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Kansas Farmers Awarded NCR-SARE 2014 Farmer Rancher and Youth Educator Grants
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Thursday, 17 April 2014 13:51

MCPHERSON - The North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) Program recently announced the projects recommended for funding for the Farmer Rancher and Youth Educator competitive grant programs. More than 50 grant projects were selected to receive a total of more than $500,000 through these two NCR-SARE grant programs, which offer competitive grants for farmers, ranchers, youth educators, organizations, and others who are exploring sustainable agriculture in America's Midwest. For the 2014 Farmer Rancher Grant Program, NCR-SARE awarded more than $486,000 to more than 40 projects ranging from $1,370 to $22,500. The Farmer Rancher Grant Program is a competitive grants program for farmers and ranchers who want to explore sustainable solutions to problems through on-farm research, demonstration, and education projects.

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USDA Officially Announces Sign-Up Date for Farmer and Rancher Disaster Assistance Programs
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Friday, 11 April 2014 11:50
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Quick implementation of the programs has been a top priority for USDA.
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NGFA Board Elects Industry Leaders to Board, Executive Committee
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Friday, 11 April 2014 11:49
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WASHINGTON - National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) members during the annual business meeting of its 118th annual convention, elected the following 17 members to serve three-year terms on the organization's Board of Directors: Jerald Kemmerer, CEO and General Manager, Pride Ag Resources, Dodge City, Kan.

The NGFA, established in 1896, consists of more than 1,050 grain, feed, processing, exporting and other grain-related companies that operate more than 7,000 facilities and handle more than 70 percent of all U.S. grains and oilseeds.

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Kansas officials to discuss 50-year water plan
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Friday, 11 April 2014 09:37

The Associated Press

MANHATTAN — State and local officials are gathering in Manhattan to discuss water needs in Kansas and begin developing a 50-year plan for managing water resources.

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Report: Sales of combines down in March
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Friday, 11 April 2014 09:22

WICHITA — An industry report shows U.S. sales of combines were down in March compared to the same month a year ago, even as farmers purchased more tractors during the same period.

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Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus found in Ohio
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Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:27
altBy Deborah Reinhart Brown- Reporter

April is here! So far we've had some beautiful weather (almost 70 with lots of sunshine), wind, rain, almost freezing nighttime temps, nd maybe even a bit of snow. It's spring! Stanley and I even got a chance to take a walk around the pond last Tuesday. Yep, it's time to get out, move around, and visit. But, as we're visiting farms, whether for business or pleasure, we need to be aware of where we've been, especially when it comes to livestock farms …

You see, all livestock are susceptible to diseases just like you, me, and our kids are. We wouldn't want someone bringing germs to our house that could infect us. Likewise, livestock farmers don't want us tracking pathogens to their animals. This is especially true on hog farms.

Right now there is a nasty disease going around that kills pigs: Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). PEDv poses no threat to humans and has no food safety impact on retail pork supplies, but it is fatal to nearly all infected piglets less than two weeks old. Affected pigs die from severe diarrhea. We've already lost more than five million baby pigs to this disease in less than a year in the United States, and yes, it is now in Ohio, too. There are currently no known vaccines to prevent the occurrence of PEDv.
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Some Wyoming landowners worry about their future amid new oil development
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Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:20
By BENJAMIN STORROW
Star-Tribune staff writer,  writer

Work never ceases on Dickau Road, a dirt byway 40 minutes north of Douglas where elk and antelope once made up much of the traffic.

Today, the commuters are of a decidedly different type. Large trucks rumble up and down the road day and night. They pass abandoned tank batteries and disposal wells, mementos to an oil boom gone by, arriving eventually at the epicenter of this most recent boom: a drilling rig towering above the patchwork hills of pine trees and sagebrush.

Frank and Terry Henderson live in the machine’s shadow. They have ranched this area for more than three decades. Antelope sightings are less frequent since Anadarko Petroleum set up the rig in February. The elk, which once crossed their pasture and ascended the hill where the rig now sits, are diverted 2 miles to the south.

Where the couple once heard the song of the meadowlark from inside their home, they now listen to the steady hum of engines. Occasionally, the muffled voice of a foreman barking orders over a loudspeaker can be discerned through the din. At night, the hulking machine casts a powerful light across the land, like a perpetual full moon.
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