HPPR Economy and Enterprise http://hppr.org en Recent rains are too little too late for ranchers http://hppr.org/post/recent-rains-are-too-little-too-late-ranchers <p></p><p>Many Colorado cattle ranchers are beginning to recover from the drought, but for many the rain is too little and too late.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 34843 at http://hppr.org Recent rains are too little too late for ranchers States working out kinks to keep ag tourism growing http://hppr.org/post/states-working-out-kinks-keep-ag-tourism-growing <p></p><p>Colorado already draws thousands of visitors each year for skiing, hiking, beer drinking and, most recently, marijuana sampling. In 2012, those visitors spent more than $16 billion in the state. Tourism officials want more and they’re looking to do it by bringing well-educated “traveling foodies” to the state. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 05:01:27 +0000 Luke Runyon 34519 at http://hppr.org States working out kinks to keep ag tourism growing 100 years on, Panama Canal still vital to farm economy http://hppr.org/post/100-years-panama-canal-still-vital-farm-economy <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When it opened in 1914, the Panama Canal introduced the harvest from Midwest farms to the world and helped link U.S. farmers to the global economy. Nearly a century-old, the canal today remains an important connector of global trade, from the U.S. heartland to Asia.</span></p><p>“Obviously it’s one of our major achievements,” said Bill Angrick, a former state Ombudsman of Iowa who was born in the Canal Zone and has studied the engineering marvel. “It’s like going to the moon. It’s something we did well and did right.”</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 05:01:02 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 34216 at http://hppr.org 100 years on, Panama Canal still vital to farm economy AMA seeks ban on antibiotics for weight gain http://hppr.org/post/ama-seeks-ban-antibiotics-weight-gain <p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif;">The largest association of U.S. physicians is calling for tighter rules on antibiotic use in livestock.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:38:30 +0000 Kristofor Husted 34189 at http://hppr.org AMA seeks ban on antibiotics for weight gain Texas oil and gas boom doesn’t mean prosperity for everyone http://hppr.org/post/texas-oil-and-gas-boom-doesn-t-mean-prosperity-everyone <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Lone Star State is king of the oil and gas drilling boom.&nbsp; Over a quarter of all the active drilling rigs in the world are in Texas.&nbsp; That prosperity is not without cost, nor does it benefit every Texan.</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 33904 at http://hppr.org Texas oil and gas boom doesn’t mean prosperity for everyone Coke-Amarillo Economic Development Corp. exchange finalized http://hppr.org/post/coke-amarillo-economic-development-corp-exchange-finalized <p></p><p>Another piece of the Downtown Amarillo development project has fallen into place.&nbsp; Documents finalizing the property exchange between &nbsp;Coca-Cola and Amarillo Economic Development Corp. are signed, sealed and delivered according to a recent article in the <a href="http://amarillo.com/news/latest-news/2014-06-28/downtown-plans-pick-speed">Amarillo Globe-News</a>.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 33903 at http://hppr.org Coke-Amarillo Economic Development Corp. exchange finalized Briefly: Supercharged in Hays, Fizzy in Amarillo http://hppr.org/post/briefly-supercharged-hays-fizzy-amarillo <p><strong>Potter County OKs tax break for Coca-Cola, paves the way for ballpark</strong><br />Potter County is the final jurisdiction to pass a tax abatement for Coke to move from downtown Amarillo to the CenterPort Business Park to make way for a future hotel/ballpark development. Read more from <a href="http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2014-06-23/potter-commish-oks-tax-break-coca-cola-paves-way-ballpark">The Amarillo Globe-News</a>.<strong style="line-height: 1.5;"> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Adam Vos 33647 at http://hppr.org Briefly: Supercharged in Hays, Fizzy in Amarillo Pipeline companies are paying more to cross private land in Texas http://hppr.org/post/pipeline-companies-are-paying-more-cross-private-land-texas <p></p><p>Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has tapped reserves that were once thought unreachable.&nbsp; The industry is scrambling to provide infrastructure to support the boom.&nbsp; Pipelines sometimes have to cross private land.&nbsp; For the pipeline companies, it’s not a simple off that has to be accepted.&nbsp; Recent court cases have been awarding landowners significantly higher amounts than companies offer reported Gilad Edelman for <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/06/18/pipeline-companies-paying-more-cross-private-land/">The Texas Tribune</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 33646 at http://hppr.org Pipeline companies are paying more to cross private land in Texas Agritourism a growing opportunity on the farm http://hppr.org/post/agritourism-growing-opportunity-farm <p>Farms aren’t just for food any more. With the <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/local-food-challenge">local food movement growing</a>, more savvy farmers are putting a price tag on more than those organic tomatoes. They are instead marketing and selling the “farm experience” in the form of agritourism attractions. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 05:01:27 +0000 Luke Runyon 33426 at http://hppr.org Agritourism a growing opportunity on the farm Cattle move north for water http://hppr.org/post/cattle-move-north-water <p>The U.S. cattle herd has <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/midwest-cattle-paradise-drought-stretches-beef-country">changed dramatically over the last four years</a>, largely thanks to drought.</p><p>The supply of beef has been in free-fall. Perhaps you’ve noticed sky-high prices for hamburger and steak. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 05:01:27 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 33422 at http://hppr.org Cattle move north for water Drought re-shaping the cattle map http://hppr.org/post/drought-re-shaping-cattle-map <p>Drought is re-shaping the beef map and raising the price of steak. Ranchers are moving herds <a href="http://www.denverpost.com/business/ci_25773718/california-cattle-short-food-finding-way-colorado">from California to Colorado</a> and <a href="http://lubbockonline.com/agriculture/2014-03-02/texas-trails-nebraska-number-cattle-feeding#.U5dGJPmwJcQ">from Texas to Nebraska</a> seeking refuge from dry weather. And cattle producers in the Midwest are making the most of it. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 05:01:27 +0000 Grant Gerlock 33184 at http://hppr.org Drought re-shaping the cattle map Food deserts plague the High Plains http://hppr.org/post/food-deserts-plague-high-plains <p></p><p>Across the High Plains, areas are colored with food deserts.&nbsp; In a place that’s been dealing with drought for four years, the added designation of being a food desert feels more literal.&nbsp; A food desert is an area designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a non-metropolitan, low-income area where at least 500 people or 33 percent of the population lives more than ten miles from a supermarket or large grocery store.</p><p> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 33154 at http://hppr.org Food deserts plague the High Plains New farm bill creates two-tiered test for farm program participation http://hppr.org/post/new-farm-bill-creates-two-tiered-test-farm-program-participation <p></p><p>One unintended consequence of the recent farm bill was the creation of a more rigid and stricter test to define what “actively engaged” in farming means reported John Crabtree for the <a href="http://www.cfra.org/news/140603/corporate-farming-notes-actively-engaged-rule">Center for Rural Affairs</a>.</p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 33121 at http://hppr.org New farm bill creates two-tiered test for farm program participation Cargill to stop use of gestation crates for hogs http://hppr.org/post/cargill-stop-use-gestation-crates-hogs <p>Cargill, one of the country’s largest pork producers, <a href="http://www.cargill.com/news/releases/2014/NA31657661.jsp">announced Monday</a> that it will stop using gestation crates, the <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/1366/crate-question-looms-over-pork-producers/5">controversial narrow cages</a> meant to house and separate sows. Cargill is joining other major meatpackers, like competitors Tyson and Smithfield Foods, in planning to move away from hog crates. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 05:01:27 +0000 Grant Gerlock 33013 at http://hppr.org Cargill to stop use of gestation crates for hogs Drought hammers winter wheat across the Plains http://hppr.org/post/drought-hammers-winter-wheat-across-plains <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Much of the Midwest and the Plains have been battling drought for years. And the current winter wheat crop looks like it will be one of the worst in recent memory, stressing farmers in the heart of the Wheat Belt – from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 05:01:27 +0000 Ariana Brocious 32960 at http://hppr.org Drought hammers winter wheat across the Plains Independent developer has solution for western Kansas housing shortage http://hppr.org/post/independent-developer-has-solution-western-kansas-housing-shortage <p></p><p>In Western Kansas, it’s not jobs that are in short order, it’s housing.&nbsp; An investor is taking measures to remedy the housing shortage in Liberal without any form of government subsidies according to a recent article from the <a href="http://www.leaderandtimes.com/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=16971:limited-space-on-the-high-plains&amp;catid=12:local-news&amp;Itemid=40">High Plains Daily Leader.</a></p><p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 32941 at http://hppr.org Independent developer has solution for western Kansas housing shortage Kansas oil production is up mostly because of fracking http://hppr.org/post/kansas-oil-production-mostly-because-fracking <p></p><p>Oil production is up in Kansas, while natural gas continues on the way down says The Kansas Geological Survey.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 32877 at http://hppr.org Kansas oil production is up mostly because of fracking Kansas farmer sounds off on crop insurance and farm policy http://hppr.org/post/kansas-farmer-sounds-crop-insurance-and-farm-policy <p></p><p>As our present multi-year drought grinds on and on, I’m beginning to wonder if we missed the point—by a country mile—in our current farm policy.</p><p> Sat, 07 Jun 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 32875 at http://hppr.org Kansas farmer sounds off on crop insurance and farm policy Robot helps save rural hospital http://hppr.org/post/robot-helps-save-rural-hospital <p></p><p>Hamilton County Hospital is a small, rural hospital in southwestern Kansas.&nbsp; A little over a year ago, it was on the brink of closing because of financial and staffing problems says chief executive Bryan Coffey.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 32818 at http://hppr.org Robot helps save rural hospital The best coffeehouse in the region is in the Texas Panhandle http://hppr.org/post/best-coffeehouse-region-texas-panhandle <p></p><p>Palace Coffee Co. won the regional competition of America’s Best Coffeehouse in St. Louis recently according to a recent <a href="http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2014-06-02/canyon-baristas-win-coffee-regional-title">article from the Amarillo Globe-News</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 32767 at http://hppr.org The best coffeehouse in the region is in the Texas Panhandle Unique energy transmission line gets approval http://hppr.org/post/unique-energy-transmission-line-gets-approval <p></p><p>Clean Line Energy Partners recently received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to go ahead with one of the Great Plains transmission projects according to the <a href="http://www.cfra.org/rural-americas-turn-pave-way-clean-energy-future">Center for Rural Affairs</a>.</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 32518 at http://hppr.org Unique energy transmission line gets approval Flour milling merger moves forward http://hppr.org/post/flour-milling-merger-moves-forward <p>Federal regulators Tuesday gave the final go-ahead for two of the country’s largest flour milling companies to merge.</p><p>Food giants ConAgra and Cargill said last year they wanted to put their flour mills under one roof in a new company called Ardent Mills. But a <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/proposed-merger-could-create-flour-milling-goliath-wheat">chorus of antitrust watchdogs said the deal </a>would further consolidate an already concentrated industry. Wed, 28 May 2014 05:01:01 +0000 Luke Runyon 32413 at http://hppr.org Flour milling merger moves forward Miscanthus: A growing energy crop http://hppr.org/post/miscanthus-growing-energy-crop <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Miscanthus, a relative of sugar cane that looks like bamboo, could be the Midwest’s next energy crop. But in a region dominated by corn and soybeans, it has yet to fully catch on, even as advocates tout its advantages. Sat, 24 May 2014 14:08:53 +0000 Rick Fredericksen 32251 at http://hppr.org Miscanthus: A growing energy crop Drought still taking toll on ranchers, beef prices http://hppr.org/post/drought-still-taking-toll-ranchers-beef-prices <p>California ranchers, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/04/14/302858835/drought-increased-demand-contribute-to-high-beef-prices">despite near-record beef prices</a>, are shrinking their cattle herds in response to one of the most severe droughts the state has ever faced, and many Western ranchers are taking advantage. Fri, 23 May 2014 05:01:27 +0000 Jackie Fortier 32192 at http://hppr.org Drought still taking toll on ranchers, beef prices The Texas oil boom benefits drug smugglers? http://hppr.org/post/texas-oil-boom-benefits-drug-smugglers <p></p><p>New roads and the increased activities of the Texas oil boom are also helping another lucrative market- drug smuggling according to a <a href="http://kut.org/post/how-drug-smugglers-are-taking-advantage-texas-oil-boom">recent story from KUT</a>.</p><p> Fri, 23 May 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Cindee Talley 32190 at http://hppr.org The Texas oil boom benefits drug smugglers? Western Kansas still has lowest unemployment rates http://hppr.org/post/western-kansas-still-has-lowest-unemployment-rates <p></p><p>The numbers are out, and once again Western Kansas has the lowest April unemployment rates in the state.&nbsp; &nbsp;Logan and Ness counties tied for the best rate at 2.2-percent according to the <a href="http://www.hdnews.net/news/unemployment052014">Hays Daily News</a>.</p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 05:01:00 +0000 Cindee Talley 32164 at http://hppr.org Western Kansas still has lowest unemployment rates SE Colorado hemp farmer secures commercial agreement http://hppr.org/post/se-colorado-hemp-farmer-secures-commercial-agreement <p></p><p>Rocky Mountain Hemp has entered into a commercial agreement with Cannabis Therapy Corp. to provide an exclusive land lease and crop services according to a recent press release in the <a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/story/cannabis-therapy-corp-secures-colorado-land-lease-and-expert-crop-management-services-2014-05-20">Wall Street Journal</a>.</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 32087 at http://hppr.org SE Colorado hemp farmer secures commercial agreement No trains for grains on the Plains http://hppr.org/post/no-trains-grains-plains <p></p><p>On the high plains, there aren’t any commercially navigable rivers, and the U.S. rail system has been the main way for farmers to move grain to ports to sell around the world said a <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/14/uk-usa-farms-railroads-analysis-idUKKBN0DU1VQ20140514">recent article in Reuters</a>.</p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 31934 at http://hppr.org No trains for grains on the Plains Canada feeding the American appetite for hemp http://hppr.org/post/canada-feeding-american-appetite-hemp <p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 18:06:56 +0000 Luke Runyon 31907 at http://hppr.org Canada feeding the American appetite for hemp Hemp growing returns after 44 year ban http://hppr.org/post/hemp-growing-returns-after-44-year-ban <p></p><p>A<a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/content/colorado-hemp-growers-begin-historic-planting-season#.U208cPldUrU" target="_blank">&nbsp;handful of farmers</a>&nbsp;are set to plant the country’s first hemp crop in decades, despite federal regulations that tightly restrict the plant’s cultivation.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 05:01:02 +0000 Luke Runyon 31782 at http://hppr.org Hemp growing returns after 44 year ban