We are in the middle of the biggest campaign of my lifetime. In the past couple of weeks, meetings have finally come back, and folks are showing up demanding solutions.
A letter of concern signed by a broad coalition of more than 40 agricultural groups, ports and other river stakeholders along the Columbia/Snake river system is opposing a plan to breach four Snake River dams to protect spawning salmon. The plan was proposed by Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho.
A woman made a special point to call and tell me that she and her family had 10 calves that were very sick. Five of those calves died and they thought the other five were going to die.
If you’ve jumped in a vehicle and driven across large sections of the United States, it’s pretty easy to be convinced that we need to invest more in our nation’s infrastructure. Many of our interstate highways are speckled with cracks and potholes and some are so crowded with cars and semis …
Clearly celebrations and gatherings were taken for granted in the years prior to the introduction of the most recent pandemic. That being said, our family spent the last week or so celebrating so many great things.
Photographer Audrey Hall uses her camera lens to capture the quiet strength of America’s national mammal, the bison. Her words, along with several quotes, essays and poems from contributors, lend weight and wonder to her subject matter.
Traditionally April is a quieter time for agricultural commodity trade as farmers are heading to the fields to begin planting. Normally by now trade has a decent handle on the United States grain supply, and with little fresh news to trade on during the month of April, prices historically, h…
The cow and bull killing market was definitely higher this week. Even after we were $3 to $4 per hundredweight higher than last week we still jumped another $4 per hundredweight. The highest cow we sold brought $74 per hundredweight and highest bull brought $99 per hundredweight.
You can expect to hear a lot about carbon sequestration, methane reduction and voluntary, incentive-based carbon markets over the next couple of years. Much of the discussion has centered around finding ways that farmers can benefit through new revenue streams but there is also concern that …
Here are the figures for taxes with the comparison of the Biden administration compared to the Trump administration—for the corporate rate was 21% and now it could be going to 28%.
The day I spent in Colorado, March 20, formally known as #MeatInDay, was one of the most moving days yet in my 20-plus-year career. It started out perfectly in Brush, Colorado, with Morgan County Sheriff Dave Martin.
We received some very nice rains this past week with most getting from half of an inch to 3 inches depending on where you were. It is really making a difference in the wheat already and with $6 wheat most farmers are going to cut their wheat.
Longtime growers of grain sorghum realize it is imperative to get pre-emergence herbicide right. Because post-emergence herbicide options are limited, it is better to be certain fields start out clean and conditions are as good as they can be for successful pre-emergence weed control.
National Agriculture Week is celebrated March 21 to 27, paying homage to those who understand the importance of farmers and ranchers, agribusiness, corporations university research and education and government agencies that are all intertwined in producing the food and fiber that drives the …
The Paycheck Protection Program, enacted last year to provide COVID-19 relief to businesses, is offering a second round of loans. An influx of $284.4 billion has made the additional funding possible.
When the opportunity presented itself in 2012 to speak in Dublin, Ireland, I thought that would be a good deal. Little did I know that it would be the one trip of my life that has had the longest tentacle.
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is probably the most experienced person to ever be one week into the top job at the United States Department of Agriculture.
Why use fancy terms or big words when you can keep it simple. Be real. Lean on adages we have all heard, so you know exactly what it means. One of my go-tos in business and in life is “fits like a glove.”
With the holidays now far behind us, few people are giving thought to the cozy evening they likely spent watching “It’s a Wonderful Life." For those unfamiliar with the 1946 classic film, the main character’s guardian angel reveals what the world would be like without him.
Brutal. Miserable. Those were a couple of words—among others—used to describe the recent Arctic blast. As farmers and ranchers, we know dealing with the elements is part of the job, but that didn’t make it easy to manage through the bitter cold and snow to keep hay out and water available. O…
In my 20 years in the trenches, there is one thing I have found to certainly be predictable—when folks in rural America have their back against the wall, we spring into action.
I was just reminded this morning that a person better fertility check every bull this year that he is running on his cows because of how low the temperature dropped for a week or so.
Coming off a brutal February with record low temperatures that will be analyzed for energy grid improvements should not lull us into dismissing the upcoming spring season. Severe weather can be devastating to families and farms.
Sitting down with author Roger Ringer’s book “True Tales of Kansas” is like spending a pleasant afternoon with grandparents as they tell the stories of their friends and family.
The six-month grain rally continues to be well intact. Current ending stocks for corn, soybeans and wheat are all historically snug, with the likelihood of getting smaller in the months to come.
Baby boomers are aging, and the trends in senior living and aging in place have changed significantly because of the pandemic. Despite these changes, the most common living options for healthy seniors are to live alone, move into a senior living facility, or move in with family. The United S…
Bill Gates is a 242,000-acre land owner who is interested in getting a return on his investment by using a cancel culture tactic on animal ag to further his plant based 100% synthetic protein. His intention to cancel out all the hard working producers who as we know have based their lives on…
I saw where Bill Gates said that all rich countries should eat synthetic beef and that eating beef was ruining our climate. Then he went on to say you can get used to the taste. He didn’t say it tasted good but rather you can get used to it.
Here we sit in the middle of “National FFA Week” and I feel like the minister on Sunday morning pulling a verse from the Bible and sharing a sermon. Only in this case I am reading the insight of E.M. Tiffany from 1930 in what we call the FFA Creed.
The primary limiting factor in crop production across the United States and the world is water availability. Sorghum is well known for its tolerance to drought; however, one of the consequences of growing sorghum in a drought-prone region is stalk lodging due to water stresses during grain f…
Having grown up in agriculture and now with the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of my good friend and mentor Pat Roberts, I could not be more proud to join the Senate Agriculture Committee. For 48 of the past 50 years, Kansas has had a voice on the Senate Ag Committee. Why? Because ag…
There have been several situations recently that allow us to say we are at a crossroads in the future of farming. We are now at a crossroads for the future of not only farming but resource consumption.
A recent legislative update in Dodge City, Kansas, could have been held anywhere in the High Plains region because of the unfortunate stories of people who have been the targets of unemployment scams and the delays in COVID-19 vaccine shots.
Of all the issues advocated for by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association the need for high-speed, broadband internet is a relative newcomer, at least compared to topics like cattle theft and water rights that stretch back more than a century.