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It is very clear to me that Thanksgiving 2021 was the most important in my 55 years on earth. We need to continue to be thankful to God for the blessings he has bestowed upon us, but yet pray harder than ever. Read more

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What exactly does the term “conservative” mean in today’s world? Does it simply mean spend less than what “liberals” want? I think the majority of Americans have seen enough of this nonsense and it is clear there is not one conservative left at the federal level of politics, and I am talking about the federal level since 1988. Read more

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Since its creation, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality's Brownfields Program has worked with local governments, Tribes, nonprofits and private entities to provide education and support for the cleanup, sustainable reuse, and redevelopment of Brownfield properties—which are former industrial or commercial sites where future use is affected by real or perceived environmental contamination. Read more

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In order to store soil moisture prior to spring planting of grain sorghum, it is critical to control weeds during the winter months.

This is best achieved with a combination of soil residual herbicides and products that control weeds that have already emerged. The most common winter weeds are marestail, prickly lettuce, Canadian thistle, henbit and numerous mustard species in addition to several winter grasses. Although kochia is not considered a winter weed, it is increasingly becoming a problem in the late winter. Read more

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In a few short days we will all sit down and celebrate Thanksgiving. The holiday that is meant for us to reflect and decide what it is for which we are thankful. We have a lot to be thankful for in this great nation, not the least of which is our farms and ranches. This is so appropriate because Thanksgiving is associated with food. Read more

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There were quite a lot of cows moving, which is typical this time of year. And the killing cows were cheaper in particular a very thin older cow that has a very light carcass. Those type of cattle buyers just don’t seem to want very bad. Read more

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Lights, wish lists and Black Friday need a timeout. It is time for the pumpkin not the tree. A time for togetherness and gratitude. Time during the holidays permits us to slow down and focus on how we will use our blessings. It will always speak louder than the words we say about them. Read more

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The state of Maine has made headlines in the agricultural world. On Nov. 2, Maine approved a “right to food” amendment to their state’s constitution. This is the first of its kind in the nation. It states that “All individuals have a natural, inherent and unalienable right to food.” Read more

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Why is it that sustainable agriculture needs a definition? Through the years it has been described in so many ways, but really it is nothing more than producing more output with less input, improving and not depleting, and profitably maintaining production. Read more

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As the political elites gather in Glasgow, Scotland, I can see the writing on the wall. Granted, you don’t need to be much of a fortune-teller to have read the tea leaves to see this coming but diet is going to be at the top of the list for “effective climate change” mitigation. Read more

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It makes me wonder about where this country is headed when you hear reports that parents and children who were separated when they entered the United States seeking asylum may be eligible to receive $450,000 each for a total of $900,000. Wow, in my opinion, that is simply looking for ways to give money away. Read more

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Daniel Rauchholz, president and founder of Farmada, a Salina, Kansas, manufacturer that has developed an anhydrous ammonia fertilizer toolbar, is willing to share his success story on Midwest innovation. It’s a story that can help many High Plains communities. Read more

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As the calendar flipped to October you may have been expecting that fall cool down to begin. While some did see this, that wasn’t necessarily the case for the entire Plains. Read more

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The reason I got involved in the media business 21 years ago was quite simply because I saw the danger of the animal rights groups that were attempting to mislead the public about the ownership of animals. Read more

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At 2 a.m. Nov. 7, readers across High Plains Journal’s 12-state coverage area, will be cringing about the need to turn the clock back an hour as standard time means seeing sunshine earlier in the day with the tradeoff of the sun disappearing earlier in the evening. Read more

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The cow killing market has hung in there better than most years and most years some packers get so many cows sent off these big ranches directly to their packing house that it throws them out of the market. Read more

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As we head into the last two months of 2021, and look forward into 2022, there continue to be many unanswered questions for the grain markets. Read more

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In March of 2020, there wasn’t a roll of toilet paper to be found. Did you need a new appliance last summer? Good luck taking one home from your local electronics store. What about a new car? Dealerships that I drive by look like they’ve been picked as clean as a pumpkin patch in late October. Read more

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From investing in broadband, water, sewer, community facilities and housing, the person who oversees the Rural Development mission area has a vast array of responsibilities. But for the last four years, that position was not filled because former Secretary Sonny Perdue decided not to do so. Read more

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So much of my time spent publicly in 2021 has been trying to shed a little sunlight on the fact that some global powers do not want individuals to own land. Take a hard look at freedom throughout the course of human history and it tells you that land ownership goes right to the heart of liberty within mankind. Read more

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One of grain sorghum’s strengths is that it typically takes less capital to grow compared to other summer crops. However, with input costs of all commodities expected to go up this coming year, growers should be looking to cut expenses wherever possible. Read more

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A man was telling a story from about 50 years ago. Stan said that Eddie was looking at this horse that he thought he might try to buy but Eddie’s foot was hurt so he asked Stan to get on him. Read more

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I believe at least in our area the cattle numbers are shorter than some so-called experts believe. If you look at the number of cattle being sold at auction compared to previous years I think that tells part of the story. Read more

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American TV icon Ed Sullivan used to boast that viewers were about to witness “a really big show!” Well, a really big show came to Denver Sept. 9 to 10, and as always, the Beef Promotion Operating Committee meeting, where the Beef Checkoff program funding decisions are made for the next fiscal year, didn’t disappoint. Read more

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The Texas landscape today is changing quicker than ever. According to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 1,000 people per day are added to the state’s population. About half are natural increases due to the birth rate exceeding the death rate, but the other half migrate from outside the state. Read more

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Amidst all the chaos in today’s world, we had a fantastic weekend in Holmes County, Ohio. It is generally called Amish Country and it is certainly loaded with many Amish families who I take my hat off to in 2021 as the rest of the nation tries to achieve what they have never given up. Read more

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From a distance, the steel frame bridge with large wooden planks spanning the middle looks to be in decent shape. It’s been providing a reliable path across the Heart River in western North Dakota since the early 1920s, enabling tractors to move from fields that border both sides of the river and numerous hunters, hoping to shoot their next big trophy. Read more

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Whether it is water for cattle, resistant weeds, or the appetite of three growing boys, some things never stop. And we should not want them to. My hope is that our own hunger for progress never does either. Read more

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The calendar has turned to fall, and the weather is slowly following suit. Harvest is underway with combines rolling through fields and semis hauling grain to elevators and on-farm bins. There’s more of those bins and semis now than ever before because there’s more grain. Read more

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As I write this, my friend Andrew Henderson and “Across the Pond” radio co-host in the United Kingdom is on his eighth day of in-home recovery from COVID-19. He said, “This bio-weapon is a horrible experience.” Read more