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Have goat, will walk across the country for charity

Drivers slowed and pedestrians pulled out cameras as Steve Wescott and LeeRoy Brown strolled down the street. It might not sound that odd, but bear in mind — LeeRoy Brown is a goat.

Diane Prather: Moffat County to host 4-H Expo

Moffat County is the host of this year’s Northwestern Colorado 4-H Livestock, Rabbit, Poultry, Dog and Horse Exposition that will be held June 10 to 13 at the Moffat County Fairgrounds in Craig.

From Pipi's Pasture: Planting the garden at the ranch

We worked hard, so we ate hearty meals when I was growing up on the ranch.

From Pipi's Pasture: A shopping day in Craig, part 2

When my sisters and I were kids, Dad and Mom sometimes planned a full day of shopping in Craig.

From Pipi's Pasture: Going to the movies

When I was a kid growing up on the ranch, a trip to town was a big deal.

Diane Prather: Dispatches from the 20th annual 4-H district retreat

Each year, 4-H members and their chaperones from Moffat, Routt, Rio Blanco, Grand, Jackson, Eagle and Garfield counties meet to participate in a District 11 Retreat. This year’s retreat was held at the Marriott Residence Inn in Glenwood Springs from March 1 through 3.

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Udall calls for livestock insurance program in 2013 Farm Bill

Udall calls for livestock insurance program in 2013 Farm Bill

This week, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., urged the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee to include a permanent livestock insurance program in the 2013 Farm Bill. In a letter to committee Chairwoman Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D- Mich., Udall said ranchers need a safety net considering ongoing drought conditions across much of the Rocky Mountain west.

Diane Prather: Workshop to help small-acreage landowners

Both beginners and experienced landowners will find value in an upcoming workshop that will discuss topics related to managing small-acreage property.

From Pipi's Pasture: Remembering the sugary Easter eggs

This morning, I noticed how much snow has melted in the yard and in the fenced area where we keep the hay and plant the garden.

Diane Prather: Celebrating National Ag Day

The week of March 19 was designated National Agriculture Week. In addition, March 19 was National Ag Day, and in Colorado it was Ag Day at the Capitol.

From Pipi's Pasture: The sloppy season

A lot of melting is going on right now in the feedlot at Pipi’s Pasture. As a result, we’re having to deal with a gooey mixture of manure and dirt.

Diane Prather: Moffat County 4-H students go to conference

The theme for this year’s Colorado 4-H Leadership Development Conference was “4-H Has Got the Magic.” The conference was held at the Renaissance Hotel in Denver from Jan. 25 to 28. The conference was attended by 4-H members from throughout Colorado. Representing Moffat County’s 4-H program were Will Pilgrim, Seth Morgan, Mitchell Davidson, Austin Luker and Samantha Pearce. Michelle Pilgrim was chaperone for the Moffat County group.

Routt County agencies, agriculture groups refocus on irrigation water measuring devices

Feathers were ruffled in August when eight irrigation ditches in the Elk River Valley were shut down because they didn’t have flow-measuring devices. This year, the Routt County CSU Extension is working to get ahead of the drought.

From Pipi’s Pasture: Winter at Morapos

As I look out on Pipi’s Pasture, I’m reminded of winter days when I was a child growing up on the ranch at Morapos (south of Hamilton). Memories take me back to when I was in the elementary grades, around 7 to 9 years of age.

From Pipi’s Pasture: New Fair Book contest offers opportunity for 4-H youths

There are lots of talented young people in Moffat County, and this year 4-H members have a chance to use their artistic talents to vie for the cover of the 2013 Moffat County Fair Book. Each year’s book features a unique cover design. Past covers have been designed by Moffat County Extension Office personnel, but this year the Fair Board has decided to try something different. They are having a contest for the 2013 Moffat County Fair Book cover, and they’ve opened it to 4-H members. The deadline to enter is Feb. 28, so if you’re a 4-H member who’s interested in entering the contest, you’ll have to hurry.