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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 …

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The farm bill is the primary method in which our government invests in rural communities across the nation. Without it, our farmers would be uncertain and our communities without access to food and other crucial resources. Congress’ failure to pass a new bill, or an extension of the existing…

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I’m a third generation wheat/soybean/milo farmer from Beloit, Kansas. I was a little upset in the way the column “No sugar for you” was presented. In the beginning, it seems like Seymour Klierly is chastising office managers for attempting to promote healthier habits to his or her employees.

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At the beginning of this century, the ranching community knew that one day major food manufacturers and retailers would be talking about animal welfare. We suspected that those companies might someday require us to prove that our standard operating procedures include caring for livestock and…

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It’s obvious to most folks who live and work in South Dakota, but agriculture is our state’s lifeblood. As a farm-state senator who proudly serves on the Agriculture Committee and Finance Committee, which plays a key role in U.S. trade policy, defending and supporting the agriculture communi…

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After three years of court battles, a federal judge in South Carolina recently breathed new life into one of the worst ideas of the Obama administration. The 2015 Waters of the United States Rule, commonly known as WOTUS, was an effort by President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency to …

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Farming is a unique profession in so many ways. First, it is more like a calling—to be part of God’s gifts here, and a steward of these gifts. To follow a crop from seed to harvest, or to see an animal born and grow to maturity—that’s a lot of the reason we do what we do.

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I’m writing to ask Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts working on the 2018 farm bill to reject the King Amendment and pass a bipartisan farm bill.

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Some time ago I sent you a letter predicting that if Trump won he would start a trade war and U.S. farmers would become cannon fodder on the front lines of that war. Given his previously stated views on foreign trade that seemed like a safe prediction to make. I’m certain nobody at HPJ belie…

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What would a sweltering summer day be like without an occasional stop at the local ice cream parlor for a couple scoops?

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I urge my fellow Colorado millet producers to vote yes for a Colorado Millet Marketing Order in a referendum being conducted by the Commissioner of Agriculture August 13-31, 2018. We can grow it – we must promote it!

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Most people don’t think much about trade, but it is very important for farmers. We are dependent on trade with other countries to sell our products at a fair and equitable price. My husband used a phrase the other day in a media interview that stuck in my mind. He said, “Farmers want trade, …

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In recent months, President Donald Trump has imposed much-needed tariffs to address China’s 24-year trade war and commercial espionage campaign targeting America. Instead of changing course, China has imposed tariffs on fairly traded goods from the United States. While President Trump’s move…