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Baxter Black

Baxter Black tackles ag issues with a strong funny bone. Black is an American cowboy, poet, philosopher and former veterinarian.

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In 1988, prezactly 20 years ago, I wrote a column predicting what the livestock industry will be like 50 years later: 2038.

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He was a good Dakota rancher with the stubborn Norwegian determination that allowed him to break even in the unforgiving country north of Mobridge.

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It is not uncommon to see real cowboys in the communities where cattle are part of the economy. I don’t mean posing in the street like gunfighters in Tombstone or passing out casino flyers on a corner in Las Vegas during rodeo week, but real cowboys in the middle school parking lot picking up their kids, in the latte drive-up or at the lumber store.

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Parents magazine polled readers about which of the 2008 presidential candidates would make the best babysitter.

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Hunter S. Thompson in his book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas said, “Circus, Circus (a big casino in Las Vegas) is what the world would be like if the Third Reich (Nazi Germany) had won!”

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The drought in the South made the news, not because North Carolina cattlemen’s pastures are drying up or Kentucky soybean crops are compromised, but because Atlanta is running out of tap water.

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