Growing on the High Plains
8:00 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Great Beginnings in Xeriscape Gardening

Skip Mancini (L) and Mike Ward (R) talk about the addition of xeriscaping experts and plants at Ward's in Garden City, Kansas
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Skip talks with Mike Ward

Today Skip begins a series on xeriscaping by introducing some people who will be our guides as we travel down the road to survival during the dry times.

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Oil & Gas in Oklahoma
8:01 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Oklahoma oil and gas production tax cut passes legislature

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The Oklahoma Legislature passed a bill making tax incentives for oil and gas production permanent.

Governor Mary Fallin is expected to sign the controversial legislation, despite threats of a constitutional challenge posed by an Oklahoma City attorney.

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Food Industry
8:01 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Flour milling merger moves forward

Ardent Mills would control about a third of the American flour milling market.
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Federal regulators Tuesday gave the final go-ahead for two of the country’s largest flour milling companies to merge.

Food giants ConAgra and Cargill said last year they wanted to put their flour mills under one roof in a new company called Ardent Mills. But a chorus of antitrust watchdogs said the deal would further consolidate an already concentrated industry.

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9:05 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Runoff election day in Texas today has six statewide races

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In Texas, Democratic and Republican voters both have somebody to vote for in today's runoff election, which will finally decide the victors from the March primaries. Statewide races include the Republican ballot for Lieutenant Governor, attorney general, railroad commissioner and agriculture commissioner. On the Democratic ballot, races for agriculture commissioner and U.S. Senate.
The long primary election season that began late last year ends with today's runoffs, topped by four particularly noisy statewide Republican races, a couple more involving Democrats and about a dozen and a half legislative contests around Texas. The Republicans have been hogging the spotlight, with four hard-fought races on an uncharacteristically competitive primary ballot.
Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Kansas Producer Group Uses Soil Practices to Preserve Moisture

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Western Kansas is a semi-arid region, with yearly precipitation at 17-19 inches. Progressive farmers understand their biggest challenge is capturing and holding every drop of moisture they can.

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CD of the week
6:51 am
Mon May 26, 2014

New Music from Red Molly on High Plains Morning this week

Red Molly's brand new release continues their tradition of Bluegrass, Americana and a little something unexpected.  Featuring several original songs penned by the band and a couple of interpretations of other writers tunes, they have finally recorded Richard Thompson's 1952 Vincent Black Lightning, a song they have played in concert for years(and the inspiration for their name.)  We will listen to the 'The Red Album' this week on High Plains Morning.  Look for Red Molly this August at the Tumbleweed Festival in Garden City.

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Prairie Ramblings
8:00 pm
Sun May 25, 2014

Becoming the oldest generation


A phone call brings Karen one step closer to becoming the oldest generation.

Biomass crops for fuel
5:08 am
Sat May 24, 2014

Miscanthus: A growing energy crop

Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa are all working on a project to plant, study and harvest miscanthus for biofuel.
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Miscanthus, a relative of sugar cane that looks like bamboo, could be the Midwest’s next energy crop. But in a region dominated by corn and soybeans, it has yet to fully catch on, even as advocates tout its advantages.

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High Plains Outdoors
8:00 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

How to can pork

Canned meat hot out of the pressure cooker.
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Luke talks with Mike Pullen of Frisco Spices about canning pork.

 Howdy, Folks!

It's your ole buddy, Luke, and today we're talking to Mike Pullen of Frisco Spices.  He's walking us through the process of canned pork.  Take a listen.  If you have questions, Mike would love to talk you through the process. 

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John W. Poole is a video producer for NPR. He makes documentary films and multimedia presentations for the web and digital platforms, extending the reach and power of traditional photojournalism with moving pictures and sound.

In 2007, Poole came to NPR to help develop a visual media strategy, combining the organization's audio storytelling strength with still and motion photography. His work has led to two national Emmy nominations for the NPR Music series 'Project Song' and one for an investigative series on traumatic brain injury.