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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Southeastern Colorado Farmer Has First Hemp Harvest

Ryan Loflin stands in his hemp field
Credit Hemp Industries Association

The first known hemp harvest in more than fifty years began this month in southeastern Colorado according to Denver Westward Blogs.

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Healthcare
8:00 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Millions Left Without Despite Affordable Care Act

Credit nytimes.com

A sweeping national effort to extend health coverage to millions of Americans will leave out two-thirds of the poor blacks and single mothers and more than half of the low-wage workers who do not have insurance, the very kinds of people that the program was intended to help, according to an analysis of census data by The New York Times.

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Federal Government Shutdown October, 2013
8:00 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

What has the government shut down… shut down?

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Is the average person seeing any changes with the government shut down?

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Xeriscaping with Tom Gillan, Part One

Skip Mancini and Tom Gillan, owner of Native Nursery
Credit Cindee Talley

 It's hard to garden in dry, arid, temperamental climates.  Skip Mancini had an opportunity to talk with Tom Gillan, owner of Native Nursery, about the challenges and opportunities the high plains present.   

Tom is a Garden City native, who moved to Golden, Colorado in the 1980s.  There he started Native Nursery with the mission to create beautiful places with plants that will thrive.

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Climate
8:00 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

High Plains Drought Update

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Recent rains and cooler temperatures have made a difference across the high plains.

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Food Regulation
8:00 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Under Oklahoma Legislative Review: The Illegality of Delivering and Advertising Raw Milk

Credit simplyyourhealth.com

It’s illegal in Oklahoma to deliver or advertise raw milk, and a growing number of Oklahomans are choosing raw milk.  The increased demand has prompted an interim legislative impact study on the legalization of raw milk delivery and advertising according to State Impact Oklahoma.

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University Enrollment Numbers
8:00 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Record Breaking Year for Fort Hays State University

Picken Hall
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Enrollment figures are in for Kansas, and it’s a record setting year for Fort Hays State University according to a recent press release from FHSU. 

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Harvest Public Media story
7:40 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Farmers in limbo – again – as farm bill expires

Credit File: Frank Morris/Harvest Public Media

The farm bill expired at midnight on Monday, leaving farmers and ranchers across the country guessing at what federal farm policy will look like when they next put their crops in the ground.

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Harvest Public Media story
7:40 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Is millet the next trendy grain?

Millet, long an ingredient in birdfeed, could be the next food to capitalize on the heritage grain trend.
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

   

Heritage grains are trendy. Walk through a health food store and see packages of grains grown long before modern seed technology created hybrid varieties, grains eaten widely outside of the developed world: amaranth, sorghum, quinoa.

But there’s another grain with tremendous potential growing on the Great Plains: millet.

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Ogallala Aquifer Conservation II

Credit oklahomafarmreport.com

A significant report published by the National Academy of Sciences stresses the need to conserve groundwater. This episode focuses on two ways that is happening: 1) the USDA promotes Ogallala Aquifer conservation with NRCS money for cost-share projects, and 2) the state of Kansas changes water-rights laws to foster a culture of conservation rather than consumption.

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Study from Texas A&M
7:18 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Expand the beef industry to get more value from the Ogallala?

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With the Ogallala aquifer declining, there’s the inevitable question of how best to use the water remaining.  A recent study from Texas A&M suggests one answer: expand the cattle production and processing industries and rely on bringing in more “imported” grain and the “virtual” water it brings to the region.

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Conservation
8:01 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Ranchers: Lesser Prairie Chicken = Greater Government Intervention

Credit Greg Kramos/USFWS

Landowners in Texas tend to be skeptical of more government involvement when it comes to protecting the lesser prairie chicken, a rare bird inhabiting the portions of Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, according to an article in The Texas Tribune.

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Ogallala Aquifer
8:01 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Water Source at the Crossroads

Credit USDA NRCS

Stretching from western Texas to South Dakota, the Ogallala Aquifer supports nearly one-fifth of the wheat, corn, cotton and cattle produced in the United States. Underlying approximately 225,000 square miles of the Great Plains, water from the aquifer is vital to agricultural, municipal and industrial development. Approximately 30 percent of all groundwater used for irrigation in America is drawn from the Ogallala Aquifer.

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Harvest Public Media story
5:29 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Largely unpopular, direct payment subsidies persist

A scene in the county agent's office in San Augustine, TX of a farmer receiving his AAA check in 1939. The Agricultural Adjustment Act (AAA) of 1933 was the start of a long series of “farm bills” to provide federal support to agriculture. The current system of direct and countercyclical payments dates to the 1996 Farm Bill.
Credit Russell Lee/ Farm Security Administration /LOC

Hear the audio version of Frank's story

Congress is bitterly divided on food stamps and other issues contained in the farm bill, but both political parties agree on something: the $5 billion-a-year farm subsidy called Direct and Countercyclical Payments has got to go.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
8:00 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

A Weekend to Remember

Credit windriver.org

 Last week’s gusting winds did more than catch  arms and legs  in slamming doors, blow hair in directions it’s not intended to go, and make me tilt at a 60 degree angle in order to prevent joining a bazillion tumble weeds traveling hither and yon.  It set my nerves on fire and prepared me to enjoy a perfect weekend.

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Amarillo’s Danny Wall Inducted into Hall of Fame

Danny Wall
Credit Russell Anglin / amarillo.com

Danny Wall was recently inducted into the Texas Bicycle Motocross Hall of Fame.  Wall, a 49-year old remodeling contractor, is one of the state’s pioneering BMX racers in the late 1970s and 80s according to the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Federal Helium Reserve
5:52 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Amarillo facility avoids the “helium cliff”

Postcard view from the mid-20th century of the Amarillo Helium Plant operated by the US Dept. Of Interior as part of the Federal Helium Reserve.
Credit High Country News

Amarillo’s Federal Helium Reserve got a reprieve Thursday as the Senate unanimously approved a bill extending the reserve, a day after the House approved the measure, also unanimously. Without the legislation, the facility would have been forced to shut down on October 7th under older legislation.  The reserve provides 42% of the country’s helium and 35% of the world’s.

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Climate
8:00 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Recent Survey Says Most Texans Believe in Global Warming

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800 Texans were surveyed in a recent Yale Project on climate change.  Most believe global warming is happening according to a recent article by the Texas Tribune.  

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Traditions
8:00 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Is This the Last Dance for the Kansas Polka Lovers?

Polka Dancing at the Gibbon Ballroom at Gibbon, Minnesota
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In December, the PolKofA Kansas Chapter, which is the Kansas chapter of Polka Lovers Klub of America, will decide if they will continue to dance according to The Wichita Eagle.  

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Zoo Landscaping

Skip and Tom Gillian looking over the landscaping
Cindee Talley

Skip has a special guest in today.  Tom Gillan dropped by to talk about the differences between landscaping in public areas versus a home.  Tom is the owner of Native Nursery in Golden, Colorado.  He also talked about his current project:  Cat Canyon at the Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City, Kansas.    

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HPPR Government and Politics
8:00 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Affordable Care Act: Nationwide Premium Estimates Released

The Obama administration released a report containing average premiums across the nation.  Rates in most states are lower than earlier projections, but there are huge variations among states according to the Kansas Health Institute

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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Texas Elections 2014: Texas Railroad Commission is an Important Race

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In the next state election, Texas has important choices to make.  One of the most significant races in terms of state impact, is also one of the most unknown and unnoticed according to The Texas Tribune

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Harvest Public Media story
6:27 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Sticker shock – it’s not just on new tractors anymore

Brand new 2014 John Deere 2014 model S-690 combine on display in the field at sunset.
Credit John Deere / http://www.deere.com/

Buying a new farm tractor costs almost as much as a new home in a decent suburb.  

Shelling out $200,000 or more for shiny new John Deere, Case IH, New Holland or other name brand horsepower to work the fields of a 21st century Midwestern farm isn’t unusual, farmers and dealers say.

What seems more unusual, to newcomers to farm economics at least, is that those shiny new models aren’t the hottest selling big iron on many dealers’ lots.  That would be the used tractors that were traded in when the new models rolled off the dealers’ flatbed trucks.

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Flora
8:00 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Weekend Getaway: You can still enjoy Colorado Fall Foliage

Credit C2 Photography

Even though the images and stories you hear of Colorado say everything is a mess, there are still opportunities to enjoy the fall colors despite the flood. 

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Healthcare
8:00 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

KanCare After Nine Months: How It’s Working in SW Kansas

Credit nabholz.com

Nine months into the Kansas Medicaid makeover, health care providers are struggling with KanCare reported the Kansas Health Initiative

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Immigration
8:00 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Texas: Immigrant Population Growing, Migration Routes Changing

Credit CBP Photography

Texas has one of the largest populations of “unauthorized” immigrants in the nation, and it is the only state that didn’t have a significant drop as did California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, and New York according to data Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project. 

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Living Room Concert
6:58 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Songwriters In The Round on October 4

Friday October 4 is the next installment of HPPR's Songwriter In The Round series. This show will be at The Fibonacci, which is located at 3306 SW 6th Ave in Amarillo. The doors will open at 7pm, and the show will start at 7:30. Our previous shows have been very well attended, and we strongly suggest making reservations for this one. You can do that by calling us at 806-367-9088 or by sending an e-mail to music@hppr.org. We'll have the usual great coffee from Evocation Coffee Roasters and cookies from Molly Fuller. Don't miss this one!

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Comanche Pool Prairie Resource Foundation, Kansas/Oklahoma

Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

This is a regional grazing group located in south-central Kansas and north-central Oklahoma on 5.4 million acres of mixed-grass and sand-sage prairies. The region is ecologically important because it is Kansas’ second largest, in-tact tract of native prairie (second only to the Flint Hills), and is home to a number of declining wildlife species which require large, unfragmented tracts of native prairie. The group works with ranchers in its area to educate how best to manage grasslands to produce wildlife, clean air and water,  as well as income from livestock grazing.

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Inside HPPR
8:00 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

The work of Linda McCartney

rolling stones
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Today is the anniversary of the birth of the late Linda Eastman McCartney.  On High Plains Morning today you'll hear some music inspired by her and also made by her.  In addition to being a member of Paul's band Wings, Linda was an accomplished photographer who created a huge body of work from 1967 until her death in 1998.  In fact, she was the first female photographer to have one of her photos on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.    Here's a slide show with just a fraction of the images she captured.

Renewable Energy
8:00 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Texas: Setting the PACE for Renewable Energy

Credit solarknowledge.blogspot.com

The nation’s leading energy producer is also the nation’s biggest energy consumer, and as the state’s population grows, leaders are working to develop strategies to meet long term needs. 

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