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ISSUE DATE: 12/29/2008

Career opportunities expand in agriculture

Institutions of higher learning across the country have a strong message for today’s prospective students. There are still opportunities for young people to have careers in agriculture—they just need to expand their definition of “agriculture.”

As more and more wind farms and ethanol plants are constructed all across the High Plains, so grows the need for workers to develop, operate and maintain those facilities. Two schools in Kansas have heard the calls from industry and are implementing training and degree programs that will produce graduates to fill these high-paying careers in non-traditional “agricultural” fields.


NEWS

25x'25 offers Congress, new administration recommendations
Biddle named Oklahoma Farm Bureau Secretary of the Year
Borlaug Fellows learn new ways to address agriculture issues in
Brazil says ethanol production won't harm Amazon
Brazil's once booming ethanol sector hits brakes
Buying locally grown firewood beneficial
Cancer screenings available under Medicare
Career opportunities expand in agriculture
CDA hosts town hall meetings in southeast Colorado
Center for Air Quality Engineering workshop trains the regulators
Elected officials tour flood damage in Dewey County
Four-day 'Nature of Agritourism' retreat set for Feb. 8
Free training opportunity open to the public
GoBob to sell top of the line portable corrals
Groups announce partnership to recognize landowners, cooperators
Insurance company makes peanut butter donation
KNID Agrifest schedule of events
K-State's BRI positioned to house federal researchers
Lucas Metal has been supplying building needs since 1968
Millionaires get farm payments; nobody checking
Moran re-appointed co-chair to House Hunger Caucus
Nanotechnology may be used for food safety
National Biodiesel Board elects diverse leaders of industry
NCGA applauds USDA's implementation rule for ACRE Program
NCGA provides more answers to growers on VeraSun bankruptcy
NDA announces new Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council members
Nebraska farmers have options on taxes
New AgriLife Extension agent named for Potter County
New national Extension site has information on dealing with economic crisis
Non-target insects probably affected more by insecticides than by Bt crops
Officials- Obama selects Vilsack for ag post
Oklahoma State's Gary Thompson selected for FSLI honor
Oregon butcher shop stays busy with custom cuts
Passing down the family farm can be difficult
Poll- Rural residents see community shortcomings, but like their lives anyway
Rancher's wife, two daughters carry on his dream
Research finds need for standardized streambank evaluations to assess livestock impact
Rodale Institute's Jeff Moyer elected to chair USDA National Organic Standards Board
Seed to take center stage at "Moving the Wheat Seed Industry Foward" meeting
Texas ranchers, farmers struggle after Ike
'The Man Who Fed the World' named AFBF Book of the Year
Third Annual Ag Expo set for Jan. 28 on SCC's Beatrice Campus
Understanding nature key part of solving stream erosion concerns
UNL to begin nation's second plant health doctorate program
Upcoming K-State agricultural events
USDA announces 2009 DCP sign-up begins
USDA enacts changes to payment limitations, income qualifications, and implements direct attribution
UW's WRRC addresses energy extraction issues
Value of cropland in region jumps 20 percent
Wholesale U.S. fertilizer prices beginning to fall
Wildfire concerns heat up as drought lingers

CROPS

"Conservation Tillage 101" free workshop set for Enid Jan. 29
A new tally for water use by thirsty plants
Aid sought for Oklahoma pecan farmers
Canola harvest system beats the wind
Corn board to meet
Cropping profitability seminars planned
Drop expected in durum wheat in southwestern U.S.
Experimental soybeans sabotage roundworm pest with its own gene
Hodges to retire, OWC searching for executive director
Iowa Seed Directory offers quality seed options
ISU studies perennial fix to perennial problem
Munkvold to chair graduate program in seed technology and business
Nebraska Soybean Day and Machinery Expo gives 2009 growing season information
New chile varieties have more flavor and aroma
Pesticide recertification part of annual weed management association meeting
Reduce costs of irrigation pumping plants by improving efficiency
Report highlights economic benefits of ethanol
South Korean company plans corn project in Madagascar
Southeast peanut farmers discover tool for killing glyphosate resistant pigweed
Timing everything on wheat fertilizer, weed control
United Sorghum Checkoff Program holds first meeting in Washington
UNL irrigation specialist sees high tech, low tech on trip to China
USB announces Web page enhancement

LIVESTOCK

$15,000 in cattle stolen from Alabama pasture
$7,500 reward offered for cow killer
Appeal filed in poultry litter case
Baucus urges Hanoi to lift restrictions on U.S. beef
Bird flu found in chickens in eastern China
Bison baby thinks she's a horse
Bison roundup shows species' recovery on prairie
BLM seeking wild horse advisory board members
California tops Wisconsin in milk production
Cattle on feed numbers released
CDA names new state veterinarian
Comments sought on proposed cattle "trich" program in Texas
Finalists announced for 2009 WSGA Environmental Stewardship Program
First Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award winner announced
Gov. Rounds appoints Blair to state Brand Board
GridMaster Award Winners rewarded for producing quality beef
Hereford exhibitors honored in Kansas City
Hereford Youth awarded scholarships totaling $35,750
ICA members to set policy at Annual Convention, Jan. 6 and 7
Kansas high school student wins National Beef Industry Scholarship
KOMA Beef Conference slated for producers in four states
Legislature to consider brucellosis bills
Maine Anjou breeders manage oldest genetic mutation
Major Korean retailers to resume U.S. beef sales
Mesa De Maya Ranch honored as Red Angus GridMaster
Minnesota farmer is attached to his yak
Minnesota farmers- Wolf ruling threatens livestock
NALF annual meeting to join national Limousin show, sale at NWSS
NBA announces Throlson American Bison Foundation scholarship winners
NC forms compromise on ethanol
NCTA Livestock Judging Team earning recognition
Neuhaus sells reserve champion market wether at NAILE
New USMEF chair emphasizes communications, service to all sectors
Oklahoma State University 'roaming' research seeks to provide insights about bison, cattle
Ranchers face uncertain winter and shifting prices
Rare case of cattle rustling reported in Illinois
Reaching the pinnacle of a show career, Clifton has NAILE grand champion wether
Record export levels continue through September
Rodeo pro, ranch manager charged in cattle case
Shotgun made a big bang for Meier at NAILE
Show-Me-Select heifer sale averages $1,286 per head
Thirteen-year-old first Junior Member to join National Bison Association under new program
Tips for grazing stocker cattle
Twenty-fifth annual Four-State Beef Conference Jan. 14 and 15
Wheatley wins Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog at NAILE
Wildlife agencies weigh more tolerance for bison
Winner of LMA's last qualifying contest for '09 WLAC wants to inspire young people to stay in live
Wolves kill cattle in Big Hole Valley area

EDITOR

Digital TV problems can be avoided in rural areas
Predicting the future

COLUMNS

Fencing company offers management intensive grazing advice
I am ready for some global warming
In other agribusiness news...
John Deere aquires Missouri remanufacturing company
Just a scoop full
KFSA acquires Dodge City insurance agency
Landoll Disc Chisel Disc
New herbicide available for 2009 cotton season
New Versatile tractors
Now is good time to examine what our land means to us
Trailer Conveyer System
TX Farm Credit lenders report strong third quarter

MARKETS

Ada livestock sales report
Colorado feeder cattle sales
Dodge City livestock sales report
Dunlap livestock auction
Ericson cattle sales report
Faith livestock sales report
Grain bids slightly higher
Grain market close
Hay trading moderately
High Plains slaughter news
Lexington cattle sales report
Most hay selling fully steady
Pratt livestock sales report
Springfield cattle sales report
Springfield dairy cattle sale
Superior video auction report

RANGE

Farmers Union-Rangeland carbon credit bonus ends Jan. 30
Kansas Graziers' Association Annual Winter Conference set for J

FAMILY

4-H judging team places at national competition
4-H leads queen on path to costume design career
4-H projects help food bank, families
4-H youth educator joins Lincoln County Extension office
4-H/military educator joins Laramie County UW Extension team
Alva FFA Chapter receives national ranking
Bountiful Buffets
Burlington FFA member attends career connection trip at Monsanto
Consumers reminded of food safety tips for a healthy holiday
Fairview FFA attends MFE, ALD conferences
Food pro offers baking tips for holiday foods, gifts
For Fairbury woman, 4-H and bread baking are their own rewards
Goosebumps in the garden
Hassle-free holiday home entertaining
Herman's regal stance gives it stately appeal
Horticulture student wins UNL Venture Plan Competition
Is it done yet? Food pro gives baking tips
It's still possible to get through the holiday season debt free
Meditation for 12-29-08
New year a time for healthy new beginnings
Oh Christmas tree
Oklahoma Christmas tree farms continue to keep holiday traditions alive
Pawnee FFA members compete at AFR speech contest
Ring those bells and let the new year in
Students to be taught how to cook beef
Time-saving kitchen tools for holiday gifts
Weigh options and take care of trees this Christmas
Winter mulch

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