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The American Soybean Association said soy growers were “surprised and let down” by the Environmental Protection Agency after it released its annual “set” rule, which sets biomass fuel blending targets under the Renewable Fuel Standard. The EPA, whose announcement included obligations for 202…

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Acting quickly to head off a threatened rail strike, both houses of Congress sent a bill to President Joe Biden that will impose a settlement on rail unions. The House version of the bill would have added a provision requiring the railroads to provide seven more paid sick days off, but that …

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Co-produced by NOAA's National Integrated Drought Information System and the Southern Regional Climate Center, a recent webinar discussed the drought impacts in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.

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Members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House agriculture committees disagreed with a decision by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to deny an exemption for truckers hauling livestock from federal mandates.

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The dramatic Johnny Cash music first catches your attention. Then video clips cycle through various scenes—a grocery shopper, a crop field with equipment stuck, and a woman crying in the rain because it was actually raining—showing all the hard challenges going on in agriculture today. This TikTok will hit you in all the feels.

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September was National Suicide Awareness month and October was Emotional Awareness Month. I’ve heard and seen ads and videos for checking up on your friends and family, and that is always a good reminder with the holidays coming up. Farmers and ranchers are especially vulnerable during these…

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During the recent Kansas Rural Prosperity Summit, Kansas Sampler Foundation Executive Director Marci Penner moderated a Rural Community Success Spotlight panel highlighting towns with swagger.

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With voting by all 12 of the rail unions representing 125,000 rail workers complete, four of them have rejected the deal mediated by the Joe Biden administration Sept. 15, setting the stage for a Dec. 8 strike if no agreement with the railroads is reached by Dec. 4.

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Rural land values have continued their upward march and it remains a strong market for sellers, according to a longtime expert who expects the trend to continue in the short run.

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A Missouri jury sided Nov. 9 with Bayer against a plaintiff alleging that glyphosate-based Roundup caused his cancer, a sixth jury win for Bayer. The trial took place in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County.

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Growers, especially those with river access, can still get a good price for their corn and beans in storage—but they shouldn’t wait too long to sell, according to Jim Mintert regarding the Nov. 9 USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.

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As drought took the Mississippi River down to historic record lows and affected the Ohio River this harvest season, United States grain export numbers in the Great Lakes experienced a bump.

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One of High Plains Journal’s All Aboard Wheat Harvest correspondents entered into a different field as she traveled to New York City to receive training from the American Farm Bureau's Partners in Advocacy Leadership program.

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On Nov. 8 voters in the High Plains region cast their ballots on local, state and federal races and in some cases there were special questions that may have implications in their livelihoods and the way they do business. All elections are a referendum for those in charge.

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Rural and urban cousins throughout the High Plains region cast ballots on Nov. 8 as their way to give a thumbs up or thumbs down on myriad candidates and special questions tailored to their individual states.

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“Conditions along the inland waterway system remain very concerning,” according to Mike Steenhoek, executive director of the Soy Transportation Coalition. He uses the metaphor of a garden hose attaching to a fire hydrant.

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As farmers continue their drive to learn about soil health, they should know that strategy is worth the investment, according to Trisha Jackson, director of regenerative agriculture at PrairieFood.

PrairieFood, Lawrence, Kansas, is focused on what it calls its triple-P bottom line of taking care of people, the plant, and helping everyone in the supply chain to stay profitable. Jackson’s roots in education started at South Dakota State University where she focused on soil health research. She returned to her native Kansas to help producers with their decisions. At the same she was also increasing her knowledge with biochar as her focus was on building carbon resources to increase soil health.

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Sorghum growers in the middle part of the country know this ancient grain is where untapped potential can be in their crop rotation. And now with new technologies to help control the ever-present weeds or grasses, sorghum is able to get an even bigger foothold.

In 2021, sorghum acres reached 7 million, with farmers harvesting 448 million bushels with the most acres in Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and South Dakota, according to the National Sorghum Producers.

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The Mississippi and Ohio rivers have sunk to historically low levels in the wake of the drought that has also affected corn and soybean crop yields across the Midwest. While some grain cargoes continue to move, they are moving in tows, or groups of barges, that are reduced in size, with ligh…

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Grain farmers like to stick with successful formulas when it comes to fertilizer application, but the director of agronomy for one company says producers can find ways to be efficient by not always following conventional thinking.

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The United States Department of Agriculture’s Oct. 14 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates showed yields for both corn and soybeans dropping. Total U.S. corn production stood at 13.09 billion bushels, 2.7% below last year’s estimate of 15.07 billion bushels, but still relatively high.

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Ricky Yantis has farmed 6,000 acres in cotton near Lubbock, Texas, for more than 40 years. The 20-county area around Lubbock is known as the state’s premier cotton patch. In a normal year, it produces more than 60% of the state’s cotton yield and more than a third of the nation’s total crop.

Yantis’ acres are a mix of dryland and irrigated, with both spray systems and the newer subsoil drip irrigation systems. This year, Yantis is looking to save 168 acres of drip-irrigated crop. The rest is gone.

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A new wheat protein processing center is providing welcome news to the breadbasket of America.

In Phillipsburg, Kansas, a corn ethanol plant is being retooled so that it can produce wheat-based biofuel and wheat protein (gluten) for the baking and pet food industries.

Amber Wave, through its parent group Summit Ag Investors, Alden, Iowa, purchased the Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy corn ethanol plant in summer 2021, said Chief Operating Officer Steve Adams.

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A webinar titled “Choosing a climatarian diet: Beef as an ultimate climate-smart food” featured a panel of speakers ranging from a cattle rancher to a chef. The event was sponsored by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board.

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The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture recently held its 2022 annual meeting in Saratoga Springs, New York. U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke during the group’s plenary session.