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ISSUE DATE: 10/13/2008

Ranchers use opportunities to continue family tradition

In the rolling plains of central South Dakota you will find a ranch that definitely will show you what family is all about and has the perseverance to withstand the challenges of ranch life.

Thomas Ranch, which is run by Troy and VeaBea Thomas, is located north of the town of Harrold, in Sully County, South Dakota. Troy's parents, Harry and Kay Thomas, are involved in the operation as is Troy and VeaBea's daughter, Cally, a senior at Highmore High School.

In 1931, Harry's parents and uncle purchased 320 acres of land where the main ranch sits now. Through the years, the ranch has grown to nearly 7,500 acres of pasture, hay and crop ground. Cattle and horses have also been a mainstay on the ranch.


NEWS

"That Old West Magic" grosses more than $345,000 to benefit the
$1.35 billion economic impact uncorked for Texas Wine Month
87 Limousin herds include breed's top females
AgriLife Extension plans two San Angelo sheep and goat workshops
All American Beef Battalion honors troops
American Agri-Women to convene in San, Antonio
Astros' Lee contributes to agriculture after Ike
Bail this, buddy
Breaking land or altering wetlands? Be careful; you can lose USDA program benefits
Breaking our cars' addiction to oil
Brisk late summer temperatures draw concerns for early freeze
Campbell begins campaign to support FFA
Cattle and ethanol 'tremendous' opportunity for Nebraska
Cattle rustlers strike Muskogee County
Cattlemen's Boot Camp set at Kansas State University
CCA offers opinion on wolf recovery
Certified Hereford Beef launches new beef brand- Nuestro Rancho
Chambliss hears testimony on agriculture disaster relief effort
Chicago Mercantile Exchange representatives come to Abilene Oct. 16
Children's loss and grief
Chilli thrips attack Houston roses, landscape plants
Clean Water Farm-River Friendly Farm Project secures funding
Cleveland County 4-H takes first at State Fair judging contest
Commissioner Staples submits testimony about effectiveness of ag disaster assistance program
Commodity Commission election preparations underway
Consider the Implications before feeding heavier cattle fewer days
Cool, wet weather post-Ike could encourage further armyworm outbreaks
Corn harvest delayed because of cool, wet spring
Council created to energize new generation of beef industry leaders
CRP payments begin
Culver calls disaster aid 'a start' for Iowa
Depot Theater announces fall production
Encouragement and philosophy
Energy balance of corn-based ethanol even more favorable than early estimates
Engage senses, be green at 2008 Wild Fruit and Nut Jam
Entries accepted for 35th annual Southeast Colorado Bull Test
Extension to host carcass composting field day
Extension to offer Worker Protection Standards training
Fall applied atrazine works well on winter annual grasses
Fall is the right time to repair, start a lawn
Fall weather finally arrives to state
Farm bill seminar scheduled Oct. 16 in Corpus Christi
FDA issues interim safety and risk assessment of melamine and melamine-related compounds in food
Feds put restrictions on California cattle travel
FHSU, North Central Kansas Technical cut ribbon on Kansas Institute of Welding
Five Kansas classrooms win "Slice of Ag" pizza parties from Agri-land at state fair
Forecast predicts slight growth in 2009
Freudenberger named State Wheatheart Bread Baking Contest champ
Great NW Agriculture Tour set Nov. 20 and 21
Health care costs take a toll on Missouri's farms, ranches
Hearts full of optimism
Herefords are first U.S. beef cattle imported to Kazakhstan
Illinois teams sweep 62nd livestock judging contest at National Barrow Show
In other agribusiness news....
Iowa man raises great pumpkins
Is Gov. Palin the 'secret weapon' for Sen. McCain in rural America?
Judge's ruling allows poultry producers to continue best management practices
Just a scoop full
Last alfalfa cutting requires careful timing
Make sure evergreens get enough water during fall, winter
Many things to do--don't forget the grass
Meeting your obligations as a producer or feeder of livestock
Mighty oaks from little acorns grow--with help
Milk replacer designed for dairy beef calves
Minnesota firm aims to recruit from troubled plant
Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame seeks nominations for 2009 Legacy Awards
Montana stockgrowers and wool growers nominate board members
NCTA Open House showcases the future of agriculture
Nebraska meat processor given state award
Neighbors best source for no-till information
New K-State swine building to be unveiled at Swine Day
NMSU rodeo team competes in first rodeo of the season
North Dakota wary of Minnesota bovine TB proposal
October is National Cotton Gin History Month
OK Steer Feedout dates set
Oklahoma 4-H Foundation provides opportunity to golf for a cause
Operating committee approves national beef checkoff initiatives
OSU's Wagner inducted into Higher Ed Hall of Fame
Post-Hurricane Ike livestock rescue continues in southeast Texas
Precision farming can help today's farmer meet new challenges
Prescribed burning seminar, tour in Curtis Oct. 14
Programs to protect Tulsa's drinking water to be extended
Prospective wine-grape grower workshop set Oct. 23
Public invited to K-State to hear experts on climate change
Ranchers use opportunities to continue family tradition
Rattlesnake Creek WTAP sign-up began Oct. 1
RC&D announces annual meeting
Record number of employers to recruit at Ag Career Day
Report- Chicken manure may threaten human health
Salt Cedar Control is focus of KGLC tour
Sen. Salazar congratulates CSU on $3.4 million grant to expand food safety research
Smithfield lawsuit heading for trial
South Dakota banker receives top ag banking award
St. Jude Research Hospital Trail Ride Oct. 18
Statewide show honors elite youth, livestock
Study- JBS-Swift acquisitions could have implications for beef
Teens charged with stealing, selling cattle
Texas concerned about cattle TB in other states
Texhoma FFA wins Tri-State Fair livestock judging contest
The dust settles
Tree establishment, care seminar scheduled at Extension
Tribes want Yellowstone bison spared from slaughter
Twelve-year-old boy begins Bushels of Love Foundation
U.S. beef plant worker sentenced in abuse case
Upcoming K-State horticultural events
Urban Wheat Field is a success story in New York City
USDA announces $342 million in rural broadband, telecommunications loans
USDA to collect, publish county-level data on land rental rates
USGC- Feed demand growing in China, acreage maxed
Valencia County Extension office demonstrates traditional water conservation systems
Walking weed eaters gain popularity with ranchers
Watch out for chiggers this summer
Western Kansas hosts fourth Dairy University
WFEC, OACD partner on State Conservation Youth Awards
What does my child's 4-H club expect from me?
Wolves kill 2 cows west of Kalispell

CROPS

$1.35 billion economic impact uncorked for Texas Wine Month
Breaking land or altering wetlands? Be careful; you can lose USDA program benefits
Breaking our cars' addiction to oil
Brisk late summer temperatures draw concerns for early freeze
Campbell begins campaign to support FFA
Cattle and ethanol 'tremendous' opportunity for Nebraska
Chambliss hears testimony on agriculture disaster relief effort
Chicago Mercantile Exchange representatives come to Abilene Oct. 16
Clean Water Farm-River Friendly Farm Project secures funding
Commissioner Staples submits testimony about effectiveness of ag disaster assistance program
Commodity Commission election preparations underway
Cool, wet weather post-Ike could encourage further armyworm outbreaks
Corn harvest delayed because of cool, wet spring
Crop progress behind normal
CRP payments begin
Culver calls disaster aid 'a start' for Iowa
Demand strong for quality alfalfa
Energy balance of corn-based ethanol even more favorable than early estimates
Engage senses, be green at 2008 Wild Fruit and Nut Jam
Extension to offer Worker Protection Standards training
Fall applied atrazine works well on winter annual grasses
Fall weather finally arrives to state
Farm bill seminar scheduled Oct. 16 in Corpus Christi
FDA issues interim safety and risk assessment of melamine and melamine-related compounds in food
Freudenberger named State Wheatheart Bread Baking Contest champ
Grain market close
Great NW Agriculture Tour set Nov. 20 and 21
Health care costs take a toll on Missouri's farms, ranches
Is Gov. Palin the 'secret weapon' for Sen. McCain in rural America?
Last alfalfa cutting requires careful timing
Mighty oaks from little acorns grow--with help
Most bids down
Most hay sales trending steady
Most of winter wheat planted
NCTA Open House showcases the future of agriculture
Neighbors best source for no-till information
October is National Cotton Gin History Month
Oklahoma 4-H Foundation provides opportunity to golf for a cause
Precision farming can help today's farmer meet new challenges
Prescribed burning seminar, tour in Curtis Oct. 14
Programs to protect Tulsa's drinking water to be extended
Prospective wine-grape grower workshop set Oct. 23
Rattlesnake Creek WTAP sign-up began Oct. 1
Record number of employers to recruit at Ag Career Day
Soybean harvest begins
Urban Wheat Field is a success story in New York City
USDA announces $342 million in rural broadband, telecommunications loans
USDA to collect, publish county-level data on land rental rates
USGC- Feed demand growing in China, acreage maxed
Warm temps allow producers ample time for field work
Weather helps crops, harvest
Weather helps crops, hurts pastures
Wet weather welcomed
Wheat planting passes half-way mark

LIVESTOCK

"That Old West Magic" grosses more than $345,000 to benefit the
87 Limousin herds include breed's top females
AgriLife Extension plans two San Angelo sheep and goat workshops
All American Beef Battalion honors troops
American Agri-Women to convene in San, Antonio
Astros' Lee contributes to agriculture after Ike
Campbell begins campaign to support FFA
Cattle and ethanol 'tremendous' opportunity for Nebraska
Cattle rustlers strike Muskogee County
Cattlemen's Boot Camp set at Kansas State University
CCA offers opinion on wolf recovery
Certified Hereford Beef launches new beef brand- Nuestro Rancho
Chambliss hears testimony on agriculture disaster relief effort
Chicago Mercantile Exchange representatives come to Abilene Oct. 16
Clean Water Farm-River Friendly Farm Project secures funding
Cleveland County 4-H takes first at State Fair judging contest
Commissioner Staples submits testimony about effectiveness of ag disaster assistance program
Consider the Implications before feeding heavier cattle fewer days
Cool, wet weather post-Ike could encourage further armyworm outbreaks
Council created to energize new generation of beef industry leaders
CRP payments begin
Culver calls disaster aid 'a start' for Iowa
Entries accepted for 35th annual Southeast Colorado Bull Test
Extension to host carcass composting field day
Extension to offer Worker Protection Standards training
Farm bill seminar scheduled Oct. 16 in Corpus Christi
FDA issues interim safety and risk assessment of melamine and melamine-related compounds in food
Feds put restrictions on California cattle travel
Goldthwaite sheep sales
Health care costs take a toll on Missouri's farms, ranches
Herefords are first U.S. beef cattle imported to Kazakhstan
Illinois teams sweep 62nd livestock judging contest at National Barrow Show
In other agribusiness news....
Is Gov. Palin the 'secret weapon' for Sen. McCain in rural America?
Judge's ruling allows poultry producers to continue best management practices
Many things to do--don't forget the grass
Meeting your obligations as a producer or feeder of livestock
Milk replacer designed for dairy beef calves
Minnesota firm aims to recruit from troubled plant
Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame seeks nominations for 2009 Legacy Awards
Montana stockgrowers and wool growers nominate board members
NCTA Open House showcases the future of agriculture
Nebraska meat processor given state award
New K-State swine building to be unveiled at Swine Day
Newell sheep sales report
NMSU rodeo team competes in first rodeo of the season
North Dakota wary of Minnesota bovine TB proposal
OK Steer Feedout dates set
Oklahoma 4-H Foundation provides opportunity to golf for a cause
Operating committee approves national beef checkoff initiatives
OSU's Wagner inducted into Higher Ed Hall of Fame
Post-Hurricane Ike livestock rescue continues in southeast Texas
Prescribed burning seminar, tour in Curtis Oct. 14
Programs to protect Tulsa's drinking water to be extended
Ranchers use opportunities to continue family tradition
Rattlesnake Creek WTAP sign-up began Oct. 1
Record number of employers to recruit at Ag Career Day
Report- Chicken manure may threaten human health
Salt Cedar Control is focus of KGLC tour
Sen. Salazar congratulates CSU on $3.4 million grant to expand food safety research
South Central direct sheep
Statewide show honors elite youth, livestock
Study- JBS-Swift acquisitions could have implications for beef
Teens charged with stealing, selling cattle
Texas concerned about cattle TB in other states
Texhoma FFA wins Tri-State Fair livestock judging contest
U.S. beef plant worker sentenced in abuse case
USDA announces $342 million in rural broadband, telecommunications loans
USDA to collect, publish county-level data on land rental rates
Walking weed eaters gain popularity with ranchers
Weather helps crops, hurts pastures
Western Kansas hosts fourth Dairy University
Wolves kill 2 cows west of Kalispell

EDITOR

Year end tax planning

COLUMNS

Ag-Chem expands, joins Challenger dealer network
Encouragement and philosophy
Just a scoop full
MorindaMax Nutritional Support for Calves
Pfizer Animal Health Bovi-Shield Gold FP
Tanks-A-Lok valve locks

MARKETS

Aberdeen livestock sales
Ada livestock sales report
Amarillo livestock sales
Apache livestock sales report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis cattle sales report
Colorado livestock auction summary
Dalhart livestock sales report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dunlap livestock sales report
Ericson cattle auction news
Faith livestock sales report
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia livestock sales summary
High Plains slaughter news
Huron cattle sales report
Joplin regional cattle sales
Lexington cattle sales
McAlester livestock sales report
North Arkansas livestock auction report
Ogallala livestock sales
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock sales report
Salina livestock sales report
Sioux Falls sheep sales
Springfield livestock market report
St. Onge livestock auction
Texhoma livestock sales
Tulia livestock sales report
Tulsa stockyards auction report
West Plains regional cattle auction
Woodward livestock sales report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Year end tax planning

FAMILY

Campbell begins campaign to support FFA
Children's loss and grief
Chilli thrips attack Houston roses, landscape plants
Cleveland County 4-H takes first at State Fair judging contest
Economical Kaempferi easy to build
Engage senses, be green at 2008 Wild Fruit and Nut Jam
Fall is the right time to repair, start a lawn
Iowa man raises great pumpkins
Make sure evergreens get enough water during fall, winter
Mighty oaks from little acorns grow--with help
Persimmons hang from leafless branches like ornaments
Texhoma FFA wins Tri-State Fair livestock judging contest
Tree establishment, care seminar scheduled at Extension
Watch out for chiggers this summer
What does my child's 4-H club expect from me?

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