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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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The light of the campfire flickered across the faces of the herders. They’d polished off the last of the cabrito. “Muy bien,” said Tío, “I’m glad we got together. It’s been a long time. We lost José last year.”

Pedro said, “Yeah, if it wasn’t for him we’d never had the nerve to go to Bethlehem that night. It was scary when those angels lit up the camp ... bright as day!”

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For several years, my phone conversations with George have been depressing. Sometimes when we discuss rain, he’s never had enough on Spud Mountain.

He seems to live in the endless drought conditions … until it rains and washes out his water gaps, tanks and roads. It’s tough on his cows. Thank goodness, he has a job at the bank.

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It’s been said, “Free advice is always worth more than advice you have to pay for.” Barb said she remembered a time when farmers used what we call today “alternative medicine” on themselves and their animals.

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The Amish have many admirable traits; generosity, a work ethic, a Godly discipline, thriftiness and a small footprint on the ecology. Talk about recycling.

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I am married to a Starbucks fiend (sounds better than user or addict). Any trip to town includes a quad vente latte four shots no foam.

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Labor Day was created by unions to recognize the American worker. It did not include ranching and farming; if they did, it would destroy the ability of a farmer to get a loan.

If a farmer included the cost of his daily labor on a financial statement, no banker could find a way to show a profit. But things have changed.

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