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ISSUE DATE: 06/22/2009

Preserve the idea of conserving land forever

The conservation work that Chris McClelland has completed on his farm in Jefferson County, Kan., over the last 10 years began with an idea that his father had years ago.

McClelland grew up on the 160 acres where he and his family live today but it was all grass or hay at that time.

"My father always said he would terrace this place if he ever decided to farm it," McClelland said.

And that is exactly what McClelland did when he purchased the home place after his father died in the early 1990s. Today he farms 900 acres that he owns and 400 acres that he rents. McClelland has completed numerous conservation projects since he came back to the farm fulltime in 1998.


NEWS

ACGA president comments on EPA pending waiver for Clean Air Act
Ag department to launch electronic newsletter
ARS looks at controlling SCT biologically
ARS researchers develop test for food toxins
Biotechnology's potential to improve seed composition outlined in book
Calcium intake can carry lifelong consequences
Chambliss introduces measure to improve response to food-borne illness outbreaks
Climate change, carbon credits and ag featured at 2009 Texas Ag Forum
Commissioner Staples urges governor to include eminent domain reform in upcoming special session
Delegates selected to attend 38th annual NAYI
Destination ImagiNation honors Dairy Farmers Of America board chairman
Experts say pest becoming global nuisance
Farmers' and ranchers' entrepreneurship program planned
FCC acting chairman Copps releases report on broadband strategy for rural America
Gray appointed interim director KS Innovation Center for Advanced Plant Design
Grazeland Farms tour set for June 24
Groundbreaking for new Ag buildings held at Texas A&M
ISU instructor receives Fulbright Scholar grant
Kansas farmers' markets go high tech
Keeping your eggs safer--in a flash
K-State's food science program not limited to campus
Microbiologist elected as Institute of Food Technologists Fellow
National Association of Industrial Technology accredits degree at ISU
NCGA concerned with current American Clean Energy and Security Act
Nebraska Extension offers tractor safety training in Panhandle
New Twin Creeks Extension District starts July 1
Not an easy life for Kansas cowgirl
Obama Administration launches Food Safety Working Group website
Oklahoma teacher named 2009 National Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year
OSU student honored in national competition
Recent ruling places undue burden on farming, pest control industries
Research could help cut costs for producers
Research shines light on Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone
Satellites look at conservation tillage practices
Sen. Chambliss comments on administration's plan to slash key ag programs
Siebert receives Mary M. Hopkins Volunteer Service Award
Special initiatives address forestry, invasive plants, organic agriculture
Texas Association of Agricultural Consultants endows scholarship
Tractor parade bill moving to Missouri governor
Treating reflux as a disease may be necessary
USDA grants to help spur economic development in rural communities
USDA meets President Obama's 30-day biofuels directive to help meet country's energy needs
USGC: Producers should be able to keep supplying global demand
Vilsack announces floodplain easement selections through Recovery Act funding
Vilsack announces nearly $42.3 million in recovery act funding for watershed projects
Vilsack discusses agriculture assistance with Pakistan and Afghanistan

CROPS

AFBF: Drop in soybean stocks biggest news in report
ARS scientist studies plant invasion
Clues on corn yields, weather conditions and climate patterns
Corn Growers: New documentary attacks farming, would boost food costs
Farm Bureau urges opposition to faulty clean water bill
Farmers enter wheat for prizes, cash at Ellis County Fair
Fire plays a crucial role in the management of invasive plants
Forage options after wheat harvest
German court upholds ban on GMO corn
Global wheat condition one to watch
Greece extends ban on GM corn seed
Harvest finally begins
Harvest, just around the corner
Invasive pest has met his match
Investing in grain sorghum
Iowa farmers use conservation tillage
Kansas winter wheat production expected down 4 percent
KARA and KSU partner for field day
Meet the Campbells of Olney, Texas
Monsanto, BASF scientists disclose discovery of gene conferring drought tolerance in corn plants
National Plant Germplasm System aids in disease research
NCGA urges policymakers to acknowledge benefits of corn ethanol
North American Plant Protection Organization Seed Panel up and running
Organic agriculture spreads to traditional ag areas
Preserve the idea of conserving land forever
Rain halts harvest in Olney, Texas
Reduced soybean populations save money
Texas producer wraps up wheat harvest
The big move to Texas
U.S. biodiesel industry stands ready to meet 2009 RFS targets
USB study polls consumers
USDA-NASS to visit farms across Missouri
Wheat State ready for National Festival of Breads, June 15-17
Work continues to assure future water supply from reservoirs
Wrapping up at our first stop

LIVESTOCK

$1,000 reward for horse believed stolen
2009 Rocky Mountain Junior Beef Expo a success
32 herds quarantined because of bovine TB fears
American Horse Council aims to preserve Recreational Trails Program
Anti-animal ID voices dominate listening session
ARS looks for dietary supplements to boost poultry immunity
Biofuel byproducts find use in animal diets
Breeding gentler laying hens that still produce eggs to industry standard
Carcass Show Results
Cattle tuberculosis confirmed in Texas
Cattlemen tell congress NAIS should not be implemented
Committee recommends Beef Board budget approval
Cooperative funding programs continue to build demand for American lamb
Dairy industry provides big contribution to rural economies
Demand for Hereford semen continues to rise
DNA data, genome selection hot topics at BIF annual meeting
Dreitz, Rowe recipients of Morgan County Cattlemen's Association scholarships
Ethanol by-product raises food safety concerns
Ibach, Hughes provide update on bovine TB case to Rock County crowd
Iowa family: Robotic milker lets them leave farm
Joplin meeting will tell dairy producers how to cut feed costs
Kansas hosts Heartland Regional Junior Limousin Show
Kansas represented at 2009 Beef Leaders Institute
Kansas Sheep Council second quarter board meeting June 23
Landi McFarland attends 2009 Beef Leaders Institute
Livestock business struggling
Mackenzie Kastl is hired to assist with junior activities
NCBA urges Congress to make changes to on-farm inspection provisions in Food Safety Bill
NDA announces additional quarantines in bovine TB case
NDA issues importation order in response to confirmed Vesicular Stomatitis in Texas
NMSU Extension workshop teaches about raising chickens, building mobile coop
Oklahoma represented at 2009 Beef Leaders Institute
Producers believe beef checkoff has benefited profitability
Ranching demonstrations planned for the beef cattle short course
Senate passes National Day of the American Cowboy resolution
Senators introduce resolution to bolster Kansas animal health economy
Texas scientist finds variation affects marbling, from research design to cattle type and management
Thompson wins top title at LMA's World Livestock Auctioneer Championship in Fergus Falls
U.S. Pork Center Of Excellence updates its Pork Information Gateway
UNL finds DDGs good source of energy, improves reproduction
USMEF: April pork, beef exports reflect tough economic climate
Varner to host June 13 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship in Fergus Falls, Minn
Veal group housing transition ahead of schedule
Why "trade down?"

EDITOR

By reconsidering its findings, EPA can help U.S. ranchers, farmers
Chasing the storm
Stimulus or superfluous spending?

COLUMNS

Agriculture: White as the snow, but are we as pure?
Companies to update air-seeder technology
Company aims to create value for customers
Company offers compatible auto-steer systems
Hold back the emotion
Just a scoop full
Registration applications submitted for four products
Will rural America be on the 'Roadmap to Recovery?'

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock auction report
Alfalfa cutting, planting major farm activities for week
Amarillo livestock sales report
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction report
Clovis livestock auction report
Cool temperatures, moisture weather theme for week
Cool, weather delays corn planting
Cool, wet weather keeps producers out of fields
Corn, soybean bids lower
Crops hold steady following rains
Dalhart livestock auction report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Dodge City livestock sales report
Faith cattle sales report
Ft. Smith cattle sales report
Georgia cattle auction report
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain market close
Hail storms cause crop damage
Harvest begins in some areas
Hay trade is slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin regional cattle sales report
McAlester livestock auction report
Most hay prices generally steady
North Arkansas cattle sales report
OKC West livestock auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock auction report
Producers make planting progress
Rain received, warmth needed
Rains delay wheat harvest
Sioux Falls sheep sales report
Small grains slightly behind boot stage
Springfield livestock auction report
Springfield livestock sales report
St. Joseph feeder pig sale
Texhoma cattle sales report
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Weather leaves little time for fieldwork
West Plains livestock sales report
Wet soils hampering crop progress, some have to replant
Woodward livestock auction report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Applications for Grassland Reserve Program funds due July 1
Cool season hay production concerns
Fire ants may be hiding in imported hay
Lifting haze on post-fire land management
Summer annual forages

FAMILY

A low intensity, no-feed approach to water garden management
Cody has abundant natural light
Deer breeder embraces new animal identification system
Farmer, physician, soldier donates land for wildlife
FFA, 4-H members compete in National Land and Range Judging Contest
Garden tours offered free to the public
Great Plains trees to be inspected for invasives
Harvest crew treated to melt-in-your-mouth peach cobbler
Local farmers' markets open
Meditation for 6-22-09
Mountain Pine Beetle suspected in Banner
Nebraska Forest Service awards grants through Shade our Streets
Nebraska forestry experts want campers to buy locally harvested firewood
Oil keeps beetles where they should be
Plant an extra garden row for the hungry
Potato Perfect-Simple, Hearty, Satisfying
Producers should monitor aquatic herbicide usage around ponds
Retiree finds joy in organic gardening
Shopping tips for farmers' markets
Simple to flashy ways with melons
Teachers invited to wildlife habitat training
Teaching children about 911 can be an important lesson
Teens and cell phones
Texas Superstar plants to grow research through sales at Lowe's
Texhoma FFA holds annual banquet
Twilight Garden Series features local gardening experts
Upcoming KSU horticultural events
Watering the garden without a kink
Youth participate in program designed to promote sciences

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