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When Trenton, Missouri-based American Family Insurance Agent Cara McClellan walks the show floor at the 2020 Western Farm Show each year, she regularly sees many of the customers she serves. That’s a good feeling for McClellan, as the Western Farm Show meets the needs of the many farm famili…

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Pacific weather systems migrated across the contiguous U.S. in a fairly westerly jet stream flow during this U.S. Drought Monitor week. East of the Rockies, they tapped Gulf of Mexico moisture and dropped above-normal precipitation in a storm track that stretched from Texas to the Great Lakes.

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The past couple of years have been tough on the balance sheets for many farmers and ranchers in the High Plains region, and their bankers also feel the impact. Staying on the positive side takes good management skills.

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Finding agreement on many issues by farmers and farm groups is difficult. But over the past five years they have been unified in their displeasure about the Waters of the United States rule because of what they believed was federal government overreach.

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Several classes to obtain or renew private pesticide applicator licenses are being offered in Basin, Cody, and Powell by the University of Wyoming Extension.

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According to statewide auction results tracked by Iowa Appraisal and Research Corporation, indicators point to a stable Iowa land market in equilibrium.

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Oohs and ahs were evidence of impact rumbling through the crowd while Ray Archuleta stunned folks with visual appeal the morning of Jan. 22. The stark contrast of photos flashed on the screen in Heritage Hall snared the attention of some 600 people who were attending the third annual Soil Health U and Trade Show at Tony’s Pizza Events Center in Salina, Kansas.

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The State Conservation Commission will meet at 2 p.m. on Feb. 3. The meeting will take place at the Kansas Water Office in the Landon State Office Building, 900 SW Jackson Street, Suite 404 in Topeka. The meeting is open to the public. 

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The Montana Agri-Trade Exposition Show, Feb. 20 to 22, highlights agriculture products and services just in time for the upcoming spring season. Drawing visitors from a 500 miles radius, the MATE is the largest agriculture trade show in the region.

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Stay on the leading edge of regenerative agriculture by attending the Sustainable Farming Association’s annual Midwest Soil Health Summit, set for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 5, at Oliver Kelley Farm, 15788 Kelley Farm Rd NW, Elk River.

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Delivering on his promise to act on feedback from dietary professionals, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced two proposals Jan. 17 that will put local school and summer food service operators back in the driver’s seat of their programs, because they know their children best.

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Eggs are a low-carbohydrate food and have a very low glycemic index score. This makes them a good source of protein for people with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association state that eggs are a suitable food for people with diabetes. Having a low glycemic index score means that they have…

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A proposed Flood Insurance Rate Map update for Dickinson County, as part of the Lower Smoky Hill floodplain mapping project, was released for public review in December 2018. Before the new map is finalized, property owners and lessees will have one more opportunity to provide engineering dat…

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The record floods of 2019 left Upper Midwest soils so super-saturated that even a modest increase in winter precipitation and runoff could threaten another record flood season on the Missouri River in 2020.

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Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and leadership from the Nebraska Department of Economic Development announced that Reinke Manufacturing, Deshler, Nebraska, will receive a Nebraska Developing Youth Talent Initiative grant for the second consecutive year.

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Members of Kansas Agri-Women were recognized at the 44th national convention of American Agri-Women held recently in Tigard, Oregon. Jean Goslin of Dwight, Kansas, received the LEAVEN award, the national organization’s highest honor for members. Lesley Schmidt of Park City, Kansas, was insta…

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The new Texas Land Trends report “Status Update and Trends of Texas Working Lands 1997–2017,” produced by the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, NRI, has been published. Land-trends reports have informed private and public landowners and decision-makers for more than two decades.

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Small United States agricultural businesses face structural disadvantages when they compete against larger production systems that favor economies of scale, testified Douglas Jackson-Smith, professor and assistant director of the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State …

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As Nebraska’s No. 1 industry, agriculture brings people together in many different ways. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture is once again asking students to enter its annual poster contest highlighting the state’s ag industry. This year’s theme, “Nebraska Agriculture Brings People Togeth…

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A building series of circumstances, from weather to trade policy, are putting downward pressure on the agriculture sector of the economy. However, ag equipment dealers and manufacturers believe dealer inventory levels are “about right,” and are primarily expecting flat results in the coming year.

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The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and Iowa State University are hosting a free, one-day workshop for dairy producers, processors, extension, veterinarians, and emergency responders in Sioux Center, Iowa, on Jan. 27.

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As current National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson plans to step down at the end of his term, the organization is preparing for an election for his successor at the annual convention in March. 

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Farmers who voluntarily take action toward improving soil health and water quality are eligible. Nominations will be accepted until May 4 to be considered for the 2020 awards ceremony held at the Iowa State Fair. The application is open earlier than past years to allow additional time to nom…

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Delivery of the Jan. 20 edition of High Plains Journal may be delayed as technical difficulties and weather-related issues including icy conditions both cropped up throughout the High Plains region on Friday, according to Editor Dave Bergmeier.

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The GROWMARK Foundation is once again offering 15 $1,500 scholarship program for students in the United States and Ontario, Canada, pursing two- or four-year degrees or trade school certification in an agriculture-related field.

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Warmer than normal temperatures were common this week over the eastern half of the continental U.S., while temperatures were primarily near normal over the western half, with a few exceptions. Moderate to heavy precipitation was common this week along and east of the Interstate 35 corridor, …

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The new year has just begun and already promising to hold new twists and turns for trade, particularly as policy debates, presidential politics and geopolitical issues heighten ahead of the November elections.

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AgGrad nominations for their second cohort of the "AgGrad 30 Under 30" program soon close. Submit nominations for worthy candidates at 30under30.ag. The deadline is Jan. 31. There is no charge. This program was created by AgGrad Founder Tim Hammerich to celebrate the up-and-comers and people…

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The land market in 2019 continued the plateau trend of the past several years during which the supply of agricultural land for sale on the market remained lower than average and prices for good quality cropland held mostly steady. Looking ahead to next year, will financial stress from lower …

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The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, through the PLANTS Database, provides conservation plant information to conservation planners, researchers and others using plants in their natural resource conservation projects. The development of Plant Guides are a cooperative effort betwee…

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Registration is now open for four courses from the Grain Elevator and Processing Society and Kansas State University in February. These online courses run from Feb. 18 through March 24, and registration closes Feb. 12. 

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Dodge City, Kansas-based Roto-Mix, LLC, a major manufacturer of livestock feeding, composting and waste management equipment has named a new president and several promotions within the company.