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HPPR Economy and Enterprise
8:00 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Susan Werner: Celebrating agriculture through music

Chicago-based musician Susan Werner has worked on concept albums before – from jazz standards to pop classics to Gospel music for agnostics. Her new album is described as “egg meets art,” celebrating the culture of agriculture through music. Harvest Public Media reporter Laura Spencer spoke with Susan Werner. Her new CD, Hayseed, was co-commissioned by the University of Nebraska’s Lied Center for the Performing Arts and the Institute for Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR).

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Dodge City 300
8:00 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Back in the Day: Dodge City was… Sturgis Nascar?

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In 1914, 17,000 people came to watch the Dodge City 300.  A motorcycle race that took place on an oval track, northeast of Dodge City.  The epic race took place on July 4.  26 trains a day brought race fans to town.

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Colorado State Politics
8:00 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Colorado Recalls: Review and Reflection

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Colorado Democrats, Senator Angela Giron and Senator John Morse were voted out of office this week.  The special recall election is a test of swing state voters, and their acceptance of gun restrictions according to the New York Times

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Harvest Public Media story
6:23 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Susan Werner: Celebrating agriculture through music

Susan Werner's family has worked the land in Iowa for generations since emigrating from Germany in the 1860s.
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Chicago-based singer-songwriter Susan Werner has worked on concept albums before – from jazz standards to pop classics to Gospel music for agnostics. But now she's turned to her farm roots for inspiration.

Werner, who's currently touring in the Midwest, describes her new CD, Hayseed, as "egg meets art," celebrating agriculture through music.

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Fauna
8:00 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Threatened Species and Oil Companies: Match Made in Heaven or Fox in the Hen House?

dunes sagebrush lizard
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Would you put the fox in charge of guarding the hen house?  That’s what critics are saying about the biggest players in the energy industry taking a major role in protecting endangered species according to The Texas Tribune

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Fall Tree Planting

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As our weather moves toward the cool and crispy days of autumn, it heralds changes to the gardening routine.  As gardens and lawns slow down and give you a bit more time, don't forget that this is the best time to add trees and shrubs to your landscape. Today GHP covers some basics of fall planting, to get your tree or shrub off to a good start. 
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State Government
8:00 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Affordable Care Act: Texas, Where did the Money Go?

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Texas has received almost $100 million in grants through the federal Affordable Care Act.  Despite strong opposition to the new law by state leaders, and even an effort to defund the measure by U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, a majority of the grants have already been spent or will be by the end of the month according to The Texas Tribune.

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Business
8:00 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Amarillo: Local Grocery Chain Purchased by National Company

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United Family Supermarkets will be a subsidiary of Albertson’s.  The family who started United will leave the business, but Robert Taylor, CEO, will be retained as well as well as staff reported the Amarillo Globe-News.

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State Government
8:00 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Affordable Care Act Texas: New York Times Sounds Off

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A recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau revealed there are a significant percentage of Texans without health insurance.  Texas state leaders have been some of the most resistant in the nation to provide coverage for the uninsured under the Affordable Care Act according to a recent editorial in the New York Times.

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State Government
8:00 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Poor Kansas Lawmakers

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State lawmakers in Kansas are among the worst paid in the country.  In a recent article from the Economist, salaries for Kansas state lawmakers rank in the bottom ten. 

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Harvest Public Media story
8:01 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Farmville helps explain farm bill

Farmville players build and care for their own Facebook farm. Like real-life farmers, players plan their moves based on policy.
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The farm bill is, once again, entering a critical stretch. As was the case last year, the current law expires at the end of September. There’s no election to dissuade elected officials from tackling the major piece of agriculture and nutrition policy—but Congress does have a pretty full plate, with the crisis in Syria, immigration reform and a measure to continue funding federal government programs all set to come to a head.

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Playa Country Episode
8:01 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Roger Mills Prescribed Burn Association, Oklahoma

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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.

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City and State Government
8:00 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Texting Rules: State Laws or City Ordinances? Amarillo Weighs In

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This year the Texas legislature did not pass a measure prohibiting texting, but Amarillo passed a city ordinance a year ago prohibiting all use of hand-held devices while driving according to the Amarillo Globe-News. 

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Healthcare
8:00 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

HHS Report Recommendations Put Small Rural Hospitals at Risk

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The United States Department of Health and Human Services issued a report with recommendations that, if acted upon, could put hundreds of small, rural hospitals in jeopardy according to an article by the Kansas Health Institute.

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Prairie Ramblings Episode
10:30 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Miniature Dinosaurs on My Hilltop

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From the time I toddled until I finished 3rd grade, I called oil boomtowns dotting Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico home. During those years my family lived in this stark and beautiful region, my dad would bring me bits of petrified dinosaur skeleton he found near rig locations where he worked. These bones-turned-stones gripped my imagination until I added a dinosaur tooth and a dinosaur coprolite or fossilized doo to my rock collection.

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Transportation
10:29 am
Mon September 9, 2013

SW Kansas Trio Work to Save Current Route

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The Southwest Chief runs from Chicago and Los Angeles, with a route through Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico.  Poor track conditions have caused the Southwest Chief to reduce speeds through Kansas reported the Dodge City Globe

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State Government
8:00 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Kansas Legislature: Special Session Finished in Two Days

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Kansas legislators wrapped up the special session in two days. 

Here are the highlights:

  • Approval of a bill repairing a law allowing convicted murderers to be sentenced to at least 50 years in prison.
  • Approval of multiple appointments by Gov. Sam Brownback, including the appointment of chief counsel Caleb Stegall to the Kansas Court of Appeals.

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Harvest Public Media story
8:00 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Horse slaughter divides horse lovers

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Most Americans don’t eat horse meat, and they don’t like the idea of horses being slaughtered, but a handful of investors are struggling to restart a horse slaughter industry in the United States.

The investors argue that reviving horse slaughter plants would be both good for the horse business and more humane than the current situation. They’re hoping to open a new horse slaughter plant near Gallatin, Mo., but opposition has the project mired in the legal system. The issue cleaves horse owners into two camps: one that views horses as pets and another that see them as livestock.

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High Plains Outdoors Episode
8:00 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Elk Camp: Bear!

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Luke calls in from elk camp

Folks, I'm calling in from elk camp again this week.  The numbers of black bear again this year are just tremendous!  We've had some close encounters, and that's enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.  

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CD of the Week
10:39 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Featured CD for the week of September 9 on High Plains Morning

Over The Rhine is an Ohio-based band consisting of husband-and-wife team Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist.  Their brand new release Meet Me at The Edge of The World is the follow up to their critically-acclaimed release The Long Surrender. The band has again teamed up with Grammy -winning producer Joe Henry to record timeless and vivid songs with striking harmony vocals.  We will listen to it track by track this week on High Plains Morning, heard Monday through Friday from 9am to Noon cst. Tune in!

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8:02 am
Fri September 6, 2013

A Bouquet of Wildflowers... from Texas

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For a state known for its "everything's bigger here" attitude, Texas also has an appreciation for little things... like wildflowers.
For variegated reasons - urban sprawl, large-scale farming, invasive plants and human thoughtlessness - wildflowers in America are vanishing. Which is a
Drought drives payments
8:50 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

What was your county’s crop insurance payout in 2012?

Credit Quentin Hope

  At $200 per acre, Trego County, KS topped the list of High Plains counties in per acre crop insurance payments in 2012.  Other top counties were Wallace County, KS at $157 per acre and Rawlins County, KS at $127 per acre.  All three are in Northwest Kansas.  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.

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Up For Auction: A 25 square mile chunk of Texas

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On Thursday, September 12, 10:00am, an unusual auction will take place at McLean Cowboy Church in McLean.  Up for bids is the Chapman Ranch, a 16,000 acre parcel spanning roughly 25 square miles in Gray and Wheeler counties according to a recent article by the Amarillo Globe-News.

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Ellis County, Kansas
8:00 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Roadtrip: Town of 200 keeps Volga German heritage alive with weekend feast

St Anthony Church, Schoenchen, Kansas
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  Small-town Schoenchen is keeping its heritage alive with a German feast of green bean dumpling soup, sauerkraut soup, German sausage, ham and beans, noodles, homemade bread, pies, kuchen and other desserts this Sunday.  While enjoying dinner, traditional sounds of polkas and waltzes will fill the air according to the Bee

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HPPR Economy and Enterprise
8:01 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

What $154 million in payouts means to a county

Tim Kelly says sales have been steady at his independent John Deere dealership in Pontiac, Ill. — despite the devastation of last year’s corn crop.
Credit Darrell Hoemann/The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting

Farmer Doug Wilson has been buying crop insurance since 1980. 

“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.”

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Healthcare
8:00 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Affordable Care Act: Enrollment Period Nearing, Confusion Rising

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As October 1 is just a few weeks away, there seems to be even more confusion about the Affordable Care Act than ever.  According to a recent KUT article, it’s not only consumers who are perplexed by the program, but medical providers are too.

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Wind Energy
8:00 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Which is easiest to build, a wind farm or a transmission line?

The high plains are wind-rich, but the biggest need for energy is on the populous coasts.  The issue is easily seen.   State Impact Oklahoma shared these maps. 

The higher the wind speed, the higher the energy potential.  Look where the greatest potential is.

Now, notice where the transmission lines are located.

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Growing on the High Plains Episode
8:00 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Dyck Arboretum: Native Plant Sale

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Skip talks on the phone with Dyck Arboretum Executive Director, Scott Vogt.

This week a special event is taking place at the Dyck Arboretum in Hesston, Kansas.  FloraKansas is the largest native plant sale in the state, and will take place Thursday, September 5 through Sunday, September 8.  This event has been going on for 14 years, and its popularity is growing almost as rapidly as the numbers of native perennials, wildflowers and grasses that will be offered for sale.  More information about the location, hours and available plants can be found by calling 620-327-8127, or going online to www.dyckarboretum.org.  A visit to this special place is always a joy, and the plant sale this weekend makes it even more fun and informative.

Harvest Public Media field note
8:01 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

COOL too cumbersome for meat labeling?

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For several years now, there’s been a battle brewing over how much U.S. consumers need to know about where their meat comes from.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture is in the midst of implementing a new country-of-origin labeling rule, also known as COOL, that requires companies to label where animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The new rule also prohibits meat from two different animals from being comingled and sold in the same package.

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Colorado
8:00 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Colorado: The swing state at the frontier of social change

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Politics are polarizing in traditionally moderate Colorado.  Colorado has been a swing state for a long time with basically an even split between Democrats, Republicans, and the “unaffiliated.”  However the divide is widening mostly due to the rightward drift of Republicans reported the Economist.

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