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ISSUE DATE: 11/30/2009

Cancer took woman's husband and ranch

By Jennifer Bremer

For Pat DeJong, life on her family's northwest Montana ranch was wonderful--a great place to raise a family and a great place to enjoy life--but when medical bills piled up, the ranch had to be sold.

DeJong's late husband, Dan, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2000. After five years of medical debt, they had to make the heartbreaking decision to sell their family's fourth generation ranch. Because of the high cost of health insurance, they had none.

"Dan was very ill when we left the ranch in 2005. It was an extremely difficult decision for us," she said.

Dan died in 2006 with all of his medical bills paid but no land to pass on to his family.


NEWS

$75,000 grant to help anhydrous ammonia facilities in Missouri comply with regulations
Acting Kansas Secretary of Ag discusses budget concerns
Agricultural industry to focus on worker safety at January conference
Arkansas River Compact Administration to meet December 8 in Garden City
Bennet pushes USDA to appoint FSA State Committee
Bent Conservation District generating farmstead wind power
Bioeconomy to be subject of 'Virtual Conference' Dec. 1
Business development support available from RC&D
Cancer took woman's husband and ranch
Dehydration affects mood, motor skills
Free presentation to be hosted Dec. 1 by GCCC Industrial Ammonia Refrigeration Program
Investing For Farm Families course helps farmers plan for a secure future
ISU Agriculture and Life Sciences alums, faculty honored
KACD to hold annual convention in Wichita Nov. 22 to 24
K-State Ag Profitability conferences slated for 11 Kansas locations
Markey, Bennet announce settlement of Republican River CREP agreement
NCBA urges to EPA to reject regulation based on flawed science
Poll: Rural Nebraskans less positive about communities
Powell, Worland ranching workshops focus on keys to sustainability
Report prevented planting acreage to FSA
Some Texas ranchers await fed drought help
USDA grant applications due Nov. 30
USDA National Scholars Program applications open for 2010 academic school year
WHO's Ken Root named Farm Broadcaster of the Year
You turkey!

CROPS

Advanced wine-grape grower workshop slated Dec. 4 in Hill Country
BNSF: Grain suit addressed in federal court
Colorado Association of Wheat Growers announces new scholarship
Cool, wet weather has delayed corn maturation, harvest
Corn Growers welcomes Republican River agreement
Crop Management Conference Dec. 2, 3 to look at better use of technology, data
Delayed harvest postpones sorghum meeting
Farmers will cruise to success at Commodity Classic
Grain Growers, Farm Bureau to mediate freight rate with BNSF railway
Insect, Disease Management School Dec. 3 in Colby
It's time to winterize farm equipment
MGGA Annual Convention begins Dec. 1
Missouri seed company gets $3.4M low-interest loan
National Biodiesel Board members elect governing board
Nebraska Wheat Growers Association announces events
Prospective wine-grape grower workshop Dec. 3 in Fredericksburg
Survey finds 29% of grain sorghum used to produce ethanol
Texas Commodity Symposium will address impact of irrigation
USDA awards more than $46 million for specialty crop research and Extension
Wet weather brings out the mycotoxins
Wilson judged best educational crop production program in the nation

LIVESTOCK

2010 Beef Cattle Short Course in San Antonio to cover meaty topics
Bieber inducted into Hereford Hall of Fame
Buffalo Creek Red Angus honored with John V. Robbins Distinguished Service Award
Cattle on feed numbers up
Four States Ag Expo Bull and Heifer Show and Sale open for entries
Genetics, management lead to higher quality beef
Judge scolds attorneys in poultry case
Livestock restrictions draw fire in Enid
Orr inducted into the Hereford Hall of Fame
Researchers ask: Are caged chickens miserable?
Sheriff's office investigates Colorado horse shooting
Show-Me-Select Heifer sale averages $1,139 in first 2009 fall sale of calving-ease genetics
SowBridge Educational Series offers distance learning convenience for swine producers
Study shows veterinarians using texting, e-mail and social networking
Yellowstone bison could go to Turner's Montana ranch

EDITOR

Is oversight being overlooked?
Look ahead, not back
Time for counties to get professional

COLUMNS

Ag software capabilities expand
Bayer CropScience will invest billions in biotech, seed R&D
Burrus Hybrids expands its soybean line
Company offers $1,000 scholarships to ag students
Consulting group announced
Growing vertical
In other agribusiness news....
Jamestown then and now
Just a scoop full
Program to alleviate rural hunger

MARKETS

Ada livestock auction report
Amarillo livestock sales report
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock market report
Busy week for farmers
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle report
Corn harvest behind schedule
Corn, sorghum harvests make good progress
Dalhart cattle sales report
Denison feeder cattle sales report
Dry weather helps row crop harvest progress
Ericson livestock sales report
Faith livestock sales report
Ft. Smith livestock sales report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain bids close lower
Grain market close
Harvest continues despite rain
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Kansas hay trade slow to moderate
Lexington livestock sales report
Most hay sales trending steady
Newell sheep sales report
Ogallala livestock sales report
Planting sees progress
Pratt livestock sales report
Presho livestock sales report
Salina cattle auction report
Sioux Falls sheep sales report
South Central direct sheep
Soybean harvest nearing completion
St. Onge livestock sales report
Superior video auction report
Tulia livestock sales report
Tulsa livestock sales report
Warmer temperatures after chilly start in Oklahoma
West Plains cattle sales
Wet fields limit harvest, fieldwork progress
Wheat seeding now complete
Woodward livestock sales report
Wyobraska cattle auction report

RANGE

Wyobraska cattle sales report

FAMILY

Cranberry: Fruit with a legacy
Discerni looks old on the outside, but modern inside
Fast food offers some healthier choices
Holiday fare the second time around
Holiday Helper
Landscape and Ornamentals Symposium set for Dec. 9 in Abilene
Lifelong Kansas 4-H member becomes Master Volunteer
Meditation for 11-30-09
NMSU rodeo team competes in final rodeo of the semester
Upcoming K-State horticultural events
Winter mulch after plants are dormant

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