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It appears not enough members of Congress own barn cats. It makes no sense to own a barn cat and buy them cat food.

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Throughout the High Plains students from kindergarten to college will be headed back to a familiar a brick and mortar setting as the 2020-21 school year is upon us.

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I am actually pretty confident that if we really had a discussion with most of the 330 million Americans, they would think the food system is failing us. Recently I had a conversation about this very topic with Kip Tom, a farmer from Indiana who serves as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Na…

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I just read a sign at a business that read: "Due to the disrespect shown towards our great country and the men and women that have sacrificed so much to defend and protect it, including our son who lost his life in 2004, this establishment will no longer offer any viewing of any NFL, NBA, ML…

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Unfortunately there can be too much of a good thing, and July proved that in the form of too much rain for parts of the Plains. 

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High Plains Journal’s signature summer events—Sorghum U/Wheat U and Cattle U and Trade Show—are headed for a new virtual format because of COVID-19. Sorghum U/Wheat U will be Aug. 11 and 12 and the Cattle U and Trade Show will be Sept. 8 to 11.

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Summer is coming to a close, and yet the year 2020 is not coming to a close fast enough. Looking ahead there are likely going to be many twists and turns for agricultural commodities in the coming months. Sometimes it is tricky to know which fundamentals might move the market in any single day.

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As stated by Congress the purpose of the Packers and Stockyards Act is to assure fair competition and fair trade practices to safeguard farmers and ranchers and to protect consumers and to protect members of the livestock, meat and poultry industries from unfair, deceptive, unjustly discrimi…

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The Aug. 4 primary election is quickly approaching. First, we want to thank our local election officers who have worked tirelessly to ensure the security and safety of this upcoming election amidst historical circumstances.

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As many High Plains readers know by listening to their radio or watching television the air is filled with the unmistakable sounds of scoundrels, hoodlums and thieves. That may be the best way to sum up some of the campaign advertisements we all have to brace ourselves for—regardless of the …

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I am a numbers guy. I like to share numbers to back up my thoughts and the basis for my opinions. Today, I am leaving numbers behind and I am probably not going to share one single number besides this one: did you know the third leading cause of death in adolescents worldwide is suicide?

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Is there anyone out there who knows an honest group that is willing to tackle the packer monopoly? I seriously think that is our only chance to survive.

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Grain sorghum in the United States has a wide range of planting dates depending on the region of the country and specific cropping system. By mid-to-late July, grain sorghum has been harvested in the South, but sorghum is in the critical phases of flowering and filling grain in the High Plai…

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The subject of the masks we wear used to be just an abstract discussion considered by poets and philosophers. Recently, though, it has become a very concrete, current issue on the minds of many. And, as with most topics these days, it has turned into a controversial political theme. On the o…

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The path to reopening America’s businesses after the COVID-19 shutdown has taken several twists and turns in the last few weeks. Some states have allowed businesses to reopen only to close them again as coronavirus cases surge.

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The fireworks have flown and the wheat has been harvested. Farm and ranch families across the High Plains are now busily preparing for another annual summer tradition—the county fair. For most 4-H members, that event will not look the same as in years past.

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There have been a lot of valuable lessons and reminders from the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief among these is the simple fact that urban and suburban America cannot survive without rural America.

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Yes, I have seen the video released by a fast food shop that creates a false narrative. I am going to choose not to share their name because I have witnessed some of my friends in agriculture do more toward spreading their message in the last week than money could buy.

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A few months ago a friend of mine was trying to buy very nice yearling heifers to breed. And this guy wanted a set of black heifers with a lot of quality and no implants. We had several sets that were nice. And another important quality for both of us is they need to be gentle. So that Thurs…

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Like many farmers and cowboys his age, my dad adheres to a basic uniform code when dressing for a day’s work even though he’s retired and work is more like chauffeuring my mother to appointments.

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Impacts on farm supply and marketing cooperatives from the past three years of agricultural trade upheaval, industry consolidation and four months of a global virus pandemic are as varied as America’s 1,700 or so co-ops’ enterprises themselves. Some are rethinking their business models to fo…

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It’s a “house of cards”—corporate meat plants closed around our country due to COVID-19, which is exposing their instability and inability to adequately respond to crises, either from pandemics, natural disasters or economic downturns. This type of monopolistic corporate-control is harmful t…

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Every American has a part to play in slowing the spread of the coronavirus. While many are working from home, an important few are working overtime on farms and ranches to make sure grocery store shelves are stocked.

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We have a “reset button” opportunity in the food business right now so let me make a prediction: Unless we, the farmers and ranchers, get really busy and push to set the tone for the reset, nothing will change for the better.

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Gasoline prices fell dramatically this spring, one of the few bright spots for consumers this year. The oil feud between Russia and Saudi Arabia that began March 8, led to a 34% drop in domestic oil prices. Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic is the other driving factor.

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While some portions of the Plains picked up much needed moisture during the month of June, the rain seemed to miss some spots that needed it. Not only did missing out on rain increase dryness in some places, strong winds and heat helped to keep drought issues ongoing. 

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Despite production and trade disruptions wreaked by the COVID-19 pandemic, ag exports to China are on an upward trajectory and the start of United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement began July 1. In an exclusive interview with Agri-Pulse, Chief Agricultural Negotiator Gregg Doud says he’s still …

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I don't think anybody will argue that this Independence Day will be unlike any in anybody's lifetime. There is sure to be protesting in the streets, sure to be civil unrest amongst many, sure to be the strangulations of freedom and all for what? The loss of liberties.

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Already filled with tumultuous twists and turns for the agricultural sector, the remaining six months of 2020 will likely be filled with even more volatility and uncertainty.

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Suddenly I find myself in a great position as a father. Our oldest has successfully become a registered dietician and she is now feeding me information on dietary issues that she encounters on a regular basis, which makes the challenge crystal clear.

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There is a group of cattlemen meeting this week to see what can be done about the packer monopoly. It is quite a diverse group. And since we haven’t met yet I’m not sure about the others but those of you who know me well know that I will definitely speak my mind.

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A couple of years ago, my wife and I gave each of our sons a necklace with a cross, a cross called The Jerusalem Cross. It was meant as a special gift. One of my sons wore it almost all of the time.

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Yes, we still have the same ole broken record of being taken advantage of from the packer and them paying us what they want and selling our product at a whole different level.