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High Plains Journal: Weekly Journal for Agriculture and Farming

HPJ is the premier source for livestock, farm machinery, crop production, harvest, irrigation, soil health, farms, ranches, commodity markets, agriculture policy, agribusiness and other agriculture news.

Swap the shopping centers for scenic views this Black Friday, as Kansas state parks will once again waive entrance fees as part of the nationwide #OptOutside initiative. All 28 of Kansas’ state parks are participating in an effort to get families and friends outdoors and enjoying nature. 

USDA’s latest Cattle on Feed report, released Nov. 20, shows the number of animals on feed as of November 1 is higher than it was this time last year. The report provides monthly estimates of the number of cattle being fed for slaughter. For the report, USDA surveys feedlots of 1,000 head or more, as this represents 85% of all fed cattle. Cattle feeders provide data on inventory, placements, marketings and other disappearance.

In a paper published Nov. 25 in Nature, Kansas State University researchers, in collaboration with the international 10+ Genome Project led by the University of Saskatchewan, have announced the complete genome sequencing of 15 wheat varieties representing breeding programs around the world—a…

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Dustin Aherin, animal protein vice president and analyst for Rabo AgriFinance, says understanding beef supply-chain dynamics will help cattlemen predict what the future holds. This video news is provided by Certified Angus Beef LLC and the American Angus Association. Visit www.CABcattle.com …