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Harvest Public Media story
6:09 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Sure beats shipping containers back empty: a growing ag export opportunity

A specially designed machine manufactured by A-Ward for unloading grain, sugar, cotton seed, malt, rice, soya beans and other bulk agriculture products from standard shipping containers.
Credit http://a-ward.com/industry/food-industry/

A huge new rail yard has been buzzing on the outskirts of Decatur, Ill. Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) recently opened the 275-acre facility that would be at home at any major port city on the coast. But it’s in the heart of Illinois farm country because farmers have been taking advantage of a new method of shipping out their products.

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Holiday Programming
4:40 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Tallis Scholars: Love is Better Than Wine: Wednesday, Dec 25 at 7 pm CT

The Tallis Scholars

As part of the world-renowned choir’s 25th Anniversary Tour of the US, the Tallis Scholars, with director Peter Phillips, perform a stunning holiday concert exploring themes of love, redemption, and of course, the Nativity in concert at St. Paul Church in Cambridge, Mass.  Presented by the Boston Early Music Festival and hosted by Cathy Fuller. 

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Playa Country Episode
12:00 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

NRCS Ogallala Aquifer Initiative

Credit Chris Helzer / The Nature Conservancy

Realizing the importance of the Ogallala Aquifer to High Plains states, NRCS created the Ogallala Aquifer Initiative to attempt to reduce the quantity of water removed from the aquifer, improve water quality using conservation practices, and enhance the economic viability of croplands and rangelands in the region. This episode explains how playas fit into these goals.

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Beaten by Beef
8:24 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

The long, slow decline of the U.S. sheep industry

Credit Tatiana Bulyonkova / flickr commons

Hear the audio version of Luke's story

Over the last 20 years, the number of sheep in this country has been cut in half. In fact, the number has been declining since the late 1940s, when the American sheep industry hit its peak. Today, the domestic sheep herd is one-tenth the size it was during World War II.

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Healthcare
8:00 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

High Plains States Have the Lowest Overdose Rates

Credit hangthebankers.com

A report recently released by the non-profit Trust for America’s Health shows that states across the high plains region have the lowest overdose rates according to the Kansas Health Institute.

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Fall membership drive
3:07 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Join the community of HPPR supporters – pledge now!

Allen Bailey wonders why you haven’t called yet. Allen is the host of Western Swing & Other Things every Saturday morning at 10 am CT on HPPR.
Quentin Hope

HPPR’s fall membership drive is underway!  Click the red SUPPORT HPPR button above to join the community of supporters who make public radio listening possible across the High Plains and beyond.

The theme of this year’s drive is “Turn a Page”.  When you make a pledge of support for HPPR you will also put a new book into the hands of an underserved child on the High Plains. For every new membership contribution two new books will be donated and for every membership renewal or additional contribution one book will be given. Funding for these book donations is being provided by our special sponsors for this community service effort: Keller Leopold InsuranceWheatland Electric, Wheatland Broadband and Caring Senior Service. Your entire contribution will still go directly to HPPR to bring you the news, music and entertainment that you count on every day.

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Harvest Public Media story
8:45 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Cheap, plentiful and seemingly in everything

Corn is ubiquitous and there are two broad reasons for that: it is cheap and it is versatile.

The price of corn held steady—and low—for decades before the ethanol market took off . But even in recent years when the price shot up over $8-a-bushel, it remained viable as a raw material for many uses beyond food, animal feed and fuel.

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Healthcare
8:00 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Obamacare Symposium in Amarillo: Panhandle Politicians Speak

An audience member asks a question Thursday in Amarillo Civic Center during Amarillo Area Foundation's Obamacare symposium.
Credit Michael Schumacher / AGN Media

The Amarillo Area Foundation recently hosted a symposium hoping to provide answers many have about the Affordable Care Act which many have dubbed Obamacare. Health care providers, administrators, business owners, and other citizens came to find out more according to the Amarillo Globe News.

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Colorado History
8:00 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Denver: Historic Brown Palace is For Sale

The Brown Palace Hotel. Denver, Colorado
Credit Brown Palace Hotel

The historic Brown Palace Hotel, in downtown Denver, is for sale. This is only the fourth time its been on the market since opening more than a century ago according to a recent feature of Colorado Matters.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

The Great Hedge Apple Insect Experiment

Credit http://joycewallace1.blogspot.com/

Normally, I avoid sequels.  I don’t want to know what happened after Rhett left Scarlet standing in the door with his famous line echoing in her mind.  I definitely didn’t want to see Rocky triumph more than once.  However, I must write a part two to the hedge apple saga.  If I don’t, that tale’s audience may enter the next bug cycle with unfounded hope.

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Harvest Public Media field note
8:01 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

The American Dream in Garden City, via Burma and beef

Moung Thang, a Burmese worker at the Garden City Tyson plant, with his children, Micheal, 5, and Veronica, 3
Credit Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

The tiny girl who opens the door is so excited to have visitors that she shouts to them as they get out of their car, “Hurry, hurry!”

Veronica Thang, a three-year-old dressed head to toe in pink, was showing off her new nail color.

“What color?” asks Velia Mendoza, the visitor.

“RED!”

And on the other hand? “What color?”

“BLUE!”

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Resource Conservation
8:00 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Amarillo: There are still recycling options

Recycling Station
Credit wikipedia.org

Republic Recyclery closed last month in Amarillo, but there are still recycling options according to the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
6:50 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Garden Party Joke Show

Credit healthmeup.com

Join Skip and a cast of friends for an old fashioned joke show.  Blake Burnside,  Randy McVey, Ellen Mangan, David Miller, and  Stacy Regan-Green yuck it up in this laughing good time.

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Texas Climate
8:00 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

15 More Years of Texas Drought? Say it isn’t so

Credit texscience.org

Experts predict above-average temperatures and lower-than-normal moisture amounts will be seen in the months ahead — and possibly as much as 15 more years according to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Oil and Gas Production: U.S. Leads the World

The U.S. is set to be the number one producer of oil and gas this year.
Credit EIA

The current domestic drilling boom has brought plenty of jobs, traffic and concerns about pollution and sustainability. It’s also put the U.S. in a position that was unimaginable a decade ago: this year, the U.S. will be the number one producer of oil and gas, according to the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA) according to State Impact Texas.

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Influx of Ag and Wind Energy Workers
8:00 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Oklahoma Panhandle: Business is Booming, But There’s No Place to Live

Credit townmapsusa.com

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.  Decker is a professor of sociology, and chair of the Department of Social Sciences at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva.

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Harvest Public Media story
7:13 am
Wed October 9, 2013

The start of another great plow-up on the Great Plains?

Breaking ground with a Reeves steam tractor pulling a 12 row sod-busting plow in Haskell County, KS the very early 1900’s.
Credit F.M. Steele / Courtesy of Center for Great Plains Studies

In recent years, farmers in the Midwest have transformed millions of acres of prairie grass to rows of corn. High crop prices are a big motivation, but some also believe crop insurance is encouraging farmers to roll the dice on less productive land.

Rod Christen and his sister Kay farm corn, soybeans and wheat on their land near the small town of Steinauer, Neb. But their main crop is grass.

“Big bluestem is our big producer,” said Rod Christen. “It’s kind of our Cadillac grass.”

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HPPR Government and Politics
8:00 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Election 2014: A New Class System for Kansas Voters?

Credit bloomberg.com

Court action over the state’s proof-of-citizenship voting law is pending, but Secretary of State Kris Kobach is not waiting for a ruling.  He’s laying groundwork for a system that would allow some voters to vote in all elections, while others could only vote for Congressional and presidential tickets according to a recent article in The Wichita Eagle.

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Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas
8:00 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Government Shutdown: Some Regional Lawmakers Are Refusing Pay

Credit huffingtonpost.com

Federal employees aren’t being paid during the course of the impasse, but members of Congress and the president will continue being paid because the law requires it said the Washington Post.  

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51st State
8:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Eastern Colorado Community Has Had It With Liberal Colorado

Rod Pelton, a conservative county commissioner in Cheyenne Wells, Colo., grows wheat and dryland corn. He supports the secession movement, no matter how long it takes.
Credit Matthew Staver / nytimes.com

In the little eastern Colorado community of Cheyenne Wells, the coffee shop talk at Nan’s convenience store reveals locals have had it with gun control laws, marijuana shops, green energy policies, steps to embrace gay marriage and illegal immigrants according to a recent article in the New York Times.

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HPPR Economy and Enterprise
8:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Carson County, Texas: What does Pantex Do?

Credit dshs.state.tx.us

The Carson County Pantex plant, located in the Texas Panhandle, is where the nation’s nuclear weapons are dismantled or modified. 

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Playa Country Episode
8:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

What Are Playas?

 We grew up on the High Plains thinking of those occasionally muddy pasture depressions as "buffalo wallows," "rainwater basins" or "mud holes." Turns out, scientists are learning those playas play a significant role recharging aquifers such as the Ogallala.

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Harvest Public Media story
6:55 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

More Kansans to work for food stamps

Credit Aaron Brazell, Technosailor / flickr commons

Hear the audio version of Laura's story

Last week, Kansas let a 2009 government waiver expire that provided food stamps for the unemployed. Now, able-bodied Kansans between 18 and 49 who do not have dependents, have to work or be in a job training program to have access to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps.

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Monsanto moves farming technology forward
8:00 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

Big Ag and Big Data: A Match Made In Heaven?

Looking at data like historic rainfall and soil quality to help farmers predict crop yields can create what one Monsanto executive called “the next level of agriculture.”
Credit Matthew Staver / New York Times

Ag giant Monsanto recently purchased the Climate Corporation according to a recent blog in the New York Times

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Election 2014
8:00 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

Who’s Who in the Next Texas Governor Race

Credit jjo78.blogspot.com

A recent piece in the Economist provides an outsider’s view of the players and dynamics of the Texas governor’s race. 

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Harvest Public Media story
7:39 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

Expected bumper crop has price of corn dropping

Farmers have been riding a wave of high corn prices in recent years, but an expected bumper crop has corn prices dropping.
Credit www2.dupont.com

On a clear fall day in central Iowa, Aaron Lehman climbed into the cab of his green combine with a screwdriver to do some maintenance. He was hoping his corn had a couple more weeks to grow before harvesting because the price per bushel this fall is much lower than it has been for the past three years.

Corn farmers have been riding high prices for the last few years. But an expected bumper crop has prices falling this harvest season, and many economists expect the price of corn to drop to its lowest level in recent years.

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Western Swing and Other Things
3:24 pm
Sat October 5, 2013

Live interview with actress Darlene Cates on WSOT

Movie actress Darlene Cates
Credit Friends and Fans of Darlene Cates Facebook page

Marshal Allen Bailey hosted a live interview with movie actress Darlene Cates during his Western Swing & Other Things program on Saturday, October 5th at 11:15 am CT.  Cates is best known for her role as the housebound mother in the 1993 film What's Eating Gilbert Grape with Johnny Depp and Leonardo Dicaprio.  

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

The Magic of Monkey Balls: Truth or Tale?

Credit wikipedia.org

    

“Hedge apples, direct to you!” An Internet site suggests that placing these objects “around the foundation or inside the basement provide relief from cockroaches, spiders, box elder bugs, crickets, and other pests.” Hedge apples. Aren’t they ugly fruits that look like a green brain? In fact, green brain is another term for this wild pod along with the terms Osage orange, hedge balls, monkey balls, and horse apples.

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Ogallala Aquifer Key to Ag Success
8:00 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Kansas Agriculture: What Counties Make the Most Money?

Irrigation Sprinkler in Southwest Kansas
Credit harvestpublicmedia.org

The top ag revenue counties in Kansas are not in the east where water flows freely in rivers and creeks.  The top producers are in the dry west according to Drovers Cattle Network.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Dale River Ranch: Don't Bother Me, I've Gone Hunting

The One That Got Away
Luke Clayton

Howdy Folks!  I took my bow up to Palo Pinto County earlier this week for a short bowhunt on the Dale River Ranch. Shooting from a high rock outcropping to deer on a trail below, I came very close to arrowing the monster buck shown you see running away in the first photo.  You can even see my arrow on the ground under the feeder.  I had a trail camera situated near the feeder, and it captured this rare image.   

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