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Tom Ross: South Routt's Redmond family carries agriculture values forward

Routt County lost another member of an elder generation of ranchers Oct. 20 when James T. “Jack” Redmond died at his family’s historic ranch house at the edge of the Flat Tops on Bull Creek. Redmond was emblematic of a generation that grew up in the Great Depression and weathered the tumult and shortages of World War II to deliver their farms, ranches and families to more prosperous times.

Pipi's Pasture: Animal behavior and weather changes

Years ago, when we lived on the Front Range, one of our neighbors, an older lady, used to watch Benji, our son’s dog, when he was outdoors. Sometimes Benji rolled around on the ground, both legs up in the air as he rubbed his back. “Stop that!” our neighbor yelled at Benji. “When dogs roll around on the ground, it means that the wind will blow.”

Sasha Nelson: Sage grouse offer positive boost to economy

We have a responsibility to leave the world a better place for future generations. That means being good stewards of the land and protecting habitat for all wildlife. By protecting sage grouse, we protect the land and water that all of us — from hunters and hikers to anglers and ranchers — value and enjoy. And here in northwest Colorado, by protecting sage grouse we enhance our local economy. Saving sage grouse just makes good dollars and sense.

Pipi's Pasture: Planning pavilion projects for the fair

This is the time of year when 4-H and FFA members choose their livestock for the coming year, especially the market animals since they need to start feeding them. During November and December (by January), 4-H members also select those general 4-H projects that they wish to complete during the coming year. The target date for completion of all of these projects is county fair.

Pipi's Pasture: Sloppy fall days!

It’s funny how different one year can be from another. For example, last year we brought the cattle home from summer pasture the first weekend in September and fed them expensive hay until they went back to pasture in late May. This year, we’re thankful that there was enough grass, helped along a little by September rain, so that the cattle could stay on pasture until October — last weekend, to be exact.

Pipi’s Pasture: A September snow

The recent rains are proof that we just can’t predict what the weather will be like from year to year, even month to month. Out here, in the area around Pipi’s Pasture, the short grasses have gotten enough moisture so that they’re green again, much like spring. Our lawn is emerald green, just as it is in May.

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Agricultural impact of Colorado flooding will be ‘significant’

The recent flooding in Colorado’s Front Range and surrounding areas could have a negative impact on the rest of the state, including Northwest Colorado.

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Craig Sheep Wagon Days are here again

The 15th annual Craig Sheep Wagon Days takes place today at Wyman Living History Museum. The event is a celebration of the agricultural heritage of Northwest Colorado complete with demonstrations and displays for all ages, including a blacksmithing station, a hay maze, a petting zoo and more.

Pipi's Pasture: Bringing Pipi home

The hot, dry days — until now — of summer have flown by, and suddenly, it’s time for area ranchers to be thinking about bringing the cattle and sheep home from summer pasture. That goes for our family, too. Before long, we’ll be hauling our little herd home for the winter.

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Tom Ross: Restoring a 1959 farm implement that broke new ground in Routt County's Elk River Valley

In an era when air-conditioned farm tractors with satellite radio have become the norm, there’s something to be said for reconditioning a venerable agricultural implement like the self-propelled Hay Cruiser that Bill Fetcher put to work this summer.

Colorado Water Congress discusses strategies to save agriculture

Five members of disparate groups were gathered to talk about what the process of saving agriculture in Colorado will look like and how their constituencies can come together to see it happen.

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Barnyard buddies: Fair entrants show goats, pigs

A full range of farm residents were out and about Thursday as the festivities of the Moffat County Fair continued with the goat and swine shows.

Twin calves named Jiminy and Cricket join the pasture

Twin calves Jiminy and Cricket were born at Pipi's pasture this spring.

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Northwestern Tack store caters to horse lovers in Craig

RaeAnne Hadley is a cheery and kind-hearted woman who loves horses. Her welcoming demeanor and kindred social skills have carried her far, and now she’s sharing those talents as a new business owner in downtown Craig.

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Tom Ross: Rural community turns out to preview new farm implements at Hayden's Carpenter Ranch

Even if you are not a fan of country music, you must be familiar with Kenny Chesney’s hit song, “She Thinks my Tractor’s Sexy.”