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Rob Sharkey, also known as The Shark Farmer, knows all about trying something new and stepping out of his comfort zone—after all he did launch a successful podcast, radio and television show all while continuing to farm his ground in Illinois. On Aug. 18 and 19, Sharkey will be in Mulvane, Kansas, at the Kansas Star Event Center to get to know the farmers of the High Plains at High Plains Journal’s first-ever Farmer U & Trade Show. Sharkey is set to give a closing keynote address on … Read more

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Active weather prevailed across much of the South, East, and Midwest, as well as parts of the Plains, into the middle of July, followed by a southward shift in widespread shower activity. Meanwhile, a robust monsoon circulation provided limited Southwestern drought relief, particularly in parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and southwestern Colorado. Read more

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting multiple farmland leasing meetings during July and August at various times and locations throughout the state, beginning July 26. The annual meeting is offered to address questions that landowners, tenants or other interested individuals have about leasing farmland. Read more

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Gov. Mike Parson recently signed priority legislation of the Missouri Cattlemen's Association. Region 3 Vice President Jeff Reed, Wayne County, traveled to Jefferson City for the event, as he had many times prior to testify in support of the legislation. Read more

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President Joe Biden signed a wide-ranging executive order recently that seeks to address consolidation throughout the economy and includes a special focus on actions the United States Department of Agriculture could take to address the meat industry and antitrust enforcement. The order includes 72 initiatives under 12 different agencies. Read more

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Farmers and ranchers are a tough group of individuals, but farming can be a dangerous and labor-intensive occupation. When agriculturists are injured or find themselves with some sort of functional limitation, farming and ranching becomes incredibly difficult. Fortunately, a program called the AgrAbility Project is designed to help farmers and ranchers find assistance with a disability so they can keep on harvesting crops and raising livestock. Read more

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Pake McNally remembers showing livestock at the 75th Barber County Fair. At the time he thought the 100th event was so far away. “Now we're here, and we're doing it,” McNally said. He’s the current Barber County Fair board president, and excited to see what the 100th county fair has to show. The 2021 event is scheduled for July 22 to 25 in Hardtner, Kansas. Read more

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At last summer’s Ag Growth Summit, the Kansas Department of Agriculture kicked off a new recognition program to honor outstanding Kansans: Kansas Ag Heroes. Nominations are now open for the second year of the program, and KDA anticipates new stories of outstanding service from across the Kansas agriculture community. Read more

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The U.S. experienced the extremes this week, with expansion of drought in the West, a robust Southwest Monsoon in the Southwest, a tropical storm making landfall in the Southeast, and extreme flooding in southeastern Texas. In the West, mid-level ridging has resulted in much above-normal temperatures for the western third of the CONUS, exacerbating drought conditions in the Pacific Northwest, northern Great Basin, Northern Rockies, and along the Front Range. Above-normal temperatures als… Read more

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President Joe Biden signed his “Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy” July 9. The order aims to promote competition in the American economy and encourage economic growth. One of the order’s directives is aimed at consumers’ rights to repair their own equipment.  Read more

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The Missouri Rural Crisis Center recently sent in comments to the Joe Biden administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to their request for comments to "improve and reimagine the supply chains for the production, processing and distribution of agricultural commodities and food products." Now is the time to move forward with policies that create a fairer, and more resilient and sustainable food system.  Read more

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Every summer comes with a sudden spike in the water bills. And that is because we always use more water than usual to keep our yards green and beautiful. Our bodies also try to cool down by sweating, and this causes dehydration, which is associated with loss of stamina and strength. Fortunately, these conditions can be reversed by taking more fluids. Severe dehydration can cause kidney stones in some people. So we all have to drink more water and shower more often. Our pools also tend to… Read more

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The annual Jewell County Historical Society Antique Farm Machinery and Threshing Bee is set for July 17 to 18 in Mankato, Kansas, at the city park on U.S. Highway 36. The event was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but attendees will once again be able to appreciate vintage farm equipment, family-friendly entertainment and plenty of agricultural education. Read more

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The big story in agriculture today is how carbon is going to be the next cash crop for farmers and ranchers. There are lots of headlines about how changing agricultural practices can remove carbon dioxide from the air and store it in the soil. Read more

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After a year of shutdowns and canceled plans, High Plains Journal is pleased to present a new event called Farmer U & Trade Show, which will take place Aug. 18 to 19 in Mulvane, Kansas, at the Kansas Star Event Center.

The two day, in-person event will include keynote addresses, educational breakout sessions, panel discussions, an evening social event and a trade show full of vendors. The education will focus on soil health, irrigation, soybeans, corn, wheat, sorghum, alfalfa and cotton. Read more

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On June 23, U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson, announced USDA would be investing $185 million to revitalize and improve rural communities in 32 states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Read more

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A second federal judge has halted payments to minority farmers under a Joe Biden administration program of farm debt payments that uses race as a criterion of eligibility. U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard of the U.S. District Court for Middle Florida issued a preliminary injunction June 23 enjoining the administration from making payments under the program. Read more

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The 2021 Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest is being conducted online, and poets are invited to enter the contest and post videos of them presenting their self-written cowboy poems. Contestants from any state are welcome. Original western-themed poems may be entered in the humorous or serious category. Winners in each category will receive the coveted Governor’s Trophy Buckle and award certificates signed by Gov. Laura Kelly. Read more

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This week’s U.S. Drought Monitor saw changes to over 30 states. Record-breaking heat in the Northwest, Great Basin, and Northeast led to expansions of drought conditions. Meanwhile, multiple rounds of heavy rain across the Central U.S. led to large-scale improvements, and intense rainfall along the Gulf Coast led to the reduction or removal of lingering pockets of abnormal dryness. Read more

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Thousands of high school students representing 365 FFA chapters are expected to attend the 96th Oklahoma FFA State Convention and Expo next May 3 and 4 at the BOK Center and COX Business Convention Center in downtown Tulsa. The convention has previously been held in Oklahoma City for over 30 years and is known as the state’s largest annual convention of any kind. The convention will remain in Tulsa through at least 2026. Read more

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It’s a gambler’s life to turn a losing proposition into a false sense of victory. Send one to the blackjack table with $1,000; they lose $900, win back $100, and declare they’ve won. Read more

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Throughout the month of July, national nonprofit Wreaths Across America will be featuring its annual Giving in July campaign—a month dedicated to the groups and individuals giving back in their communities while helping to share the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach. Read more

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The Propane Education and Research Council recently surpassed 100 financial incentives given to producers for new propane equipment purchases through its Propane Farm Incentive Program. Read more

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South Dakota producers are some of the hardest working people I know. The life of a producer may not be easy to imagine for folks who’ve never woken with the sun, tilled the land, mended a fence, or prayed for a rainy forecast. And for many Americans the idea of farming and ranching may seem abstract and far away. Read more

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The American Farm Bureau Federation applauds the U.S. Senate for passing the Growing Climate Solutions Act. The act has 55 cosponsors, which makes it the first major piece of bipartisan legislation that would help farmers, ranchers and forest landowners reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build climate resilience through voluntary, market-driven programs. The Growing Climate Solutions Act passed by a vote of 92-8. Read more

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Two common pests should begin rearing their ugly heads soon, so now is the time to keep an eye out for them and consider control. Bagworms are pests of evergreen shrubs and trees, and very damaging. The worms are the larva of several moth species, and feed on pines, spruces, junipers and cedars. After emerging from leftover bags, they feed on foliage and spin their own bags. Read more

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In celebration of farm dogs everywhere and the many ways they support farmers and ranchers in producing nutritious food for families and their pets across America, Farm Bureau is teaming up with Purina to present the fourth annual Farm Dog of the Year competition. Read more

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Kansas Agri-Women, a statewide group that has been advocating for agriculture since 1974, announces its new officers. Lisa Nichols of Carbondale, Kansas, is now serving a two-year term as president. Read more

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This week, Claudette, the third named tropical cyclone of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season, made landfall in the central Gulf Coast and moved across the southeast United States. While storms caused widespread damage from wind and hail, they also delivered beneficial rainfall to areas suffering from moderate, severe, and extreme drought. Meanwhile, relatively dry weeks in both the Northeast and the West caused drought conditions to worsen, for the most part, in both regions. Read more

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The first day of May was a watershed moment for agricultural commodity markets and farmers and ranchers. May 1 marked the end of live-person pit trading at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and its subsidiaries, the Chicago Board of Trade, Kansas City Board of Trade and New York Mercantile Exchange. Read more