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  • By ROXANA HEGEMAN Associated Press
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WICHITA - Kansas corn grower Tom Giessel talks wistfully about how he was out of debt just four years ago - before back-to-back years of low grain prices set his finances back a decade and forced him to borrow again to run his western Kansas farm.

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MINNEAPOLIS - The first of tens of thousands of U.S. lawsuits is about to go to trial against Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its decision to introduce a genetically engineered corn seed variety to the U.S. market before China had approved it for imports.

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  • By Scott Aust Kansas Agland
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While concerns remain, a show of hands during Wednesday’s informational meeting in Garden City about a proposal to form a local management plan to address groundwater concerns indicated a majority of the 90-some farmers and producers in attendance generally agreed something should be done to extend the life of water resources.

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  • By Candace Krebs / Contributing Writer
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Sorghum growers across the Southern Plains are being urged to plant sugarcane aphid tolerant hybrids to stem the migration and quick proliferation of the sticky pest, which tends to follow a northward seasonal path similar to rust infestations in wheat.

  • By Candace Krebs / Contributing Writer
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A dry winter, low prices and a dampened mood following catastrophic spring wildfires has put many farmers on the defensive and looking for crops that minimize risk, a niche where sorghum traditionally excels.

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  • Vincent Marshall Dodge City Daily Globe
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US Senators Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts and US Congressman Roger Marshall praised the US Department of Agriculture's approval to allow grazing of Conservation Reserve Program lands to aid ranchers that were affected by the March 6 wildfires in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

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WASHINGTON, April 4, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), acting in response to a directive from President Donald J. Trump, today authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands located in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas – the three states which were most heavily impacted by ongoing wildfires which began on March 6, 2017. USDA Acting Deputy Secretary Michael L. Young issued a memorandum authorizing the emergency grazing of cattle by ranchers, who are facing the ruination of their herds due to lack of sufficient grazing land. The authorization is pursuant to appropriate restrictions and conservation measures, which can be found in the Acting Deputy Secretary’s memorandum.

  • By Candace Krebs Contributing Writer Kansas Agland
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New herbicide tolerant crop technologies, intended to help fight growing problems with herbicide resistant weeds, are also adding to the complexity of managing potential spray drift, a challenge that became evident last year when thousands of acres of crops in the lower Midwest were injured,…

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TOPEKA - Twice as many have filed for a special state sales tax exemption offered after recent wildfires than filed in all of 2016 after wildfires raged in Barber and Comanche counties.

  • By TIM HORAN Kansas Agland
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Tractors, combines, seeders, sprayers and other farm implements played a big part in the opening day of the Mid American Farm Exposition on Tuesday at Tony’s Pizza Events Center, formerly the Salina Bicentennial Center. The expo will continue from9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday.

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  • By Mary Clarkin Our Capitol Bureau mclarkin@hutchnews.com
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TOPEKA – Legislation enabling farmers eventually to obtain a license to plant industrial hemp passed the Kansas House on Monday morning, 103-18, with four members not voting.