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The current U.S. Drought Monitor period was highlighted by a large swath of heavy rain that started in northeast Texas and progressed northeast into the Mid-Atlantic. In this area, widespread reports of 200% to 400% of normal precipitation took place, with some areas of Kentucky having wides…

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In January, President Joe Biden released the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness. The plan is driven by science, data, and public health to improve the effectiveness of our nation’s fight against COVID-19 and to restore trust, accountability and a sense of c…

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After three years of small increases, average groundwater levels in central and western Kansas dropped during 2020 as most of the area experienced abnormally dry conditions for much of the year, according to preliminary data compiled by the Kansas Geological Survey.

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack reiterated his first priority as the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be to help rural Americans recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the subsequent economic fallout, and follow President Joe Biden’s plan to “build back better.”

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Sitting down with author Roger Ringer’s book “True Tales of Kansas” is like spending a pleasant afternoon with grandparents as they tell the stories of their friends and family.

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After walking out of the Whitten building a little more than four years ago, Tom Vilsack is headed back to the Department of Agriculture.

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“Like a tree falling in the forest, does drought occur if there is no human to record or experience it?”

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An arctic blast of cold that led to record low temperatures up and down the High Plains region for nearly two weeks has thankfully left. A return to more seasonal weather helped residents feel some relief but many questions—most notably on power disruptions and higher utility bills—will take…

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Built to withstand hurricane level winds with blades longer than a Boeing 747, the massive wind turbines popping up across the plains of rural America are hard to miss. With the Biden administration taking the helm in 2021, touting clean and renewable energy as a main objective, it seems ene…

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This spring, the public is invited to participate in the Great Iowa Road Trip, a weekend event planned to help revive Iowa’s small businesses and small towns. This special event, scheduled for April 30 and May 1, will be a coordinated, mapped tour of open doors at businesses and attractions …

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After a frigid start to the period, especially throughout the middle third of the nation where daily temperature anomalies were 30 to 40 degrees F below normal and readings dropped below -40 degrees F in Minnesota and 0 degrees F as far south as central Texas, temperatures finally moderated …

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Nominations are now being sought to recognize the 2021 Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year. This is the 69th year this prestigious honor has been awarded to celebrate Iowa farmers who are committed to exceptional environmental stewardship and conservation efforts.

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Tom Vilsack was confirmed 92-7 as secretary of agriculture by the Senate on Feb. 23. Vilsack had previously appeared before the Senate Committee of Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry for his confirmation hearing on Feb. 2 and his nomination was unanimously advanced to the Senate floor for a vote.

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Farm Rescue, a nonprofit organization that provides planting, haying, harvesting and livestock feeding assistance free of charge to farm and ranch families who have experienced a major illness, injury or natural disaster, received a generous boost to operations through Giving Hearts Day.

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During his keynote presentation during High Plains Journal’s Soil Health U, Jan. 21, Jimmy Emmons shared how the Natural Resources Conservation Service wants to reclassify some of the soil on his farm near Leedey, Oklahoma.

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In 2019, Lely announced plans for its new North American campus, furthering its commitment to Pella, the state of Iowa and the dairy producers across North America.

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U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D-WI, and John Thune, R-SD, as well as Congressman Ron Kind, D-WI, are leading a bipartisan group of their colleagues in urging the U.S. Department of Treasury and the Small Business Administration to issue new clarifications that would ensure more farmers and ranch…

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Kansas Congressman Tracey Mann opened his Dodge City office by telling constituents that he was pleased to have an office in a community that is known worldwide.

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Blattner Feedlot Construction & Livestock Equipment is returning to host on-demand demonstrations at the 2021 3i SHOW March 18 to 20. Blattner will featuring their 110 and 220 hydraulic squeeze chutes as well as ìThe Dukeî portable wheel corral in spaces I-373-378 on the dirt side of the…

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The 2021 3i SHOW, to be held March 18 to 20 in Dodge City, is rapidly approaching, and planning continues as exhibitors and attendees will soon be congregating at the Western State Bank Expo Center.

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Arctic air spilled into the nation's midsection and persisted throughout the week, producing weekly departures of more than 25 deg F below normal from the northern Plains and upper Midwest southward into Texas. Numerous daily record lows were broken, with minimums plunging to -50 deg F in th…

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Fear of the unknown with medicine is expected, but with a decision like whether or not to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine, education is everything. Lisa Morici, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, …

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The Bureau of Reclamation is awarding a $92,026 grant to Southwest Kansas Groundwater Management District No. 3 to better manage groundwater used by irrigators in 12 counties in southwestern Kansas by building a database to provide annual water management reports to every irrigator in the Di…

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What are the major challenges in conserving groundwater in the Ogallala Aquifer region? What strategies are needed to help preserve this natural resource? What can be done to help sustain rural communities that depend upon irrigated agriculture for their local economy?

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A new survey designed by the University of Wyoming Extension and Cent$ible Nutrition Program to better understand how Wyomingites gather information is open for residents to share their experiences.

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New information released by the Arkansas Forest Resources Center indicates that forestry jobs pay roughly 35% higher than the average county employee job.

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The South Dakota Weed & Pest Control Commission added Absinth wormwood, also known as wormwood sage, to the statewide noxious weed list. Absinth wormwood is a minty fragranced perennial with heavy, fibrous roots that requires early spring or fall detection.

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As extreme cold weather persists across the 14 states in the Southwest Power Pool's balancing authority area, electricity use has exceeded available generation. The grid operator declared an Energy Emergency Alert Level Three at 10:08 Central Time on Feb. 15, when it was forced to begin rely…

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An imbalance in the supply of empty containers for ag exporters to use has worsened to the point where a federal investigation into the trade effects of COVID-19 has expanded into an inquiry into whether or not some ocean carriers might be skirting federal law by refusing contracted ag shipments.

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According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service, the number of workers hired directly by farm operators on U.S. farms and ranches continues to decline, despite higher wages and fewer hours.

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Gardeners are counting the days until they can get back to tending their landscapes without the need for hot chocolate breaks. While Oklahoma still has a few cold weeks until gardening season traditionally takes off, gardeners can keep themselves busy building raised garden beds.

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During the Donald Trump administration, the agricultural industry was singled out as essential as a matter of national security to keep the country fed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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On Feb. 3, Bayer announced a proposed agreement with class plaintiffs’ counsels on a $2 billion settlement fund to resolve outstanding claims that exposure to Roundup, one of Bayer’s signature products that has been mired in litigation, causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The company is hoping it…

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A slow-moving coastal storm delivered heavy precipitation in parts of the Northeast on Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, with impacts (windy weather and snow showers) lingering for several days. Later, the focus for stormy weather briefly returned to the western U.S., although significant precipitation was…

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Some climate change activists want the incoming secretary of agriculture to draw from the $30 billion in the Commodity Credit Corporation, set up to support farm prices, to be used to fund carbon farming.