• T.J. Burnham

    Eastern Colorado Drought Heavily Impacting Livestock

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on June 26, 2013

    Sad rangeland plant conditions are having a hard impact on eastern Colorado cattle grazing,  with vegetation all but gone in any areas. In a recent visit to the area near Wray, I talked with cattlemen who believe it may be time to pull their cattle and take them to far-away greener pastures, or to the feedlot early. This second year of drought is also having a ripple impact, since overgrazing of pastures can lead to loss of some of the most important vegetation next season…

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    A Good Time to Recall New Year Resolutions

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     by T.J. Burnham
     on June 24, 2013

    Last Dec. 31, I was getting excited about my promises to become a smaller person. I had to lose some weight. Now that the middle of the year is approaching, I wonder what happened. Did somebody take all of my diet drinks and hide them? No, there they sit, still and undisturbed in the corner of the kitchen. Containers of powder waiting for dilution into what they call "shakes" are covered with dust and   cobwebs, like my dreams of returning to my…

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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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