HPPR Economy and Enterprise http://hppr.org en Own your very own Texas oil well http://hppr.org/post/own-your-very-own-texas-oil-well <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Lone Star State has always been willing to gamble on oil and gas drilling.&nbsp; The bets are big, and the latest boom has mostly been the work of companies and investors with plenty of capital.&nbsp; A new Texas company could change that.&nbsp; For a minimum investment of $80,000 you can own your very own oil well </span><a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2014/04/03/giddy-up-now-you-can-own-your-own-oil-well/" style="line-height: 1.5;">reported StateImpact Texas.</a></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 30549 at http://hppr.org Own your very own Texas oil well Amarillo: Town Square Village is more than another development http://hppr.org/post/amarillo-town-square-village-more-another-development <p></p><p>Town Square Village is a four-square-mile piece of southwest Amarillo with a vision of being more than another development.&nbsp; The multimillion-dollar expansion will be an “urban landscape where apartment dwellers live above stores and restaurants in a pedestrian-friendly community core surrounded by row houses and suburbs of single-family homes,” according to a <a href="http://amarillo.com/news/latest-news/2014-04-12/town-square-village-changes-face-amarillos-southwest">recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 30501 at http://hppr.org Amarillo: Town Square Village is more than another development Labeling accident proves fake meat taste is improving http://hppr.org/post/labeling-accident-proves-fake-meat-taste-improving <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The taste of vegetarian meat substitute is improving.&nbsp; It’s so good, in fact, that consumers couldn’t tell if they were eating meat substitute or chicken in a salad product from Whole Foods.&nbsp; The labels on the products were inadvertently switched.&nbsp; Whole Foods had to recall the item not because of consumer complaints, but federal labeling requirements.&nbsp; Consumers eating the plant protein substitute were inadvertently exposed to soy and eggs, which are allergens requiring labeling according to a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/03/business/meat-alternatives-on-the-plate-and-in-the-portfolio.html?_r=0">recent article in the New York Times.</a></span></p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 30287 at http://hppr.org Labeling accident proves fake meat taste is improving Southeastern Colorado: Small community gambles economic future on casinos http://hppr.org/post/southeastern-colorado-small-community-gambles-economic-future-casinos <p></p><p>The Kiowa County oil and gas boom has tanked, and now the small community of Eads is putting its economic development bets on casino gambling according to a <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_25378256/dealt-bad-hand-oil-and-gas-kiowa-county">recent article from the Denver Post</a>.&nbsp; Mon, 07 Apr 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 30055 at http://hppr.org Southeastern Colorado: Small community gambles economic future on casinos Carson County Texas: Pantex plant under new management http://hppr.org/post/carson-county-texas-pantex-plant-under-new-management <p></p><p>Consolidated Nuclear Security is the new Pantex Plant Contractor according to a <a href="http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2014-03-26/new-pantex-contractor-provides-transition-timeline">recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News</a>.&nbsp; The Government Accountability Office rejected the third contract protest by a representative of Babcock and Wilcox Co. who currently operate the Carson County nuclear weapons plant.</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 29897 at http://hppr.org Carson County Texas: Pantex plant under new management Hog farmers split on packer-owned pigs http://hppr.org/post/hog-farmers-split-packer-owned-pigs-0 <p></p><p>Nebraska hog farmers aren’t seeing eye-to-eye on a proposal that would allow meatpacking companies more control over the state’s hog industry. And farmers all over the country are watching.</p><p>Currently, a 1998 state law bans meatpacking companies from owning and raising the hogs they process. But lawmakers have proposed an end to the ban, which would allow for more vertical integration of the hog industry.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Grant Gerlock 29707 at http://hppr.org Hog farmers split on packer-owned pigs How drought, cattle, and Crimea affect Texas cotton farming http://hppr.org/post/how-drought-cattle-and-crimea-affect-texas-cotton-farming <p></p><p>Farmers across the high plains are faced with planting choices every year.&nbsp; This year Texas farmers are wondering if corn, cotton, or sorghum will make the most money <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2014/03/24/what-drought-cattle-and-crimea-have-to-do-with-texas-cotton-farming/">according to StateImpact Texas</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 29641 at http://hppr.org How drought, cattle, and Crimea affect Texas cotton farming Western Kansas thriving despite national slump http://hppr.org/post/western-kansas-thriving-despite-national-slump <p></p><p>There’s work in western Kansas.&nbsp; The region hasn’t seen a decline like the rest of the country said a <a href="http://www.rfdtv.com/story/25032530/kansas-town-maintains-low-unemployment-despite-national-trends">recent article in RFD-TV Magazine</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 29590 at http://hppr.org Western Kansas thriving despite national slump On the roads: Trucks transporting wind farm parts from Kansas and Iowa to the Texas Panhandle http://hppr.org/post/roads-trucks-transporting-wind-farm-parts-kansas-and-iowa-texas-panhandle <p></p><p>Pattern Energy is moving components from Hutchinson and Abilene, Kansas, as well as Iowa, to the Texas Panhandle.&nbsp; Sections of towers that hold the large blades in the air and the narcelles that hold the equipment that makes electricity from the turning blades are transported by trucks pulling specially built trailers.&nbsp; The components are headed for two projects located north of Amarillo.</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 29596 at http://hppr.org On the roads: Trucks transporting wind farm parts from Kansas and Iowa to the Texas Panhandle Unpacking lessons from Colorado's cantaloupe listeria scare http://hppr.org/post/unpacking-lessons-colorados-cantaloupe-listeria-scare <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>When Colorado cantaloupe laden with the deadly pathogen listeria killed more than 30 people in 2011, shockwaves rippled throughout the food industry. The outbreak made one thing clear: huge cracks exist in the systems meant to keep our food safe to eat. Denver Post reporters Michael Booth and Jennifer Brown set out to explore those conflicts within food safety in their new book Eating Dangerously. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 05:01:27 +0000 Luke Runyon 29512 at http://hppr.org Unpacking lessons from Colorado's cantaloupe listeria scare Drones: Coming soon to a farm near you? http://hppr.org/post/drones-coming-soon-farm-near-you <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Unmanned aerial vehicles aren’t just for spies or for the battlefield. Farmers all over the country think drones can give them a leg up, too.</p><p>Tech-savvy farmers have been waiting for years for the government to make up its mind about the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Right now, anyone flying a drone for business instead of as a hobby is actually <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/faa-small-drones-ban-104393.html">breaking federal law</a>. But the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which oversees U.S. airspace, says it plans to roll out rules for drones this year. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:42:55 +0000 Peter Gray 29510 at http://hppr.org Drones: Coming soon to a farm near you? Texas: Lake Meredith still generating revenue despite low water levels http://hppr.org/post/texas-lake-meredith-still-generating-revenue-despite-low-water-levels <p></p><p>The water level is down, and so are the number of people visiting Lake Meredith and the associated Alibates Flint Quarries.&nbsp; However, the sites are still impacting the area’s economy in a positive manner said a <a href="http://amarillo.com/news/latest-news/2014-03-18/recreation-shifts-lake-meredith-drops">recent article in the Amarillo News-Globe.</a></p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 29428 at http://hppr.org Texas: Lake Meredith still generating revenue despite low water levels First community-owned solar garden comes to Kansas http://hppr.org/post/first-community-owned-solar-garden-comes-kansas <p></p><p>Two energy companies are partnering to build the largest community solar array in Kansas.&nbsp; Community-owned Midwest Energy and community solar developer Clean Energy Collective (CEC) signed an agreement to build a 1-MW community solar photovoltaic array according to a <a href="http://www.utilityproducts.com/articles/elp-archives/2014/03/kansas-to-plant-first-community-owned-solar-farm.html">recent article in Utility Products</a>.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 29371 at http://hppr.org First community-owned solar garden comes to Kansas Texas regulations could kill bid for Tesla plant http://hppr.org/post/texas-regulations-could-kill-bid-tesla-plant <p></p><p>Texas is one of four finalists trying to reel in Tesla Motors from California.&nbsp; However, the state will not allow the company to sell its upscale electric cars directly to consumers because of long-standing state laws protecting and regulating auto dealerships <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/03/18/regs-could-harm-texas-bid-tesla-battery-plant/?utm_source=texastribune.org&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=Tribune%20Feed:%20Main%20Feed&amp;utm_reader=feedly">according to the Texas Tribune</a>.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 05:00:04 +0000 Cindee Talley 29311 at http://hppr.org Texas regulations could kill bid for Tesla plant Full Circle Farming: Fins and Flora http://hppr.org/post/full-circle-farming-fins-and-flora <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We'll continue our visit to Beaver Creek Ranch with a look at Full Circle Aquaponics, a re-circulating system combining aquaculture (fish) and hydroponics (plants).&nbsp; We'll start our tour in a&nbsp; low-energy footprint greenhouse designed by Alice Hill and take a look at how tilapia fish and a variety of greens and lettuces support each other.</span></p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 29309 at http://hppr.org Full Circle Farming: Fins and Flora Bring home the bacon: Virus cutting pork supplies http://hppr.org/post/bring-home-bacon-virus-cutting-pork-supplies <p>Bacon-loving shoppers prepare yourselves: A <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/ped-virus-continues-rip-through-hog-farms">virus that has devastated piglets</a> for nearly a year is causing lower pork supplies and higher prices. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 05:01:01 +0000 Amy Mayer 29257 at http://hppr.org Bring home the bacon: Virus cutting pork supplies Bell begins work on a new helicopter http://hppr.org/post/bell-begins-work-new-helicopter <p></p><p>The Bell Amarillo plant is beginning to assemble roofs, floors, nose and tail sections of the Relentless 525—a new civilian helicopter said a <a href="http://amarillo.com/news/latest-news/2014-03-15/bell-begins-work-relentless">recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News</a>.</p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 05:00:04 +0000 Cindee Talley 29263 at http://hppr.org Bell begins work on a new helicopter Texas Farming Update: Panhandle Farmers do well in sorghum competition http://hppr.org/post/texas-farming-update-panhandle-farmers-do-well-sorghum-competition <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5; font-weight: inherit;">Panhandle farmers did well this year in the National Sorghum Producers competition reported Kevin Welch for the <a href="http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2014-03-15/farm-briefs-locals-top-sorghum-competition">Amarillo Globe-News</a>.</span></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 29261 at http://hppr.org Texas Farming Update: Panhandle Farmers do well in sorghum competition Amarillo makes the top 20 of cities to start a business http://hppr.org/post/amarillo-makes-top-20-cities-start-business <p></p><p>Amarillo ranks the 14<sup>th</sup> best city to start a business said a recent <a href="http://amarillo.com/news/latest-news/2014-03-12/amarillo-takes-no-14-list-top-cities-start-business">article in the Amarillo Globe-News</a>. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 29207 at http://hppr.org Amarillo makes the top 20 of cities to start a business Padlock the milk! FDA’s push to safeguard the food supply http://hppr.org/post/padlock-milk-fda-s-push-safeguard-food-supply <p>Many of the food terrorism scenarios outlined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration involve liquid.</p><p>And there’s good reason for that. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:59:29 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 29200 at http://hppr.org Padlock the milk! FDA’s push to safeguard the food supply High Plains dairy producers attend Lubbock conference http://hppr.org/post/high-plains-dairy-producers-attend-lubbock-conference <p></p><p>Over 300 participants attended the High Plains Dairy Conference in Lubbock, Texas.&nbsp; Most of them were from Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado according to a <a href="http://www.agweb.com/article/high_plains_dairy_conference_updates_producers_from_five_states_NAA_University_News_Release/">University News release</a>.</p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 29062 at http://hppr.org High Plains dairy producers attend Lubbock conference Kansas: Greeley County hog farm expansion approved by KDHE http://hppr.org/post/kansas-greeley-county-hog-farm-expansion-approved-kdhe <p></p><p>The Kansas Department of Health and Environment approved the expansion of Seaboard Farms’ Ladder Creek hog farm according to a <a href="http://www.khi.org/news/2014/mar/11/kdhe-approves-permit-expansion-greeley-county-hog-/">recent article from the Kansas Health Institute</a>.</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 29052 at http://hppr.org Kansas: Greeley County hog farm expansion approved by KDHE Could our food supply be a target for terrorists? http://hppr.org/post/could-our-food-supply-be-target-terrorists <p>It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster. Villains in trench coats scheme ways to cause the most destruction and chaos. They settle on a food company, an easy target, and plan to lace the products with a chemical or pathogen. The hero finds out the plan with enough time to save the day. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 04:56:37 +0000 Luke Runyon 29085 at http://hppr.org Could our food supply be a target for terrorists? Full Circle Farming Comes to Northwest Kansas http://hppr.org/post/full-circle-farming-comes-northwest-kansas <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week we begin a four-part series about the importance of expanding local food production and teaching people to learn to feed themselves whenever possible.&nbsp; We'll start by visiting Beaver Creek Ranch in Rawlins County, Kansas.&nbsp; This agritourism business operated by Jeff and Alice Hill includes a hunting lodge, a full-service family farm complete with fruit and vegetable gardens, poultry, beef and pork production, organic hard red winter wheat production, and a demonstration site for a system called Full Circle Aquaponics.&nbsp; The day I arrived the place was really humming, thanks to the bee hives that provide pollination and honey.&nbsp; Join us as we visit a fascinating place.</span></p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 05:00:03 +0000 Skip Mancini 29006 at http://hppr.org Full Circle Farming Comes to Northwest Kansas Texas: Unlikely to be a leader in methane reduction http://hppr.org/post/texas-unlikely-be-leader-methane-reduction <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas is the nation’s top energy producer. &nbsp;It could also be the leader in slashing emissions of methane.&nbsp; But it’s unlikely that state environmental regulators will embrace the opportunity according to a </span><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/03/06/texas-could-lead-methane-reduction-group-says/?utm_source=texastribune.org&amp;utm_medium=rss&amp;utm_campaign=Tribune%20Feed:%20Main%20Feed&amp;utm_reader=feedly" style="line-height: 1.5;">recent article from the Texas Tribune</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 28993 at http://hppr.org Texas: Unlikely to be a leader in methane reduction New study reveals wind turbine placement could reduce yield http://hppr.org/post/new-study-reveals-wind-turbine-placement-could-reduce-yield <p></p><p>A new study by the University of Texas at San Antonio found that placing wind turbines too closely together in a wind farm causes turbulence that reduces productivity according to <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2014/02/28/what-do-plane-flights-and-wind-farms-have-in-common-turbulence/">a recent article by StateImpact Texas</a>. &nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 05:00:04 +0000 Cindee Talley 28946 at http://hppr.org New study reveals wind turbine placement could reduce yield Texas: Wind turbine clearinghouse comes to Plainview http://hppr.org/post/texas-wind-turbine-clearinghouse-comes-plainview <p></p><p>Tri Global Energy and BNSF Railway have joined forces to create a clearinghouse for wind energy equipment east of Plainview, Texas <a href="http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2014-03-03/rail-wind-companies-plan-massive-energy-clearinghouse-hale-county-kevin">according to The Amarillo Globe-News</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 28882 at http://hppr.org Texas: Wind turbine clearinghouse comes to Plainview Why Texans are using less energy than predicted http://hppr.org/post/why-texans-are-using-less-energy-predicted <p></p><p>A growing population and inadequate electricity supply has kept a looming energy crisis over Texans. &nbsp;Rolling blackouts would come, or so it was predicted.&nbsp; This month, a report from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) release its annual forecast of how much electricity Texas will have in the coming years, and thing don’t look so bad <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2014/03/03/why-texans-are-using-less-energy-than-expected/">according to StateImpact Texas.</a></p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 06:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 28747 at http://hppr.org Why Texans are using less energy than predicted Plentiful domestic crude oil brings a refining revival to Kansas and Texas http://hppr.org/post/plentiful-domestic-crude-oil-brings-refining-revival-kansas-and-texas <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Small, abandoned refineries dot the High Plains, but the domestic oil boom of domestic light-crude is breathing new life into some of them said a </span><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/04/business/energy-environment/oil-boom-is-driving-a-revival-in-refining.html?_r=1" style="line-height: 1.5;">recent article in the New York Times</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 06:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 28748 at http://hppr.org Plentiful domestic crude oil brings a refining revival to Kansas and Texas West Texas A&M beef cloning moving ahead http://hppr.org/post/west-texas-am-beef-cloning-moving-ahead <p></p><p>A cloning project at West Texas A&amp;M University is poised to enter the next phase of creating cattle that will produce top quality beef recently <a href="file:///N:/REGIONAL_WORKSTATION/Regional%20Documents/Veneklasen%20and%20Abraham%20sued%20the%20American%20Quarter%20Horse%20Association%20in%202013%20over%20the%20association%E2%80%99s%20rule%20barring%20cloned%20horses%20from%20being%20registered.">reported the Amarillo Globe-News</a>.</p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 06:00:04 +0000 Cindee Talley 28667 at http://hppr.org West Texas A&M beef cloning moving ahead