Ranch Beat – April 29, 2013

Posted on April 29, 2013

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Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa and Representative Tim Walz of Minnesota have announced the introduction of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act of 2013 in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The two identical bills expand opportunities and remove barriers for beginning farmers and those who wish to pursue a career in agriculture…

The first quarter of this year saw ag banks lend more money to the cattle industry than they have in almost 10 years, and that trend is likely to continue through the rest of the year, according to new information from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City…

A proposed mine — and a railway extension to carry it out — would put their land at risk for an energy plan that mainly benefits Asia, ranchers say. But they’re in the minority…

Lawmakers and hunting advocates in North Carolina and three other states are working to change “blue laws” that ban hunting on Sunday…

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A proposed mine — and a railway extension to carry it out — would put their land at risk for an energy plan that mainly benefits Asia, ranchers say. But they’re in the minority…

Angel Horses, a Billings nonprofit, provided a team and buckboard to carry Luther rancher “West” Donohoe to his final resting place in Sunset Memorial Gardens on Friday…

There’s not much of Missoula you can’t see from the calf’s new world at the top of Whitaker Drive. It’s a view that four generations of Lines have been waking up to for 80 years, over corral fences, feed buckets and the handlebars of four-wheelers, through the guts of the Great Depression, World War II, the unrest of the 1960s, and the steady creep of civilization up the South Hills…

Public land grazing allotments that burned in 2012 fires may be closed while burned areas rehabilitate, according to the Bureau of Land Management…

Drought and other factors took a toll on the livestock industry last year, according to a new study by the South Dakota Center for Farm/Ranch Business Management…

Worth a Read

That’s the simple explanation for a trend that shows hot carcass weights (HCW) have increased 200 pounds (lb.) in four decades. But for all the opportunities that presents, there are many challenges…

Who’s paying the costs of the federal ethanol mandate? The American people are paying for this mandate. Every livestock producer who faces higher feed costs, every family who shops in a grocery store or dines at a restaurant and every motorist who fills up their tank at the gas station pays the price of this unworkable policy…

In recent years, dating services for people of different ages, interests and religious backgrounds have proliferated thanks to the internet. But one of the most resilient groups of all goes back to the 1980s and focuses on an increasingly challenging niche: farmers in rural areas, whose numbers are shrinking with the farm population and who don’t tend to live very close to others…

Filmmaker Ramin Bahrani and actor Dennis Quaid join forces in the new drama, At Any Price, which explores the survival of a rural American family amidst today’s farming giants and seed monopolies…

My mission roaming the country checking carrier strength so far has taken me to six large metropolitan areas. I love cities for all they have to offer, and for the purpose of broad data collection they are the most useful; after all, 79% of all people in the US now live in a major metropolitan area.* But for me, some of the more interesting data is found in the outliers. With the majority of us living in cities, we tend to forget that there are places that are still off the grid…

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