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High Plains Journal - HPJ Weekly
Friday, January 15th, 2021

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Working at home

By Jennifer Theurer

Farmers and ranchers can easily justify the cost of a new metal building over the cost of custom-built home. When they spend the majority of their time outside working, in their minds a metal building offers more return on the investment. A metal building offers room to work, store equipment and tools, and make repairs. They may even take shelter there during a thunderstorm until the rain lets up enough to make a run for the house. Read more


Could Ivermectin be an answer to both parasites and pandemics?

By Lacey Newlin

It is sitting on most veterinary supply shelves and a staple for numerous cattle owners, but the drug Ivermectin could also be a viable preventative and treatment for critically ill COVID-19 patients. Ivermectin, a Food and Drug Administration-approved antiparasitic drug, is most commonly recognized in the agricultural community for its use in the treatment of parasites in livestock. Read more


Trotter starting to see light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel

By Kylene Scott and Jennifer M. Latzke

Dr. RC Trotter sees his community’s COVID-19 battle as one that’s slowly being won. Since the first cases started appearing in Dodge City, Kansas, Trotter, who is the Ford County physician adviser in addition to being a doctor at Family Practice Associates, said there’s been some ebb and flow. In 2020, there was a lot more testing being done, and there were more than 200 tests being done a day. Read more


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More News and Commentary

Lessons observed, we can find our way

By Dave Bergmeier

Watching the events unfold in Washington on Jan. 6 did not provide any of us with a sense of comfort in dealing with conflict. Read more

Soil Health U & Trade Show will go virtual Jan. 21

Due to local ongoing health and safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in the state, High Plains Journal and primary partners PrairieFood and Exapta Solutions have decided to transition the upcoming Soil Health U & Trade Show into a virtual event the morning of Jan. 21. Read more

California has carbon credit opportunities for out-of-state dairies

By Maxson Irsik

People have been talking about the revenue-generating potential of manure-based digesters for years. But the reality of costly, unworkable biogas recovery systems has kept many livestock facilities from installing them. Read more

Coming your way: Renewed focus on climate legislation

By Sara Wyant

Now that Democrats have won control of the Senate, climate legislation is inevitable, and farm groups have to get involved in the debate, says Chandler Goule, CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers and a former Democratic congressional staffer. Read more

What's Next

Jan. 25: For our Cattle Animal Health issue, Kylene Scott covers how herd health centers on producers' actions. To place an ad, call 1-800-452-7171 or email ads@hpj.com.


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