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ISSUE DATE: 07/29/2013

Budget-minded university harvests the wind for savings

By Larry Dreiling

You don’t need a chart from the National Weather Service or a data map from the U.S. Geological Survey to tell you one thing about the High Plains.

Out here, the wind blows.

In fact, the wind around these parts blows most of the time.

Because of that, utilities have installed wind farms to bring supplemental power to their customers.

It’s a rarity, however, for public institutions to develop wind energy systems.

One such institution is Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kan. Confronted with state budget reductions cutting into higher education spending, FHSU has installed two wind turbines to offset the budget cuts while retaining other programs.

The reduction in the university’s carbon footprint and the opportunities for educational programs are added benefits, said Edward Hammond, Ph.D., FHSU president.

“This project brings us savings that will be close to the figure the Legislature has cut us. A substantial amount of the budget reduction will be offset by the savings we should get by using wind power generation.”


12 Missouri counties declared disasters
'Basic Prescribed Fire Training' now offered online
Budget-minded university harvests the wind for savings
Diners enjoy Made in Oklahoma food at Irma's
Gov. Nixon signs bill bringing accountability to ballot initiative process
Immigration focus of sociology research in southwest Kansas
Missouri governor vetoes ag bill
Ogallala Aquifer Initiative used by farmers to improve water application
Olive-oil milling leftovers scrutinized in new ARS studies
Planning a successful transition from a family operation to an agricultural business
Projects will support small business, job creation, and entrepreneur training in rural Nebraska
Record-breaking 'dead zone' predicted in the Gulf of Mexico this summer
Rural Opportunity Zones program expands by 23 counties
Scientists follow the footprint of invasive trees
Sec. Vilsack: Bipartisan farm bill needs to pass
State judge appointed in 'pink slime' lawsuit
U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approves bill for NBAF
USDA grants to bring improved educational, health care services to rural communities
USDA Rural Development funding available for home purchase, repairs


Arkansas Soybean Association announces changes for annual yield contests
Calamity Jane Days cruise set for Sept. 20
CDA launches survey to detect emerald ash borer
Celebration to recognize 75 years of ag research in the High Plains set Aug. 29
Cool, moist conditions increase sudden death syndrome potential
Family farm reaches fourth generation in southwest Missouri
Forage options following irrigated wheat
Hoffman Harvesting celebrates special day in Colby, Kan.
Iowa State researchers to focus on crops at Aug. 1 field day
Jewell receives NAYI Award of Merit
Kansas farmer harvests the 25 billionth bushel of wheat
K-State Master of Agribusiness offers professional development conference
Mark your calendars for MU field days
NDA awards Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute scholarships
Nebraska NRCS announces availability of funds for windbreak renovations
NMSU Extension offers online drought resource
Northeast Kansas wheat plot tour results reported
NTOTP hires new management, announces events
Oklahoma County Free Fair kicks off Aug. 22
Osowski crew moves to new location in Nebraska
Plasticulture grant funds available to expand specialty crop production
Quivira Conference: 'Inspiring Adaptation' set for November
Roland Harvesting tests new equipment
Romero named Extension intern in Garden City
Sorghum foundation awards annual scholarships
Southeastern Wyoming winter wheat survey available
State climatologist: Nebraskans may have to prepare for dry rest of the summer
Trends eyed at Oilseed and Grain Trade Summit
Western bean cutworms and banks grass mites in corn
Winter canola growers, researchers review production year
Z Crew has a memorable harvest week


2013 Beef Tour set for Aug. 24 in northeast Missouri
Avoid hidden costs of antibiotic treatments
Brothers produce consistent prospects demanded by youth lamb exhibitors
Cattle Trails Stocker-Wheat Conference set for Aug. 13
CLA holds annual membership meeting at joint convention
Colorado State remembers legacy of Dr. James L. Voss
Dairy judging camp focuses on skills, character
Egg-sanitizer machine could save millions of chicks annually
Exports continue to support pork industry
Funding the future sale raises funds for Shorthorn juniors
Gov. Nixon signs bill putting career, technical education in spotlight
Helping youth is main objective of club lamb producer
Iowa State researchers study precision nutrition for niche market swine operations
ISU part of team honored for excellence in swine nutrition research
Johns Hopkins team to look at Pew study on animal production
Juniors named top breeders at Shorthorn show, conference
Kansas NFO to meet Aug. 8
Kansas youth excel at Junior Shorthorn event
K-State Animal Science Academic Quadrathlon team named reserve champions
Lab confirms cattle deaths due to blackleg
Learn about feeding dairy beef at Extension programs
Livestock Marketing Association and members donate to West, Texas
Monitor conditions and take steps to avoid heat stress in livestock
MU economist: Beef cow herds shift as technology brings changes
MU Extension specialist: Questions about creep feeding calves don't have simple answers
National Bison Association announces scholarship
Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation honors Retail Value Steer Challenge winners, scholarship recipients
Nebraska Junior Hereford Association Field Day held
Proper nutrition plays key role to help protect dairy cattle against heat stress
Registration open for regional beef cattle conference at Auburn
Respiratory protection isn't just for calves
S.D. stock dog group having Make-a-Wish fundraiser
Take precautions when exhibiting, visiting swine exhibits at county fairs
Topekan wins National Beef Cook-Off regional award
University expands veterinary education program
USDA releases cattle on feed numbers
Weather will determine direction of cattle industry
West Texas A&M to offer online course, Pharmaceutical Use in Cattle
Worker training and education are key to cattle care
Worms in goats can be a problem in dry weather


All that is right with 4-H
Assessing the future of agriculture
Uncharted territory


A closer look at waste, fraud and abuse at USDA
AGCO Application Equipment is introducing the RG700
Be a real champion
Center adds to feed stock research
Contest invites Kansans to share ag photos
Enzyme technology saves up to 5 percent corn in ethanol
Farm legislation
Hard white wheat program research gets $325,000 investment from company
In other business news
Jones named incoming chief at Krone
Market availability for fat Holsteins
Millers announce joint venture
Soil moisture monitor, weather station added to program
Superior Livestock purchased by National Livestock Credit
Sweet corn sweetens summer


Amarillo livestock auction summary
Cooler weather lets moisture soak in texas
Denison feeder cattle auction report
Dodge City Livestock sales report
Ft. Smith cattle sales report
Grain market close
Grain, hay harvests becoming widespread Colorado
Hay trade mixed as new crop comes in
Hay trade slow to moderate
Hot weather continues montana
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Lack of water hurting crops wyoming
OKC West livestock sales
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt cattle sales report
Rains fall in some much needed areas new mexico
Recent rainfall benefits row crops oklahoma
Salina cattle sales report
Scattered showers help in some areas missouri
Showers welcomed across much of state kansas
Soybean planting complete arkansas
Soybeans close with sharp losses
Springfield dairy heifer sales report
Tulsa cattle sales report
West Plains livestock auction report
Woodward livestock sales report


Cheatgrass increases fire risk
KDA requests authorization of emergency haying, grazing on CRP land
Nebraska Grazing Conference planned
NMSU Rancher's Roundtable addresses government drought assistance
Over-mature hay drops in quality
Range schools focus on soil health in August
USDA authorizes emergency haying, grazing of CRP acres for multiple counties


4-Hers compete at Colorado State 4-H Conference
4-Hers perform community service at summer camp
'American Idol' finalist Josh Gracin to kick off Sand and Sage Round-Up
Annual tradition returns to Phillipsburg in August
Arkansas' public spaces can be beautified with Greening of Arkansas Grants
Banish boring sandwiches
Budget for basics for back-to-school items
Clover Garden brings 4-H philosophy to life
Determine safety before using fruits, vegetables from flooded gardens
Don't let doggy bag make you sick
Dynamic duo of Kansas 4-H geology project honored
Entries remain open for columnist contest until Aug. 31
Extension, Kansas Forest Service give tips on detecting, managing emerald ash borer
FFA members to attempt to break world record for pickup parade Aug. 3
Kansas 4-H geology volunteer honored
Kansas Horticulture Update in Hays planned Sept. 12
Kokomo has many amenities
New Kansas State FFA president is ready and willing to serve
New publication discusses trees that survive Wyoming's climate
Resurgence of homegrown food seen across the state
Root damage is a major, unseen cause of tree failure
Schaffer named Pheasants Forever youth coordinator in Kansas
Selecting the right hoe for the job
Still time to control grubs in lawns
Washing raw meat may do more harm than good

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