Kansas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Kansas Governor Race: Morris backs Davis

Steve Morris
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Former Senate President Steve Morris is one of 104 Kansas Republicans backing Paul Davis in his bid to be governor according to a recent article in the Garden City Telegram

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Farm Bill & Lobbying
8:01 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Out of public eye, a bitter Farm Bill fight

K Street in Washington D.C. has long been known as the home to powerful lobbyists. Hundreds of companies and groups lobbied to influence the 2014 Farm Bill.
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Listen to Jeremy's story.

The “who” part of the Farm Bill is pretty clear.

With trillions dollars of government spending up for grabs, lobbyists from all ends of the spectrum – representing environmental interests, biotech companies, food companies, farmers – flocked to Capitol Hill to find their piece of the Farm Bill pie.

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

The City of Brotherly Love: Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market
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On a recent trip to Philadelphia Skip explored a treasure trove of local food, fresh produce, and other special items just made for those who love farms and gardens and what they grow.  A historical setting that once served the Eastern U.S. as a huge train station has now become a huge market for all things tasty and tasteful.

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Concert Review
8:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Old Crow Medicine Show delivers in Amarillo

Credit crackerfarm

Monday’s performance by Old Crow Medicine Show at the Globe-News Center was significant for a number of reasons.  

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7:44 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Hastings Entertainment sale is a done deal

Lead in text: 
After the blessing of a majority of stock holders, Hastings Entertainment now belongs to Joel Weinshanker.
A New Jersey licensing executive today closed his $21.4-million deal to buy Amarillo-based Hastings Entertainment.Hastings consummated its pact with Joel Weinshanker today after receiving the blessing of at least two-thirds of the holders of outstanding shares of Hastings stock.
Farm Bill
8:01 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Lobbyists of all kinds flock to Farm Bill

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., (in green), watches as President Barack Obama signs the Farm Bill at Michigan State University on Feb. 7, 2014.
Credit David Kosling/USDA

Listen to Peggy's story.

When U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow announced passage of the Farm Bill in February, she echoed a refrain from a car commercial.

“This is not your father’s Farm Bill,” she said.

While Stabenow, the Michigan Democrat who leads the Senate Agriculture Committee, was referring to what proponents heralded as “reform” of some programs, her remarks were accurate on another score. The massive Farm Bill, which will spend $956 billion and set U.S. food policy for the next decade, is no longer the purview solely of agricultural interests.

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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Texas: Plains Cotton Growers support proposed groundwater limits

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Plains Cotton Growers support the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District’s proposal to limit groundwater use on private farmland in Texas.  

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Agritourism
8:01 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

States working out kinks to keep ag tourism growing

Carol Zadrozny, owner of Z's Orchard in Palisade, Colo., has had trouble securing insurance coverage for her agritourism attractions.
Credit Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Listen to Luke's story.

Colorado already draws thousands of visitors each year for skiing, hiking, beer drinking and, most recently, marijuana sampling. In 2012, those visitors spent more than $16 billion in the state. Tourism officials want more and they’re looking to do it by bringing well-educated “traveling foodies” to the state.

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Playa Country
8:01 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Ogallala Aquifer Initiative: Good Soil Health Practices Benefit Playas

Playa wetlands benefit from practices that result in good soil health.

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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Hotter temps don't figure into the Texas water plan

Credit 2014 National Climate Assessment

Texans voted overwhelmingly to fund new water infrastructure projects last November.  State water planners are preparing for a more populous Texas, but not a hotter one reported Neena Satija for The Texas Tribune.

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