• P.J. Griekspoor

    A Miserable 24 Hours

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on March 27, 2009

    If the blizzard outside were happening in November, Andrew Murphy at Barton County Feeding says his hair would be turning a lot grayer than it is now. But since it's late March, he says the 8 inches of snow is a welcome treat to the wheat crop and a bearable burden for the feedyard. Dry weather was becoming a threat to the survival of the wheat crop and this will help. "It's not as bad here as it is further to the west. Dodge and Garden City are getting the brunt of it," Murphy said…

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    Welfare of Animals Comes First as Blizzard Rages

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on March 27, 2009

    All shifts of workers reported to dairies across western Kansas Thursday night as weather forecasters warned of an impending late winter blizzard. By 1 a.m. Friday, the blizzard was a howling, freezing reality. Twelve hours later, the snow and wind have not abated. It's not as bad as 1987 and certainly not as bad as 1957, longtime Kansas farmers say, but a bad one all the same. At Royal Dairy near Ingalls, 20 miles east of Garden City, all 45 workers answered the call to come in…

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    Food Contamination Has Simple Answer

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on March 18, 2009

    A year or more ago ago, I met Doug Powell, who heads up the Food Safety Network based at Kansas State University. He has a simple, three-word answer to the problem of food safety: Don't Eat Poop. It's on T-shirts around K-State and Powell has Websites at  www.donteatpoop.com and www.foodsafety.ksu.edu that talk about the reality of food-borne illness and how to combat it. Don't miss the latest updates at barfblog if you go there. Even though Doug approaches this with humor, he knows…

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    Losing Our Ever-Loving Minds in the Name of Safety

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on March 18, 2009

    I had a bad feeling when I first heard the demand for congressional hearings on salmonella in peanuts. It just stands to reason that if you tell a bunch of politicians to fix something they are going to come up with a laundry list of regulations, a few sound bites for every PAC that provided them campaign funds and a basket or two of self-serving agencies and appointments. I thought about all of us placidly standing in line at the airport with our shoes off, our personal hygiene products…

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    Farm Support For Coal Plants Is No Mystery

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on March 6, 2009

    A former co-worker of mine recently expressed surprise that farm organizations are out in front of the battle to build coal-fired electrical plants in western Kansas. He had missed the fact that Sunflower Electric Power is a farmer-owned cooperative, as Tri-State, the partner in the venture. The farmers of western Kansas are all too aware of the high cost of natural gas and wind generation because that is mostly what Sunflower has now and they pay significantly higher rates than the…

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