Beautiful View

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We awoke to this beautiful view this morning, a welcome site after many months of drought and smoke…clear skies and blessed snow in the mountains! Many thanks to the courageous firefighters who have tirelessly battled forest fires this dry summer. And on a local note, heartfelt thanks to our volunteer fire departments, who have given much of their time putting …

Memorial Day Tradition

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Memorial Day Tradition:  About 15 years ago, Richard and I decided to honor our parents by planting trees in our yard. Because of the Zone 3 climate and sparse water, trees require at least 5 years of TLC to really get established — so it truly became a labor of love; and we’ve had our share of  losses. But we’re …

Branding on the Moore Ranch

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We’re well on our way to being done calving, so branding the new calves and turning out the cows/calves on pasture is the next ranch priority. We tend to brand in smaller bunches as the calves get old enough. Here, with the click of an iPhone and the help of our son, Sanford, and friends/neighbors Jay and Tom, we’re down …

Natural Products Expo West

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Alicia, Ann and I recently returned from an awesome trip to Anaheim, California, where we attended Natural Products Expo West. Due to the generosity of the Montana Department of Agriculture, our booth host, we were given the opportunity to join with several other Montana businesses to display and promote our quality and locally made products to the masses! In the …

Richard and Siri

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Richard, my husband, is a late arrival into the cell phone age. Among his many reasons for refusing to use a cell phone were: they don’t float in irrigation ditches; there’s no reception on the ranch; he couldn’t hear on it; and the tiny keyboard didn’t fit his fingers. All that changed when iPhone 4s and Siri entered his life. He totally …

Government “Helicoptering” Creates a Wii Farm Generation!

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Along with a roomful of friends and neighbors, I attended the Agriculture Appreciation Days dinner sponsored by the Harlowton Chamber of Commerce. The speaker raised some issues and cited statistics that left us all disheartened. While there were plenty of boots under the table and cowboy hats on the rack at our dinner, we were told that less than 2% …

2012 Resolution

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Off to a healthy start in 2012! I believe in New Year’s Resolutions. In fact, 2012 marked our 20th year of writing a list of what we planned to accomplish in the coming year. Once the list is completed, we sign it, seal it in an envelope and store it until  the ‘grand opening’ on New Year’s Day of the …

Face2Face

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FACE2FACE. Small, rural communities—here defined as those having populations under 1000 and located at least 100 miles from a city center—have their own form of social networking. The best way to ‘go viral’ is make your wishes known at the local post office or the coffee stop. For example, I expected a package delivery at the plant on December 23 …