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  • Farm, Ranch, Business

    Ron Rabou for the Pine Bluffs Post|May 23, 2024

    I love Spring. Call me crazy, but cool, foggy, drizzly days are some of my favorites. I love stepping outside after a spring rain and smelling the air. It smells perfect. The sweetness from the blossoms on the apple trees and the aroma from the fresh flowers. The fresh, wholesome smell of newly plowed soil. The clean scent of newly mowed grass and the feel of the moist, dense air. As I look around my farm, I see so many wonderful sights. I see a robin sitting on her three perfectly shaped blue...

  • A Farmer's Perspective

    Ron Rabou for the Pine Bluffs Post|Apr 25, 2024

    "This is freaking me out, Ron!", exclaimed Cristy. In retrospect, driving blindly in the night as we inched along some random road in a classic Western Wyoming blizzard was probably not the wisest choice we had ever made, especially at the age of 18 with no way to contact anyone if we had trouble. But then again, it was part of the adventure and we just needed to persevere a little bit longer. My fellow state FFA officer, Cristy Dicklich, and I were traveling around the state presenting...

  • A Farmer's Perspective

    Ron Rabou for the Pine Bluffs Post|Mar 21, 2024

    I hate the wind. In over 50 years as a Wyoming resident, I have always detested it. As a farmer, it is heartbreaking to observe the life-giving soil moisture disappear as the wind wreaks havoc on the fields we will be planting soon. Each morning, I listen to my friend, Don Day, hoping that he will offer me a reprieve from the elements and reassure me that rain is on its way. There is no doubt that living in Wyoming has plenty advantages. Unfortunately, the weather isn't always among them. I...

  • National Agriculture Week

    Ron Rabou for the Pine Bluffs Post|Mar 23, 2023

    We've all heard the saying that, "A country that cannot feed itself, cannot secure itself." But what does that actually mean? In short, it means the more we depend on other countries to produce the things we can produce in this country, the more vulnerable we become to relying on other countries to provide us with what might arguably be the most important thing any of us do on a daily basis: eat. If we don't have a reliable, plentiful, and safe food supply, we are ALL in trouble. It's easy to...

  • Community is what you make it

    Ron Rabou|Sep 2, 2021

    Recently the Wyoming Supreme Court issued a public censure of a Cheyenne attorney who was the lead prosecutor in a case against an Albin farm owner, her son and two contractors who were present when DCI agents stormed a farm northeast of Albin. This attorney and the Laramie County DA office claimed that these individuals were conspiring to grow, possess and distribute marijuana. Despite overwhelming evidence disproving the claim, they refused to recognize the crop as hemp. In its findings, the Supreme Court confirmed that “In the course of t...

  • Addressing the possibility of growing hemp in Wyoming

    Ron Rabou Rabou Farms|Mar 5, 2020

    Grow hemp and you'll get rich! Profits of $20,000 to $30,000 per acre are possible. Well, not to be Debbie Downer, but any scheme that portrays itself as a "get rich quick" proposition, more than likely deserves a fair amount of scrutiny. As many of you know, I have been a proponent of legalizing the production of hemp in Wyoming. Along with two other colleagues, I was the first to present a case compelling enough to the legislature, that the first bill in Wyoming history was passed in 2017 to...