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There are a number of steps to take for a successful duck hunt, but one of the most vital ingredients is- hide! 

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Harvest Public Media was created four years ago to report on agriculture and food production in the geographic area where the majority of that takes place – the Midwest. This year, my third of counting the top ag stories of the year, I find that the issues taking center stage were set not here, but in the politics, policies and processes of Washington D.C., state legislatures or the ballot box.

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A guide to the care and watering of  the plant that says "Christmas" no matter the time of year.

Conserving water and reviving a community

Dec 24, 2014
DairyGood.org

Across the country, farmers know that every drop of water counts. To help conserve this resource, one dairy in Western Kansas decided to take a chance on a one-of-its-kind partnership, which not only saved water, but also brought new life to its community.

In 2012, McCarty Family Farms in Rexford, partnered with Dannon to build a condensed milk processing plant that extracts more than 14 million gallons of water from the milk each year.

Rhonda's Secret Hot Chocolate

Dec 24, 2014
Kathleen Holt

If you were unable to join friends of High Plains Public Radio for Amarillo’s Parade of Lights this month, you can enjoy a bit of the fun by making Rhonda’s secret hot chocolate mix.

HPPR board members, volunteers and staff enjoyed a studio open house against the background of music provided by Amy and Greg, then served hot chocolate during Center City’s annual parade. 

Texas Underwriting Representative, Rhonda Dittfurth arranged for donations allowing HPPR to distribute hot chocolate to more than 300 parade goers.

This past Thanksgiving, James Fallow, national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine, and his wife Deborah stopped in Guymon, Oklahoma as a “a most anticipated waypoint” on their cross-country trip by small plane. The object of their sojourn that day was the homestead of Caroline Henderson whose “Letters from the Dust Bowl were published in The Atlantic some 80 years ago. Deborah Fallows recounts their flight in, visit to the homestead and Thanksgiving dinner in Guymon in this piece:

Lori Potter / Kearney Hub

The NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program targets funds to priority resource concerns such as a lack of wildlife habitat, erosion control, water quantity, and water quality. Partners, like water conservation management districts, submit proposals to help producers install and maintain conservation activities in select project areas. These proposals often included innovative or experimental approaches.

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Greyhound is celebrating 100 years, and the BBC’s Laura Barton traveled from Michigan to rural Kansas trying to understand the lure of bus travel reports the Guardian. 

Real Science / realscience.us

The $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill President Obama signed Wednesday isn’t just about dollars and cents. The so-called “Cromnibus” bill also keeps school cafeteria fries salty and limits the government's ability to monitor cow belches.

getruralkansas.com

Lovers of sun light, rejoice. Soon, the winter solstice will pass for another year. Even though days grow longer only a few minutes at a time, we’ll soon enjoy more sunshine than darkness in a 24-hour span. Unfortunately, it takes a month or so of incremental minutes before longer days are noticeable, so until then let’s bask in the glow of Christmas lights.

Luke Clayton

Merry Christmas!

This week I'm sharing one of my favorite winter dishes- smoked chili.  The secret to this recipe is to smoke the meat prior to adding any liquid ingredients.  Take a listen to the show, and I'll walk you through the process step by step.

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There are three times as many men officially unemployed now as there were in 1968 reports the New York Times.

Men in their prime working age from 25 to 64 were studied.   

Percentage of unemployed males in area counties:

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As drought, feed costs, and urban development wear on West Coast milk producers, states like Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa are pitching themselves as a dairy heaven. Even in California, the nation’s No. 1 dairy state, many dairy farmers are listening.

For the Midwest, an influx of dairies isn’t just about milk. It’s about pumping dollars into the rural economy.

Pegasus Books

Richard Parker’s newest book, Lone Star Nation, is described as a provocative and eye-opening look at the most explosive and controversial state in America, where everything is bigger, bolder—and shaping our nation’s future in surprising ways by Amazon.

Karen Olsson reviewed the book for the New York Times

She says:

Parker’s short book caters to lighter appetites: It’s a tray of Texas nibbles. Included are a capsule history of the state; personal reminiscence and travels; policy analysis; a look at the 2014 governor’s race; and man-on-the-street (or woman-in-the-Starbucks) interviews, not to mention a list of 300 famous Texans and three pages of Texas-related quotations.

mikefrench.org

 Today, we'll catch the scent and track two biblical spices that have been used for centuries in exalted temples, though they are best known for their appearance in a lowly stable in Bethlehem.

California dairies look to Plain’s greener pastures

Dec 17, 2014
Ezra David Romero for Harvest Public Media

California is branded as the state with happy cows, but increasingly, not necessarily happy dairy owners. For many of them in the nation’s No. 1 dairy state it’s getting tougher to make a living, that’s why some are some selling their cattle and heading to the Midwest.

A full quarter of California dairies have been shuttered since 2007, according to Michael Marsh, CEO of Western United Dairymen.

A ballot initiative being promoted by a Lakewood, Colorado couple to keep the state permanently on Mountain Daylight Time could make time keeping tricky for those crossing through four Kansas counties on the Colorado border. 

Dave Ranney / Kansas Health Institute

Advocates for Kansans with disabilities and frail seniors say they will file objections to proposed KanCare waiver changes reports the Kansas Health Institute

The waivers define the state’s approach to Medicaid funded services that help them live in the community rather than in nursing homes.

Sonja Salzburg for Harvest Public Media

Many beer aficionados are familiar with the rare breweries run by Trappist monks. The beer is highly sought after, but it’s not the only food or drink made by a religious order. Many abbeys and convents have deep roots in agriculture, combining farm work with prayer.

America's Health Rankings 2014 cover / kpr.org

New health rankings show Kansas stuck at 27 – the same slot that it occupied last year. But Kansas Public Radios’s Bryan Thompson reports there was a time – not that long ago – when the state ranked much higher than the middle of the pack.

     

Kansas Pheasants & Quail Forever

The association formed in 2006 and covers Roger Mills and Beckam counties.

The group addresses the four common reasons people do not use prescribed fire: liability, training/experience, labor and equipment.

New York Times

During Gov. Sam Brownback’s bid for re-election he assured Kansans he would balance the budget and preserve services by making government more efficient and cutting expenditures.  But, now there could be a rollback of the tax cuts that have been Brownback’s hallmark reports the New York Times.

Bob Daemmrich / texastribune.org

The biggest fight to pass open-carry legislation in Texas could be advocates of the Second Amendment.  The Texas Tribune reports conflict is emerging over how big changes to the current state law should be.

Flash Christmas

Dec 14, 2014
quotes.lol-rofl.com

What do you do when you aren’t ready for Christmas? As a former Type A Christmas junkie who decorated, baked and made dozens of cookie and candy platters, wrote long Christmas letters, and had her Christmas shopping done before Thanksgiving , I’m about to find out.

Larry Dreiling / hpj.com

Some things are easily taken for granted— running down to the grocery store when you’re out of milk.  That’s now true in Morland, Kansas.  After an eight year absence, the town of 150 now has a grocery store.  Morland isn’t an isolated case.  There are about 200 little stores in the state in communities with populations under 2,000.  There are also, places like Morland that no longer have grocery retailers.

Christmas Cactus

Dec 12, 2014
wikipedia.org

It takes special care to get this holiday favorite to bloom at the right time.  Skip tells you how.

Luke Clayton

Howdy Folks!  Join me this week as I travel to east Texas to hunt aoudad and wild boar with my long time friend Mark Balette who owns B & C Outfitters

On this hunt, I put more meat in the freezer with the with a good eating wild boar and Aoudad Ram.  I used my Darton Crossbow  for the hog hunt and a new big bore air rifle that will be on the market next month for the ram.

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Half a century ago, Tony and Claudia Price were two 18 year old kids on their honeymoon in Oklahoma City.  The Texas pair returned home with priceless story that went viral—the old fashioned way according to the Amarillo Globe News

Alan Gomez / USA TODAY

Garden City is in national news.  A reporter from USA Today came to the southwestern Kansas community talking with residents about the impact President Obama’s immigration plan would have.  Some said it would allow undocumented immigrants live without the worry of being picked up by immigration officers.  Some worry there will be an exodus as they look for better jobs in other parts of the country. 

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Veterans in the Texas Panhandle got the OK to build a state-of-the-art museum and education center.  Randall County commissioners voted to allow construction of the Texas Panhandle War Museum and Education Center according to the Amarillo Globe News.

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