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on the markets and the supply and demand involved. demand involved. reducing their risk. hopes “There’s risk farming, and reducing their risk. HeHe hopes to to “There’s risk inin farming, and focus outreach people one thing I might talk about focus onon outreach forfor people in in thethe one thing I might talk about is is industry and farmers talk keeping your emotions out agag industry and getget farmers to to talk keeping your emotions out ofof thethe more their neighbors and friends market,” Gold said. “Emotions more to to their neighbors and friends market,” Gold said. “Emotions about what they’re doing their may make best decisions.” about what they’re doing in in their may notnot make thethe best decisions.” industry. His outlook on agriculture marindustry. His outlook on agriculture mar“All aspects busikets future pos“All aspects ofof agag busikets inin thethe future areare posness are risky,” Lehr said. sible drops in grain prices ness are risky,” Lehr said. sible drops in grain prices “People because they and other markets “People dodo it it because they and other markets inin thethe love and they need area. While described love it,it, and they need to to area. While hehe described know where spend their himself a passionate know where to to spend their himself asas a passionate time.” speaker, he said might time.” speaker, he said hehe might Lehr said that farmgive the agriculture area Lehr said that asas farmgive the agriculture area and ranchers educate some areas focus ersers and ranchers educate some areas toto focus onon inin their local communities a competitive market. their local communities onon a competitive market. what they will help Another New Trends what they do,do, it it will help Another New Trends combat some of the negaspeaker, Tom Staples, LEHR combat some of the negaspeaker, Tom Staples, LEHR tive media and growth presidentofof Echelon tive media and thethe growth is is president Echelon in anti-ag groups that Ag Inc. in East Weyburn, in anti-ag groups that Ag Inc. in East Weyburn, have been creating issues Sask. Echelon’s slogan is “The have been creating issues in in thethe Sask. Echelon’s slogan is “The industry. explained that after Next Level of Agricultural Soluindustry. HeHe explained that after Next Level of Agricultural Solunearly years working tions.” nearly 5050 years working in in thethe agag tions.” industry, learns just much Lisa Olk, chamber’s execuindustry, hehe learns just asas much asas Lisa Olk, thethe chamber’s executeaches. sees improvements tive director, said New Trends hehe teaches. HeHe sees improvements tive director, said New Trends inin market and improvements started started years ago when in in thethe market and improvements inin AgAg started started years ago when the economy coming in the future. the chamber board decided it the economy coming in the future. the chamber board decided it “We (one richest needed something related “We areare (one of)of) thethe richest en-en- needed toto dodo something agag related ergy countries world,” Lehr for all the farmers and ranchers ergy countries in in thethe world,” Lehr for all the farmers and ranchers inin said. “We will more prosperity area. said. “We will seesee more prosperity thethe area. in the whole nation.” Sponsors area – such in the whole nation.” Sponsors inin thethe area – such asas Gold, meanwhile, will talk more local implement dealers, vehicle Gold, meanwhile, will talk more local implement dealers, vehicle during New Trends conference dealerships and others who have during thethe New Trends conference dealerships and others who have about marketing industry. pooled resources to bring in about marketing in in thethe agag industry. pooled resources to bring in His focus will dealing with speakers keep event going His focus will bebe onon dealing with speakers – –keep thethe event going risk that comes indus- each year. It will again be held at thethe risk that comes in in thethe agag indusyear. It will again be held at also mentioned im- each The Cottonwood Inn Suites try,try, butbut hehe also mentioned thethe imThe Cottonwood Inn && Suites inin pacts of technology. He said both Glasgow. pacts of technology. He said both Glasgow. electronic technology and seed It’s also a chance present electronic technology and seed It’s also a chance toto present technology will create changes awards to those in the area who technology will create changes inin awards to those in the area who market, and that electronic have made an impact. The Del thethe market, and that thethe electronic have made an impact. The Del technology will have a short term Strommen Trend Setter Award will technology will have a short term Strommen Trend Setter Award will impact price movement. go to someone who gives back, impact onon price movement. go to someone who gives back, Seed technology and seed shows innovation and overcomes Seed technology and seed innovation and overcomes genetics, said, will have a much shows adversity. This year’s winner will genetics, hehe said, will have a much adversity. This year’s winner will more significant impact for farmbe presented during lunch at noon. more significant impact for farmbe presented during lunch at noon. ers. Gold said that producer “The idea promote and ers. Gold said that thethe producer “The idea is is toto promote agag and will have a chance raise trend education in ag in the community,” will have a chance to to raise trend education in ag in the community,” line yield crops poor weather said chamber board member Ryan line yield crops in in poor weather said chamber board member Ryan condition. With droughts, early Fast, who took the reins of the concondition. With droughts, early Fast, who took the reins of the confrosts and other issues recent ference several years ago. Those frosts and other issues in in recent several years ago. Those years, genetically modified seeds ference attending come from Valley and years, genetically modified seeds attending come from Valley and could have a positive impact and neighboring counties, including could have a positive impact and neighboring counties, including inin raise bigger yields. His problem average around 120 producers raise bigger yields. His problem average ofof around 120 producers inin with higher yields that past years. with thethe higher yields is is that it it means lower prices market. past years. There a fee tickets. Regismeans lower prices onon thethe market. There is is a fee forfor tickets. RegisMuch of his focus at the confertration is at 8:30 a.m. More details Much of his focus at the confer- tration is at 8:30 a.m. More details ence will risk farming available calling 406-228ence will bebe onon thethe risk in in farming areare available byby calling 406-228and managing those risks, while 2222, emailing chamber@nemont. and managing those risks, while 2222, emailing chamber@nemont. marketing effective way. net, visiting www.glasgowchammarketing in in anan effective way. net, oror visiting www.glasgowchamGold has a degree in agriculturber.net or the chamber office Gold has a degree in agriculturber.net or the chamber office at at 2323 economics and has spent time U.S. Hwy. 2 East in Glasgow. al al economics and has spent time asas U.S. Hwy. 2 East in Glasgow. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2

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GPS screens comecome stockstock in most of your tractors and farm equipment today. The mapping systems are aare positive use ofuse technology that that has made somesome impacts in theinag GPS screens in most of your tractors and farm equipment today. The mapping systems a positive of technology has made impacts theindustry. ag industry.

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BY BONNIE DAvIDSON brought. resources and and due due to new technology it’s it’s years ago ago wasn’t always the case. BY BONNIE DAvIDSON brought. resources to new technology years wasn’t always the case. HI-LINE FARM & RANCH Speakers for the event will include Jay becoming an exciting and positive time for A new worker for the business, TomTom HI-LINE FARM & RANCH Speakers for the event will include Jay becoming an exciting and positive time for A new worker for the business, hen hen you you thinkthink about the Lehr, Mark Gold and Tom Staples. They the ag industry. Knudson, explained that he just got about the Lehr, Mark Gold and Tom Staples. They the ag industry. Knudson, explained that he just hired got hired changes in technology, in just cover a variety of topics in addition to to “It’s“It’s whatwhat I would call call the golden age age of ofon toondeal withwith the technology aspect changes in technology, in justwill will cover a variety of topics in addition I would the golden to deal the technology aspect the last generation alone, it it technology, but they know the impact that that ag,�ag,� LehrLehr said.said. “Farming has has advanced and andof things. He said that that many of the the last generation alone, technology, but they know the impact “Farming advanced of things. He said many of new the new it has brought. many people are not aware of it.� tractors save money and work for can can be shocking. In the last 20 years, our be shocking. In the last 20 years, our it has brought. many people are not aware of it.� tractors save money and work farmfor farmculture wentwent fromfrom onlyonly a relatively few few in- in- Lehr, whowho holds a doctoral degree in in He added that that due due to GPS (global ers as can can prevent extraextra use use of fuel, culture a relatively Lehr, holds a doctoral degree He added to GPS (global ersthey as they prevent of fuel, dividuals having a home computer to havenvironmental science from the Univerpositioning systems) and GIS (geographic overlapping on the same areas with spray dividuals having a home computer to havenvironmental science from the Univerpositioning systems) and GIS (geographic overlapping on the same areas with spray ing computer capabilities in your pocket. of Arizona, is aniseconomist whowho has has information systems), farmers are able to to and and fertilizer, and and missing acreage by more ing computer capabilities in your pocket. sity sity of Arizona, an economist information systems), farmers are able fertilizer, missing acreage by more What some people tendtend to overlook is the five five decades working withwith agricultheirtheir crops better and and havehave beenbeen accurate mapping systems that that helphelp farmWhat some people to overlook is the spent spent decades working agricul- manage manage crops better accurate mapping systems farmture, economy, agronomy, environmental able to increase their yields. He said that ers utilize every space possible for bigger trends in agriculture and ranching business trends in agriculture and ranching business ture, economy, agronomy, environmental able to increase their yields. He said that ers utilize every space possible for bigger that that havehave included the technology that that is atis atscience and and business administration. He He advances in technology havehave alsoalso helped included the technology science business administration. advances in technology helped yields. yields. our our fingertips. has a fairly extensive background working the rancher with an advance in cattle “Most GPSGPS systems can can get within 6 6 fingertips. has a fairly extensive background working the rancher with an advance in cattle “Most systems get within As the Chamber of Comwithwith water and and air resources. In 2008, he he breeding and and the ability to raise cattle withwithinches,� Knudson said.said. As Glasgow the Glasgow Chamber of Comwater air resources. In 2008, breeding the ability to raise cattle inches,� Knudson merce & Agriculture getsgets ready to host the thewas was named the chief hydrogeologist for the leanlean meat. WithWith the boost of technology, it helps merce & Agriculture ready to host named the chief hydrogeologist for themoremore meat. the boost of technology, it helps nextnext NewNew Trends in Agriculture seminar EarthWater Global corporation, which is Border Plains Equipment (formerly take out some of the risk in farming. LehrLehr EarthWater Global corporation, which is Border Plains Equipment (formerly take out some of the risk in farming. Trends in Agriculture seminar on Wednesday, Jan.Jan. 15, it’s good timetime one one of the providers of water supply Implement) carries mostmost of itsof its saidsaid that that during his time in Glasgow he he of largest the largest providers of water supplyGlasgow Glasgow Implement) carries during his time in Glasgow on Wednesday, 15, ait’s a good to look at the the technology projects throughout the world. He said that thattractors withwith GPSGPS and and GISGIS stock fromfrom the the will will talk talk to farmers in the about to look at markets, the markets, the technology projects throughout the world. He said tractors stock to farmers in ag theindustry ag industry about and and whatwhat changes in the farm world have they are just now tapping into deep water factory. Something like that just a few CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 changes in the farm world have they are just now tapping into deep water factory. Something like that just a few CONTINUED ON PAGE 12

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FOR HI-LINE FARMFARM & RANCH Gibbs fromfrom Miles City.City. Travis Brown of Sand cattlecattle numbers. FOR HI-LINE & RANCH Gibbs Miles Travis Brown of Sand termterm numbers. The The 129th Montana Stockgrowers AssociaSprings was elected as vice-chair. Sutherlin and • Montana FordFord Stores continued theirtheir spon-spon129th Montana Stockgrowers AssociaSprings was elected as vice-chair. Sutherlin and • Montana Stores continued tion tion Convention and Trade Show, held at the Brown will represent the Young Stockgrowers sorship to give one luck MSGA member a new Convention and Trade Show, held at the Brown will represent the Young Stockgrowers sorship to give one luck MSGA member a new Holiday Inn Grand Montana in Billings, Dec. on the MSGA Board of Directors. Ford Super Duty pickup. This year’s winner Holiday Inn Grand Montana in Billings, Dec. on the MSGA Board of Directors. Ford Super Duty pickup. This year’s winner 12-14, drewdrew record crowds fromfrom the ranching • The• The 20132013 Environmental Stewardship Jim Steinbeisser of Sidney. Steinbeisser, 12-14, record crowds the ranching Environmental Stewardship was was Jim Steinbeisser of Sidney. Steinbeisser, community from across the state. Award went to the Leon LaSalle family of along with his two brothers and cousins, community from across the state. Award went to the Leon LaSalle family of along with his two brothers two and two cousins, The The three-day convention featured a numHavre. Leon is president of LaSalle Ranch, owns and operates VS Inc., a diversified farmfarm three-day convention featured a numHavre. Leon is president of LaSalle Ranch, owns and operates VS Inc., a diversified ber of to help ranchers a corporation that includes his father several cashcash crops, feedfeed for their feedlot berspeakers of speakers to help ranchers a corporation that includes his father raising raising several crops, for their feedlot learnlearn moremore aboutabout available manageRobert L., his mother Jenny, and his and wintering cows. His father and uncle still still available manageRobert L., his mother Jenny, and his and wintering cows. His father and uncle mentment tools,tools, as well as outlooks on on brother Robert W, along withwith his wife on the operation. Steinbeisas well as outlooks brother Robert W, along his wife participate participate onfamily the family operation. Steinbeisthe current status of cattle markets, Shannon. LaSalle Ranch is a cow/calf ser has been involved with the family operation the current status of cattle markets, Shannon. LaSalle Ranch is a cow/calf ser has been involved with the family operation industry trends, environmental and and and yearling operation, mostly in thein the full-time for 30 Jim and MayMay industry trends, environmental and yearling operation, mostly full-time foryears. 30 years. Jim his andwife, his wife, wildlife issues. Members also also had had Rocky BoysBoys Indian reservation. LeonLeon Ann,Ann, havehave threethree children: Corbin (6), Liam (5), (5), wildlife issues. Members Rocky Indian reservation. children: Corbin (6), Liam the opportunity to discuss and vote is also an engineering technician with and Claire (4). the opportunity to discuss and vote is also an engineering technician with and Claire (4). on resolutions that guide policy the Natural Resources Conservation • Attendees heardheard encouraging and informaon resolutions that guide policy the Natural Resources Conservation • Attendees encouraging and informaactivity for the association. Service in Havre. tive messages from many speakers throughout activity for the association. Service in Havre. tive messages from many speakers throughout HereHere are some of the • Glenna Stucky of Avon was was the three-day convention. Sarah Calhoun of of are some ofhighlights: the highlights: • Glenna Stucky of Avon the three-day convention. Sarah Calhoun • Elections werewere heldheld to filltothree recognized as Ranching Woman of the White Sulphur Springs, founder of Red AntsAnts • Elections fill three STUCKY recognized as Ranching Woman of the White Sulphur Springs, founder of Red STUCKY Year. Glenna, who lives in Avon with positions on the of directors was was the featured speaker at Opening positions onboard the board of directors Year. Glenna, who lives in Avon with Pants, Pants, the featured speaker at Opening due to expiring terms. Lee Cornher husband Earl, has dedicated years General Session. American National Cattledue to expiring terms. Lee Cornher husband Earl, has dedicated years General Session. American National Cattlewellwell of Glasgow was was elected to represent the the of work to her ranchranch and community. Association President Barbara Jack-Jackof Glasgow elected to represent of work tofamily, her family, and community. women’s women’s Association President Barbara Northeastern district. JackJack Holden of Valier describer Glenna as a as “ranch woman on hand for several events, including Northeastern district. Holden of Valier Friends Friends describer Glenna a “ranch woman son was son was on hand for several events, including was was elected to represent the North Central dispioneer, passing down the legacy to her kids the Inspirational Breakfast and the Cattleelected to represent the North Central dispioneer, passing down the legacy to her kids the Inspirational Breakfast and the Cattletrict.trict. Wayne Slaght of Ovando was was elected to to and grandkids withwith gracegrace and love.â€? women’s meetings. Wayne Slaght of Ovando elected and grandkids and love.â€? women’s meetings. represent the Western district. Slaght, Cornwell • Zoetis Cattlemen’s College offered attend• Policy meetings offered opportunity for for represent the Western district. Slaght, Cornwell • Zoetis Cattlemen’s College offered attend• Policy meetings offered opportunity and Holden are all cow-calf ranchers on famees several great opportunities for interactive attendees to hear updates on several issues and Holden are all cow-calf ranchers on famees several great opportunities for interactive attendees to hear updates on several issues ily operations. Heath Martinell of Dell, MickMick learning aboutabout the tools available to improve ranches, environmental and agriculily operations. Heath Martinell of Dell, learning the tools available to improve affecting affecting ranches, environmental and agriculDenowh of Sidney and Mark Harrison of Belt and record keeping on their turaltural policy issues in theinstate. Representatives Denowh of Sidney and Mark Harrison of Belt management management and record keeping on their policy issues the state. Representatives are the board members. ranches. Oklahoma StateState University Livestock Fish,Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Department of of areoutgoing the outgoing board members. ranches. Oklahoma University Livestockfromfrom Wildlife & Parks, Department • Lacey Sutherlin of Stevensville was electEconomist, Dr. Darrell Peel, offered great Livestock, Public Lands Council and National • Lacey Sutherlin of Stevensville was electEconomist, Dr. Darrell Peel, offered great Livestock, Public Lands Council and National ed asedChairwoman of the Stockgrowers. into into the current market situations and and Cattlemen’s Association werewere on hand to proas Chairwoman ofYoung the Young Stockgrowers.insight insight the current market situations Cattlemen’s Association on hand to proShe She fills the position previously held by Collin an outlook on what we may expect in the longvide updates and insight on current events. fills the position previously held by Collin an outlook on what we may expect in the long- vide updates and insight on current events.

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A new resource guideguide developed by the that that are available to participate in the to enter agriculture and other rural-based A new resource developed byFarm the Farmwaysways are available to participate innew the newpeople people to enter agriculture and other rural-based Bureau and the Farmer Veteran Coalition Partnerpartnership and assist returning veterans interbusinesses. Only 17 percent of the U.S. populaBureau and the Farmer Veteran Coalition Partner- partnership and assist returning veterans inter- businesses. Only 17 percent of the U.S. populaship ship is now available. estedested in staking theirtheir future on agriculture and andtion calls ruralrural communities home, yet 44 is now available. in staking future on agriculture tion calls communities home, yetpercent 44 percent The The FarmFarm Bureau and the are working America. of military recruits comecome fromfrom ruralrural America. Bureau andFVC the FVC are workingruralrural America. of military recruits America. together to train beginning farmers, make equipService members returning from Iraq and The FVC is an organization aimed at mobitogether to train beginning farmers, make equipService members returning from Iraq and The FVC is an organization aimed at mobimentment available to veteran farmers and help find findAfghanistan havehave become the latest group of oflizing veterans to enter agriculture and help feedfeed available to veteran farmers and help Afghanistan become the latest group lizing veterans to enter agriculture and help farmfarm ownership or employment opportunities in need of employment and and who,who, by byAmerican whilewhile rebuilding ruralrural communities. ownership or employment opportunitiesveterans veterans in need of employment American rebuilding communities. for members of theofmilitary transitioning into the measures, maymay be the likely young moremore at http://www.farmvetco.org/. for members the military transitioning into thesomesome measures, be most the most likely youngLearn Learn at http://www.farmvetco.org/. civilian workforce. civilian workforce. “Through this this partnership, I amI optimistic “Through partnership, am optimistic returning veterans will learn how to continue returning veterans will learn how to continue theirtheir service to our country by helping feedfeed service to our country by helping its citizens, nourish its land and make its rural its citizens, nourish its land and make its rural communities moremore viable through the many communities viable through the many entrepreneurial opportunities agriculture has to entrepreneurial opportunities agriculture has to offer,� said said American FarmFarm Bureau Federation offer,� American Bureau Federation President BobBob Stallman President Stallman MFBF Executive ViceVice President JakeJake CumMFBF Executive President Cummins,mins, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Marine a retired lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps, praised the program, as well. Corps, praised the program, as well. “This“This is anisexcellent wayway to bring our veteran excellent to bring our veterans into civilian life again and give them a true ans into civilian life again and give them a true purpose and opportunity," he said. "Agriculture purpose and opportunity," he said. "Agriculture can be catalyst for these veterans to learn newnew cana be a catalyst for these veterans to learn skillsskills and careers that will benefit not only them and careers that will benefit not only them and their families, but will benefit everyone whowho and their families, but will benefit everyone enjoys the bounty of American agriculture.� enjoys the bounty of American agriculture.� The The resource guideguide provides farmfarm bureaus resource provides bureaus withwith a simple framework outlining the a simple framework outlining many the many

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American in Sanders first in Montana. has long been a proponent of combining piglets, or even ride a horse to gather cattle. ing horses all my life and suddenly my age mation about the Farm Bill. part of the program. There may be some cuts “Under the proposed rules kids under the the ones under 16, lack cognitive ability to tion Nov. 6-9 in Missoula. American Farm some of them. I suspect thatRight when now the dust Farmers ranchers speakhay, up milk and is what determines my ‘cognitive ability,’â€? Although so-called congressional in working lands programs. there age of 16and wouldn’t be need able to bale perform thesefirst tasks. I have been working Bureau Publicthe Policy Director Mary Kay in Montana. Also known medusahead wildrye, the some ofwill them. suspect that when the dust Farmers and ranchers need speak up milk and with isanimals, what ‘cognitive ability,’â€? Although the so-called congressional in working lands programs. 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During $23abillion out ofofthe USDA budget drew in of California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and partment of Labor’s proposed restrictions on Drummond had a lot to say on that exact generation unmotivated youth, our goving a good share of cuts,â€? she said. “Howif it’s done right, there can still be a safety by these laws are speaking out. During ethic, resourcefulness and responsibility. $23 billion out of the USDA budget drew Utah. Like another troublesome annual children working in agriculture. Under the subject. ernment goingour to un-employ thousands of grass, ever, it’s better deal with this now in this net for agriculture. the Montana Farm Bureau Foundation’s “In a timeis when country is battling comments fromtoThatcher. Utah. Like troublesome annual grass, children working in agriculture. Under the subject. ernment going to another un-employ thousands of early ever, it’s toThatcher. deal now in this Another net for agriculture. 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Another topic of discussion was the DeYouth Speech Contest, Garett Prince from unemployment, a struggling economy and “Agriculture is deďŹ nitely to be tak-partment in of the growing season, reducing moisture forearly would notofbeLabor’s able to proposed do any labor on a farm ranch that hashad been in my family for over make sense. I unmotivated hope the Department of govLabor basing her comments on current restrictions on Drummond a lot to say on that exact generation youth, our ingThatcher, a good share of cuts,â€? she said.going “Howin the growing season, reducing moisture would notofbeLabor’s able to proposed do any labor on a farm ranch that has been in my family for over make sense. I hope the Department of Labor Thatcher, basing her comments on current partment restrictions on Drummond had a lot to say on that exact generation of unmotivated youth, our goving a good share of cuts,â€? she said. “Howperennial species. Oncestart it dominates a for 140 years,â€? Prince said in his speech that wakes upis and realizes that kids thousands who children working in agriculture. Under the subject. ernment going tograss un-employ ofdominates ever, it’s better to deal with this now in this perennial grass species. Once it a 140 years,â€? Prince said in his speech that wakes up and realizes that kids who start children working in agriculture. Under ernment going tohas un-employ thousands of ever, it’s to deal now in thisproposed site, landturning limited value forare livestock him second junior division. longisthe before 16 years old rules, youth under the age of 16 the won “Isubject. am only 12 place years in oldthe and I help run the working hard-working individuals? That just doesn’t committee thanbetter waiting untilwith nextthis year.â€? site, the land has limited value for livestock won him second place in the junior division. working long before turning 16 years old are proposed rules, youth under the age of 16 “I am only 12 years old and I help run the hard-working individuals? That just doesn’t committee than waiting until next year.â€? “I planthat to remain a part of family the agricultural the ones who notthe in theof unemor wildlife. Itstanding isDepartment unpalatable based on the high ranch has been in my for over make sense. I are hope Labor Thatcher, basing her comments on current would not be able to do any labor on a farm “I plan tohope remain a part of family the involveagricultural the ones not in theof unemorby wildlife. Itstanding isthe unpalatable based on the ranch that has to been in his my for over wakes make sense. I are hope the Department Labor Thatcher, basing her comments on current would not be able to do any labor on a farm140 industry and continue my ployment linewho the age of 25.â€? content and seed stiffhigh years,â€? Prince said in speech that upsilica and realizes that kids whohead startcontains industry andPrince hoperanching to continue my involveployment line realizes by the age ofthe 25.â€? silica content and seed head contains stiff 140 years,â€? said in his speech that wakes up and that kids who start ment in my family’s operation. It Other hot button issues during the conawns, or bristles, that can injure eyes and won him second place in the junior division. working long before turning 16 years old are ment in my family’s ranching operation. It Other hot button issues during the conawns, or bristles, that can injure eyes and won him second place in the junior division. working long before turning 16 years old are scares to thinkamy and the vention to move “I planme to remain partfuture of thecareer agricultural the oneswere who the are proposal not standing in theYellowunemscares me to thinkaranch my career and the stone vention were the proposal to move “I of plan tohope remain partfuture of thebe agricultural theNational ones who are not standing in theYellowunemfuture my family’s may on the Park bison to25.â€? four locations industry and to continue my involveployment line by the age of future of and my hope family’s ranch may on the stone National Park bison four locations to continue mybeinvolveployment line risk by the age ofto25.â€? line industry today.â€? around Montana, management and ment in my family’s ranching operation. It Other hot button issues during the conline today.â€? around Montana, risk management and ment in my family’s ranching operation. It estate Other hot button issues during the conPrince believes the Department tax planning. scares me to think my future careerofand the vention were the proposal to move YellowPrince the Department estate taxwere planning. scares me believes to think my future careerofand the vention the proposal to move Yellowfuture of my family’s ranch may be on the stone National Park bison to four locations future of my family’s ranch may be on the stone National Park bison to four locations line today.â€? around Montana, risk management and line today.â€? around Montana, risk management and Prince believes the Department of estate tax planning. Prince believes the Department of estate tax planning.

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Developing eco-friendly ag energy Pam Burke community@havredailynews.com As the U.S. culture and economy places more emphasis on going green, northcentral Montana agricultural producers are beginning initial forays into more eco-friendly products and operating practices. Bob Quinn and his son-in-law, Andrew Long, both farmers from the Big Sandy area, own and operate The Oil Barn, which processes organically grown safflower seeds grown by them and contract farmers, into food-grade safflower oil. This oil is sold in bulk to their customers. “We supply the entire oil needs of the University of Montana,� Quinn said, for all cooking, frying and baking needs. Their other customers include two area restaurants, one in Big Sandy, the other in Loma. After the oil is used, it is return hauled back to their facility and the recycled oil is processed into fuel for their farm equipment. Wikimedia Commons This undated photo shows a field of Safflower plants in Japan.

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Farmers can easily spend eight hours or more on their feet, but increased mechanization has made them less active than previous generations. Add to that a diet traditionally heavy in milk, cheese and beef, which presents cholesterol and other risks. The initiative started in 2004 after health care workers and residents realized many farmers received no medical care until they turned up in emergency rooms. The tightknit community, where farmers are active in schools, local government and state politics, formed a focus group. Thirty-six percent of U.S. dairy farmers and their families lacked insurance in 2011, compared to 9 percent of all farmers and about 16 percent of the general population, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dairy farmers are less likely than crop farmers to hold off-farm jobs for insurance because their animals require constant care. Eighteen percent bought their own policies in 2011. But insurance isn't the only issue. Chores often begin at 4 a.m., making it hard to fast for a blood cholesterol test hours later at a doctor's office or clinic. Traveling to the office and long waits are time lost from work. In the end, farm wives helped the group realize health care needed to be delivered like agricultural services. "The vet comes to the farm. The milk man picks up delivery at the farm. The feed

FARM & RANCH comes to the farm. Why should we make them change that?" said Rhonda Strebel, the nurse who launched the program and now serves as its executive director. Vomastic went to school with the nurse who came to his farm a few days after Thanksgiving. They joked about the three holiday meals he consumed and his fondness for Sun Drop, a locally made soda that many drink instead of coffee. A blood test showed the 39-year-old's triglyceride level was higher than it should be. "How many Sun Drops did you have yesterday?" Dawn Dingeldein asked. " E n o u g h , " Vo m a s t i c r e s p o n d e d . Dingeldein laughed but recommended he watch his diet, particularly sugar, alcohol and butter. "Three things that go good together," Vomastic joked. The local hospital system, ThedaCare, picks up about half of the $200,000 tab for Rural Health Initiative services in three counties. Community donations cover the rest. The program will expand to a fourth Wisconsin county next year. Nationwide, preventive care programs aimed at farmers have cropped up in states such as Iowa, Nebraska and North Carolina through the nonprofit AgriSafe Network. In Johnson County, Iowa, a network clinic has a trailer that goes to events like farm bureau meetings and fairs to provide screenings and basic ser-

vices, said Kelley Donham, a retired University of Iowa professor who helped found AgriSafe. Dingeldein pulled her SUV into Ainsworth's father's driveway as Ainsworth and his brother were finishing morning chores on the 130-cow farm. She plays volleyball with Ainsworth's wife, remembers his father's service as a state assemblyman and knows his brother's wife makes the calls on their health insurance. Dingeldein drew blood, checked the brothers' weight and body fat and collected a questionnaire that ThedaCare will analyze for signs of health problems, such as depression. "You did much, much better this year,"

www.havredailynews.com Dingeldein told the 53-year-old Ainsworth after looking at his cholesterol results. "Do you know what you did?" He didn't. They brainstormed. He lost a few pounds, and the milk he drinks comes from the bottom of the farm's tank, eliminating much of the fat that floats to the top. His 73-year-old father, John Ainsworth, said he was skeptical when the program started, but has been won over. "I've heard a couple of stories of people who had some little things that weren't quite right and didn't know about it until she checked their blood sugar," he said, "and then they got the care they needed."


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AP Photo/M.L.Johnson Nurse Dawn Dingeldein checks farmer Jay Vomastic’s blood pressure Dec. 2 in his home in Shawano County, Wis. Dingeldein works for the Rural Health Initiative, a program based in Shawano that sends nurses to farms to provide basic preventive care, including blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar checks.

M.L. JOHNSON Associated Press SHAWANO, Wis. — Wisconsin dairy farmer Kevin Ainsworth rushed to the emergency room in 1992, when he sliced off the tip of his finger. Other than a quick trip in 2010 when a test during a blood donation raised a false alarm about hepatitis C, that was his last visit to a doctor. His father jokingly hassles him about needing a prostate exam now that he's past 50, but Ainsworth shrugs that off. With a $5,000 deductible on his health insurance policy and a never-ending slate of chores, he's not eager to spend time or money on medical care that isn't absolutely necessary. Ainsworth is a typical dairy farmer, more likely than most Americans to go without health insurance or buy his own policy. For years, he has received basic care from a unique community program that sends a nurse to farms to check farmers' blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels and screen them for health risks. Farmers with signs of serious problems are referred to a doctor or clinic. Agriculture and health care advocacy groups had hoped the new federal health care law would improve farmers' situation by allowing them to buy affordable policies that cover preventive care and have lower deductibles. No savings are to be had, say farmers who've been shopping for insurance and believe they'll end up with plans similar to their current ones. That's why the Rural Health Initiative remains valuable. "I would say most farmers, in general, if it's not a lost limb or something crushed, they're probably not going to go to the doctor. If you've got a virus, it's going to wear off," said Jay Vomastic, another dairy farmer who lives minutes from Ainsworth in central Wisconsin's Shawano County. Most dairy farms in Shawano County are generations-old and small enough to be run by a family, perhaps with one or two workers.

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“We just clean it up, de-water it, centrifuge it and filter it to take out all the impurities down to half-a-micron, and then we put it in our diesel tractor engine,” he added. Quinn said that he and the contracted producers grow a high-oleic safflower that is high in monounsaturated fats and lacks polyunsaturated fats. This means the safflower oil — unlike recently banned transfats — is loaded with what are commonly called good fats, helping to lower LDL cholesterol, the bad kind. High-oleic safflower also has a long, stable shelf life, making it ideal for commercial usage. While all this means that the oil is good for human consumption and his customers are happy with the oil and their customers’ satisfaction, Quinn said, it also means that the recycled oil seems to be a quality diesel substitute as well. They only use the safflower oil they recycle from their own customers. “We want to make sure we’re getting back the high-oleic safflower oil because that works best in the engines. The other mixtures you’re better off to make biodiesel with it,” he said. He had originally researched going the biodiesel mixture route, he said, but opted to install on his tractor a conversion system that allows the engine to use straight safflower oil, which is also referred to as vegetable oil. “With the high-oleic, we can use the straight vegetable oil. We have to start the engines on diesel, and once they’re warmed up, they can pre-heat the vegetable oil up to 160 degrees, as far as necessary, and then that goes into the engine,” he said. “The engine can’t really tell the difference between that and diesel.” So far, they have used the safflower oil only experimentally in their equipment, and initial results, he said, show no apparent dif-

Wikimedia Commons This undated photo shows a safflower plant. ference between using unused oil and recycled oil as fuel. They will be furthering their studies of the safflower oil in the coming farming season. “That’s what we’ll find out this year. We did some experiments, but now this will be the first time we’ve run it over a longer period of time,” he said. “And if it works, well then, we’ll expand it.” Earl Fisher BioFuels in Chester, owned and operated by Brett Earl and Logan Fisher, has gone the route of processing canola seed into biodiesel for the canola crop producers. Their facility also produces home fuel, pellet fuel, garden micro-nutrients and compost fuel, their website says. In addition to processing the oilseeds, the facility also cleans and converts to biodiesel recycled food-grade oils. Taylor Lyon of Montana Biofuel Exchange collects used cooking oil from area restaurants and deliv-

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Ag energy: Eco-friendly efforts extend beyond making sustainable fuels ■ Continued from page A1 ers it to Earl Fisher Bio-Fuels for processing. Lyon then sells the biofuel to customers. But the eco-friendly efforts don’t end with alternatives to traditional fuels, said Darrin Boss, superintendent of Montana State University’s Northern Agricultural Research Center south of Havre. “There are some places in the Bear Paws that have solar powered pumps for stock waterers to try and move (watering sources) off the creeks or off of riparian areas,” said Boss, “They’re using solar power to pump the water up into a water tank instead of having to water in creeks.” The research center itself also uses alternative heating in its main office building. “It’s a 12,000 square foot building that we heat with a ground source heat pump,” he said. “The upfront costs were a little more than traditional heating, but we hope to turn around and have that paid for just in energy savings.” Glycol runs through approximately 20,000 feet of pipe in what Boss calls the slinky field which lies adjacent to the building. The pipe is 3/4” PVC pipe that is coiled like a Slinky toy and laid 6 feet underground. Courtesy photo/Montana Department of Commerce Part of Earl Fisher Biofuels' canola oil seed refinery is shown.

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The glycol pulls heat from the ground in winter, and dissipates heat from the building into the ground in summer to help cool the building. The glycol coming back into the building, for use by the heating system, at the end of December was about 41 degrees, said Boss. This provides energy savings because a traditional heating system would be pulling in freezing, often sub-zero temperature, air that has to be heated to the temperature at which the thermostat is set. “When we build buildings for a 100-year (life expectancy), it seemed the logical thing, for the up-front costs to offset longterm sustainability and viability of the building,” Boss said. “Even if we normally depreciate the heat pumps or the units upstairs in a 20-year cycle, that’s half the cycle that should be paying for that infrastructure, so even if we have to replace furnaces or heat pumps we’re ahead in the long run.” Tiffany Melby, value added agriculture

FARM & RANCH coordinator at Bear Paw Development Corp., the area’s economic development district that helps communities and businesses create more viable and sustainable economies, said energy-saving projects such as these can be difficult to market and implement in rural areas like north-central Montana. “A lot of the issue is that … some of the projects get to be a little bit capital-intensive, depending,” she said. “I think that might be something that maybe has people kind of shy away from it a little bit, although more and more are getting the idea that they want to utilize wind or something like that for their farms.” Melby added that Bear Paw Development, based in Havre, can help ag producers and other people in the area who have energy marketing ideas develop market planning and comprehensive business plan projections, create cash flow, find funding sources and bring in training.

She said that federal initiatives like USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to help with development of energy-saving and production ideas. Within the state, she added, the National Center for Appropriate Technology, which is based out of Butte, has a variety of avenues for helping to assist with economic and sustainability projects. The NCAT website says the organization provides people with “information and access to appropriate technologies that can help improve their lives. ... NCAT projects have ranged from low-tech to high-tech, addressing complex issues of housing, economics, and environmental quality. Weatherizing houses, training farmers, monitoring energy use, demonstrating renewable energy technology, testing new products and providing information on building construction.”

www.havredailynews.com Many producers on the forefront of ecofriendly initiatives feel, like Quinn, that their efforts to find practical, sustainable energy answers are vital for the future. “I am first an organic farmer,” said Quinn, “and sustainable and renewable fuel I see as just an extension of sustainable and renewable agriculture and communities. “If you look around the neighborhood there’s fewer and fewer farmers. Even though their yields are increasing, they still are not able to sustain their farms, and I think it’s time that we reverse that and bring more people back to rural Montana and small towns and do it by increasing enterprises on the farm and farming with less inputs and more valuable outputs, and that’s what all these things do.” ——— For more information online: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_Reap.html https://www.ncat.org/staff/

Scientist in custody in seed theft conspiracy LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Seeds may not look impressive but in the world of agricultural research, they can mean big money. This week, federal prosecutors unveiled charges in two cases involving defendants from China accused of conspiring to steal seeds. In one case, two agricultural scientists from China are accused of conspiring to take seeds from a research facility in Kansas and pass them to a Chinese delegation visiting the United States. Prosecutors said Wengui Yan and Weiqiang Zhang arranged for a Chinese delegation to visit the U.S. this year and that customs agents later found stolen seeds in the delegation's luggage before the group flew back to China. Yan, of Stuttgart, Ark., and Zhang, of Manhattan, Kan., are charged with conspiracy to steal trade secrets. At a detention hearing Friday, a federal judge in Little Rock ordered Yan, a naturalized U.S. citizen, to remain in custody after prosecutors argued that he could flee the country. Yan's lawyer, Chris Tarver, said Yan has lived in the U.S. for years and that authorities had seized the passport. U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray acknowledged that Yan has strong ties to Arkansas, but added, "There is a strong inference from the complaint that Dr. Yan and his co-defendant were involved in a conspiracy to try to get advanced agricul-

tural technology into the hands of the delegation that they helped to invite into the country." Zhang is set to have a hearing Tuesday in Kansas. Zhang's attorney didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment on Friday. Also this week, prosecutors in Iowa said six men from China including the CEO of a seed corn subsidiary of a Chinese conglomerate have been charged with conspiring to steal patented seed corn from two of America's leading seed developers. It wasn't immediately clear if the cases in Kansas and Iowa are related. But seed developers spend millions of dollars a years to develop new varieties and carefully protect them against theft to maintain a competitive advantage. Yan worked for the Department of Agriculture as a research geneticist at the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center in Arkansas, and Zhang worked as an agricultural seed breeder for a biopharmaceutical company that has a production facility in Junction City, Kan., according to a court document. Prosecutors only identified the business where Zhang worked as Company A, but said the business invested about $75 million in technology used to create seeds. "If this technology was compromised or the seeds were stolen, Company A believes its entire research and development investment would be compromised,"

an FBI special agent wrote in a court document. Zhang allegedly took seeds that his employer had grown and kept them at his home in Kansas. After a Chinese delegation visited the U.S., customs agents searched its luggage and found stolen

seeds in envelopes and also in makeshift containers, including a newspaper page that had been folded in the shape of an envelope, according to court documents. If convicted, Zhang and Yan could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.


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Ag energy: Eco-friendly efforts extend beyond making sustainable fuels ■ Continued from page A1 ers it to Earl Fisher Bio-Fuels for processing. Lyon then sells the biofuel to customers. But the eco-friendly efforts don’t end with alternatives to traditional fuels, said Darrin Boss, superintendent of Montana State University’s Northern Agricultural Research Center south of Havre. “There are some places in the Bear Paws that have solar powered pumps for stock waterers to try and move (watering sources) off the creeks or off of riparian areas,” said Boss, “They’re using solar power to pump the water up into a water tank instead of having to water in creeks.” The research center itself also uses alternative heating in its main office building. “It’s a 12,000 square foot building that we heat with a ground source heat pump,” he said. “The upfront costs were a little more than traditional heating, but we hope to turn around and have that paid for just in energy savings.” Glycol runs through approximately 20,000 feet of pipe in what Boss calls the slinky field which lies adjacent to the building. The pipe is 3/4” PVC pipe that is coiled like a Slinky toy and laid 6 feet underground. Courtesy photo/Montana Department of Commerce Part of Earl Fisher Biofuels' canola oil seed refinery is shown.

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The glycol pulls heat from the ground in winter, and dissipates heat from the building into the ground in summer to help cool the building. The glycol coming back into the building, for use by the heating system, at the end of December was about 41 degrees, said Boss. This provides energy savings because a traditional heating system would be pulling in freezing, often sub-zero temperature, air that has to be heated to the temperature at which the thermostat is set. “When we build buildings for a 100-year (life expectancy), it seemed the logical thing, for the up-front costs to offset longterm sustainability and viability of the building,” Boss said. “Even if we normally depreciate the heat pumps or the units upstairs in a 20-year cycle, that’s half the cycle that should be paying for that infrastructure, so even if we have to replace furnaces or heat pumps we’re ahead in the long run.” Tiffany Melby, value added agriculture

FARM & RANCH coordinator at Bear Paw Development Corp., the area’s economic development district that helps communities and businesses create more viable and sustainable economies, said energy-saving projects such as these can be difficult to market and implement in rural areas like north-central Montana. “A lot of the issue is that … some of the projects get to be a little bit capital-intensive, depending,” she said. “I think that might be something that maybe has people kind of shy away from it a little bit, although more and more are getting the idea that they want to utilize wind or something like that for their farms.” Melby added that Bear Paw Development, based in Havre, can help ag producers and other people in the area who have energy marketing ideas develop market planning and comprehensive business plan projections, create cash flow, find funding sources and bring in training.

She said that federal initiatives like USDA’s Rural Energy for America Program provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to help with development of energy-saving and production ideas. Within the state, she added, the National Center for Appropriate Technology, which is based out of Butte, has a variety of avenues for helping to assist with economic and sustainability projects. The NCAT website says the organization provides people with “information and access to appropriate technologies that can help improve their lives. ... NCAT projects have ranged from low-tech to high-tech, addressing complex issues of housing, economics, and environmental quality. Weatherizing houses, training farmers, monitoring energy use, demonstrating renewable energy technology, testing new products and providing information on building construction.”

www.havredailynews.com Many producers on the forefront of ecofriendly initiatives feel, like Quinn, that their efforts to find practical, sustainable energy answers are vital for the future. “I am first an organic farmer,” said Quinn, “and sustainable and renewable fuel I see as just an extension of sustainable and renewable agriculture and communities. “If you look around the neighborhood there’s fewer and fewer farmers. Even though their yields are increasing, they still are not able to sustain their farms, and I think it’s time that we reverse that and bring more people back to rural Montana and small towns and do it by increasing enterprises on the farm and farming with less inputs and more valuable outputs, and that’s what all these things do.” ——— For more information online: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_Reap.html https://www.ncat.org/staff/

Scientist in custody in seed theft conspiracy LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Seeds may not look impressive but in the world of agricultural research, they can mean big money. This week, federal prosecutors unveiled charges in two cases involving defendants from China accused of conspiring to steal seeds. In one case, two agricultural scientists from China are accused of conspiring to take seeds from a research facility in Kansas and pass them to a Chinese delegation visiting the United States. Prosecutors said Wengui Yan and Weiqiang Zhang arranged for a Chinese delegation to visit the U.S. this year and that customs agents later found stolen seeds in the delegation's luggage before the group flew back to China. Yan, of Stuttgart, Ark., and Zhang, of Manhattan, Kan., are charged with conspiracy to steal trade secrets. At a detention hearing Friday, a federal judge in Little Rock ordered Yan, a naturalized U.S. citizen, to remain in custody after prosecutors argued that he could flee the country. Yan's lawyer, Chris Tarver, said Yan has lived in the U.S. for years and that authorities had seized the passport. U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray acknowledged that Yan has strong ties to Arkansas, but added, "There is a strong inference from the complaint that Dr. Yan and his co-defendant were involved in a conspiracy to try to get advanced agricul-

tural technology into the hands of the delegation that they helped to invite into the country." Zhang is set to have a hearing Tuesday in Kansas. Zhang's attorney didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment on Friday. Also this week, prosecutors in Iowa said six men from China including the CEO of a seed corn subsidiary of a Chinese conglomerate have been charged with conspiring to steal patented seed corn from two of America's leading seed developers. It wasn't immediately clear if the cases in Kansas and Iowa are related. But seed developers spend millions of dollars a years to develop new varieties and carefully protect them against theft to maintain a competitive advantage. Yan worked for the Department of Agriculture as a research geneticist at the Dale Bumpers National Rice Research Center in Arkansas, and Zhang worked as an agricultural seed breeder for a biopharmaceutical company that has a production facility in Junction City, Kan., according to a court document. Prosecutors only identified the business where Zhang worked as Company A, but said the business invested about $75 million in technology used to create seeds. "If this technology was compromised or the seeds were stolen, Company A believes its entire research and development investment would be compromised,"

an FBI special agent wrote in a court document. Zhang allegedly took seeds that his employer had grown and kept them at his home in Kansas. After a Chinese delegation visited the U.S., customs agents searched its luggage and found stolen

seeds in envelopes and also in makeshift containers, including a newspaper page that had been folded in the shape of an envelope, according to court documents. If convicted, Zhang and Yan could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.


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AP Photo/M.L.Johnson Nurse Dawn Dingeldein checks farmer Jay Vomastic’s blood pressure Dec. 2 in his home in Shawano County, Wis. Dingeldein works for the Rural Health Initiative, a program based in Shawano that sends nurses to farms to provide basic preventive care, including blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar checks.

M.L. JOHNSON Associated Press SHAWANO, Wis. — Wisconsin dairy farmer Kevin Ainsworth rushed to the emergency room in 1992, when he sliced off the tip of his finger. Other than a quick trip in 2010 when a test during a blood donation raised a false alarm about hepatitis C, that was his last visit to a doctor. His father jokingly hassles him about needing a prostate exam now that he's past 50, but Ainsworth shrugs that off. With a $5,000 deductible on his health insurance policy and a never-ending slate of chores, he's not eager to spend time or money on medical care that isn't absolutely necessary. Ainsworth is a typical dairy farmer, more likely than most Americans to go without health insurance or buy his own policy. For years, he has received basic care from a unique community program that sends a nurse to farms to check farmers' blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels and screen them for health risks. Farmers with signs of serious problems are referred to a doctor or clinic. Agriculture and health care advocacy groups had hoped the new federal health care law would improve farmers' situation by allowing them to buy affordable policies that cover preventive care and have lower deductibles. No savings are to be had, say farmers who've been shopping for insurance and believe they'll end up with plans similar to their current ones. That's why the Rural Health Initiative remains valuable. "I would say most farmers, in general, if it's not a lost limb or something crushed, they're probably not going to go to the doctor. If you've got a virus, it's going to wear off," said Jay Vomastic, another dairy farmer who lives minutes from Ainsworth in central Wisconsin's Shawano County. Most dairy farms in Shawano County are generations-old and small enough to be run by a family, perhaps with one or two workers.

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“We just clean it up, de-water it, centrifuge it and filter it to take out all the impurities down to half-a-micron, and then we put it in our diesel tractor engine,” he added. Quinn said that he and the contracted producers grow a high-oleic safflower that is high in monounsaturated fats and lacks polyunsaturated fats. This means the safflower oil — unlike recently banned transfats — is loaded with what are commonly called good fats, helping to lower LDL cholesterol, the bad kind. High-oleic safflower also has a long, stable shelf life, making it ideal for commercial usage. While all this means that the oil is good for human consumption and his customers are happy with the oil and their customers’ satisfaction, Quinn said, it also means that the recycled oil seems to be a quality diesel substitute as well. They only use the safflower oil they recycle from their own customers. “We want to make sure we’re getting back the high-oleic safflower oil because that works best in the engines. The other mixtures you’re better off to make biodiesel with it,” he said. He had originally researched going the biodiesel mixture route, he said, but opted to install on his tractor a conversion system that allows the engine to use straight safflower oil, which is also referred to as vegetable oil. “With the high-oleic, we can use the straight vegetable oil. We have to start the engines on diesel, and once they’re warmed up, they can pre-heat the vegetable oil up to 160 degrees, as far as necessary, and then that goes into the engine,” he said. “The engine can’t really tell the difference between that and diesel.” So far, they have used the safflower oil only experimentally in their equipment, and initial results, he said, show no apparent dif-

Wikimedia Commons This undated photo shows a safflower plant. ference between using unused oil and recycled oil as fuel. They will be furthering their studies of the safflower oil in the coming farming season. “That’s what we’ll find out this year. We did some experiments, but now this will be the first time we’ve run it over a longer period of time,” he said. “And if it works, well then, we’ll expand it.” Earl Fisher BioFuels in Chester, owned and operated by Brett Earl and Logan Fisher, has gone the route of processing canola seed into biodiesel for the canola crop producers. Their facility also produces home fuel, pellet fuel, garden micro-nutrients and compost fuel, their website says. In addition to processing the oilseeds, the facility also cleans and converts to biodiesel recycled food-grade oils. Taylor Lyon of Montana Biofuel Exchange collects used cooking oil from area restaurants and deliv-

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Developing eco-friendly ag energy Pam Burke community@havredailynews.com As the U.S. culture and economy places more emphasis on going green, northcentral Montana agricultural producers are beginning initial forays into more eco-friendly products and operating practices. Bob Quinn and his son-in-law, Andrew Long, both farmers from the Big Sandy area, own and operate The Oil Barn, which processes organically grown safflower seeds grown by them and contract farmers, into food-grade safflower oil. This oil is sold in bulk to their customers. “We supply the entire oil needs of the University of Montana,� Quinn said, for all cooking, frying and baking needs. Their other customers include two area restaurants, one in Big Sandy, the other in Loma. After the oil is used, it is return hauled back to their facility and the recycled oil is processed into fuel for their farm equipment. Wikimedia Commons This undated photo shows a field of Safflower plants in Japan.

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Farmers can easily spend eight hours or more on their feet, but increased mechanization has made them less active than previous generations. Add to that a diet traditionally heavy in milk, cheese and beef, which presents cholesterol and other risks. The initiative started in 2004 after health care workers and residents realized many farmers received no medical care until they turned up in emergency rooms. The tightknit community, where farmers are active in schools, local government and state politics, formed a focus group. Thirty-six percent of U.S. dairy farmers and their families lacked insurance in 2011, compared to 9 percent of all farmers and about 16 percent of the general population, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dairy farmers are less likely than crop farmers to hold off-farm jobs for insurance because their animals require constant care. Eighteen percent bought their own policies in 2011. But insurance isn't the only issue. Chores often begin at 4 a.m., making it hard to fast for a blood cholesterol test hours later at a doctor's office or clinic. Traveling to the office and long waits are time lost from work. In the end, farm wives helped the group realize health care needed to be delivered like agricultural services. "The vet comes to the farm. The milk man picks up delivery at the farm. The feed

FARM & RANCH comes to the farm. Why should we make them change that?" said Rhonda Strebel, the nurse who launched the program and now serves as its executive director. Vomastic went to school with the nurse who came to his farm a few days after Thanksgiving. They joked about the three holiday meals he consumed and his fondness for Sun Drop, a locally made soda that many drink instead of coffee. A blood test showed the 39-year-old's triglyceride level was higher than it should be. "How many Sun Drops did you have yesterday?" Dawn Dingeldein asked. " E n o u g h , " Vo m a s t i c r e s p o n d e d . Dingeldein laughed but recommended he watch his diet, particularly sugar, alcohol and butter. "Three things that go good together," Vomastic joked. The local hospital system, ThedaCare, picks up about half of the $200,000 tab for Rural Health Initiative services in three counties. Community donations cover the rest. The program will expand to a fourth Wisconsin county next year. Nationwide, preventive care programs aimed at farmers have cropped up in states such as Iowa, Nebraska and North Carolina through the nonprofit AgriSafe Network. In Johnson County, Iowa, a network clinic has a trailer that goes to events like farm bureau meetings and fairs to provide screenings and basic ser-

vices, said Kelley Donham, a retired University of Iowa professor who helped found AgriSafe. Dingeldein pulled her SUV into Ainsworth's father's driveway as Ainsworth and his brother were finishing morning chores on the 130-cow farm. She plays volleyball with Ainsworth's wife, remembers his father's service as a state assemblyman and knows his brother's wife makes the calls on their health insurance. Dingeldein drew blood, checked the brothers' weight and body fat and collected a questionnaire that ThedaCare will analyze for signs of health problems, such as depression. "You did much, much better this year,"

www.havredailynews.com Dingeldein told the 53-year-old Ainsworth after looking at his cholesterol results. "Do you know what you did?" He didn't. They brainstormed. He lost a few pounds, and the milk he drinks comes from the bottom of the farm's tank, eliminating much of the fat that floats to the top. His 73-year-old father, John Ainsworth, said he was skeptical when the program started, but has been won over. "I've heard a couple of stories of people who had some little things that weren't quite right and didn't know about it until she checked their blood sugar," he said, "and then they got the care they needed."


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There is land in CRP parents, or even having a neighbor kid over “The Department of Labor’s reasoning reach on “child laborâ€? were hot topics knowledge, further said that she beliewed or ranch without restrictions – unless it’s Labor’s proposed rules will destroy jobthe opFOR HI-LINE FARM & RANCH that isn’t erodible and should nota even to help stack hay bales,â€? notes Thatcher. for these new policies is that kids like me, during the going Montana Farm Bureau Conven“conservation programs will be large be part their parents’ place. portunities for young people and damage What’s to happen with the Farm MSU NEWS SERvICE Scientists withpeople Montana State University that isn’t erodible and should not even be to help stack hay bales,â€? notes Thatcher. for these new policies is that kids like me, during the Montana Farm Bureau Conven“conservation programs will be a large part their parents’ place. portunities for young and damage the What’s going to happen with the Farm part of the program. There may be some cuts “Under the proposed rules kids under the the ones under 16, lack cognitive ability to tion Nov. 6-9 in Missoula. American Farm of the cuts, with reductions in Conservation “That leaves out aunts, uncles, grandnation’s economy. Bill and the Department of Labor’s overScientiststhe with Montana University have confirmed presence of State the invasive partthe ofcuts, the program. There be some “Under the proposed rules kidshay, under the perform the ones under 16, lack cognitive ability to tion Nov.the 6-9 in Missoula. American Farm Reserve of with reductions in now Conservation “That leaves outable uncles, grandnation’s economy. Bill and Department ofMary Labor’s in working lands programs. Right age of 16 be to bale milk these tasks. I have been working Bureau Policy Director KayoverProgram land. 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American in Sanders first in Montana. has long been a proponent of combining piglets, or even ride a horse to gather cattle. ing horses all my life and suddenly my age mation about the Farm Bill. part of the program. There may be some cuts “Under the proposed rules kids under the the ones under 16, lack cognitive ability to tion Nov. 6-9 in Missoula. American Farm some of them. I suspect thatRight when now the dust Farmers ranchers speakhay, up milk and is what determines my ‘cognitive ability,’â€? Although so-called congressional in working lands programs. there age of 16and wouldn’t be need able to bale perform thesefirst tasks. I have been working Bureau Publicthe Policy Director Mary Kay in Montana. Also known medusahead wildrye, the some ofwill them. suspect that when the dust Farmers and ranchers need speak up milk and with isanimals, what ‘cognitive ability,’â€? Although the so-called congressional in working lands programs. 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Visit www.reguPrince said in his speech. “Super Committeeâ€? after the convention are 23 conservation programs; Farm cows, with calves orcattle. suckling ingPrince with animals, operating machinery and ridcovered ever-changing explained a proposal for com-Bureaupiglets, lations.gov to ďŹ le comments the rule.â€? said because of the work ag failedThatcher toabout comethe upFarm with athe deďŹ cit reduction infor- hasThatcher long been a proponent of combining or help even ride anewborn horse toon gather horses allinvasive my life plant and suddenly mykids age mation Bill. was discovered inage mid-November by Bryce Christiaens, weed coordinator Thatcher explained a proposal for comlations.gov to ďŹ le comments on the rule.â€? 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During $23abillion out ofofthe USDA budget drew in of California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and partment of Labor’s proposed restrictions on Drummond had a lot to say on that exact generation unmotivated youth, our goving a good share of cuts,â€? she said. “Howif it’s done right, there can still be a safety by these laws are speaking out. During ethic, resourcefulness and responsibility. $23 billion out of the USDA budget drew Utah. Like another troublesome annual children working in agriculture. Under the subject. ernment goingour to un-employ thousands of grass, ever, it’s better deal with this now in this net for agriculture. the Montana Farm Bureau Foundation’s “In a timeis when country is battling comments fromtoThatcher. Utah. Like troublesome annual grass, children working in agriculture. Under the subject. ernment going to another un-employ thousands of early ever, it’s toThatcher. deal now in this Another net for agriculture. Montana Farmold Bureau Foundation’s “In a cheatgrass, timeis when our country isinitiates battling comments from medusahead rules, youth under thewas agethe of 16 “Ithe am only 12 years and IPrince help run the hard-working individuals? That just doesn’t committee thanbetter waiting untilwith nextthis year.â€? topic of discussion DeYouth Speech Contest, Garett from unemployment, a struggling economy andgrowth “Agriculture is deďŹ nitely going to be tak- proposed cheatgrass, medusahead initiates growth proposed rules, youth under the age of 16 “I am only 12 years old and I help run the hard-working individuals? That just doesn’t committee than waiting until next year.â€? Another topic of discussion was the DeYouth Speech Contest, Garett Prince from unemployment, a struggling economy and “Agriculture is deďŹ nitely to be tak-partment in of the growing season, reducing moisture forearly would notofbeLabor’s able to proposed do any labor on a farm ranch that hashad been in my family for over make sense. I unmotivated hope the Department of govLabor basing her comments on current restrictions on Drummond a lot to say on that exact generation youth, our ingThatcher, a good share of cuts,â€? she said.going “Howin the growing season, reducing moisture would notofbeLabor’s able to proposed do any labor on a farm ranch that has been in my family for over make sense. I hope the Department of Labor Thatcher, basing her comments on current partment restrictions on Drummond had a lot to say on that exact generation of unmotivated youth, our goving a good share of cuts,â€? she said. “Howperennial species. Oncestart it dominates a for 140 years,â€? Prince said in his speech that wakes upis and realizes that kids thousands who children working in agriculture. Under the subject. ernment going tograss un-employ ofdominates ever, it’s better to deal with this now in this perennial grass species. Once it a 140 years,â€? Prince said in his speech that wakes up and realizes that kids who start children working in agriculture. Under ernment going tohas un-employ thousands of ever, it’s to deal now in thisproposed site, landturning limited value forare livestock him second junior division. longisthe before 16 years old rules, youth under the age of 16 the won “Isubject. am only 12 place years in oldthe and I help run the working hard-working individuals? That just doesn’t committee thanbetter waiting untilwith nextthis year.â€? site, the land has limited value for livestock won him second place in the junior division. working long before turning 16 years old are proposed rules, youth under the age of 16 “I am only 12 years old and I help run the hard-working individuals? That just doesn’t committee than waiting until next year.â€? “I planthat to remain a part of family the agricultural the ones who notthe in theof unemor wildlife. Itstanding isDepartment unpalatable based on the high ranch has been in my for over make sense. I are hope Labor Thatcher, basing her comments on current would not be able to do any labor on a farm “I plan tohope remain a part of family the involveagricultural the ones not in theof unemorby wildlife. Itstanding isthe unpalatable based on the ranch that has to been in his my for over wakes make sense. I are hope the Department Labor Thatcher, basing her comments on current would not be able to do any labor on a farm140 industry and continue my ployment linewho the age of 25.â€? content and seed stiffhigh years,â€? Prince said in speech that upsilica and realizes that kids whohead startcontains industry andPrince hoperanching to continue my involveployment line realizes by the age ofthe 25.â€? silica content and seed head contains stiff 140 years,â€? said in his speech that wakes up and that kids who start ment in my family’s operation. It Other hot button issues during the conawns, or bristles, that can injure eyes and won him second place in the junior division. working long before turning 16 years old are ment in my family’s ranching operation. It Other hot button issues during the conawns, or bristles, that can injure eyes and won him second place in the junior division. working long before turning 16 years old are scares to thinkamy and the vention to move “I planme to remain partfuture of thecareer agricultural the oneswere who the are proposal not standing in theYellowunemscares me to thinkaranch my career and the stone vention were the proposal to move “I of plan tohope remain partfuture of thebe agricultural theNational ones who are not standing in theYellowunemfuture my family’s may on the Park bison to25.â€? four locations industry and to continue my involveployment line by the age of future of and my hope family’s ranch may on the stone National Park bison four locations to continue mybeinvolveployment line risk by the age ofto25.â€? line industry today.â€? around Montana, management and ment in my family’s ranching operation. It Other hot button issues during the conline today.â€? around Montana, risk management and ment in my family’s ranching operation. It estate Other hot button issues during the conPrince believes the Department tax planning. scares me to think my future careerofand the vention were the proposal to move YellowPrince the Department estate taxwere planning. scares me believes to think my future careerofand the vention the proposal to move Yellowfuture of my family’s ranch may be on the stone National Park bison to four locations future of my family’s ranch may be on the stone National Park bison to four locations line today.â€? around Montana, risk management and line today.â€? around Montana, risk management and Prince believes the Department of estate tax planning. Prince believes the Department of estate tax planning.

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GPS screens comecome stockstock in most of your tractors and farm equipment today. The mapping systems are aare positive use ofuse technology that that has made somesome impacts in theinag GPS screens in most of your tractors and farm equipment today. The mapping systems a positive of technology has made impacts theindustry. ag industry.

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BY BONNIE DAvIDSON brought. resources and and due due to new technology it’s it’s years ago ago wasn’t always the case. BY BONNIE DAvIDSON brought. resources to new technology years wasn’t always the case. HI-LINE FARM & RANCH Speakers for the event will include Jay becoming an exciting and positive time for A new worker for the business, TomTom HI-LINE FARM & RANCH Speakers for the event will include Jay becoming an exciting and positive time for A new worker for the business, hen hen you you thinkthink about the Lehr, Mark Gold and Tom Staples. They the ag industry. Knudson, explained that he just got about the Lehr, Mark Gold and Tom Staples. They the ag industry. Knudson, explained that he just hired got hired changes in technology, in just cover a variety of topics in addition to to “It’s“It’s whatwhat I would call call the golden age age of ofon toondeal withwith the technology aspect changes in technology, in justwill will cover a variety of topics in addition I would the golden to deal the technology aspect the last generation alone, it it technology, but they know the impact that that ag,�ag,� LehrLehr said.said. “Farming has has advanced and andof things. He said that that many of the the last generation alone, technology, but they know the impact “Farming advanced of things. He said many of new the new it has brought. many people are not aware of it.� tractors save money and work for can can be shocking. In the last 20 years, our be shocking. In the last 20 years, our it has brought. many people are not aware of it.� tractors save money and work farmfor farmculture wentwent fromfrom onlyonly a relatively few few in- in- Lehr, whowho holds a doctoral degree in in He added that that due due to GPS (global ers as can can prevent extraextra use use of fuel, culture a relatively Lehr, holds a doctoral degree He added to GPS (global ersthey as they prevent of fuel, dividuals having a home computer to havenvironmental science from the Univerpositioning systems) and GIS (geographic overlapping on the same areas with spray dividuals having a home computer to havenvironmental science from the Univerpositioning systems) and GIS (geographic overlapping on the same areas with spray ing computer capabilities in your pocket. of Arizona, is aniseconomist whowho has has information systems), farmers are able to to and and fertilizer, and and missing acreage by more ing computer capabilities in your pocket. sity sity of Arizona, an economist information systems), farmers are able fertilizer, missing acreage by more What some people tendtend to overlook is the five five decades working withwith agricultheirtheir crops better and and havehave beenbeen accurate mapping systems that that helphelp farmWhat some people to overlook is the spent spent decades working agricul- manage manage crops better accurate mapping systems farmture, economy, agronomy, environmental able to increase their yields. He said that ers utilize every space possible for bigger trends in agriculture and ranching business trends in agriculture and ranching business ture, economy, agronomy, environmental able to increase their yields. He said that ers utilize every space possible for bigger that that havehave included the technology that that is atis atscience and and business administration. He He advances in technology havehave alsoalso helped included the technology science business administration. advances in technology helped yields. yields. our our fingertips. has a fairly extensive background working the rancher with an advance in cattle “Most GPSGPS systems can can get within 6 6 fingertips. has a fairly extensive background working the rancher with an advance in cattle “Most systems get within As the Chamber of Comwithwith water and and air resources. In 2008, he he breeding and and the ability to raise cattle withwithinches,� Knudson said.said. As Glasgow the Glasgow Chamber of Comwater air resources. In 2008, breeding the ability to raise cattle inches,� Knudson merce & Agriculture getsgets ready to host the thewas was named the chief hydrogeologist for the leanlean meat. WithWith the boost of technology, it helps merce & Agriculture ready to host named the chief hydrogeologist for themoremore meat. the boost of technology, it helps nextnext NewNew Trends in Agriculture seminar EarthWater Global corporation, which is Border Plains Equipment (formerly take out some of the risk in farming. LehrLehr EarthWater Global corporation, which is Border Plains Equipment (formerly take out some of the risk in farming. Trends in Agriculture seminar on Wednesday, Jan.Jan. 15, it’s good timetime one one of the providers of water supply Implement) carries mostmost of itsof its saidsaid that that during his time in Glasgow he he of largest the largest providers of water supplyGlasgow Glasgow Implement) carries during his time in Glasgow on Wednesday, 15, ait’s a good to look at the the technology projects throughout the world. He said that thattractors withwith GPSGPS and and GISGIS stock fromfrom the the will will talk talk to farmers in the about to look at markets, the markets, the technology projects throughout the world. He said tractors stock to farmers in ag theindustry ag industry about and and whatwhat changes in the farm world have they are just now tapping into deep water factory. Something like that just a few CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 changes in the farm world have they are just now tapping into deep water factory. Something like that just a few CONTINUED ON PAGE 12

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FOR HI-LINE FARMFARM & RANCH Gibbs fromfrom Miles City.City. Travis Brown of Sand cattlecattle numbers. FOR HI-LINE & RANCH Gibbs Miles Travis Brown of Sand termterm numbers. The The 129th Montana Stockgrowers AssociaSprings was elected as vice-chair. Sutherlin and • Montana FordFord Stores continued theirtheir spon-spon129th Montana Stockgrowers AssociaSprings was elected as vice-chair. Sutherlin and • Montana Stores continued tion tion Convention and Trade Show, held at the Brown will represent the Young Stockgrowers sorship to give one luck MSGA member a new Convention and Trade Show, held at the Brown will represent the Young Stockgrowers sorship to give one luck MSGA member a new Holiday Inn Grand Montana in Billings, Dec. on the MSGA Board of Directors. Ford Super Duty pickup. This year’s winner Holiday Inn Grand Montana in Billings, Dec. on the MSGA Board of Directors. Ford Super Duty pickup. This year’s winner 12-14, drewdrew record crowds fromfrom the ranching • The• The 20132013 Environmental Stewardship Jim Steinbeisser of Sidney. Steinbeisser, 12-14, record crowds the ranching Environmental Stewardship was was Jim Steinbeisser of Sidney. Steinbeisser, community from across the state. Award went to the Leon LaSalle family of along with his two brothers and cousins, community from across the state. Award went to the Leon LaSalle family of along with his two brothers two and two cousins, The The three-day convention featured a numHavre. Leon is president of LaSalle Ranch, owns and operates VS Inc., a diversified farmfarm three-day convention featured a numHavre. Leon is president of LaSalle Ranch, owns and operates VS Inc., a diversified ber of to help ranchers a corporation that includes his father several cashcash crops, feedfeed for their feedlot berspeakers of speakers to help ranchers a corporation that includes his father raising raising several crops, for their feedlot learnlearn moremore aboutabout available manageRobert L., his mother Jenny, and his and wintering cows. His father and uncle still still available manageRobert L., his mother Jenny, and his and wintering cows. His father and uncle mentment tools,tools, as well as outlooks on on brother Robert W, along withwith his wife on the operation. Steinbeisas well as outlooks brother Robert W, along his wife participate participate onfamily the family operation. Steinbeisthe current status of cattle markets, Shannon. LaSalle Ranch is a cow/calf ser has been involved with the family operation the current status of cattle markets, Shannon. LaSalle Ranch is a cow/calf ser has been involved with the family operation industry trends, environmental and and and yearling operation, mostly in thein the full-time for 30 Jim and MayMay industry trends, environmental and yearling operation, mostly full-time foryears. 30 years. Jim his andwife, his wife, wildlife issues. Members also also had had Rocky BoysBoys Indian reservation. LeonLeon Ann,Ann, havehave threethree children: Corbin (6), Liam (5), (5), wildlife issues. Members Rocky Indian reservation. children: Corbin (6), Liam the opportunity to discuss and vote is also an engineering technician with and Claire (4). the opportunity to discuss and vote is also an engineering technician with and Claire (4). on resolutions that guide policy the Natural Resources Conservation • Attendees heardheard encouraging and informaon resolutions that guide policy the Natural Resources Conservation • Attendees encouraging and informaactivity for the association. Service in Havre. tive messages from many speakers throughout activity for the association. Service in Havre. tive messages from many speakers throughout HereHere are some of the • Glenna Stucky of Avon was was the three-day convention. Sarah Calhoun of of are some ofhighlights: the highlights: • Glenna Stucky of Avon the three-day convention. Sarah Calhoun • Elections werewere heldheld to filltothree recognized as Ranching Woman of the White Sulphur Springs, founder of Red AntsAnts • Elections fill three STUCKY recognized as Ranching Woman of the White Sulphur Springs, founder of Red STUCKY Year. Glenna, who lives in Avon with positions on the of directors was was the featured speaker at Opening positions onboard the board of directors Year. Glenna, who lives in Avon with Pants, Pants, the featured speaker at Opening due to expiring terms. Lee Cornher husband Earl, has dedicated years General Session. American National Cattledue to expiring terms. Lee Cornher husband Earl, has dedicated years General Session. American National Cattlewellwell of Glasgow was was elected to represent the the of work to her ranchranch and community. Association President Barbara Jack-Jackof Glasgow elected to represent of work tofamily, her family, and community. women’s women’s Association President Barbara Northeastern district. JackJack Holden of Valier describer Glenna as a as “ranch woman on hand for several events, including Northeastern district. Holden of Valier Friends Friends describer Glenna a “ranch woman son was son was on hand for several events, including was was elected to represent the North Central dispioneer, passing down the legacy to her kids the Inspirational Breakfast and the Cattleelected to represent the North Central dispioneer, passing down the legacy to her kids the Inspirational Breakfast and the Cattletrict.trict. Wayne Slaght of Ovando was was elected to to and grandkids withwith gracegrace and love.â€? women’s meetings. Wayne Slaght of Ovando elected and grandkids and love.â€? women’s meetings. represent the Western district. Slaght, Cornwell • Zoetis Cattlemen’s College offered attend• Policy meetings offered opportunity for for represent the Western district. Slaght, Cornwell • Zoetis Cattlemen’s College offered attend• Policy meetings offered opportunity and Holden are all cow-calf ranchers on famees several great opportunities for interactive attendees to hear updates on several issues and Holden are all cow-calf ranchers on famees several great opportunities for interactive attendees to hear updates on several issues ily operations. Heath Martinell of Dell, MickMick learning aboutabout the tools available to improve ranches, environmental and agriculily operations. Heath Martinell of Dell, learning the tools available to improve affecting affecting ranches, environmental and agriculDenowh of Sidney and Mark Harrison of Belt and record keeping on their turaltural policy issues in theinstate. Representatives Denowh of Sidney and Mark Harrison of Belt management management and record keeping on their policy issues the state. Representatives are the board members. ranches. Oklahoma StateState University Livestock Fish,Fish, Wildlife & Parks, Department of of areoutgoing the outgoing board members. ranches. Oklahoma University Livestockfromfrom Wildlife & Parks, Department • Lacey Sutherlin of Stevensville was electEconomist, Dr. Darrell Peel, offered great Livestock, Public Lands Council and National • Lacey Sutherlin of Stevensville was electEconomist, Dr. Darrell Peel, offered great Livestock, Public Lands Council and National ed asedChairwoman of the Stockgrowers. into into the current market situations and and Cattlemen’s Association werewere on hand to proas Chairwoman ofYoung the Young Stockgrowers.insight insight the current market situations Cattlemen’s Association on hand to proShe She fills the position previously held by Collin an outlook on what we may expect in the longvide updates and insight on current events. fills the position previously held by Collin an outlook on what we may expect in the long- vide updates and insight on current events.

New Resource Guide Assists Veterans InIn Agriculture New Resource Guide Assists Veterans Agriculture

A new resource guideguide developed by the that that are available to participate in the to enter agriculture and other rural-based A new resource developed byFarm the Farmwaysways are available to participate innew the newpeople people to enter agriculture and other rural-based Bureau and the Farmer Veteran Coalition Partnerpartnership and assist returning veterans interbusinesses. Only 17 percent of the U.S. populaBureau and the Farmer Veteran Coalition Partner- partnership and assist returning veterans inter- businesses. Only 17 percent of the U.S. populaship ship is now available. estedested in staking theirtheir future on agriculture and andtion calls ruralrural communities home, yet 44 is now available. in staking future on agriculture tion calls communities home, yetpercent 44 percent The The FarmFarm Bureau and the are working America. of military recruits comecome fromfrom ruralrural America. Bureau andFVC the FVC are workingruralrural America. of military recruits America. together to train beginning farmers, make equipService members returning from Iraq and The FVC is an organization aimed at mobitogether to train beginning farmers, make equipService members returning from Iraq and The FVC is an organization aimed at mobimentment available to veteran farmers and help find findAfghanistan havehave become the latest group of oflizing veterans to enter agriculture and help feedfeed available to veteran farmers and help Afghanistan become the latest group lizing veterans to enter agriculture and help farmfarm ownership or employment opportunities in need of employment and and who,who, by byAmerican whilewhile rebuilding ruralrural communities. ownership or employment opportunitiesveterans veterans in need of employment American rebuilding communities. for members of theofmilitary transitioning into the measures, maymay be the likely young moremore at http://www.farmvetco.org/. for members the military transitioning into thesomesome measures, be most the most likely youngLearn Learn at http://www.farmvetco.org/. civilian workforce. civilian workforce. “Through this this partnership, I amI optimistic “Through partnership, am optimistic returning veterans will learn how to continue returning veterans will learn how to continue theirtheir service to our country by helping feedfeed service to our country by helping its citizens, nourish its land and make its rural its citizens, nourish its land and make its rural communities moremore viable through the many communities viable through the many entrepreneurial opportunities agriculture has to entrepreneurial opportunities agriculture has to offer,� said said American FarmFarm Bureau Federation offer,� American Bureau Federation President BobBob Stallman President Stallman MFBF Executive ViceVice President JakeJake CumMFBF Executive President Cummins,mins, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Marine a retired lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps, praised the program, as well. Corps, praised the program, as well. “This“This is anisexcellent wayway to bring our veteran excellent to bring our veterans into civilian life again and give them a true ans into civilian life again and give them a true purpose and opportunity," he said. "Agriculture purpose and opportunity," he said. "Agriculture can be catalyst for these veterans to learn newnew cana be a catalyst for these veterans to learn skillsskills and careers that will benefit not only them and careers that will benefit not only them and their families, but will benefit everyone whowho and their families, but will benefit everyone enjoys the bounty of American agriculture.� enjoys the bounty of American agriculture.� The The resource guideguide provides farmfarm bureaus resource provides bureaus withwith a simple framework outlining the a simple framework outlining many the many

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on the markets and the supply and demand involved. demand involved. reducing their risk. hopes “There’s risk farming, and reducing their risk. HeHe hopes to to “There’s risk inin farming, and focus outreach people one thing I might talk about focus onon outreach forfor people in in thethe one thing I might talk about is is industry and farmers talk keeping your emotions out agag industry and getget farmers to to talk keeping your emotions out ofof thethe more their neighbors and friends market,” Gold said. “Emotions more to to their neighbors and friends market,” Gold said. “Emotions about what they’re doing their may make best decisions.” about what they’re doing in in their may notnot make thethe best decisions.” industry. His outlook on agriculture marindustry. His outlook on agriculture mar“All aspects busikets future pos“All aspects ofof agag busikets inin thethe future areare posness are risky,” Lehr said. sible drops in grain prices ness are risky,” Lehr said. sible drops in grain prices “People because they and other markets “People dodo it it because they and other markets inin thethe love and they need area. While described love it,it, and they need to to area. While hehe described know where spend their himself a passionate know where to to spend their himself asas a passionate time.” speaker, he said might time.” speaker, he said hehe might Lehr said that farmgive the agriculture area Lehr said that asas farmgive the agriculture area and ranchers educate some areas focus ersers and ranchers educate some areas toto focus onon inin their local communities a competitive market. their local communities onon a competitive market. what they will help Another New Trends what they do,do, it it will help Another New Trends combat some of the negaspeaker, Tom Staples, LEHR combat some of the negaspeaker, Tom Staples, LEHR tive media and growth presidentofof Echelon tive media and thethe growth is is president Echelon in anti-ag groups that Ag Inc. in East Weyburn, in anti-ag groups that Ag Inc. in East Weyburn, have been creating issues Sask. Echelon’s slogan is “The have been creating issues in in thethe Sask. Echelon’s slogan is “The industry. explained that after Next Level of Agricultural Soluindustry. HeHe explained that after Next Level of Agricultural Solunearly years working tions.” nearly 5050 years working in in thethe agag tions.” industry, learns just much Lisa Olk, chamber’s execuindustry, hehe learns just asas much asas Lisa Olk, thethe chamber’s executeaches. sees improvements tive director, said New Trends hehe teaches. HeHe sees improvements tive director, said New Trends inin market and improvements started started years ago when in in thethe market and improvements inin AgAg started started years ago when the economy coming in the future. the chamber board decided it the economy coming in the future. the chamber board decided it “We (one richest needed something related “We areare (one of)of) thethe richest en-en- needed toto dodo something agag related ergy countries world,” Lehr for all the farmers and ranchers ergy countries in in thethe world,” Lehr for all the farmers and ranchers inin said. “We will more prosperity area. said. “We will seesee more prosperity thethe area. in the whole nation.” Sponsors area – such in the whole nation.” Sponsors inin thethe area – such asas Gold, meanwhile, will talk more local implement dealers, vehicle Gold, meanwhile, will talk more local implement dealers, vehicle during New Trends conference dealerships and others who have during thethe New Trends conference dealerships and others who have about marketing industry. pooled resources to bring in about marketing in in thethe agag industry. pooled resources to bring in His focus will dealing with speakers keep event going His focus will bebe onon dealing with speakers – –keep thethe event going risk that comes indus- each year. It will again be held at thethe risk that comes in in thethe agag indusyear. It will again be held at also mentioned im- each The Cottonwood Inn Suites try,try, butbut hehe also mentioned thethe imThe Cottonwood Inn && Suites inin pacts of technology. He said both Glasgow. pacts of technology. He said both Glasgow. electronic technology and seed It’s also a chance present electronic technology and seed It’s also a chance toto present technology will create changes awards to those in the area who technology will create changes inin awards to those in the area who market, and that electronic have made an impact. The Del thethe market, and that thethe electronic have made an impact. The Del technology will have a short term Strommen Trend Setter Award will technology will have a short term Strommen Trend Setter Award will impact price movement. go to someone who gives back, impact onon price movement. go to someone who gives back, Seed technology and seed shows innovation and overcomes Seed technology and seed innovation and overcomes genetics, said, will have a much shows adversity. This year’s winner will genetics, hehe said, will have a much adversity. This year’s winner will more significant impact for farmbe presented during lunch at noon. more significant impact for farmbe presented during lunch at noon. ers. Gold said that producer “The idea promote and ers. Gold said that thethe producer “The idea is is toto promote agag and will have a chance raise trend education in ag in the community,” will have a chance to to raise trend education in ag in the community,” line yield crops poor weather said chamber board member Ryan line yield crops in in poor weather said chamber board member Ryan condition. With droughts, early Fast, who took the reins of the concondition. With droughts, early Fast, who took the reins of the confrosts and other issues recent ference several years ago. Those frosts and other issues in in recent several years ago. Those years, genetically modified seeds ference attending come from Valley and years, genetically modified seeds attending come from Valley and could have a positive impact and neighboring counties, including could have a positive impact and neighboring counties, including inin raise bigger yields. His problem average around 120 producers raise bigger yields. His problem average ofof around 120 producers inin with higher yields that past years. with thethe higher yields is is that it it means lower prices market. past years. There a fee tickets. Regismeans lower prices onon thethe market. There is is a fee forfor tickets. RegisMuch of his focus at the confertration is at 8:30 a.m. More details Much of his focus at the confer- tration is at 8:30 a.m. More details ence will risk farming available calling 406-228ence will bebe onon thethe risk in in farming areare available byby calling 406-228and managing those risks, while 2222, emailing chamber@nemont. and managing those risks, while 2222, emailing chamber@nemont. marketing effective way. net, visiting www.glasgowchammarketing in in anan effective way. net, oror visiting www.glasgowchamGold has a degree in agriculturber.net or the chamber office Gold has a degree in agriculturber.net or the chamber office at at 2323 economics and has spent time U.S. Hwy. 2 East in Glasgow. al al economics and has spent time asas U.S. Hwy. 2 East in Glasgow. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2

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