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Living Room Concert
7:02 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Hard Road Trio visit Amarillo on Friday, April 11

HPPR welcomes The Hard Road Trio to Amarillo for a Living Room Concert on Friday, April 11.

This show will be in our studios at 104 SW 6th Ave, on the NW corner of 6th and Polk.  We are in the basement of Amarillo National Bank's Special Assets Center.

We will open the doors at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30.   We will have the usual- great coffee from the good folks at Evocation Coffee Roasters and cookies from Molly Fuller.  To make a reservation for this show, you can call us at 806-367-9088 or send us an e-mail to music@hppr.org.

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GoCode Colorado
9:25 am
Sat March 29, 2014

App Competition Underway in Colorado

Credit blogs.telegraph.co.uk

Recently programmers from five Colorado cities began competing against each other to create apps with a goal of putting to use massive amounts of public data sitting in virtual file drawers of government agencies reported Elaine Grant for Colorado Matters.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Wiper fishing during the shad spawn

Jason Barber catches a big one.
Credit Luke Clayton

Howdy Folks!

If you will take a few minutes and listen, Jason Barber will tell you the secrets of catching catfish and wipers now that spring has arrived and the water temperatures are warming up.  The warmer temperatures also mean the shad are spawning, and that's key for a successful day!   

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Serendipity on Highway 183

Serendipity- The full moon setting in the west, while the sun rises in the east.
Credit justmakethecoffee.com

Some words stick in the mind, and serendipity is one those memorable terms rattling around in my cranium. In college, I hung out at a retreat called Serendipity House. I’d never heard the expression before, so after my first visit, I hit the dictionary.

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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Despite National Efforts, Texas isn’t supportive of GMO labeling

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Eric Herm is one of a small group of farmers and environmental advocates pushing for labeling of GMO products in Texas according to a recent article in the Texas Tribune

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Renewable Energy
8:00 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Kansas: Renewable energy repeal stalled out

Credit destination360.com

The Kansas House rejected a bill to repeal the state’s renewable energy standards.  Kansas Public Radio reported the vote was 44-77. 

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

KDOT agrees to landmark-saving compromise

Point of Rocks landmark on US 50 outside Dodge City, Kansas.
Credit kansas.com

A compromise of a 16-foot median is the solution to US Highway 50 expansion between Dodge City and Cimarron, Kansas reported the Dodge City Daily Globe.

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Vertical integration
8:00 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Hog farmers split on packer-owned pigs

Jim Knopik used to raise 500 hogs each year in a confinement building on his farm in Fullerton, Neb., but now his family only raises 50 in an open air pen. He downsized as contracting and consolidation became larger parts of the pork industry.
Credit Grant Gerlock/Harvest Public Media

Nebraska hog farmers aren’t seeing eye-to-eye on a proposal that would allow meatpacking companies more control over the state’s hog industry. And farmers all over the country are watching.

Currently, a 1998 state law bans meatpacking companies from owning and raising the hogs they process. But lawmakers have proposed an end to the ban, which would allow for more vertical integration of the hog industry.

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Agriculture
8:00 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

How drought, cattle, and Crimea affect Texas cotton farming

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Farmers across the high plains are faced with planting choices every year.  This year Texas farmers are wondering if corn, cotton, or sorghum will make the most money according to StateImpact Texas

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Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

A Garden for All Seasons

High tunnel greenhouse
Barb Blevins

Skip continues the conversation with Alice Hill about gardening for all seasons.

This week we'll look at another aspect of the full circle farming concept utilized at Beaver Creek Farms and Full Circle Aquaponics, as host Alice Hill takes me through her year-round greenhouse structures.   The high tunnel and the hoop house both provide protected areas that, with proper planting and mulching methods help provide fresh vegetables throughout much of the winter.

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Kansas
8:00 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Western Kansas thriving despite national slump

Main Street of Garden City, Kansas
Credit downtowngc.com

There’s work in western Kansas.  The region hasn’t seen a decline like the rest of the country said a recent article in RFD-TV Magazine

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Renewable Energy
8:00 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

On the roads: Trucks transporting wind farm parts from Kansas and Iowa to the Texas Panhandle

Pattern Energy moves wind turbine components by special trailer to the Texas Panhandle.
Credit amarillo.com

Pattern Energy is moving components from Hutchinson and Abilene, Kansas, as well as Iowa, to the Texas Panhandle.  Sections of towers that hold the large blades in the air and the narcelles that hold the equipment that makes electricity from the turning blades are transported by trucks pulling specially built trailers.  The components are headed for two projects located north of Amarillo.

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Oklahoma State Government
8:00 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Endangered species settlements prompt lawsuit by Oklahoma AG and energy group

Lesser Prairie Chicken
Credit wikipedia.org

The Oklahoma Attorney General and the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance recently filed a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for “colluding” with environmental groups to bypass public procedures for rule-making to enact endangered species regulations said a recent article by StateImpact Oklahoma.

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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

Listen to Luke's report.

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

Credit wikipedia.org

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

Listen to Luke's report.

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

Credit kwch.com

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

Credit city-data.com

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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