agriculture http://hppr.org en 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 Expert Worries Current Conditions Will Destroy Oklahoma’s Cattle Market http://hppr.org/post/expert-worries-current-conditions-will-destroy-oklahoma-s-cattle-market <p></p><p>Oklahoma ranks number five in the nation when it comes to the number of cattle, but years of drought and high market prices are fueling a sell-off, and experts worry that the $4.5 billion dollar industry is in a downward spiral that will be difficult to recover from according to an <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/2014/01/14/the-economic-impact-of-a-bunch-of-thirsty-oklahoma-cows/">article from StateImpact Oklahoma</a>.</p><p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 06:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 26853 at http://hppr.org Expert Worries Current Conditions Will Destroy Oklahoma’s Cattle Market Drought and Extreme Cold May Have Damaged Winter Crops http://hppr.org/post/drought-and-extreme-cold-may-have-damaged-winter-crops <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While timely rains have the Texas wheat crop looking much better this year, however the drought and cold may have done some damage to winter crops </span><a href="http://today.agrilife.org/2014/01/13/drought-extreme-temperatures-may-do-damage-to-wheat-in-high-plains/" style="line-height: 1.5;">reported AgriLife Today</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 06:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 26834 at http://hppr.org Drought and Extreme Cold May Have Damaged Winter Crops Under the microscope: Microbes can help farmers http://hppr.org/post/under-microscope-microbes-can-help-farmers <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Farmers and scientists have long understood that what lives beneath the soil affects how crops grow. Often, they work to fight plant diseases—warding off infectious viruses and damaging fungi, for example. But now some microbiologists are focused on how to harness the good things microbes can do, with the goal of increasing farmers’ yields and diminishing their dependence on chemical inputs. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:59:13 +0000 Amy Mayer 24564 at http://hppr.org Under the microscope: Microbes can help farmers Higher beef prices good for producers, may be tough on consumers http://hppr.org/post/higher-beef-prices-good-producers-may-be-tough-consumers <p>Once again, the prognosticators are saying <a href="http://www.meatpoultry.com/articles/news_home/Trends/2013/11/Beef_prices_climb_as_consumpti.aspx?ID=%7B623621CA-0B39-4A55-890F-A1AA56AF6B04%7D&amp;cck=1">beef prices are on the rise</a>. We’ve <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/blog/1602/expect-higher-food-prices-thanks-drought/5#.Un1flfmoVyQ">seen this before</a>—last year, the drought and high feed prices were being blamed. This time, the supply is tight and with livestock farmers looking at lower costs of production, some may keep animals on the farm to help increase their herds, rather than sending them to market. Since consumer demand typically goes up at this time of year, Lee Schulz, a livestock economist at Iowa State University, said the combination will increase the price meatpackers pay to producers. Mon, 18 Nov 2013 06:01:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 24401 at http://hppr.org Higher beef prices good for producers, may be tough on consumers Interview with Joel Salatin: Local food evangelist http://hppr.org/post/interview-joel-salatin-local-food-evangelist <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p>Joel Salatin is one of the rock stars of the local food movement. He’s written books, appeared in documentaries and scheduled speaking engagements nationwide. Among foodies, he’s a celebrity.</p><p>He’s also a vocal critic of industrialized agriculture. Salatin <a href="http://onpoint.wbur.org/2011/10/10/joel-salatin">criticizes the use of pesticides</a>, herbicides, genetic modification in crops, and hormones and antibiotics in livestock. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 15:46:58 +0000 Luke Runyon 24056 at http://hppr.org Interview with Joel Salatin: Local food evangelist Science not likely to decide food issues http://hppr.org/post/science-not-likely-decide-food-issues <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p></p><p></p><p>Hot-button food issues of the day, such as the use of genetically modified organisms or the treatment of livestock, tend to pit large industries against smaller activist groups. Often, both sides will claim the science supports what they are saying. That can leave consumers, most of whom aren’t scientists, in a bit of a bind. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 15:46:08 +0000 Amy Mayer 23841 at http://hppr.org Science not likely to decide food issues Heat, Drought Draw Farmers Back To Sorghum, The 'Camel Of Crops' http://hppr.org/post/heat-drought-draw-farmers-back-sorghum-camel-crops Much of the world is turning hotter and dryer these days, and it's opening new doors for a water-saving cereal that's been called "the camel of crops": sorghum. In an odd twist, this old-fashioned crop even seems to be catching on among consumers who are looking for "ancient grains" that have been relatively untouched by modern agriculture.<p>Sorghum isn't nearly as famous as the big three of global agriculture: corn, rice and wheat. But maybe it should be. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:08:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 23717 at http://hppr.org Heat, Drought Draw Farmers Back To Sorghum, The 'Camel Of Crops' Oklahoma Panhandle: Business is Booming, But There’s No Place to Live http://hppr.org/post/oklahoma-panhandle-business-booming-there-s-no-place-live <p></p><p>From Guymon in the Oklahoma Panhandle to Ponca City in the north of the state, significant permanent population growth and workforce housing demands are exceeding the housing supply, said Dr. Kay Decker.&nbsp; Decker is a professor of sociology, and chair of the Department of Social Sciences at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva.</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 22719 at http://hppr.org Oklahoma Panhandle: Business is Booming, But There’s No Place to Live Big Ag and Big Data: A Match Made In Heaven? http://hppr.org/post/big-ag-and-big-data-match-made-heaven <p></p><p>Ag giant Monsanto recently purchased the Climate Corporation according to a recent <strong><a href="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/02/why-big-ag-likes-big-data/?_r=0">blog in the New York Times</a></strong>.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 22521 at http://hppr.org Big Ag and Big Data: A Match Made In Heaven? Southeastern Colorado Farmer Has First Hemp Harvest http://hppr.org/post/southeastern-colorado-farmer-has-first-hemp-harvest <p></p><p>The first known hemp harvest in more than fifty years began this month in southeastern Colorado <strong><a href="http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2013/10/hemp_harvest_colorado.php">according to Denver Westward Blogs</a></strong>.</p><p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 05:00:03 +0000 Cindee Talley 22488 at http://hppr.org Southeastern Colorado Farmer Has First Hemp Harvest What was your county’s crop insurance payout in 2012? http://hppr.org/post/what-was-your-county-s-crop-insurance-payout-2012 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>At $200 per acre, Trego County, KS topped the list of High Plains counties in per acre crop insurance payments in 2012.&nbsp; Other top counties were Wallace County, KS at $157 per acre and Rawlins County, KS at $127 per acre.&nbsp; All three are in Northwest Kansas.&nbsp; At the bottom is the list was Hemphill County, TX in the northeast corner of the Panhandle with just $1 per acre on only 13,400 planted acres.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 05:50:00 +0000 Quentin Hope 21240 at http://hppr.org What was your county’s crop insurance payout in 2012? What $154 million in payouts means to a county http://hppr.org/post/what-154-million-payouts-means-county <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Farmer Doug Wilson has been buying crop insurance since 1980.&nbsp;</span></p><p>“You carry home insurance, hoping your house doesn’t burn down. We carry crop insurance, hoping our crops don’t burn down,” Wilson said on a sweltering day in mid-August as he walked among the healthy 8-foot corn stalks in one his fields in central Illinois. “But last year, they burned down — kind of literally.”</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Darrell Hoemann 21185 at http://hppr.org What $154 million in payouts means to a county Both ways for Buffet: GMO and Organic http://hppr.org/post/both-ways-buffet-gmo-and-organic <p></p><p>A Midwestern farmer with a well-known last name has set out to fight hunger on a global scale. Howard G. Buffett is the son of Warren Buffett, one of the richest men in the world. The younger Buffett believes that to help people, you must first make sure they can feed themselves. He has a 3,200-acre farm in Illinois and another in Arizona, where research is being done in hopes of learning how Africans can become better farmers.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Peggy Lowe 20548 at http://hppr.org Both ways for Buffet: GMO and Organic Estate taxes can complicate farm transitions http://hppr.org/post/estate-taxes-can-complicate-farm-transitions <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Welsh-born immigrant William R. Charles in 1868 fought an uphill battle with Indians and grasshoppers when he homesteaded 400 acres of well watered crop and timberland in Republic County, Kan., that his great-grandchildren farm today. The family’s first log cabin burned to the ground in December, 1869 and they dug through two feet of frozen dirt to find shelter.</span></p><p>Today, Charles’ grandchildren, great-grandchildren and their children are far flung from that homestead, Valley Point Farm, 240 miles northwest of Kansas City.</p> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 03:35:00 +0000 Gene Meyer 19283 at http://hppr.org Estate taxes can complicate farm transitions Video Documentary: Aging of the American Farmer http://hppr.org/post/video-documentary-aging-american-farmer <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Farmers are getting older.&nbsp; They’re working longer, staying on the land later and continuing to do what they’ve done for decades: heading out day after day after day to work their land.</span></p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 18798 at http://hppr.org Video Documentary: Aging of the American Farmer Young dreams, huge obstacles http://hppr.org/post/young-dreams-huge-obstacles <p></p><p>While the farming community continues to age fewer young people are filling the ranks, prompting the question: Do young people even want to farm anymore?</p><p>The quick answer is yes, just not in the same numbers as they used to. And surveys indicate many of them don’t want to farm in conventional ways.</p> Sat, 13 Jul 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 18725 at http://hppr.org Young dreams, huge obstacles Retiring to the farm anything but quiet http://hppr.org/post/retiring-farm-anything-quiet <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s not just lifelong farmers who feel the pull of the land as they get older. For some Americans, retirement is an opportunity to begin the farming dream.</span></p><p>“I wanted to be able to be active and have a pastime that ensured physical activity,” said beginning farmer Tom Thomas, who at 65 still has the physical fitness to wrestle and brand steers at his son’s ranch in Oklahoma.&nbsp;</p><p>Thomas retired two years ago after teaching exercise physiology for 35 years and he knew what he wanted to do next.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 18617 at http://hppr.org Retiring to the farm anything but quiet Facing the family farm legacy http://hppr.org/post/facing-family-farm-legacy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Driving out of the western Iowa town of Panora, the winding roads offer broad vistas of rolling hills. Many of the mailboxes along Redwood Road show the name Arganbright. Jim Arganbright grew up in this area, one of 10 children. He and his wife, Beverly, have eight kids.</span></p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 18550 at http://hppr.org Facing the family farm legacy How long can you farm? http://hppr.org/post/how-long-can-you-farm <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 11.25pt;">Working beyond retirement is a fairly common refrain these days. In 2012, 5 percent of the U.S. workforce was beyond retirement age. But farmers seem to work longer than most. In the last Agriculture Census 25 percent of all farm operators were over 65 years old.</span></p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Grant Gerlock 18469 at http://hppr.org How long can you farm? States ponder the "right to farm" http://hppr.org/post/states-ponder-right-farm <p></p><p>Some farmers are feeling a bit defensive – or put-upon -- these days. Take the recent experiences of Bob Young, for instance.&nbsp; The 69 year old raises 36-hundred hogs on the land where he grew up near Rochester in central Illinois. &nbsp;When he was getting ready to build a hog confinement facility seven years ago some area residents, concerned about the potential smell of the place, filed suit. &nbsp;A court order stopped construction for 18 months.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Quentin Hope 16945 at http://hppr.org States ponder the "right to farm" Smithsonian plows into farming history http://hppr.org/post/smithsonian-plows-farming-history <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Visitors to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. only get small glimpses of farming, such as a mural display of immigrant farmworkers planting crops in a </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">19</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;century California town. The museum once had an Agriculture Hall, but it was removed in 2006.</span></p> Thu, 30 May 2013 06:00:01 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 16678 at http://hppr.org Smithsonian plows into farming history Who's on the hook for nearly $17 billion paid to farmers? http://hppr.org/post/whos-hook-nearly-17-billion-paid-farmers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nearly $17 billion has been paid out to farmers in crop insurance indemnities to cover the losses from the catastrophic drought of 2012, the government reported this week.</span></p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:45:36 +0000 Donna Vestal 15098 at http://hppr.org Who's on the hook for nearly $17 billion paid to farmers? A new frontier in genetically engineered food http://hppr.org/post/new-frontier-genetically-engineered-food <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kevin Wells has been genetically engineering animals for 24 years.</span></p><p>“It’s sort of like a jigsaw puzzle,” said Wells recently as he walked through his lab at the University of Missouri - Columbia. “You take DNA apart and put it back together in different orders, different orientations.”</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 01:12:16 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 14250 at http://hppr.org A new frontier in genetically engineered food Taxing complications for farmers and an April 15 deadline http://hppr.org/post/taxing-complications-farmers-and-april-15-deadline <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 10.5pt; line-height: 11.25pt;">This tax season is an unusual one for farmers.</span></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:14:09 +0000 Amy Mayer 14249 at http://hppr.org Taxing complications for farmers and an April 15 deadline Generic seeds could have a short lifespan http://hppr.org/post/generic-seeds-could-have-short-lifespan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The patent rights on the first genetically modified seeds expire next year, but it’s not clear how the introduction of “generic” seeds fits into the science and business of GM crops.</span></p><p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 17:15:18 +0000 Grant Gerlock 13151 at http://hppr.org Generic seeds could have a short lifespan The seeds of genetic modification http://hppr.org/post/seeds-genetic-modification <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The vast majority of the corn and soybeans in United States grow from seeds that have been genetically modified. The technology is barely 30 years old and the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/blog/1605/finding-scientific-consensus-gm-food-mark-lynas/5" style="line-height: 1.5;">controversy surrounding it</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;somewhat younger. But how did it even become possible?</span></p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:26:58 +0000 Amy Mayer 12567 at http://hppr.org The seeds of genetic modification Technology chips away at influence of prominent ag towns http://hppr.org/post/technology-chips-away-influence-prominent-ag-towns <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em;">At the crossroads of industry, railroads and farm country Kansas City has long been a capital of the plains. In recent years, though, Kansas City and other agriculture hubs have seen technology chip away at their importance.</span></p> Sat, 09 Feb 2013 01:56:27 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld 12123 at http://hppr.org Technology chips away at influence of prominent ag towns Farmers frustrated by farm bill extension http://hppr.org/post/farmers-frustrated-farm-bill-extension-0 <p>Farmers and ranchers across the country expected to start the new year with a new farm bill, the all-important legislation setting agricultural policy for the next five years.</p><p>As House and Senate negotiators worked feverishly at the turn of the year to come to a fiscal cliff deal, word leaked that the Agriculture Committees had finally come to an agreement on a long-awaited new farm bill. But the final fiscal cliff deal ditched new legislation and merely extended parts of the bill that expired in October.</p> Sat, 05 Jan 2013 03:38:10 +0000 JEREMY BERNFELD 10758 at http://hppr.org Farmers frustrated by farm bill extension Limited progress on animal lab site at KSU http://hppr.org/post/limited-progress-animal-lab-site-ksu <p></p><p style="font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em; margin-bottom: 1.1em; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em;">In Manhattan, </span>Kan<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 1.2em; line-height: 1.7em;">., the site of National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility is still just a huge hole in the ground nearly a year after the initial ground-breaking.</span></p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 02:37:14 +0000 Laura Ziegler 10717 at http://hppr.org Limited progress on animal lab site at KSU