Cowboy Hats Not Included

Published on: 12:41PM May 16, 2014

If you have the money, you could become an instant rancher. That's the sales pitch offered by real estate auctioneer Billy Long who will sell parcels of Colorado's Maytag Mountain Ranch June 5.

Buyers will get a 100-acre parcel, making them partners in an organic ranch that produces free-range chicken, organic vegetables and grass-fed beef to supply the Boulder, Colo., Whole Foods Market. "They'll also have access to horse and hiking trails, lakes and streams stocked with fish and a luxurious lodge for parties and events." Yeah, there's catch to this offer. Opening bids start at $450,000, and buyers will also need to pony up $8,000 in annual dues. You'll also need to buy your own cowboy hat.

10 Ways Marrying A Farmer Will Change Your Life

Jenny Dewey Rohrich has learned to live with the little inconveniences that come with being married to a farmer. Things like finding soybean seeds rolling around in her clothes dryer. But Rohrich is happy on the farm, even though it includes spending a lot of time alone and date nights during harvest are spent in the combine.

Crushing Meat Myths

Need talking points to counter that know-it-all down at the coffee shop? BuzzFeed published 15 Common Meat Myths That Need to be Crushed for Good, courtesy of the American Meat Institute. The list covers antibiotic use, hormones, animal welfare and other hot-button issues.

California Drought Impact

An article in the Denver Post says about 150,000 of California's 600,000 breeding cows have been sold. Nearly 57,000 head – both dairy and beef – have entered Colorado this year, compared to 28,980 during the first four months of last year.

Drought conditions in California are not expected to improve over the next five months. The best opportunity to break the drought this year may hinge on the emergence of an El Nino in the Pacific Ocean. The U.S. Drought Monitor says the entire state is suffering from some form of drought, and the rainy season just ended.