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Food Safety
8:01 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Unpacking lessons from Colorado's cantaloupe listeria scare

Cantaloupe farmers across the country took a hit after the 2011 outbreak, which caused melon consumption to drop.
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

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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.

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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: No-till and Cover Crops Help Rainwater Basins

Playa Lake in Texas Panhandle
Credit USGS

South-central Nebraska producer John Kinley has a three-acre rainwater basin in a crop field. He talks about progressive practices such as no-till production and cover cropping.

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Living Room Concert
5:41 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

HPPR's Mike Fuller in concert in Garden City Saturday April 5

HPPR presents our own Mike Fuller in a Living Room Concert in Garden City on Saturday, April 5.

This show will be at Community Congregational Church, located at 710 N. 3rd St.  The doors will open at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30.

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Agriculture
4:42 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Drones: Coming soon to a farm near you?

Agriculture consultant Chad Colby shows a room of Midwest farmers how GPS can control a high-definition camera attached to a UAV.
Credit Peter Gray/Harvest Public Media

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.

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 breaking federal law. But the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which oversees U.S. airspace, says it plans to roll out rules for drones this year.

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Texas: Lake Meredith still generating revenue despite low water levels

Lake Meredith
Credit amarillo.com

The water level is down, and so are the number of people visiting Lake Meredith and the associated Alibates Flint Quarries.  However, the sites are still impacting the area’s economy in a positive manner said a recent article in the Amarillo News-Globe.

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Kansas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Democratic candidate says Kansas 1st District has lost ag influence and bipartisanship

Jim Sherow
Credit Christopher Guinn / Dodge City Globe

Jim Sherow is challenging Rep. Tim Huelskamp to represent the 1st District of Kansas.  The Democratic hopeful says Huelskamp has lost west Kansas’s influence in the House, especially on agricultural issues reported the Dodge City Daily Globe.

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CD of the Week
11:45 am
Sun March 23, 2014

New music from Suzanne Vega this week on High Plains Morning

This is Suzanne’s first record of new material in seven years.  It was recorded on the road, in studios in Chicago, London, Prague, Los Angeles and New York.  The overall theme of the album is the intersection between the spirit world and the material world.  We will listen to ‘Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles’ this week on High Plains Morning.

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

If only I'd paid attention in art class

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St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone for another year. With the flip of that calendar page went the need to wear green and an urge to search lawns for lucky four-leaf clovers. The more common three-leaf variety representing faith, hope, and love symbolized Ireland’s most famous saint. Add a leaf to that trefoil and you get luck as well. Finding a shamrock with that extra something is the difficulty. According to some statisticians, only one in 10, 000 possesses the lucky fourth.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

The secret to catfishing

Jason Barber brought in the big one!
Credit Luke Clayton

Howdy folks!

This week, I tell you what, we are going to discover the secret of reeling in those big cats!  Jason Barber shares with us how cormorants are a key to unlocking the mystery.

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Irrigation
2:00 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Recovering from flooding, Colorado farmers hope for enough water

Construction workers rebuild a section of Highland Ditch Company’s irrigation infrastructure that was washed out in flooding near Lyons, Colorado.
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

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When September’s flood waters came down from the Front Range foothills, they destroyed homes and wrecked office parks. The water ruined roads, bridges and highways. The floods destroyed farms and crops, and unleashed tremendous pressure on aging irrigation infrastructure, some of which dated back to the late 1800s.

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Judge orders federal commission to add Kansas and Arizona voting requirements

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A Wichita judge ordered the Election Assistance Commission to enforce Kansas and Arizona laws requiring additional documents to prove citizenship for new voters reported the Wichita Eagle.

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Renewable Energy
8:00 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

First community-owned solar garden comes to Kansas

A solar panel garden in Houston, Texas
Credit southunioncdc.org

Two energy companies are partnering to build the largest community solar array in Kansas.  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 recent article in Utility Products.

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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Texas regulations could kill bid for Tesla plant

Tesla roadster
Credit wikipedia.org

Texas is one of four finalists trying to reel in Tesla Motors from California.  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 according to the Texas Tribune.

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Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Full Circle Farming: Fins and Flora

Alice shows Skip the lettuce plugs
Barb Blevins High Plains Public Radio

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).  We'll start our tour in a  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.

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Weather
8:00 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Kansas: The quiet start of tornado season might not last

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Tornado season has begun, and it’s off to a pretty quiet start, but weather officials say that won’t last according to a recent article in the Wichita Eagle.

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Pork Supply & Prices
8:01 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Bring home the bacon: Virus cutting pork supplies

Illinois hog farmer Phil Borgic says the PED virus killed many of his piglets. The virus is expected to cut pork supplies this year.
Credit Peter Gray/Harvest Public Media

Bacon-loving shoppers prepare yourselves: A virus that has devastated piglets for nearly a year is causing lower pork supplies and higher prices.

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HPPR Economy and Enterprise
8:00 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Bell begins work on a new helicopter

The Relentless 525
Credit amarillo.com

The Bell Amarillo plant is beginning to assemble roofs, floors, nose and tail sections of the Relentless 525—a new civilian helicopter said a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Texas Farming Update: Panhandle Farmers do well in sorghum competition

Credit mississippi-crops.com

Panhandle farmers did well this year in the National Sorghum Producers competition reported Kevin Welch for the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Good Soil Health Practices Benefit Playas

NRCS district conservationist discussing soil health improvement with producer
Credit Scott Bauer / USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Playa wetlands benefit from practices that result in good soil health. The Natural Resources Conservation Service says there are four principles to improving soil health:

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Kinky Friedman could be Texas Democrat’s best chance at a statewide win

Kinky Friedman
Credit NICOLE WEINGART / nashvillescene.com

Texas Democrats' best hope to score a win in the statewide election could be Kinky Friedman.  Friedman is in the May 27 runoff with Jim Hogan to be the Democratic nominee for agriculture commissioner reported Ross Ramsey for the Texas Tribune.

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Weather
8:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Haboob blasts across the High Plains

NASA’s Terra satellite spied these streams of dust blowing south across Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico on March 11, 2014. Look for the streamers of pale, sand-colored stuff south of the big cloud bank.
NASA

A towering wall of dust known as a haboob pushed across a big swath of the High Plains last Tuesday said an article from Discover.

The dust streamed out of Colorado and Kansas into Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico.

Winds gusting to almost 60 miles per hour reduced visibility to almost zero in southwestern Kansas. 

Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Amarillo makes the top 20 of cities to start a business

Amarillo skyline
Credit findyourspot.com

Amarillo ranks the 14th best city to start a business said a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.  

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Food Security
5:59 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Padlock the milk! FDA’s push to safeguard the food supply

Milk is an extremely popular item on the University of Missouri campus, says purchasing coordinator Sandy Perley. "Our entire campus in a year drinks about 96,000 gallons of milk. And by our best calculation, that’s about 326 gallons a day."
Abbie Fentress Swanson/Harvest Public Media

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Many of the food terrorism scenarios outlined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration involve liquid.

And there’s good reason for that.

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Kansas State Legislative Session 2014
8:00 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Kansas Senate passes bills regarding foster parents rights and voter party changes

Credit kveng.com

Two bills were recently passed by the Kansas Senate.  

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

High Plains dairy producers attend Lubbock conference

Credit Kay Ledbetter / Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Over 300 participants attended the High Plains Dairy Conference in Lubbock, Texas.  Most of them were from Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado according to a University News release.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Bass Fishing: The nitty gritty details of deadstickin

Jason Barber
Luke Clayton

The conversation with Jason Barber continues. Learn more about deadstickin.

Howdy Folks!

I tell you what, I wish we would have had 30 minutes to talk with Jason Barber about deadstickin last week, so I've done the next best thing.  I've brought him back again this week.  

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Let Mother Nature release your inner artist

Scott Wade's dirty car art like this inspires Karen Madorin to think outside the box when it comes to a canvas.
Credit http://www.dirtycarart.com/

Recently, a friend sent me a link to “Scott Wade’s Dirty Pictures.”  It sounds like something that should make me blush; however, it is actually a site detailing a clever artist who turned his dirty car windows into canvases for spectacular drawings.  With recent snow melt and the resulting swampy driveway, I  wondered if I couldn’t save some money on canvas and take up sketching on our pick-up and car windows.

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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

New Texas abortion law spurs nonprofit development and court appeal

Lenzi Sheible founded Fund Texas Women, a non-profit organization that pays for women's travel costs associated with obtaining an abortion.
Credit Lenzi Sheible/Todd Wiseman / The Texas Tribune

Last year, Texas lawmakers passed House Bill 2, which made abortion rules even more stringent.  The procedure was banned after 20 weeks of gestation and physicians performing abortions were required to have hospital admitting privilege within 30 miles of an abortion facility.  Those changes reduced access to abortions across the state according to The Texas Tribune.

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Kansas: Greeley County hog farm expansion approved by KDHE

The Ladder Creek farm site in Greeley County is the largest hog-growing facility in Kansas. The operation is located 12 miles north of Tribune on Highway 27 and east on 12 Mile Road. With its expansion permit approved it can legally have up to 365,000 pigs.
Credit Phil Cauthon / Kansas Health Institute

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment approved the expansion of Seaboard Farms’ Ladder Creek hog farm according to a recent article from the Kansas Health Institute.

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Food Security
7:56 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Could our food supply be a target for terrorists?

A bioterror attack that introduced a virus like foot-and-mouth disease could devastate the U.S. livestock industry. Regulators are proposing new rules meant to protect the food system from terror attack.
Credit Jeremy Bernfeld/Harvest Public Media

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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.

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