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ROSEAU, Minnesota (AP)—Former Secretary of Agriculture Bob Bergland, a farmer from northern Minnesota who was tasked with selling President Jimmy Carter’s unpopular Soviet Union grain embargo to other farmers, died Dec. 9. He was 90.

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The Native American Agriculture Fund recently launched its website and is soliciting public feedback to inform NAAF’s priorities and future funding activities. NAAF plans to begin its first round of grantmaking in 2019. To view the survey and find additional information about NAAF, please vi…

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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently empowered local schools with additional options to serve healthy and appealing meals. A final rule on school meal flexibilities increases local flexibility in implementing school nutrition standards for milk, whole grains, and sodium. Secretary Per…

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The U.S. Senate Dec. 11 passed what congressional leaders call a “bipartisan, bicameral” 2018 farm bill conference report.

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Amaryllis is the perfect last-minute gift for young and old, says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. “Plants make thoughtful gifts at this time of the year, or simply represent a good way of rewarding yourself for an accomplishment,” he said.

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Texas A&M AgriLife recently announced PerkinElmer Inc. has agreed to further support the growing field of agrigenomics through a sponsored collaboration of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Genomics and Bioinformatics Services Lab in College Station.

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Loss of habitat containing milkweed plants is considered a leading cause of the precipitous decline in monarch butterfly populations over the past 20 years. To reverse loss of this iconic species, recovery plans nationally have ambitious goals for new habitat. Iowa, in the center of the mona…

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Class 13 of the Colorado Agriculture Leadership Program, along with their executive director and board president and vice president, returned yesterday from the final seminar of their leadership development experience. The class landed in Cali, Colombia, and spent nine days in the country.

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This afternoon the Senate passed the 2018 farm bill 87-13. The farm bill heads to the House next. Watch High Plains Journal and HPJ.com for more farm bill coverage this week.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of the Army are proposing a clear, understandable and implementable definition of “waters of the United States” that clarifies federal authority under the Clean Water Act. Unlike the Obama administration’s 2015 definition of “waters…

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The Cherokee Nation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the creation of a new conservation district that will help the Cherokee Nation manage natural resources, secure assistance for conservation projects and encourage conservation practices on tribally-owned land.

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The holiday season is filled with traditions and customs involving plants, notes University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein.

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Oklahoma State University Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources experts identified two multicounty regions in the state for participation in Create Bridges, a program designed to build up rural economies.

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Registration is now open for four grain handling operations courses from the Grain Elevator and Processing Society and Kansas State University in January. These online courses run from Jan. 8 through Feb. 12, 2019, and registration closes Jan. 2, 2019. 

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Do you get tired of running to the grocery store several times per week? Do you ever get frustrated because you forget about a food and it goes bad before you can use it? Does hearing your family say, “What’s for dinner?” cause tension in your life? If so, perhaps it’s time to brush up on yo…

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The arrival of colder weather means more homes will be turning up the heat with fuel-burning appliances. These appliances include furnaces, ovens, space heaters, generators, indoor grills and fireplaces that can unknowingly cause dangerous levels of carbon monoxide to build up in the home.

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Brian Dabson, a research fellow at the School of Government, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will be presenting “The Rural Dimensions of Workforce Development” at the Mid-America Workforce Summit being held at the Topeka (Kansas) Capitol Plaza Maner Conference Center on Jan. 23 …

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CHS Ag retail locations in Kansas, including CHS United Plains Ag and CHS Oberlin, recently delivered their annual check to the Kansas Food Bank. The check for $52,655.41 funds grants for nine local food pantries, as well as the Food 4 Kids Program and Bob Box Program for seniors. 

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When it comes to food preparation for the holidays, your freezer is your best friend. Pies, rolls, quick breads and muffins, scones, biscuits, cookies, and cakes can all be prepared ahead­—fully, or in part—then frozen. Here’s a to-do list of make-ahead baked treats:

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Now is the time to get started if you want to be relaxed during this holiday season according to Renette Wardlow, a human development specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration announced Nov. 16 they will jointly oversee the regulation of cell-cultured food products from cell lines of livestock and poultry.

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Women involved in agricultural production and management or who are interested in learning more about ag business are encouraged to attend Annie’s Project, a six-week educational course set to begin Jan. 28, 2019, in the Farm Credit Services of America Sale Barn Conference Room, 4101 N. Sixt…

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K-State Research & Extension’s Wildcat District is hosting a hands on using QuickBooks workshop on Dec. 13 at the Southeast Research and Extension Center, located at 25092 Ness Road in Parsons. This event will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. and will conclude at 3 p.m.

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Just in time for Christmas shopping. The Kansas Flint Hills Quilt Trail announces “Kansas Barn Quilts” coloring books by John H. Lettau. Lettau, a geometric design fanatic, has previously offered other state coloring books through Amazon.com and has recently added three books featuring Kansa…

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According to the U.S. Drought Monitor for Dec. 4 released Dec. 6, a storm impacted much of the continental United States. The storm delivered heavy rain and mountain snow to the West, snow and wind to parts of the Plains and upper Midwest, and severe weather and tornadoes to the mid-Mississi…

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently announced the “OneUSDA Internship” opportunity for summer 2019. As part of the Federal Pathways Program, the OneUSDA Internship will provide students a way to explore serving their country through a career in government while gaining work e…

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Tractor Supply’s “Follow Us to the Fair” Tour recently completed its 11,000-mile cross-country journey to state and county fairs, making 24 stops in 14 states over six months from June to November 2018. The fourth year of the tour recognized more than 100 4-H and FFA youth who are making a d…

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Projections for the third-lowest net farm income in the last decade, record nominal agricultural debt, rising debt-to-asset ratios and interest rates, and continued headwinds for agricultural commodity prices had many anticipating an increase in farm bankruptcies in 2018. However, that is no…

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the “OneUSDA Internship” opportunity for Summer 2019. As part of the Federal Pathways Program, the OneUSDA Internship will provide students a way to explore serving their country through a career in government while gaining work experience…

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After an upsurge in earthquakes was attributed to nearby underground disposal of wastewater during a south-central Kansas oil boom, wastewater injection was scaled back and the seismicity subsided. Then, unexpectedly, earthquake activity picked up farther afield.

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP)—President Donald Trump signed a revised North American trade pact with the leaders of Canada and Mexico Nov. 30, declaring the deal a major victory for workers. But tensions over tariffs, looming GM layoffs and questions about the pact’s prospects in Congress clo…

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue applauded the Senate’s long-awaited confirmation of Stephen Vaden to serve as General Counsel to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Record-breaking wildfires have plagued the Southern Plains for the past three years. During this time period, unusually wet summers combined with unseasonably mild winters have resulted in increased vegetative growth, creating the conditions for devastating wildfires. In an effort to help fa…

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When looking around the Oklahoma landscape, you may be a little bit surprised. It’s only a few weeks until the official start of winter, but the landscape is still relatively green, thanks to a fair amount of late-season rain. The recent snow also added moisture to the landscape.

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In a meeting with High Plains Journal before giving the lunch address at the Nov. 15 Chicago meeting of the Waterways Conference Inc., Stephen Censky, deputy secretary of agriculture, strongly hinted at positive developments to come at the just-concluded Group of 20 meeting in Argentina, dur…