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Due to excessive rainfall and other adverse weather conditions, many growers may be looking for an alternative crop. Although optimum planting dates for grain sorghum may have passed in many regions, growers typically can plant sorghum later than other crops and still make an acceptable yiel…

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A little over a year ago, French President Emmanuel Macron and wife Brigitte visited the United States for President Donald Trump’s first state visit. Among the pomp and circumstance that comes with an official State visit at the White House, the two “first couples” planted a tree on the Sou…

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I reckon there is no need to get frustrated because it is just the way of the world today—we live in a visual society. I have been doing radio for 20 years now and I think that we can educate individuals with audio, but it is becoming glaringly apparent that if you want to have a real impact…

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We finally got a break in the rain pattern to where we got a few days in a row without rain. There are very few times in my life that I have been able to say that.

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Every year I stand in the card aisle, flipping through and rejecting card after card, just trying to find the least objectionable one to send to my farmer dad for Father’s Day.

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My dad taught me to skip rocks on the low water bridge down the road from our homestead place. He pointed out that each time the rock touched the water it created ripples that would go on and on.

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As our summer travel season ramps up, we’ll be driving or flying to at least 10 different states, including Alaska. One of my biggest concerns is the ability to stay connected—either by finding cell phone service or connecting to my home and office via high-speed broadband.

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I had a conversation with an employee of Anheuser-Busch and we were primarily talking about the Budweiser Clydesdales and how InBev had strongly hinted they would phase out that expense after their purchase of AB in 2008. The good news is that maybe they have decided horses actually do sell …

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In small towns, suburban neighborhoods and big cities, our nation is in the midst of an unprecedented crisis of drug addiction. In 2017, nearly 200 people each day died due to a drug overdose. While no corner of our country has escaped the devastation of this epidemic, rural America has been…

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I am not for a lot of new laws but one law that I wish they would pass is to make it illegal to use a computer to call your phone. And a lot of these scammers even get a local number so they can even more so mislead the person answering the call.

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Over the past few months the High Plains region has been hit hard by a powerful punch of snow, floods, heavy rains and now tornadoes.

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The history of the Kempton family in America is as colorful as the Montana skies when the Northern Lights are shining. Trudy Kempton Dana merges thorough research with a healthy dab of storytelling to share her family’s tales.

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Community is defined by Merriam-Webster as a group of people with a common characteristic or interest, living together within a larger society.

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Seventy-five years ago Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower had a monumental decision before him.

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Not knowing the nutritive value of a feedstuff can lead to less than optimum resource management. Unfortunately, many producers overlook testing the forages they graze. In numerous studies conducted in various parts of the country, native pastures and as well as irrigated pastures have been …

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There’s a new creature in the United States Capitol. No, it’s not from the swamp. It’s our national mammal—a bison from South Dakota.

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There is more talk and concern about this fake meat being developed now. Even at least one of our largest packers has invested in this process. All of us including individuals and definitely cattle organizations need to get off high center and get involved in this. 

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This week will be an exciting one for us as we start our 11th year of the All Aboard Wheat Harvest. Readers will have an opportunity to get reacquainted with the correspondents for a summer staple for High Plains Journal.

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Unfortunately, extreme swings in weather seem to be the new “normal” for growers. With historic flooding in some areas, late snowfall for some and seemingly never-ending rain for others, this year’s planting season for most in the Midwest was a roller-coaster to say the least. With most area…

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The business of farming is so complex that unless you are in it, you really can’t relate or understand all the factors that come into play.

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You say what can I do to change this manipulation of our fat cattle? You say, I am only a small operator and nobody is going to listen to me. I feel the same way at times but I also see what happens if we do nothing.

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The temperature and humidity are rising in Washington. That means that it is almost time for the Congressional softball game, where female members of Congress and Washington-area news reporters duke it out on the softball field for the Young Survival Coalition, a charity that supports young …

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The United States has agreed to lift its steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, removing major obstacles for ratification of the renegotiated North American free trade pact by all three countries. But gaining congressional approval could still be a heavy lift.

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While farm management has seen many adaptations throughout the years, I don’t think anyone could argue that the biggest game-changer of the 21st Century stems from farmers’ and ranchers’ increasing power yielded from today’s capability to collect big data.

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Since 1949, May has been recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month thanks to organizations like Mental Health America and their many affiliates across the country. This month is a good time of reflection both personally and professionally, as many companies assess how they are creating a c…

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The United States Senate has a slim 53 to 47 Republican majority, with a minority of 45 Democrats and two independents (who are, for all intents and purposes, Democrats).

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I am reluctant to say that food is the new weapon, because I believe it is pretty easy, throughout history, to identify where food was used as a weapon. However, the trade war is just that. In the past week I have had excellent discussions with folks on the front lines of this war and I am h…

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I don’t mind taking less for cattle when I think there is a good reason such as over-supply. But it does make me mad when the packer is making $300 per head plus part of the offal and we are losing money or breaking even.

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Adults tell kids a lot of half-truths. It’s partly to avoid awkwardness, partly to avoid difficult conversations, partly to keep them safe.

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When someone passes away in a small town, the loss is felt throughout the entire community. The whole population drops off casseroles and cakes and the men pick up the slack on the farm or mow the yard just to help out, and no one rings the doorbell—they just walk in because everyone feels l…

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April was National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and now is an opportune time for a more public conversation about the pervasive problem of distracted driving.

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I know for a fact that things are as wacky as they can get. Well, I suppose it could get worse but I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about it because I read a book once that told us all of this would come to pass and it is what it is.

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One of my buyers from the sale barn said, “You cannot really blame this downturn in the cattle futures on the packer and retailer because of all the extra fund trading in our business.”

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Many of you think it’s planting season, but in the world of politics, it’s presidential campaign season. That means you’re going to start hearing a lot more about how President Donald Trump and a field of over 20 Democrats plan to make life better for those of you who farm and live in rural …

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The U.S. Capitol is going to see a couple new faces, albeit in stone form. Last month, the Arkansas 92nd General Assembly decided to donate two new statues to the U.S. Capitol to replace the statues of two Arkansans—lawyer Uriah Milton Rose and Gov. James Paul Clarke, both of which have been…

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Show me a farmer and rancher, and I’ll show you a lifelong learner. In the agriculture industry no one sits still. No one begins farming, plants a seed, breeds a cow and then sits back and says, “I’ve got it all figured out.”

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While spring has been slow to arrive with one last snowstorm plundering the Midwest in late April, soon enough the planters will be rolling.

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May is officially designated as beef month! Okay, this is where I would naturally suggest that every month should be beef month but if others are talking about the cow in the month of May, then let’s go for it.

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Pollinators are the backbone of agriculture. When bee colonies collapse, it affects anyone who needs food to survive. The authors of this book have presented several possible triggers of accelerated honey bee deaths and colony collapse disorder.

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Does anyone still buy aluminum cans anymore?

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Washington’s journalists who cover the White House recently descended on the Washington Hilton ballroom to have their annual pat-on-the-back White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.

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As we get closer to summer grilling season, backyard barbecuers are gearing up to serve hamburgers, steaks and kebabs to family and friends. You likely don’t remember your last great piece of chicken, but when you’re talking about a mesquite masterpiece, beef is the main event.