants to buy wildlife habitat along Missouri River
States quarantine products to stop spread of Thousand Cankers Disease
Timing is key when moving plants back inside for the winter
Tips for choosing, using fresh asparagus
Tips for choosing, using fresh asparagus
Walnut disease closer to Missouri
Weeds cause problems in late summer
Wife worried about husband's casino obsession

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