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The sorghum industry received a much anticipated Christmas present in 2020 with the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of Imiflex herbicide use in iGrowth sorghum. Imiflex, a UPL product, will be a welcome addition to the arsenal of herbicides sorghum growers will have available to t…

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The violence and destruction that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was completely unacceptable and unpatriotic, and I condemn it in the strongest possible terms. It was a sad day for our nation, and it was an unwelcome reminder that our democracy is fragile.

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When I started writing this column 20 years ago, I struggled deciding on a name.

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The events that unfolded last week in Washington, D.C., will stain the fabric of our democracy for the rest of our days. The images of insurrection in the Capitol are as much our legacy now as putting a man on the moon. It’s a stark contrast of what happens when we choose to embrace what div…

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There is a lot of stuff going on in America right now. And in politics it’s hard to tell whether some politicians realize this is a free country or whether they want to change it to a dictatorship.

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It’s a crazy world but I have been here before. Yes, it was the same global involvement and worldwide attention but the events of last week have taken me back to January 2016 when patriots occupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon.

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Now that Democrats have won control of the Senate, climate legislation is inevitable, and farm groups have to get involved in the debate, says Chandler Goule, CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers and a former Democratic congressional staffer.

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With the new year upon us, attention will soon turn to the legislative session beginning Jan. 11 in Topeka. I’m incredibly grateful for the elected officials we have. Legislative sessions are always about making tough choices on allocating resources that are too few to address problems that …

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It was a year unlike any other, and as it comes to a close, I’ve been taking time to reflect on both the incredible challenges we’ve faced and the opportunities for the new year.

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Honestly, this may be the toughest piece I have written in 20 years. I can’t really decide where to start because I am writing it at the last hour on the morning of Jan. 6, 2021, and, no matter how the rest of the day plays out, it will be one for the history books.

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On Monday we started the cattle futures down very hard. I called mid-morning and asked a friend if grain was up big or is it because of the election stuff going on. He said probably both.

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As we look back at the pandemic that consumed most of 2020 it’s sometimes hard to find much positive news. But there’s one joyful initiative this year that brought new money to rural America and reconnected consumers to the farmers and ranchers who produce their food. In some cases, rural en…

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Twelve months ago, I had feelings of hope and optimism. There we were, ushering in the year 2020. The year that seemed so futuristic in novels, movies and television shows. What would the year bring us? Flying cars? Aliens? According to pop culture and science fiction, the possibilities were…

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What a year! This is one year most of us are glad to get behind us. With the COVID deal coming in and lots of different opinions on that, it’s not anything we can deny 'cause most of all of us know at least one person or more that have died from it.

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It’s been a rough year. We started 2020 with all eyes on Iowa for the first-in-the-nation presidential nominating contest. The Iowa caucuses took place under the cloud of a presidential impeachment. That surreal moment in history was eclipsed by a deadly virus that disrupted life as we know it.

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Perhaps the biggest problem looming in farming and ranching is the average age of the American farmer is steadily creeping toward 60. This aging population, combined with youth flight from their rural homes, and sky-high barriers to entry have our farm economy careening toward feudalism. If …

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I am confident that never, in recent history, has there been a New Year's Eve celebration that more people have been anticipating than 2021.

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As we’ve turned the calendar to 2021 it is time for optimism and after 2020 more than ever we could use healthy dose of good vibes.

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Now that the New Year is upon us, time to make “brush up on your grain marketing skills” top of your resolution list. The past decade of volatile markets have led to the reminder of importance of taking advantage of cash marketing strategies when prices are opportunistic.

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The past year has seemingly brought endless challenges, both for the cattle industry and the entire nation. The coronavirus, social unrest and political divisiveness have dominated news headlines for most of the year. For cattle producers, coronavirus-related supply chain disruptions and mar…

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In the late 1920s, the federal government understood healthy farm economies make our country stronger. The agriculture parity concept was created to ensure farmers received fair prices for their back-breaking work. The first effort was vetoed by President Calvin Coolidge. But then, the Great…

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Christmas is a time most families get together. Often they eat a big meal. Some families remind each other of the real meaning of Christmas—the birth of Jesus Christ—while others sit and watch football and whatever else to make the day enjoyable. For some it is the first year without a loved…

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It is very clear that many have been looking forward to this week in 2020 for quite some time as it signals the end of a year like no other. I have zero doubt that the celebration of ringing in the new year will be done with greater gusto than ever before.

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As we turn the calendar to 2021 we know that 2020 could, in many ways categorized as a “dark year,” a folklore phrase associated with the loss of a loved one, a crop failure or devastation at the hands of Mother Nature.

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You don’t have to look too hard to find history’s repeating patterns and, as in the past, the call for change is in the air. Even within the beef industry, there’s a movement urging producers to throw off traditional institutions, like the Beef Checkoff, simply because it’s “too old” or they…

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There’s still time to take stock of your taxable income and tax liability for the year.

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How many years have we heard, or even said personally that folks have lost touch with the reason for the season during Christmas. All indications are that the economic downturn will not make Christmas 2020 about buying gifts so quite possibly folks will have a moment to gather with family an…

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As I type this I’m sitting warm and toasty at my desk looking out my picture window at the snow falling in Dodge City. Centimeter by precious centimeter it’s accumulating on the ground, creating both a picturesque blanket and a precious moisture source for the crops and lawns in southwest Kansas.

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I have had the most enlightening conversation with David Boxenhorn on my Rural Route Radio program that really connects so many dots for me. Are you part of the “natural world” or the “social world,” particularly when it comes to decisions that are made?

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On Dec. 7 our country remembered those fallen sailors and military personnel who died during the Pearl Harbor invasion that led the United States into Pacific War of World War II.

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From coast to coast, farmers and ranchers have found the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to be a great place to find cost share funds to implement practices that can protect the soil and improve water quality. And one of the most popular programs has b…

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Great Plains, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kubota North America Corporation, has announced a $53 million expansion project and 750,000-square-feet building purchase to further invest in its Salina, Kansas, operations in support of growing demand for Kubota construction equipment.

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The holiday season is officially upon us. This year, however, it feels uniquely different as we remain in the midst of a deadly pandemic that is showing no sign of slowing down. Despite that reality, there is reason for optimism.

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Matt Rice has joined the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association, St. Louis, Missouri, as membership director. Rice, of Godfrey, Illinois, previously was director of projects and grants for Congressman John Shimkus. The Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association, which is headquartered in St.…

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Drought conditions continued to get worse in parts of the central United States in the past month. Unfortunately, the forecast into the next few months doesn’t look to bring much relief.

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Maybe this is me being redundant but I am told it takes repetition to make a lasting impression or lock down the sale. I am not selling anything but simply trying to find a silver lining in a massive storm, in fact the largest storm of my life.

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There’s a plot line in the Christmas movie classic “Love Actually,” when elementary schools in part of London have brought all their students together for one massive Christmas nativity production. Now, with so many children, there were only so many traditional roles to go around. So the fic…

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Our bred cow market was a lot better this week. We sold some black and red Angus bred cows 4 and 5 years old and 5 to 7 months that brought $1,375 to $1,425 and some 6-year-old heavy cows brought $1,300.

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Since April, cattle futures have recovered from the initial COVID-19 price sell off. While there was a bit of price wobbling in mid-November due to fears of another large-scale COVID-19 shut down, the notion of a vaccine available in early 2021 has tempered those fears.