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    What I Love About Traveling

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on March 5, 2014

    Heading to Denver and the airlines calls before I leave home and says the flight will be delayed for two hours, but that the plane could actually leave earlier. That means I get to sit listening to my MP3 player and messing with my iPad for who knows how long as the plane decides my fate. Not a comfortable way to start a trip, yet I am steeled to the vagaries of travel and get kicks out of watching others. One of my pet ways to keep busy is to eavesdrop on people complaining about late…

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    Hemp or Marijuana, the Similarities Bring Questions

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on February 6, 2014

    In the January issue of Western Farmer-Stockman I included an editorial asking readers how they felt about the marijuana issue since two of the states we cover – Washington and Colorado – have legalized recreational use and production. What happened was somewhat of a surprise, since only two responses came in from all of our readers asked whether we should cover production and research of the crop, should those matter become interesting to agriculture. You can view these letters in…

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    What's Wrong With This?

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on August 19, 2013

    Maybe it is just me. Has anyone else wondered why we need immigration reform to entice out-of-country workers to the farm when many of our citizens of the U.S. in the low income echelon are looking for work? I know the answer is, of course, that most of the denizens of this nation find farm labor jobs too difficult for them to perform. That's been a social dilemma for lots of years, and one we can consider axiomatic in the social fabric. It creates a gap that has become accepted…

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    A Time For A Magnificent Candidate

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on July 31, 2013

    The reason for so much frustration among voters about elections is the lack of candidates they feel they can trust to work for us. There was a time, I remember, when I had about three good people in mind to lead the nation (I am not going to name names to avoid any politics), but today I cannot come up with one, and that frightens me. Most potential candidates are "party choices" who their support feels will do the best job degrading the opposite party. That's not…

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    Western Drought Takes Toll As Some Get Too Much H2O

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on July 16, 2013

    Consider this part 2 of the great western drought/water diversity blog. Last week I lamented on the fact that although places like eastern Colorado were suffering from crop-killing drought, others in the Northwest had too much rain. A new Northwest Farm Credit Services report just crossing my desk underscored the weather diversity in the west, triggering me to write a little more about the topic. May and June rains helped some, hurt others, according to Northwest's report…

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    D-Day An Event That Should Be Remembered

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on June 11, 2013

    I know I'm late commemorating D-Day, which actually occurred 69 years ago last Thursday, but for weeks our troops were pinned down on the Normandy beach and dying trying to drive inland. I was only just three when D-Day took place, so my personal memories of the actual event do not exist. What I do remember is the story of my sister-in-law's first husband who was killed on Normandy beach that day. One day, she showed me the telegram stating that her husband, an Army captain, was…

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    Oregon's Transgenic Wheat Finds Just A Fluke

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on June 4, 2013

    Here we go again. The transgen thrashers have leaped on the incidental find of some escaped experimental seeds of Roundup resistant wheat in Oregon with a frenzy press feeding. That is to be expected in this unfortunate event, and our guards should be up already to such attacks. We need to continue to respond to these charges with the facts on the importance and safety of trans genetics, and let the critics rant and rave until the day when world population grows to such proportions that…

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    $22,000 Left in Oregon's Wolf Loss Compensation Account

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on April 23, 2013

    With less than $25,000 left in Oregon's Wolf Depredation  & Prevention Program bank, livestock owners who sustain confirmed kills by the pack can  look forward to little compensation. Meanwhile, the Oregon wolf pack is alive, well and hungry as it continues to  move throughout livestock lands at will, despite the efforts of a few  range riders paid by the fund to keep an eye on  the predators. Those who think the return of the wolf is a nice thing…

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    Misuse Of Pesticides A Crime On So Many Levels

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on March 5, 2013

    Always it irks me to see the listing of violators of pesticide law, an offense that not only hurts ag's image, but creates doubt in our consuming public already misinformed on most pesticide issues. Selling product in unsafe containers, selling to an unlicensed buyer, using unlicensed applicators, make applications in a careless manner, causing drift to a nearby field, and even selling unregistered products were all caught by the Oregon Department of Agriculture  in 2012. And I…

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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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