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In recent weeks, presidential candidates have pledged billions of dollars to bring broadband and internet access to rural America. Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and other Democratic hopefuls correctly realize that a lack of high-speed internet and other attendant technologies h…

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Fair week, the week of high emotions, temperatures, and the proof that 4-H really does “make the best better.” Fair time, where young and old come together, to showcase the bright future of communities across the nation, is well underway across the Midwest. I’m hopeful you got to at least vi…

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The activities surrounding the Tyson packing house fire are disturbing to say the least. The cattle business as we have known it has become so radical one wonders about its survival. Sure, someone will graze or feed all of them but the question is who? No one can stand $80 per head swings in…

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Each of us benefits from assistance from others now and then. Perhaps a neighbor helps with harvest; maybe we get a ride into town to fix a flat tire or help getting our cows in at roundup. For many state beef councils, assistance is more than a bonus; it’s a necessity.

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I am writing in regards to the recent incident at the Colorado Department of Agriculture in which Gov. Jared Polis used the CDA offices and staff as a prop to promote Impossible Foods Inc. I agree with Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg’s assessment of these cell-based protein products as nothing more th…

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Knowledge is at our fingertips. When we pull up our Internet browser, no matter what question we may have, right or wrong, there is always an answer. Today, people want answers about their food—how it’s raised, if it’s local. Transparency is key and building consumer confidence is the bigges…

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A few months ago I wrote an article pointing out the fact that Hard Red Winter wheat production in the United States is at a crossroads. I meant that planted acres in the U.S. are down, primarily because of economics. It simply doesn’t make sense for a farmer to grow wheat if there is no pro…

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Knowledge is at our fingertips. When we pull up our Internet browser, no matter what question we may have, right or wrong, there is always an answer. Today, people want answers about their food—how it’s raised, if it’s local. Transparency is key and building consumer confidence is the bigges…

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I just finished your article titled “A Year without Pay” and I sympathize with farmers affected by the terrible storms. I am the daughter of a farmer and currently the wife of a farmer, so understand well the effects of adverse weather.

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Years of planning and a $9.2 million investment are paying off in significant savings for Fort Hays State University. In 2013, my dream of providing the electricity for FHSU through wind energy became reality. The wind and peak shaving savings of nearly one million dollars annually are allow…

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Just two short years ago, the State of Kansas found itself on the brink of financial disaster. Even after depleting state savings and enduring multiple rounds of devastating budget cuts, unsustainable tax policy continued to perpetuate fiscal crisis. We saw schools close and class sizes grow…

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Take a drive through Hamilton County, Kansas, population 2,500, and you know you are in the heart of rural America. Hamilton County has an abundance of many things—wheat, sorghum and dairy, for starters—but broadband isn’t one of them. And that’s a scary prospect when participation in the mo…

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As an obstetrician, I cared for the expectant mother and her unborn child. We always discussed their physical well-beings and overall health, but with each patient, I always addressed their need for emotional, mental and, sometimes, spiritual support.

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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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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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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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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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We’re not even a third of the way through 2019, but we already have a frontrunner for a political fact-checker’s annual “Lie of the Year” award: the trendy yet incorrect political/media narrative that if we all just cut back on eating delicious real beef hamburgers, we’re going to stop or si…

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Corporate agribusiness and their lobbyists are attempting to take away local control and our rights. Why? They would rather have decisions being made where their money and lobbyists have the biggest impact—at the state and federal levels of government. But family farmers, county commissioner…

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After more than a year of writing columns about the coming wave of meat substitutes, I finally got the chance to taste test of one of the leading products. Based on what I tasted, these plant-based “burgers” are here to stay.

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Here where the Corn Belt transitions to the Great Plains, agriculture is the single largest industry and most dominant land use with more than 291,000 farm operations across Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska. These farmers provide the food, fuel, and fiber that keep our nation running. 

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A new U.S. Department of Agriculture analysis projects 2019 net farm income will again be well below normal. This broad measure of farm profitability has disappointed farmers for at least the past five years. Despite the continued downturn, farmers have glimmers of hope on the horizon.

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A recent news release posted on a website bearing the Beef Checkoff logo and titled, “Beef Demand ... It’s Been A Very Good Year” states that “2018 retail beef demand is 15 percent higher than in January 2012.”

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If you're like many Americans, the answer is the grocery store. And frankly, that disturbs me. The grocery store isn't where food comes from—it is just from where it is distributed. In reality, far too many people are unaware of the role of American agriculture in their daily lives… and what…

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By the time you receive this issue, it will be March. And if the weatherman is correct, we will be in the midst of another “arctic blast.”

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As we start the new year and look ahead to what we as public servants can achieve, there are a number of important issues facing Iowa’s agricultural industry where our roles on the state and federal levels intersect. Recently, one issue has been defending and advocating on behalf of biofuels…

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I write to thank U.S. Senate Committee Chairman Pat Roberts for his terrific work for mainstream animal welfare reforms in the recent Farm Bill that passed the Congress overwhelmingly. The Farm Bill contained three key provisions that will impact millions of animal lives: The Pet and Women S…

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I write to thank U.S. Senate Committee Chairman Pat Roberts for his terrific work for mainstream animal welfare reforms in the recent Farm Bill that passed the Congress overwhelmingly. The Farm Bill contained three key provisions that will impact millions of animal lives: The Pet and Women S…

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The wheat industry is digging a hole that we may not be able to get out of, and it has a lot to do with the blame game. It appears as though we in the wheat industry are following in the footsteps of politicians in Washington.

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At the Kansas Hospital Association, our vision is optimal health for Kansans—and we know this vision is shared by many Kansans who want the same for themselves and each other. As you begin your term as governor of our state, I would like to share several ways we can all work toward that goal.

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Food marketing claims have always stretched the truth. How many “miracle cures” or “superfoods” have been pitched to us over the years? But some recent trends are taking dishonest marketing tactics to a whole new level.

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In 2015 the Obama administration created a “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule that was so broad and vague that almost any spot where rainwater flows or pools might be tagged as a federally protected body of water. With the stroke of a pen, farmers and ranchers across the heartland suddenly di…

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There are those who believe that cutting back on the amount of beef we eat or taking meat off the dinner plate altogether will go a long way toward stopping global climate change or solving worldwide environmental problems. Those people believe animal agriculture is unsustainable and wastefu…

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I was humbled and honored to have joined the president, vice president, and secretary of agriculture in the Oval Office when the president announced to me and several of my agriculture-state Senate colleagues that he was directing his administration to move forward with the year-round sale o…

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When people think of Thanksgiving, what images come to mind?

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I am writing in reference to Cole Morehead’s Letter to the Editor, in the Oct. 29 issue of High Plains Journal. He is correct that the agriculture and energy sectors depend on each other. However, he is incorrect in many of his statements and sharing only part of the story.

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Should students waiting for the school bus and emergency responders helping those in need fear greater danger on our roads with each passing day? Has distracted, impaired and unsafe driving risen to the level that it could finally be called the epidemic that it is? If not, what will it take?

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The tiny central Kansas town of Pretty Prairie has gained national attention for the wrong reason: as documented by Harper’s Magazine earlier this year, this dwindling community of 600 has a tap water crisis caused by decades of farm runoff. Its problem is particularly severe, with drinking …

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The agriculture and energy industries depend on each other. Farms and ranches need oil and natural gas for everything from fuels and fertilizers to vaccines and pesticides.

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With negotiations on the 2018 farm bill expected to heat up this week, agricultural producers across Texas and are anxiously watching for signs of progress. The farm bill authorizes many programs designed to support farmers and ranchers, but one new provision deserves special attention from …

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Together is better than alone. The 4-H club my family and I are in is wonderful. On the smaller side, our club tries to be welcoming to new 4-H families and invite others to join the 4-H program and our club. For an office this year I was secretary, which was a great experience! It helped me…

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Kansas is an important agricultural state. We rank seventh in overall agricultural production and produce more wheat than any other state in the nation. Our largest revenue comes from raising cattle and calves, with corn, soybeans and hogs adding to our overall agricultural output. Although …