• P.J. Griekspoor

    Just Because They Haven't Come for Us, We Can't Be Complacent

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on June 29, 2009

    I've heard a few words of disturbing complacency from Kansas producers in regard to the legislative battles our friends in other states are fighting with the Humane Society of the United States as it pushes its anti-agriculture agenda. It's true that no initiatives have been introduced in Kansas. Yet. But that doesn't mean Kansas has gotten by without damage from this movement or that we will be spared a statehouse or court battle down the road. The movement to end horse slaughter, for…

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    2009 Wheat Harvest Rolling Toward Memory

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on June 26, 2009

    Hot, dry weather over most of the state has wheat harvest really rolling. But as another year goes by and harvest becomes another year of statistics and memories, Kansas Farmer would like to know your favorite memories of harvests of the past. Was it sliding down the straw piles back in the thresher days? Riding home on top the wheat in the truck or grain cart? Maybe the first time Dad let you take the truck to the elevator alone? Drop us a note or an e-mail. In August, we'll publish a wheat…

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    Low Milk Prices Spurring Louder Protest

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on June 23, 2009

    The drastic drop in milk prices over the last year has created a crisis for dairy farmers, who are now getting paid less than half what it costs them to produce milk. Kansas dairy farmers Tom and Judy McCarty, who moved here from Pennsylvania for the opportunity Kansas provided the family to expand and allow their four sons to stay in dairy, say they are tired of reading tips about being more efficient. They think better prices are long overdue. "I would like to see a professional…

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    Emerging Details on Carbon Cap and Trade Disturbing

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on June 12, 2009

    Rep. Jerry Moran (R-Hays), who has a pretty good track record of knowing what he's talking about, is warning that the carbon cap and trade legislation now being considered in Congress, the Markey-Waxman bill, would be devastating to agriculture and the rural economy. In remarks to the Agriculture Committee Friday morning, Moran said that the bill would increase energy costs and drive up costs in rural areas disproportionately to urban areas. Any potential credits for carbon sequestration…

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    Rain Keeps Wheat Harvest at Bay

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on June 11, 2009

    Everybody is anxious for the harvest to begin, but Mother Nature is still not cooperating. The cool, wet weather that has dominated the spring is stretching into the week that usually sees the combines beginning to roll. At OK Coop in Kiowa, where the first loads traditionally come in, workers say harvest won't get under way until early next week, and then only if the rainy weather blows out. One farmer tried cutting a test load on Wednesday and found moisture at 20 percent. Meanwhile…

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