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ISSUE DATE: 04/06/2009

Irrigator switches on to energy efficiency

By Larry Dreiling

As the American experiment reinvents itself in the midst of challenging times, production agriculture is joining in to change for the better.

Energy efficiency is not just a term used by hybrid vehicle drivers and fluorescent bulb users. Producers looking to make good capital investments that will have a lasting impact on their operations are using it, too.

As the price of diesel and propane skyrocketed, more irrigators began to take a serious look at a switch--an electrical switch.

Changing to electricity for irrigation is proving to be increasingly popular. It's no doubt become more popular since U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development established the Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Program.


NEWS

Americans can learn from Australia's fires
Breda, Iowa high-tech equipment mover wins coveted Renew Rural Iowa Entrepreneur Award
Budget cuts hit Kansas Extension the hardest
Bushels of Love Foundation has successful first year
Congressional speeding
Drought to cut off federal water to California farms
Environmental historian Stephen Pyne to speak at OSU
EU: Recession to cut meat, cheese from menus
FAPRI study shows farm income decline
Five short line railroad projects selected for stimulus funding
Flooding in Fargo eases but winter storm moves in
Give the people what they want
Howard's Dakota Beef fined $45K for hiring aliens
Ingalls man charged in cattle theft
Irrigator switches on to energy efficiency
Kansas Environmental Leadership Program receives KACEE award
Lawmakers ask for delay of new BSE rule
Lawmakers ask for reconsideration of records plan
Lt. Gov. O'Brien back to her tractor "roots" for National Agric
Markey fights for clean water in rural communities
Money matters: Creating an emergency fund
Montana Farm Bureau supports SB 465
Moran introduces legislation to ease agricultural trade restrictions with Cuba
Moran's Ninth "Partners in Conservation" Tour to be held in central Kansas
NFU calls on USDA to implement farm bill as Congress intended
OKC area Domino's Pizza partners with local dairy farmers
Rainwater harvesting seminar set April 6 at Granbury
Rep. Markey presses Sec. Gates on Pinon Canyon
Scientists identify rust resistance genes in soybeans
Shoppers will know more about origins of food
South Texas Covey Connection seeking additional landowner participants
Southwest Dairy Day scheduled May 8 in Dublin
Stallman highlights rural development at USDA Forum
Survey: Nebraska farmland values hit plateau
U.S. feedlots feeding fewer cattle for slaughter
UN warns of rising demand for clean water
Veteran Texas AgriLife Research soils scientist retires
Vilsack announces disaster assistance for producers

CROPS

Biotech seed bill tabled by Montana senators
Corn growers have new weed management challenges
Corn population
Financial assistance extended for organic certification
Getting the most out of irrigation water
Grape and wine council to meet April 9
Grower survey confirms need for more innovative weed management systems
How do plant populations affect yield?
Iowa prospective plantings released
Killing crop-eating wildlife still legal
New Kansas Master Farmers, Master Farm Homemakers named
NRCS cover crop initiative application deadline is April 3
Nutrition educator joins Teton County Extension office
Oklahoma Wheat Commission announces new executive director
Peanut growers urged to continue support for National Peanut Board
Prospective upland cotton acreage down 6 percent from last year
Sharing global crop management techniques can help growers
Sprinkler rotator
TDA secures exemption to repel sandhill cranes, helping Texas c
Western State Foresters support call to action in new bark beetle publication
Wheat Quality Council holds annual meeting

LIVESTOCK

46th annual World Livestock Auctioneer Championship, June 13 at Fergus Falls, MN
A partnership to promote a cattle herding device
ASA Recognition of Renown show winners honors producers
Bronze and Silver pins presented to Caleb Sayre
Calving behind last year's averages
Cattlemen welcome new board members
CCA applauds amended bovine tuberculosis regulations in New Mexico
Colorado ranchers pray for death of 'death' tax
Egg Industry Center hosts first issues forum April 8
Iowa beef producer on meat mission to Mexico
Juniors parade champions at the 2009 Oklahoma Youth Expo
Lambing and calving continue
Make severe weather preparedness plan to keep livestock safe
Midland Bull Test nears completion
MSGA seeks applications for environmental award
MSGA to celebrate a century of ranching with celebration, book
NDA alerts producers to potential tick problems
New Mexico gets split status for bovine TB
Paul Trueblood honored by American Salers Association
Pickens says her horse sanctuary plans slowed
Recreational hunting leases can be valuable to landowners
RMFU applauds USDA milk purchase
Sheriff investigates reports of shot cattle
Some cattle stranded in NE Wyoming
Staples asks Texans to help rebuild rural southeast Texas still
Study of North Dakota horse slaughter plant endorsed

EDITOR

Lions and lambs
When it all goes South

COLUMNS

Dance, cowboy, dance
Deter copper theft
High float tire
Just a scoop full
Metal tool box

MARKETS

Ada livestock sales report
Amarillo livestock sales
Apache livestock sales report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock sales report
Colorado feeder cattle sale
Colorado slowly returns to normal after storm
Corn acres expected to increase; soybean acres to decrease
Corn planting slowed by rains
Dalhart livestock sales report
Delayed but not deterred!
Denison feeder cattle sale
Dodge City livestock sales report
Drought conditions affecting wheat prices, even with late-season snow
Dunlap livestock sales report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales
Grain market close
Hay trade slow
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Lexington livestock sales
Many hay sales remain steady
McAlester livestock sales report
Mixed bag as far as moisture goes for state
Montana 2009 prospective plantings released
Most of wheat in fair to good condition
Nebraska's March 1 prospective plantings released
North Arkansas livestock sales report
Northwest Oklahoma hit hard by snow
OKC West livestock sales report
Old Man Winter blankets Oklahoma wheat crop
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock sales report
Precipitation for March below normal
Salina livestock auction report
Senate gives final approval to horse slaughter bill
Sioux Falls sheep sales report
Soil survey indicates some residual deep moisture available for use in 2009
Spring often best time to assess soil compaction
Springfield livestock sales
Superior video auction report
Texhoma livestock sales
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock sales report
USDA report: Soybean acres expected to increase, other crops decrease
Weather extremes hit state
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Wheat bids higher, corn and soybeans lower
Wheat condition ranges from very poor to fair
Woodward livestock sales
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Range society honors AgriLife researchers
Summer burning may be option for pasture maintenance

FAMILY

A thistle you can learn to love
Avoid inviting termites to 'dinner' at your house
Composting workshop April 3 in Seneca
Deadline approaching to register for marketing workshop
Meditation for 4-6-09
NMSU studies turning gray water into green landscapes
Parenting tips on discipline
Pruning plants
Quimby has room to grow
Refinancing home mortgage not always a plus
Storm-injured trees can smell like tobacco chewers
Sweet Easter treats
Upcoming KSU horticultural events
Urban youth to experience life on the farm

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