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It was Christmas time. It was snow country. Mom, Dad, kids and the huge dog that seemed to live just for the kids were ready to open presents.

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The Forage Spokesperson contest is held each year at the American Forage and Grassland Council meeting. Individual farmers are nominated by state affiliate councils to present at the national conference.

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“Just what are you guys up to?” were the words the officer of the law used to both introduce himself and state his business. Two loaded hay trucks were parked beside the road in a residential section of town, both aimed toward a cul-de-sac.

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Headlines from some of the news stories coming into my e-mail box in the past couple of weeks have been things like, “Winter Annual Weeds Going Crazy” and “Warm Weather and Pest Populations.”

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If you read any good business management books, one of the things they will tell you is that you need to have a mission statement, something to help you define your purpose and that gives you guidance and direction.

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I just had a wild thought. Thinking about one of the plant geneticist’s presentation at the Washington Hay Growers Conference, about turning off specific genes in a plant’s DNA – what about a cow with a genetically modified tongue and digestive system so the cow could stick an anteater-like tongue down a gopher tunnel and retrieve and eat the gopher?

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