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Keeping the herd in tip-top shape By KAMIE STEPHEN BH News Service

bred, you’re putting that money into her and not get- ting anything back.” As Van Anne spoke, he continued to check one cow after another, using the rec- tal palpation method. Each time, he would attempt to either feel the calf’s head or the cotyledons, which are soft, button-like nodules on the fetal membrane that at- tach to the uterine lining during development. “If I can grab their heads, then I can be really accu- rate with how far along they are,” Van Anne said. “These cows will be calv- ing sometime between Feb. 15 and March 15 — at least, that’s what my hand has said so far.” As the temperatures drop, Van Anne has also been helping producers

SCOTTSBLUFF — Travis Van Anne knows cattle. As a veterinarian, he spends his days helping others keep their cattle healthy. As a producer, his free time is dedicated to keeping his own herd in tip-top shape. Recently, he’s been spending time pregnancy checking cows and weaning calves. “Preg checking is a good idea,” Van Anne said on Tuesday as a cow moved into the chute next to him. He explained that know- ing which cows are open and which are bred allows producers to make deci- sions about their herd that may help them financially. “It costs about $1,000 to keep a cow for a year,” Van Anne said. “If she isn’t

BH News Service Veterinarian Travis Van Anne encourages a cow to move forward into the chute so he can check her for pregnancy on Wednesday. Checking for pregnancy can help producers make money-saving decisions about their herd.

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Corn harvest is 74% complete

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wheat at 63% good to excellent, 27% fair and 10% poor or very poor. Pastures and range were rated at 73% good to excellent, 19% fair and 8% poor or very poor. Corn production predicts bushels down 1% LINCOLN — The 2019 Nebraska corn production forecast of 1.77 billion bush- els would be down 1% from 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. That’s based on 9.75 million acres for harvest, up 5%, and average yield of 182 bushels per acre, down 10 bushels.

The soybean forecast of 282 million bush- els is down 13%, with the 4.95 million acres for harvest down 11% and average yield of 57 bushels per acre down 1 bushel. The estimated 13.7 million bush- els of sorghum would be down 14%, with the harvest area of 140,000 acres down 18% and average yield of 98 bushels per acre up 4 bushels. Potato production is expected to be down slightly, at 9.26 million hundredweight, with harvested acres up 2% and average yield of 470 hundredweight per acre down 10 hundred- weight. All forecasts are based on Nov. 1 condi- tions.

LINCOLN — The 2019 Nebraska grain harvest continued to make progress in the last week with 74% of corn and sorghum harvested by Sunday, along with 96% of soy- beans, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The corn progress compares to nearly 75% at the same time last year and 83% as the five-year aver- age. Similarly, sorghum harvested had reached 83% done in 2018 and the average is 86%. Soybean harvest is slightly ahead of last year and slightly be- hind the average. Crop condition re- ports include winter

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The history of Pawnee corn Lori Potter / BH News Servic Ronnie O’Brien of Shelton, leader of the Nebraska growers of Pawnee corn, sees surprising kernels o an ear of red-and-white-striped corn grown near Arcadia.

that don’t fit your live- lihood of farming and hunting. Approximately 2,000 Pawnee faced those dif- ficulties 145 years ago when they were moved from the Loup, Platte and Republican river ba- sins in Nebraska and north-central Kansas to Indian Territory in Oklahoma. An Oklahoma Historical Society his- Pawnee as having “al- ternating patterns of cultivation and High Plains bison hunting.” Spring economic and ritual activities focused on horticulture. “Women prepared and planted gardens of corn, beans and squash; men engaged in religious rit- uals associated with gardening,” the histo- ry says. In summer and win- ter, they traveled west to hunt bison. In August, tory describes the Nebraska life of the

they returned to their earth lodge homes for harvest. Major factors for the Pawnee move, identified in the history, were U.S. population expansion west, transcontinental railroad construction, constant Sioux attacks, and 1833, 1857 and 1874 treaties relinquishing their Nebraska lands to the government. Soils and weath- er were different in Oklahoma and individ- ual farms became more common. When Pawnee priests died without suc- cessors, knowledge was lost about religious cer- emonies and the sacred bundles — collections of symbolic and ritu- al objects wrapped in a buffalo hide casing. By the 1930s, when ef- forts began to restore a tribal government and Pawnee traditions, most corn seed varieties had Please see PAWNEE, Page C5

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been lost. Or so it seemed until 2003. That’s when Deb Echo- Hawk, keeper-of-the-seeds for the Pawnee Seed Preservation Project, and Ronnie O’Brien of Shelton, who then was The Archway’s cultural education director, connected as “seed sisters.” Since then, small steps by gardeners in both states have turned into giant leaps of progress to rebuild seed stocks of remaining corn va- rieties and restore some long thought to be extinct. More than a commodi- ty or decoration, corn is at the core of existence for the Pawnee. Echo-Hawk said there are 3,256 tribal members now, with one-third living in Oklahoma and the rest resid- ing around the world. “Our origin stories say ... PAWNEE from Page C4

Lori Potter / BH News Servic Marlan and Sherrie Ideus of Amherst delivered seven clothes baskets full of Pawnee mother corn to Pawnee, Oklahoma, Nov 1 along with other Nebraska-grown Pawnee corn loaded into their pickup at Fort Kearny State Historical Park.

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frame,” Van Anne said. “Calves that eat also drink and fur- thermore, don’t get sick as often.” When calves are weaned prior to arriv- ing at the feedlot, the chance of them being treated with antibi- otics when they get there is dramatically less, he said. Mass treatment, or giving all of the calves an antibiotic on ar- rival, is generally discouraged and gives the industry a bad name, Van Anne said. “Management pri- or to feedlot arrival if changed even slightly, such as weaning the calves for as little as a week at the ranch, can create a better envi- ronment for the calves at the feedlot and elim- inate the need for mass treatment,” he said.

“Second, are the risks of transportation and commingling,” he said. He explained that it’s preferable to sell calves close to home, so they have a short- er trailer ride and less water loss. If calves are mixed with outside calves, they could end up sick due to the transfer of pathogens between the animals. This leads to more calves being treated in their first 30 days on the yard. The calves’ genetics can also play a role in determining how the weaning process goes. Calves that are sick or have a poor genet- ic structure may have a reduced ability to eat and gain weight. “My calves typical- ly eat three percent of their body weight in this critical time

can do to help ensure cattle stay healthy post-weaning is to wean calves at home before they are sent to the feedlot. “There are several options to wean with fence-line weaning be- coming very popular,” Van Anne said. In this method, calves are allowed to see, hear and smell their mothers but are still separated from them. “Labor is a problem in every area of ag and most folks can’t deal with calves getting out (of the fencing) and be- ing able to feed them

every day,” Van Anne said. “But keeping cattle in their home environment eating grass across the fence from their moms is the best method to use for this.” Ideally, calves would be weaned over the course of about 45 days, but for most producers, this isn’t viable, said Van Anne. The risks to the calf are reduced, but un- fortunately, the risks to the ranch increase and returns could de- crease. Van Anne weaned his February/March calves for a week in

September and then hard weaned his 801 weight steer calves the day they were taken to the feedlot. That seven day pe- riod can be enough time for calves to learn to eat from a bunk, drink from a waterer, and share bugs with each other through the pathogens in their sa- liva. Calves can also establish a pecking order and learn that people aren’t preda- tors, Van Anne said. He said there are a number of factors out- side the producers control when it comes to whether weaning is a positive or a nega- tive experience. First, is the weather. Extreme cold, especial- ly with rain or snow, that is followed by heat stress can be more than many calves can handle, he said.

with determining when to wean their calves. He said weaning can be challenging, because for many op- erations, the health of newly weaned calves is poor. “Most calves have some level of illness in the first 30 days on feed and a few even die in the first 45 days at the yard due to Bovine Respiratory Disease,” Van Anne said. He said the big- gest thing producers

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Farmers look to Perdue as trade wars continue By ANNIE GOWEN and WILLIAM WAN Washington Post News Service WASHINGTON — out” line played into existing fears that the Trump admin- istration is more interested in helping large corpora- tions than the little guys.

Struggling dairy farmers who flocked to an expo in Wisconsin last month hoped to hear some encouragement from one of their own — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, a Georgia agri-busi- nessman whose dad had run a small farm. But some came away an- gry after Perdue — speaking in a state that lost nearly two dairy farms a day last year — remarked that small farms would not likely survive as the “big get bigger and small go out.” The remark reverberated across the country, prompt- ing calls for his resignation from farm groups, angry ed- itorials and even criticism from his own party. Critics said Perdue’s “go big or get

Perdue later said he was only acknowledging the current market reality. Over the last year, Perdue has emerged as President Donald Trump’s key evange- list in bruising trade wars, traveling the country to give folksy pep talks to frustrated farmers who have seen their incomes drop and exports hit hard by tariff disputes. As talks between China and the U.S. on a possible first phase of a trade deal continue, Perdue could have some welcome news for this key constituency that helped elect Trump — a third round of bailout payments on top of the more than $26 billion al- ready being spent.

BH News Servic Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has helped keep farmers’ support of President Donal Trump “overwhelmingly solid,” said acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

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Two economists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not autho- rized to speak publicly, said a third round of payments for farmers increasingly is seen as inevitable, particular- ly if a trade deal with China is not reached soon. The amount has not been determined. Perdue said Thursday he was “hopeful” that the pending trade deal would “supplant any type of farm aid need- ed in 2020.” But a third round of aid could be crucial to shoring up Trump’s support in rural America as the election looms, analysts say. In more than two years in office, Perdue, a former Georgia gov- ernor, has perfected the art of flattering the president — a must for any high-rank- ing Trump official. He spent more time in a recent podcast with Trump’s former press secretary Sarah Sanders lauding Trump than discussing farmer woes. Trump has said that what he doesn’t know about farming, “Sonny teaches me.” Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s acting chief of staff, said the White House thinks its sup- port within the farming community is “over- whelmingly solid” in large part because of Perdue’s efforts. “The president really likes people who know their stuff. And it’s been very clear from very early on that Sonny knows this industry, that Sonny knows the people, Sonny knows the issues, he knows how to communicate the issues,” Mulvaney said in an interview. TRADE from Page C7

“So there’s a certain level of expertise that immediately sort of, you know, moved him to the head of the class.” As the head of USDA, Perdue has been a dis- rupter in the Trump mold. He has worked to transform the sprawl- ing $140 billion agency of nearly 100,000 em- ployees by cutting staff, jettisoning re- search and rolling back directives on forest preservation and food safety. Perdue has run afoul of Democrats in Congress, child pov- erty advocates and science groups, who worry about his climate change skepticism— “I think it’s weather pat- terns, frankly,” he said recently — and moves they say have weakened the agency’s research wings. Internally he’s been praised for his relent- less promotion of the administration’s agen- da. In recent days he’s been out touting China’s alleged com- mitment to more than double its agriculture purchases from the United States — a trade agreement celebrated by Trump but not com- mitted to paper, much less signed. But patience is waning for Perdue’s sunny bromides in ru- ral America, where farm bankruptcies and loan delinquencies are rising. Before the “big get bigger” misstep, Perdue was booed in August in Minnesota over an ill-timed joke that suggested farmers were whiners. “He’s supposed to be the head of the Agriculture Department, a true representative of farm- ers, but it felt like he was pretty out of touch with what was going on here in farm country,” said Darvin Bentlage, 63, a cattle producer in

Golden City, Missouri. A third trade bailout would help, he said, “but it won’t make us whole and we don’t want to be making our money at the mailbox. We’d rather be making it at the marketplace.” When he arrived at an early morning breakfast recently with produce growers just blocks from the White House, Perdue, 72, was all smiles, back-slap- ping greetings and posing for photos. “Y’all know President Trump is trying to stand up [against] some of the practices that China has been engaged in for a number of years,” Perdue told them. China and the United States have imposed tariffs on billions of dollars worth of goods since Trump imposed the first round of tariffs on China for allegedly unfair trade practices in July 2018, profound- ly impacting the global economy. Some of the farm- ers who had gathered to see Perdue said they were worried and they can’t hold out forev- er. Agriculture exports to China fell from nearly $20 billion in 2017 to $9 billion last year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation, with farm bankruptcies rising24 percent. The USDA said in an August report that net farm income is forecast to increase slightly this year, but it’s still down more than 35 percent of its high of $136 billion in 2013. Bob Mast, president of CMI Orchards, which grows apples, pears and cherries in Washington state, said that because of the trade war, he’s been able to ship only a quarter of the cherries he normally would to China. “China typical- ly takes the largest

amount we grow, and they’re willing to pay premium for it,” Mast said. “We have gotten some relief money from government. That’s helped, but we need a resolution to it by cher- ry season next year.” Experts say that many large farm oper- ations — whom critics say benefited more from the first round of trade aid than mom-and-pop operations —may be able to hold out longer by tapping into their eq- uity. Others won’t be as fortunate. As Perdue himself of- ten says, “You can’t pay the bills with patrio- tism.” Still, most farmers re- main in Trump’s camp. Trump’s job approv- al rating among rural Americans remains higher than the country as a whole — by 54 to 38 percent — according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll in September. During his first speech to the USDA staff in April 2017, Perdue made a point to strip off his suit jack- et, toss away his tie and roll up his sleeves. “Y’all need to know I was a farmer first,” he said to applause. “We’re going to get comfortable in working clothes.” The next day, he rushed to the White House to help convince Trump not to immedi- ately withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement, clutching charts and graphs to explain how farmers would be hurt. “Secretary Perdue sat down with him and explained how import- ant this agreement was to farmers,” said Zippy Duvall, the president of the Farm Bureau, a fel- low Georgian who has known Perdue for more than a decade. “That had a huge influence on the president.”

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and department operations. Perdue’s staff said that the proposed changes would “make major strides in reining in dependence on government assistance.” As Trump’s reelection campaign looms, Perdue is expected to continue to play his role as Trump’s chief con- soler to struggling farmers as well as pushing passage of the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. “They recognize that there’s going to be some short-term difficulties as we try and hammer out these agreements, to get fair trade with China,” Mulvaney said. Perdue’s close relation- ship with the president paid off politically last year when Trump surprise-tweeted his endorsement of Brian Kemp, a Perdue ally, in Georgia’s gubernatorial primary. Kemp later won a narrow vic- tory over Democrat Stacey Abrams. Perdue remains a popu- lar and a powerful force in

and at a meeting with Perdue this summer, they stood and turned their backs on him in protest. Since taking over the USDA, Perdue’s mantra has been “Do right and feed ev- eryone.” At the same time, his agency has tried to cut funding for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps, which helps feed 9.5 million families with chil- dren. The proposal to lim- it SNAP beneficiaries has not gone over well with Democrats, who see it as an end run around Congress, which did not make such cuts when it passed the mammoth farm bill earlier this year. “I’m not sure what the mo- tivation was, but it’s wrong. Why would you address something we purposeful- ly did not take up in the farm bill?” said Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, chair of the House Agriculture subcom- mittee on nutrition, oversight

Georgia politics, said Charles S. Bullock III, a University of Georgia political science professor. Perdue’s cousin, David, was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014, and Sonny Perdue is likely to have a say as Kemp moves to fill the seat of Sen. Johnny Isakson, who is stepping down. During his tenure as gover- nor from 2003 to 2011, Perdue was an aggressive free-trad- er, with the state opening trade offices in China, Brazil and France. Exports grew 77 percent, according to the state’s office of economic de- velopment. Ethics questions followed him throughout his time as governor. He refused to put his agro-business assets in a blind trust, and he was twice cited by the state’s eth- ics board — once for failing to report a trip on a private airplane owned by one of his family businesses, and once for $18,000 in excessive cam- paign donations.

a revolving door at Perdue’s USDA in which industry em- ployees move in and out of the department. He has filled his agency’s upper ranks with lobbyists, industry exec- utives and people with whom he has done business (Perdue is worth well over $5 mil- lion). Perdue’s chief of staff until last year, Heidi Green, was a partner in Perdue’s shipping business. His undersecretary for trade worked for agri- cultural conglomerates. His senior adviser worked as a lobbyist for the pesticide in- dustry association. Meanwhile, morale at USDA, as measured by a respected survey, has plum- meted amid staff shrinkage. Perdue especially angered employees with a plan to up- root workers at the agency’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Economic Research Service and force them to either move to Kansas City or quit their jobs. Many voted to unionize,

Perdue oversees an agen- cy whose work affects almost every part of people’s lives — feeding millions through its food stamp program, advis- ing farmers when and how much to plant, protecting America’s forests, formu- lating nutrition guidelines for schoolchildren and safe- guarding the nation’s food supply. He declined to be inter- viewed, but his staff sent a list of accomplishments, in- cluding deregulatory moves they said saved $157 million; opening new markets for beef in China, pork in Argentina and rice in Colombia; and a reorganization they say plac- es a greater emphasis on trade and rural development. Farmers have praised his efforts to expand rural broad- band and push for simpler rules for guest worker visas. Critics have said there is

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our first man and wom- an descended from the sky world. The wom- an had the seeds of life within her and the man discarded his bison robe and a whole herd sprung forth,” Echo-Hawk said, adding that the wom- an was wrapped in corn PAWNEE from Page C5

husks. She sees the corn proj- ect as also reflecting the good relationships between the Pawnee people and ear- ly Nebraska settlers, some of whommourned when the Pawnee be- gan the long journey to Oklahoma. “Our friend- ship was severed ... until the Pawnee seeds brought us together to

maintain homeland ties through friendship once more!” Echo-Hawk said. The project has been a painful remind- er of hardship and loss for some Pawnee. A Nasharo (Chiefs Council) elder chief told her he thought corn and the corn ways should be a thing of the past. “He believed that we lost so much on that

walk,” Echo-Hawk said, including sacred bun- dles and their meaning. “Sometimes, they sim- ply were placed high in a treetop for Atius (God) to take back. Others had given theirs to mu- seums to take care of because the family had perished and the knowl- edge was lost.” Eventually, the el- der chief said he was

sorry for giving her a hard time. Echo-Hawk said he told her, “You kept the corn going and bringing it back. You didn’t give up and now we have a bountiful start to feed our people again.” “And then,” she said, “he wept and told me ‘Thank you.’” I’vewrittenstories aboutEcho-Hawkand

O’Briensince 2007, a few yearsafter thebumpy start tosave sacredea- gle corn,with itspurple splotches resemblingeagle wingsonwhitekernels. Their work clear- ly is about much more than growing corn so Pawnee people may eat foods made from the same crops once grown by their Nebraska an- cestors.

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“That he and Donald Trump would be close does not surprise anybody,” said DuBose Porter, a former state legislator and former chair- man of the Democratic Party of Georgia. “I think their per- sonalities and their vision of the world is very similar. They don’t think the rules apply to them and they see government as a way to en- rich themselves and their friends.”

When he left Georgia for Washington, Perdue, a deep- ly religious Baptist who once prayed for rain on the State House steps during a drought, was given a mis- sionary’s send-off at a church where his son is now a pastor, according to an ac- count in the Baptist Press. Perdue had told worshipers a few days before that God spoke to him and his wife and called them “to serve

Trump in his Cabinet.” Given how frequent- ly Trump fires his Cabinet secretaries, it is no small po- litical feat that Perdue has managed to hold on so far, said former USDA secretary Dan Glickman. “This is an administra- tion where day-to-day no one knows what’s going to hap- pen, and yet, there’s been no scandals. No talk of Sonny leaving. He seems secure in

his job. And the president ac- tually listens to him,” said Glickman, who headed the USDA for six years in the Clinton administration. “The way he’s present- ed himself to Trump is as a problem solver on renewable fuel, on the trade war. I know Sonny’s not thrilled about how this impacted farmers. But he’s not been disloyal to Trump when talking about it It’s a tight rope to walk.”

Critics also point to a last-minute retroactive tax break that saved him $100,000 in 2005, as reported then by the Atlanta Journal- Constitution. Perdue and his supporters have said that the ethics criticism was politically motivated and the tax break benefited all Georgians, not just him.

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