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ISSUE DATE: 12/07/2009

Keeping the shelves stocked

By Jennifer M. Latzke

It's a sad state of affairs.

Rural America is largely responsible for a safe, wholesome and plentiful food supply for our country and many others. Yet, the people who feed, fuel and clothe the rest of us often live in what sociologists call "food deserts."

David Procter explained a food desert is defined as an area where most of the citizens live 10 miles or more from a grocery store. Procter is the director of the Center for Engagement and Community Development, based at Kansas State University. He and his staff are working to find ways to help rural communities survive, and one way is to find solutions to the food desert conundrum.


NEWS

Bankers should focus on the future
Department named 'distinguished,' ranked second in nation
Keeping the shelves stocked
McFarland receives Excellence in Extension award
NAP application closing date Dec. 1 for certain crops
Nebraska family weathers changes on the farm
Off the mound, Pirates pitcher pursues farm policy
Rural Internet grants net applications
Survey shows rural Midwest still in recession
Two biomass conversion facilities available for Kansas producers under BCAP
UW Board of Trustees approves College of Agriculture name change
Venezuelan government takes over farms
Wyoming Farm Bureau sets policy for coming year

CROPS

Ag Profitability Conference Dec. 9
Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show presents the ninth annual Texas Commodity Symposium
Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show presents the Texas A&M 25th annual Panhandle Farm and Ranch Management
ARS survey helps growers track two key cotton pests
Brian Eggebrecht, Ryan McCormick selected for 2009 WILOT Program
Crop prices rise 7.7 percent amid soggy harvest
Engineered edible cottonseed could feed millions
Growers take to the air, use tracks to defeat mud
Harvest weight limit exemption approved for grain haulers
High Plains Ag Conference set for Dec. 2 in Lubbock
Leading brands, retailers attend CCI's Sustainability forum
Nebraska fire marshal preaches safety to grain dryers
Noble Foundation to again sponsor Outstanding Conservation District Director award
Ottawa County Conservation District awards announced
Pesticide disposal offered in Muskogee, Custer and Texas counties
Southeast Nebraska farm receives of conservation award
Sugar beet farmers celebrating sweet harvest
Upcoming K-State agricultural events
Upcoming K-State agricultural events

LIVESTOCK

2009 NAILE Sale of Champions breaks all-time record
Brand inspector, law officer honored at Mid-Winter Conference
Brucellosis found in eastern Idaho cow
Cattlemen's Ball books Randy Travis
Extension Beef Satellite Short-course dates set
Family farmers call on Congress, USDA to make immediate action on the dairy crisis
Favorable feeding conditions favor beef quality
Grand Champion Market Wether Lamb wins big in first show
Important questions every horse owner should ask
Internationally known scholar named Excellence Chair in Prion Biology
Iowa all-natural bacon product wins national magazine taste test
Kansas cowboy Rocky Patterson wins first world steer roping title
Livestock auction pays fine for sale violations
MSGA to "Celebrate the Ranching Spirit" for 125th Annual Convention and Trade Show, Dec. 10 to 12
Nebraska company says it's recovered recalled beef
Powell butcher supplies meat to Wyoming care packages
Retaining ownership, feeding in-state makes sense for cow-calf operators
Salers parade champions at NAILE
Show-Me-Select Heifer sale at Kingsville averages $1,180 for calving-ease breeders
St. Joseph animal health firm gets expansion aid
USDA final rule to improve transparency, equity in poultry market
Water most overlooked item in horse rations

EDITOR

A politically-incorrect tax idea
Cattleman frustrated with lack of premium
Fire up the grill
Reader agrees with editorial
The rising heat of climate change

COLUMNS

Ethanol needs to disappear
How the search for anti-trust violations could impact your future productivity
Hutterites provide a different form of renewable energy
Just a scoop full
Milestones and measurements
The way to a man's heart is through a gadget?

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
All grain bids higher
Colorado feeder cattle summary
Corn harvest two weeks behind average
Ericson livestock sales report
Faith livestock sales report
Ft. Smith livestock sales report
Grain market close
Harvest in final stages
Hay trade mixed across trading area
High Plains slaughter news
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Late season crop harvest progresses slowly
McAlester livestock sales report
Moderate to strong demand for dairy hay
More than half of corn harvested
More than half of topsoil moisture rated very short or short
North Arkansas livestock sales
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Springfield dairy heifer sale
Temperatures drop as November comes to a close
Texhoma cattle sales report
Tulia livestock sales report
Tulsa livestock auction report
Warm weather helps harvest catch up
Watertown cattle sales report
Weather helps fieldwork progress
West Plains livestock auction report
Wheat needs moisture in Plains
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

Kansas Tallgrass Prairie getting bison herd

FAMILY

Christmas trees and holiday safety
Eat well to prevent the flu
Fairview FFA succeeds at National FFA Convention
Get a head start on holiday baking
Home for the Holidays
Meditation for 12-7-09
Montana hunters asked to test animals for disease
Online option makes food handler permit program accessible 24/7
Pick up after your trees
Simple Bradbury has a lot of character
Thankfulness
Why are my pine trees dying?

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