• T.J. Burnham

    Longer Days And Lingering Memories

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on February 26, 2013

    It never seems to come with an understanding of why, but as the days lengthen into March, my mind always kicks in with warm season memories. I know it is rushing the season, but I'm wintered out with short, dark days filled with rain, cold temperatures and bad tempers by cabin-mates cloistered too long not to be crabby cakes (living with a  five-year-old grandson has put long unused words into my vocabulary of late). Nobody in my home ever listens to me, so when I decided to…

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    $2 Million For Colorado State Ag Education Center 2/3rds Home

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on February 19, 2013

    In a remarkable show of benevolence, CoBank of Denver has led other Colorado Farm Credit affiliates into a $1 million donation toward Colorado State University's Center for Agricultural Education. That a great job for the banks – including AgCredit of Greeley, Farm Credit of Southern Colorado in Colorado Springs, and Premier Farm Credit in Sterling – to add to the $1 million already collected, but there remains another $1 million needed. I know. Everyone has their…

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    Good Natured Folks Just Don't Get That Ag Is Green

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on February 12, 2013

    I love listening to many of the greenies because their arguments miss the target, truth and good science by the widest margins possible. There are still folks out there who are convinced conventional ag products are laced with toxics and that the farmers who grew them are kicking back on some island smoking big cigars and enjoying expensive booze at the expense of taxpayer support payments. Mostly this same mentality is the one which believes organic is saving the world from…

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    Letters To The Editor 101 Class Greatly Needed

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on February 5, 2013

    I love it when readers write in. I don't care they want to call me dirty names or say I know nothing about agriculture. That's because when I get letters to the editor I realize two things: people are reading us, and they think enough of us to comment on what we do. Now, lots of letters come in saying nice things about us, and that makes me proud. We publish every one of these, positive and negative, and sometimes respond in a little paragraph of our own when they take on an…

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