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Just reminiscing about some childhood things. Now you can tell from this picture one of several options.

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When Burger King launched their #CowsMenu public relations campaign back in July, cattle producers across the country shook our heads in frustration. The burger chain announced the campaign with a video on social media that blamed cow flatulence for climate change, promoted experimental data…

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As a parent of high school students and a recent college graduate, I think there are some serious issues taking place in the United States with our school system. There seems to be a hole in the bucket regarding school programs that needs to be examined. Finances are always a concern but per…

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Last week we were $2 per hundredweight or more higher on killing cows, which is very unusual for the first part of September.

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Growing up on a farm, I noticed that my dad had always been interested in conservation. He installed terraces, grass waterways and ponds on our Iowa hills and practiced crop rotation. It was my first glimpse of learning about leaving the land better than you started with.

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Cowboy philosopher Will Rogers once said, regarding ignorance, “It’s not what we don’t know that gets us into trouble; it’s what we ‘know’ that just ain’t so.” Michael Shellenberger’s just-published book, Apocalypse Never: Why Environmental Alarmism Hurts Us All (HarperCollins, 2020) challen…

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Every time I start in on a home improvement project on my pre-owned, 1950s bungalow, I typically have one thought.

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I am not really sure what has ramped up the rhetoric about the management, or lack thereof, of the largest horse herd in the United States but the radical cubicle dwellers that think they love horses have gotten loud about saving the horses that, in reality, they are responsible for killing.

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Cattle customers from Arkansas said they had received from 2 to 3 inches of rain from the tropical storm hitting the Gulf Coast. On Monday parts of Oklahoma City were flooding while our area had been receiving some nice rains earlier but definitely could use some rain now to be able to plant wheat.

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Sept. 7 is the national observation of Labor Day and farmers and ranchers, suppliers and the marketplace itself have seen changes that no one could have foreseen in comparison to Labor Day 2019.

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In last month’s column I encouraged you to keep an eye on weather, thinking more on a global scale. Never could I have foreseen the horrific effects the derecho storm would have on Iowa, followed by a furnace blast of heat and lack of rain for much of the Midwest.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has definitely affected our daily lifestyle in numerous ways. One of the most important questions that arose due to COVID-19 was whether or not to hold a county fair in multiple counties across the nation. Luckily, Kingman County held its county fair with multiple preca…

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The U.S. Postal Service has been the headliner in the news instead of delivering periodicals for rural residents. We have received far too many stories about unexpected and lengthy delivery delays of High Plains Journal, local newspapers, medications, bank statements, bills or birthday cards.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture came out with an On Feed Report last Friday with the estimates on feed being 100.7% and the actual was 102%. Placements were guessed to be at 105.9% and the actual was 111%. The marketing was guessed at 99.6% and the actual was 99%.

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Amidst all the chaos of the past six months, the emerging buzz words include the phrase “new normal.” I contend that we should forget that phrase just as quickly as it started and simply get back to living.

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Harvesting quality grain sorghum begins with timely harvest. Ideally, grain sorghum should be harvested when the moisture content is between 17% and 20%.

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I start every weekday morning with a live video chat with Andrew Henderson, a friend of mine from the United Kingdom. We call the program “Across the Pond.”

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Throughout the High Plains students from kindergarten to college will be headed back to a familiar a brick and mortar setting as the 2020-21 school year is upon us.

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According to news reports, Americans have sparked a boom in the recreational vehicle industry since the coronavirus pandemic came to our shores this spring and summer.

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It appears not enough members of Congress own barn cats. It makes no sense to own a barn cat and buy them cat food.

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I am actually pretty confident that if we really had a discussion with most of the 330 million Americans, they would think the food system is failing us. Recently I had a conversation about this very topic with Kip Tom, a farmer from Indiana who serves as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Na…

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I just read a sign at a business that read: "Due to the disrespect shown towards our great country and the men and women that have sacrificed so much to defend and protect it, including our son who lost his life in 2004, this establishment will no longer offer any viewing of any NFL, NBA, ML…

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Unfortunately there can be too much of a good thing, and July proved that in the form of too much rain for parts of the Plains. 

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High Plains Journal’s signature summer events—Sorghum U/Wheat U and Cattle U and Trade Show—are headed for a new virtual format because of COVID-19. Sorghum U/Wheat U will be Aug. 11 and 12 and the Cattle U and Trade Show will be Sept. 8 to 11.

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Summer is coming to a close, and yet the year 2020 is not coming to a close fast enough. Looking ahead there are likely going to be many twists and turns for agricultural commodities in the coming months. Sometimes it is tricky to know which fundamentals might move the market in any single day.

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As stated by Congress the purpose of the Packers and Stockyards Act is to assure fair competition and fair trade practices to safeguard farmers and ranchers and to protect consumers and to protect members of the livestock, meat and poultry industries from unfair, deceptive, unjustly discrimi…

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The Aug. 4 primary election is quickly approaching. First, we want to thank our local election officers who have worked tirelessly to ensure the security and safety of this upcoming election amidst historical circumstances.

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As many High Plains readers know by listening to their radio or watching television the air is filled with the unmistakable sounds of scoundrels, hoodlums and thieves. That may be the best way to sum up some of the campaign advertisements we all have to brace ourselves for—regardless of the …

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I am a numbers guy. I like to share numbers to back up my thoughts and the basis for my opinions. Today, I am leaving numbers behind and I am probably not going to share one single number besides this one: did you know the third leading cause of death in adolescents worldwide is suicide?

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Is there anyone out there who knows an honest group that is willing to tackle the packer monopoly? I seriously think that is our only chance to survive.

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Grain sorghum in the United States has a wide range of planting dates depending on the region of the country and specific cropping system. By mid-to-late July, grain sorghum has been harvested in the South, but sorghum is in the critical phases of flowering and filling grain in the High Plai…

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The subject of the masks we wear used to be just an abstract discussion considered by poets and philosophers. Recently, though, it has become a very concrete, current issue on the minds of many. And, as with most topics these days, it has turned into a controversial political theme. On the o…

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The path to reopening America’s businesses after the COVID-19 shutdown has taken several twists and turns in the last few weeks. Some states have allowed businesses to reopen only to close them again as coronavirus cases surge.

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The fireworks have flown and the wheat has been harvested. Farm and ranch families across the High Plains are now busily preparing for another annual summer tradition—the county fair. For most 4-H members, that event will not look the same as in years past.

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There have been a lot of valuable lessons and reminders from the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief among these is the simple fact that urban and suburban America cannot survive without rural America.

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Yes, I have seen the video released by a fast food shop that creates a false narrative. I am going to choose not to share their name because I have witnessed some of my friends in agriculture do more toward spreading their message in the last week than money could buy.