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During the past week, widespread rain and thunderstorms fell across parts of the Great Plains, including a few instances of severe weather. Particularly large amounts of rain in central and eastern Nebraska, as well as in adjacent states, improved what had been a quickly drying scenario in m…

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The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission recently approved a ban on organized wildlife contests. The decision prohibits contests for black-tailed, white-tailed and Gunnison’s prairie dogs, Wyoming (Richardson’s) ground squirrels and all furbearer species. The estimated effective date of th…

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4-H clubs across Missouri have raised nearly 300,000 meals to feed hungry families—far exceeding their 250,000-meal 4-H Feeding Missouri Food Drive goal for 2020.

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The Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, in collaboration with Microsoft, has created the Purdue Food and Agricultural Vulnerability Index online dashboard to quantify the potential risk to the supply of agricultural products as a result of COVID-19 farm and agricultura…

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The Great Minnesota Get-Together will not be held in 2020. This was announced following a meeting of the board of managers of the Minnesota State Agricultural Society, which governs the Minnesota State Fair. The event was scheduled for Aug. 27 through Labor Day, Sept. 7.

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As Kansas farmers are about to begin summer activities they face a tougher 2020 than what they experienced in 2019.
 The 2019 farm income from its 2,000 farm families indicated an average farm income of $110,380, which was 9% higher than 2018 figures. 
The top quarter averaged $330,000 but the bottom quarter experienced a $49,000 loss, and 18% of farms showed a loss in 2019.

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Former secretaries of agriculture Dan Glickman and Ann Veneman along with current secretary of agriculture Sonny Perdue joined leaders of several food production and delivery system leaders May 12 for a virtual Food Summit hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center.

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The 2020 Nebraska Big Game Guide is available in digital format at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s website by visiting OutdoorNebraska.gov/guides.

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Start capturing the best images of rural America and the country life for our 2021 Down Country Roads calendar contest. We want to see people, livestock, crops and other scenes that showcase rural life in the High Plains and Midwest.

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We have all heard the nursey rhyme of the three little pigs—one little pig built his house out of straw, one built his house of sticks and the smartest pig built his house of bricks. Feral hogs over time, have graduated from the strength of a straw house, to a stick house, but over the last …

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The southern Plains, Mississippi Valley, Pacific coast and south Florida were the recipients of the greatest rains this week, with some areas of Louisiana and south Florida recording 5+ inches of rain for the week. Dryness over the East and West was also coupled with warmer than normal tempe…

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program May 19, which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to send relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Hazardous Occupations Safety Training in Agriculture training (tractor safety) will be handled via a home study option this year due to COVID-19. It is federal law that any youth 14 or 15 years old who will operate a tractor, work with livestock or do other qualifying farm labor for someone …

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American Agri-Women are instrumental in student and consumer education about agriculture. AAW members believe in a public educated about modern agriculture because increased knowledge allows individuals to make informed personal choices. Informed citizens are able to participate in establish…

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“If the Diagnosis is Dementia,” is a webinar designed to help families who are dealing with this issue. As part of the celebration of National Elder Law Month, this webinar, which will be at 11 a.m. May 21, via Zoom video conference technology, is sponsored by the Hays, Kansas-based Clinksca…

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To wrap up the 92nd South Dakota State FFA Convention, six members were elected to serve as the 2020-2021 South Dakota State FFA officer team and two members were elected to serve as the 2020-2021 South Dakota State FFA ambassadors.

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The Kansas State Board of Agriculture will hold its regular board meeting using internet meeting services on May 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. Anyone interested in the meeting can participate using video conferencing or by utilizing a call-in option.

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Since its inception, the Agricultural Research Service has been an institution that represents not only cutting-edge advancements in science but also innovation and creativity in finding solutions to some of the world’s biggest agricultural problems.

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The World Food Prize Foundation recently hosted its ninth annual Iowa Youth Institute featuring the participation of 264 students and 110 teachers from 93 Iowa high schools. This virtual, daylong event was the first of its kind for the IYI, supported by over 90 experts from across Iowa. 

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Scammers never seem to miss an opportunity to take advantage of natural disasters and other major life disruptions. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception, Oklahoma State University Extension Specialist Cindy Clampet said.

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BASF Corporation will join COVID-19 hunger relief efforts with a $170,000 donation to Feeding America. The company’s North America Agricultural Solutions employees in the U.S. recently hosted a virtual food drive to support Feeding America food banks across the country. The contribution will…

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Can’t find toilet paper at the supermarket?  It’s not that your neighbors are hoarding, even as you see everyone grabbing what they can as soon as shelves are stocked. The empty shelves are as much a result of manufacturers not being able to shift production to meet demand.

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on May 14 announced a final rule updating and modernizing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s biotechnology regulations under the Plant Protection Act. The Sustainable, Ecological, Consistent, Uniform, Responsible, Efficient (SECURE) rule will brin…

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The Sustainable Farming Association's Crow River Chapter has determined that, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure the health and well-being of festival participants and the community at large, the 2020 Minnesota Garlic Festival, set for Aug. 15 in Hutchinson, Minn., is cancelled.

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Ag Tidbits, produced by University of Missouri Extension faculty in east-central Missouri, provides relevant and timely online tips for farmers and ranchers statewide at Facebook.com/MUecAgTIDBITS.

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Start gathering your photographs that reflect the best of rural America—crops, country landscapes, livestock, farm families and more. High Plains Journal's 2021 Down Country Roads calendar contest will be open for entries soon.

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Kansas 4-H officials have announced that the popular Discovery Days event, which brings together several hundred youth from across the state each year, is moving to an online format at the end of May.

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In a May 12 Facebook post, the Sedgwick County Fair Board announced that the Sedgwick County Fair originally scheduled for July 8 to 11 has been canceled due to COVID-19.

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Do you ever notice the occasional small fly in the sink, or sometimes on the lighted screen of a laptop in the evening? Maybe you’ve wondered, “hmm, a fly, maybe I should do something about flies breeding in my house,” but then promptly went on with life and forgot about them. However, now t…

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The current COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t deterred members of the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council from their goal of raising enough money to provide one million meals to Arkansans struggling with food insecurity.

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The Cowboy Channel is excited to stream its western lifestyle content to audiences on any device with the launch of The Cowboy Channel Plus app. As the world’s destination for all things rodeo, The Cowboy Channel Plus app will offer fans lifestyle shows and keep them up-to-date with their fa…

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The Commodities Future Trading Commission hosted its Agricultural Advisory Committee meeting via teleconference April 22. CFTC recently created a Livestock Market Task Force to monitor activity around major market-moving events.

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As long as we can remember, towering white, cement elevators operated by farm cooperatives were just about the only way people stored their grain. Farmers generally grew the same crops every year and settled for the best cooperatives could do to safely store their grain.

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A strong cold front progressed southeast across the Great Plains, Mississippi Valley, and Southeast on April 28 and 29. This cold front was a focus for a severe weather outbreak from Oklahoma and eastern Texas east to the middle and lower Mississippi Valley. As this front shifted south, heav…

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The Small Business Administration announced May 4 it has resumed processing Economic Injury Disaster Loan, or EIDL, applications. Additionally, SBA will begin accepting new EIDL and EIDL Advance applications on a limited basis.

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As the number of cases of COVID-19 continues to rise, people must educate themselves about the symptoms and how to prevent the virus’ spread in their own homes, said Gina Peek, Oklahoma State University Extension housing and consumer specialist.