• T.J. Burnham

    Traveling for Farm Features a Mini-Vacation of Sorts

    Western Ag Vignettes

     by T.J. Burnham
     on September 24, 2012

    Sometimes I feel sorry for everyone who doesn't have my job. Traveling about in my eight western states as I get out to interview farmers, take their photographs and attend various ag events offers an opportunity to see the beauty of nature along the way. Consider the option: working outside in God's green world covering the most interesting and dynamic industry the Creator ever christened, or interviewing politicians caucusing inside a boring room or covering a school board meeting where…

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    Colorado Judge Upholding Animal Abuse Decision Deserves Pat on Back

    Western Ag Vignettes

     by T.J. Burnham
     on September 18, 2012

    We’ve followed the case of livestock abuse in Colorado for some time, continuing to mention in our editorials in Western Farmer-Stockman that we support punishment when it is deserved. While we held our breath when the Logan County District Court against Gilbert Dean Schuman came up for appeal, we can now exhale with a smile. The Colorado Court of Appeals judge reaffirmed the sentence that Schuman could not own, manage, tend or possess cattle. Call me a cow hugger, but I simply cannot…

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    Ag Article Ideas Can be Your Choices as Well as Ours

    Western Ag Vignettes

     by T.J. Burnham
     on September 10, 2012

    Each month, when I finish a deadline for the upcoming issue, I face a dilemma of partial delight, partial fright. It is the time when I must decide what I will cover for the following issue in the 20-some days I have to satisfy the next deadline. Think of it: I am responsible for coming up with the coverage I think readers will find most useful. This "blank page" I must write upon awaits for the words I must choose to reach thousands of readers with almost every imaginable crop and livestock…

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    Labor Day Holiday a Major Shift for Parents

    Western Ag Vignettes

     by T.J. Burnham
     on September 3, 2012

    My daughter is changing jobs from New York to Washington, and living with us temporarily until she finds a home of her own. It isn’t just a joy to have her back home for a while, but she brought two of our young grandsons with her, who are starting school this week and next. It has been years since we went through the first day of school syndrome with our four children, and to be part of the process again is exciting and fun and I feel young again. We went school clothes and supplies…

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