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Proposed Federal rule change
8:00 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

No more brewery leftovers for cattle?

A new federal food safety rule would classify breweries as animal food manufacturers because many breweries sell or donate leftover grains to ranchers.
Credit Flickr Commons / Niels Linneberg

Few people connect craft breweries with cattle feed. But passing along the spent grains from the brewing process, like barley and wheat, to livestock ranchers is a common practice. Although now, that relationship could be in jeopardy.

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drought
8:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Western Kansas drought scars run deep

On normal years, thousands of acres of crops receive supplemental irrigation water from the Amazon Ditch. But Ditch Superintendent Dan Maxfield hasn't made a call for water from John Martin Reservoir in Colorado. There's none to be had.
Amy Bickel kansasagland.com

Even if you had no idea western Kansas was in the midst of a long-term drought, the scars are hard to miss.  Corrals and roads are drifted with tumbleweeds.  Irrigation ditches are bone dry.  Fence rows are filled with drifted sand, and grass in the pastures has disappeared according to a recent article from Kansas Agland.  

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1:06 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

State attorneys general gather in Denver to talk fracking regulation

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About a dozen attorneys general attended the first-ever conference on fracking.
The fracking boom in Colorado and other western states has attorneys general dealing with an evolving and thorny set of legal and public policy issues. About a dozen attorneys general met in Denver yesterday for a first-ever gathering on fracking, sponsored by the Conference of Western Attorneys General.
Oklahoma State Government
8:00 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

‘August: Osage County’ reveals Oklahoma film rebates are “bad business”

State Rep. David Dank (R-Oklahoma City)
Credit http://kgou.org/

Oklahoma State Rep. David Dank says a recently released report the Oklahoma Department of Commerce shows legislative film rebates are a “bad deal” according to a recent story from KGOU.

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Oil & Gas
8:00 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Own your very own Texas oil well

Credit texasstaralliance.com

The Lone Star State has always been willing to gamble on oil and gas drilling.  The bets are big, and the latest boom has mostly been the work of companies and investors with plenty of capital.  A new Texas company could change that.  For a minimum investment of $80,000 you can own your very own oil well reported StateImpact Texas.

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Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Kale: Everything old is new again

Ornamental kale
Credit wikipedia.org

 There’s an old song, “Everything old is new again.”  This year a portion of Skip’s vegetable garden will be on the cutting edge of the latest culinary style.  In addition to featuring some heritage tomatoes and watermelons from the 1800s, she’s decided to add some kale seeds to the patch of greens that traditionally provide the makings of her summer salads.  If you haven’t been to the produce section recently, here’s an update on what’s hot and what’s not.

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Amarillo: Town Square Village is more than another development

Architectural drawing of Town Square
Credit Michael Schumacher / amarillo.com

Town Square Village is a four-square-mile piece of southwest Amarillo with a vision of being more than another development.  The multimillion-dollar expansion will be an “urban landscape where apartment dwellers live above stores and restaurants in a pedestrian-friendly community core surrounded by row houses and suburbs of single-family homes,” according to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News

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Oklahoma Panhandle
8:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Oklahoma: Lone Democrat joins US 3rd District race

Credit oksenate.gov

Lone Democrat, Frankie Lee Robbins, wants to unseat 10-term U.S. Rep Frank Lucas in Oklahoma’s 3rd Congressional District according to The Republic.

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Homestead autopsy
8:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Unlocking prairie secrets from a sod house

Researchers prepare to take down a section of a sod house in Gates, Neb., in order to study the bricks made of dirt.
Credit Jackie Sojicko for Harvest Public Media

Ecologists in Nebraska are trying to find out what the Great Plains looked like when homesteaders settled there in the 19thcentury. To do that, they’re working with a team of archaeologists and historians dissecting a sod house, a house built out of bricks cut from dirt.

Larry Estes has had a sod house in his backyard in Gates, Neb., for as long as he can remember. He never really thought anything about it until a year ago when a repairman asked him about it.

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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Rainwater Basins, the Central Flyway and Migratory Birds

Credit Chris Helzer / The Nature Conservancy

Nebraska's rainwater basin region is beneath the Central Flyway, used by tens of millions of birds migrating to the prairie pothole regions of the Dakotas, Canada and beyond to nest and mate.

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Swisher County
8:00 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Texas Panhandle: First hantavirus case of 2014

deer mouse
Credit unl.edu

A Swisher County resident is the first case of Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome in Texas this year according to a recent news release from the Texas Department of State Health Services.  

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1:10 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Don't miss the rare blood moon tonight

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There was a time when a blood moon didn't happen for 300 years. Tonight's forecast of mostly clear skies across the high plains should give good visibility to the total lunar eclipse. The moon will have a burnt reddish orange color. The eclipse will be seen about 1am central time.
On Tuesday, April 15, there will be a total lunar eclipse that will turn the moon a coppery red, NASA says. It's called a blood moon, and it's one of four total eclipses that will take place in North America within the next year and a half.
Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Sharks in Kansas

Credit thefossilforum.com

Sharks swimming in Kansas waters? Looking for dorsal fins cutting through waters where I fish, wade, and swim gives me goose bumps. I’d already spent too much time focusing on such worries as a teenage body surfer in Huntington Beach, California.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

A tale of turkey and hogs

Mark Balette (right) takes aim through the Nite Site as Randy Douglas uses the Nite Site Spotter to scan through the darkness for wild hogs.
Luke Clayton

There are few things that I enjoy more than hunting turkeys in the spring when the landscape is coming to life in many hues of green and the sun’s warming rays once again informs Mother Nature that it’s time for all her creatures to go about the task of procreation.

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Food Processing
8:00 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Labeling accident proves fake meat taste is improving

Ethan Brown, the founder of Beyond Meat, and colleagues served meatless tacos at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, Calif.
Credit Ann Johansson / nytimes.com

The taste of vegetarian meat substitute is improving.  It’s so good, in fact, that consumers couldn’t tell if they were eating meat substitute or chicken in a salad product from Whole Foods.  The labels on the products were inadvertently switched.  Whole Foods had to recall the item not because of consumer complaints, but federal labeling requirements.  Consumers eating the plant protein substitute were inadvertently exposed to soy and eggs, which are allergens requiring labeling according to a recent article in the New York Times.

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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Water Basics 101

This map portrays the volume of water being depleted from rivers, lakes and aquifers on a daily basis (MGD = million gallons per day).
Credit EPRI, 2014

Math helps us understand the causes of water shortages, how much water we’re wasting, as well as predict flooding.  The big picture can be seen when you grasp how much water is falling as rain or snow, moving into rivers or aquifers, and how much is being used in cities, industry and farms.  An explanation of the current water situation from the National Geographic can be found here.   

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Kiowa County
8:00 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Southeastern Colorado: Small community gambles economic future on casinos

Grain storage, houses and out buildings as well as playground Residents attend the Eads Main Street Bash aimed at raising money to save the town's theater, August 10, 2013.
Credit RJ Sangosti / denverpost.com

The Kiowa County oil and gas boom has tanked, and now the small community of Eads is putting its economic development bets on casino gambling according to a recent article from the Denver Post

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join today
10:38 am
Sun April 6, 2014

HPPR's Spring Membership Campaign Underway

HPPR's Operations Coordinator talking about the perks of supporting public radio.

Our Spring Membership Campaign is underway.  

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

New beginnings for a winter coat

Credit therealjackrussell.com

You’ve heard the saying, “Looks can be deceiving.” That statement describes our little terrier’s coat. When you see him, he looks like a sleek little pooch who doesn’t shed. That’s true September through February. However, when March blows in, he gives March Madness a new interpretation.

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FFA thriving amid decline
8:00 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Fewer farms kids but record Future Farmers

The blue corduroy jackets sported by high schoolers in FFA have been a part of the group's brand since its founding in 1928.
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

The blue corduroy jacket worn by high school students in FFA, formerly the Future Farmers of America, is an icon of rural life. To the average city dweller the jacket is a vestige of dwindling, isolated farm culture, as fewer and fewer young people grow up on farms. The numbers tell a different story however. In spite of that demographic shift, a record number of kids are donning blue jackets this year.

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Invasive weeds
8:00 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Tumbleweeds drift across the High Plains causing havoc

Tumbleweeds, also know as Russian thistle, clog a road in Crowley County in southeast Colorado.
Credit Crowley County Road and Bridge Department

Prolonged drought, bursts of high winds, and untimely rain is a recipe for an explosion of tumbleweeds across the rolling plains of southeastern Colorado, parts of New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle said a recent article in Reuters.

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Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Full Circle Farming: Leaving a better place in the world

The pigs at Beaver Creek Ranch
Barb Blevins

Skip talks with Alice Hill

Our final visit to Beaver Creek Ranch and Full Circle Aquaponics takes us on a tour of the site, with a look at the animal residents and a discussion with Alice Hill about future hopes, plans, and goals.  

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Double your impact
4:08 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Dollar for Dollar New Member Match

Dr. Luther & Ardis Fry of Garden City, KS have issued a dollar for dollar new member match to HPPR listeners.

If you've yet to become a member, help HPPR take full advantage of this challenge, and have your gift doubled by making a pledge here.

New members are key to HPPR's long term stability and growth. They help us to make up for members lost to attrition through relocation and they give us the added strength to take HPPR's service to you and your community to the next level. 

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Pledge now ...
4:08 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

5 minutes to close the gap -- $3,500 remaining

Almost there ... pledge now to close the gap

Thanks to the generous support of HPPR member-listeners we’ve reached $96,500 of our $100,000 monetary goal and 1,893 of our 2,000 active member goal for our April Membership Campaign.

With only a few hours remaining before the month comes to an end, you can still help HPPR close the gap on its Spring Membership Campaign by clicking the red support button at the top right of the screen.

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Music
8:00 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Last dance for Kansas Polka Lovers Klub

Walter and Dorothy Urban were the King and Queen of the Kansas chapter of Polka Lovers Klub of America in 2000.
Credit kansas.com

After 31 years, the Kansas chapter of the Polka Lovers Klub has schottisched for the last time to the steady oom-pah-pah beat.  Membership has been declining, volunteers willing to serve as officers were hard to find, and most dancers are over 70 years old.

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Texas Panhandle
8:00 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Carson County Texas: Pantex plant under new management

Credit dshs.state.tx.us

Consolidated Nuclear Security is the new Pantex Plant Contractor according to a recent article in the Amarillo Globe-News.  The Government Accountability Office rejected the third contract protest by a representative of Babcock and Wilcox Co. who currently operate the Carson County nuclear weapons plant.

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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Converting to Dryland Farming

Credit Farm Foundation

Southwest Kansas producer Steve Arnold had been a big irrigator. Ten wells, numerous pivot irrigation systems and 4-wheel-drive tractors on a farm near Johnson City.

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Conservation
8:00 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Kansas: Wildlife and conservation bills spur strong emotions

Bill Johnson, right, has been working to get a conservation easement put on his property so a favored wetlands could never be drained and the land developed. A current bill could greatly hamper conservation easements in Kansas.
Credit Michael Pearce / kansas.com

Legislative action to revoke the Kansas Endangered Species Act and another bill to prevent landowners from locking their property indefinitely into conservation programs are firing up conservationists reported the Wichita Eagle.

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Conservation of the lesser prairie chicken
8:00 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Kansas joins Oklahoma’s lawsuit over federal listing of lesser prairie chicken as threatened

Lesser Prairie Chicken
Credit watchdog.org

Gov. Sam Brownback recently announced that Kansas is joining a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the designation of the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species according to a recent article in the Wichita Eagle.

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Oklahoma State Government
8:00 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Oklahoma Oil Executive Doesn’t Think Oil and Gas Tax Cuts are Needed

Don Millican, CFO, Kaiser-Francis Oil Company.
Credit JOE WERTZ / STATEIMPACT OKLAHOMA

The Kaiser-Francis Oil Company is like other Oklahoma energy empires in many ways.  It’s been created by entrepreneurs who pulled themselves up by the bootstraps.  It’s ruled by a billionaire CEO who has weather storms of controversy and showers of praise, but the Tulsa-based exploration and production company is different.  It isn’t pushing for oil and gas tax cuts according to a recent article from StateImpact Oklahoma.

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