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In his first seven days in office, President Joe Biden has made quite a few moves that have implications for agriculture and rural America. Since his inauguration on Jan. 20, Biden has issued several executive orders and moved to dismantle many of former President Donald Trump’s executive or…

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Leadership Kansas, one of the country's oldest and most distinguished statewide leadership programs, recently announced it has launched a new program aimed at the state's young professionals—Kansas Emerging Leaders.

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Audubon of Kansas recently filed suit in federal court to restore the water rights belonging to the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. Audubon of Kansas is a nonprofit environmental organization with more than 4,000 members concentrated in Kansas, Nebraska, and the central Great Plains. Defen…

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Recently the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service helped translate the newly released Dietary Guidelines for Americans with the MyPlate resources for consumers.

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The National 4-H Council has announced the election of a New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences associate dean to its board of trustees. Jon Boren, director of the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, is one of two new members to the board.

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The economy for 2021 is shaping up to be a better year than COVID-19–impacted 2020, according to Rob Kaplan, the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Texas.

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In contrast to the prior week, most of the country had a relatively dry week, with the significant exception of the Pacific Northwest and northern Intermountain West. Amounts over 1.5 inches were common, with parts of the Cascades and the coastline recording 4 to as much as 8 inches of preci…

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American Farm Bureau Federation staff presented its Washington update to members during the organization’s annual virtual convention, Jan. 11. There will be many priorities for Farm Bureau members that staff will focus their efforts on as President Joe Biden takes office and the 117th Congre…

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The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s food safety and lodging program will offer monthly online webinars on food safety issues beginning Jan. 25. The free webinar series will cover a variety of food safety issues that are of interest to food business operators, managers and workers.

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When people think about agritourism, they may think about Oklahoma, but the small rural town of Shattuck probably never crosses their mind. Nestled just outside of the Oklahoma Panhandle, Shattuck is home to a unique tourist attraction. People come from all over the United States to visit th…

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Kansas farmers and ranchers rely on the Kansas Department of Agriculture to help them with their natural resources conservation efforts throughout the year. Bringing new ideas to farmers to address soil health and water conservation is what the KDA Division of Conservation is all about.

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President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate Michael Regan to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

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The farm shop is a vital hub of the operation, and having an efficient building requires the right planning and design. Dan Nyberg, training manager for Morton Buildings, notes that a well-planned and well-constructed shop can be a valuable asset for decades to come.

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Every January, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urges everyone across the United States to test their homes for radon gas. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can seep into homes from the ground and, in some cases, well water supply.

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Farmers and ranchers in Rio Blanco County are starting off the new year optimistic about their involvement in the White River Integrated Water Initiative, which is aimed at assessing community needs from all water users in order to identify actions that promote a healthy river and ensure a v…

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Tyler Hook is hard at work on a January afternoon as he sits behind the wheel of a tractor finishing up an anhydrous ammonia application. Hook, who grew up on a farm near Big Bow, Kansas, marks this task off his workday checklist and moves on to his other pastime, building authentic 3D farm …

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The South Dakota USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has released a new tool for use in drainage tile decisions. The Agricultural Drainage Decision Tool is a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet tool that works as a quick analysis to determine if the installation of pattern tile or spot tile …

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Farmers and ranchers can easily justify the cost of a new metal building over the cost of custom-built home. When they spend the majority of their time outside working, in their minds a metal building offers more return on the investment. A metal building offers room to work, store equipment…

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Dr. RC Trotter sees his community’s COVID-19 battle as one that’s slowly being won. Since the first cases started appearing in Dodge City, Kansas, Trotter, who is the Ford County physician adviser in addition to being a doctor at Family Practice Associates, said there’s been some ebb and flow. In 2020, there was a lot more testing being done, and there were more than 200 tests being done a day.

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Storms continued to take aim at the Pacific Northwest this week, bringing multiple rounds of heavy rain along the coast and lower elevations, and snow to the mountains. Many locations along the coast have measured rain nearly every day this year.

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“Stronger Together” turned out to be more than a conference theme this year, as the American Farm Bureau Federation prepared for its annual convention Jan. 10 to 13. With COVID-19 touching the lives of many members, including AFBF President Zippy Duvall himself, the organization turned to a …

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It is sitting on most veterinary supply shelves and a staple for numerous cattle owners, but the drug Ivermectin could also be a viable preventative and treatment for critically ill COVID-19 patients. Ivermectin, a Food and Drug Administration-approved antiparasitic drug, is most commonly re…

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be presenting “Far West Texas Pasture Improvement: A Virtual Seminar” on Jan. 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

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Kansas Farm Bureau is recognizing “Sesquicentennial Farms” in conjunction with its annual “Century Farm” program. The Century Farm program honors farms who have owners or operators related to the original farm owner or operator for 100 years by Dec. 31, 2021. The Sesquicentennial Farm recogn…

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Creating culturally appropriate messages for the Wind River Indian Reservation has helped boost better nutrition and healthier lifestyles, earning diversity honors from the University of Wyoming Extension.

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Assistant State Conservationist for Programs Jeff Vander Wilt has announced that South Dakota's USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is making approximately $4 million available to help protect and restore sensitive lands.

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The image of American Gothic’s farm couple is what many people think of when they hear “farmer.” Times change, but farming is still overwhelmingly a family business in America in 2020.

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A judge has ruled in favor of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and fined Tony and Joshua Brown of Armstrong, Iowa, a $76,000 penalty for violating the federal Clean Water Act. The brothers, doing business as Riverview Cattle, discharged pollutants from their cattle feedlot on 41 days…

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Since the release of last week’s map, several storm systems impacted the Lower 48. The first spread snowfall across the Rockies and into the Plains and Midwest. The second spread snow and ice from Texas across the central U.S. and into the Northeast. Meanwhile the Pacific Northwest was batte…

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture will purchase an additional $1.5 billion worth of food for nationwide distribution through the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. In total, USDA has distributed more than 132 million food boxes in supp…

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A member of the Senate Agriculture Committee was defeated in the Georgia Senate runoff Jan. 5. Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, defeated incumbent Kelly Loeffler, a Republican, in a close race. Loeffler was a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

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The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Water Resources has announced that Earl Lewis, chief engineer, signed an order approving the Local Enhanced Management Area plan for all of the area in Wichita County lying within the boundaries of Western Kansas Groundwater Management Distr…

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Partners that span governmental boundaries and jump private-public borders hope to throw a tight noose around invasive grasses degrading Wyoming lands and halt establishment of other invasives.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado Department of Transportation have partnered with the Southern Ute Indian tribe and several other organizations to construct a new wildlife mitigation project in southwest Colorado. The project, slated to begin this coming spring, will construct se…