• P.J. Griekspoor

    Helping Animal Agriculture Grow Is Mission of the Day

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on September 28, 2011

    Gov. Sam Brownback sees animal agriculture being pushed out of other parts of the country and he has one message for those producers: Come on to Kansas. In remarks opening an Economic Summit on Animal Agriculture in Garden City, Brownback said that Kansas has unique advantages that will help animal agriculture already here succeed and attract more of it to the state. Brownback said Kansas beef is already a world-renowned success story and he'd like to see more hogs, more poultry and more…

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    This Is What 'Instability' Looks Like

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on September 19, 2011

    From April to June, Kansans get used to terms to like "Mammatus" and "Cumulus" and "Towering Cumulus." And we tend to forget that the change of season between summer and fall can sometimes be as turbulent as that between spring and summer. Not usually -- as documented by the prime tornado season of April to June -- but frequently enough to remind us that we live under an unstable atmosphere. At about dusk, with a tornado watch in effect and warning boxes lighting up the weather map to…

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    It'a Husker Harvest Days

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on September 12, 2011

    If you're going to be at Husker Harvest Days keep an eye out for me. I plan to be at the show until about noon on Thursday. Driving up today, it sure was wonderful to leave behind the "desert zone" and drive through some country where the soybeans have pods (even beans in them, I stopped and checked) and the corn stalks are blessed with ears. North of Salina looks pretty good and Nebraska is a garden. I just felt encouraged to see green. Wichita pushed hard against the 100-degree mark…

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    Heads Up, Precision Ag Advocates: You Need to Stay on Top of This One

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on September 9, 2011

    On Wednesday, LightSquared, backed by Philip Falcone's Harbinger Capital Partner's hedge fund, gave a new proposal to the FCC that offered to tweak its towers so their signals would not interfere with GPS devices. Ahem, some GPS devices. Dale Leibach, spokesman for the Coalition to Save Our GPS said the offer was a positive step toward reduced interference for some devices. The kicker, however: "It still leaves a huge gap because it does not claim to solve interference to high-precision…

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    Just in Time for Official Summer's End: Cooler Weather

    Kansas Viewpoint

     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on September 6, 2011

    Nobody was happier than the Griekspoor-Dewhirst-Goerzen clan to see the end of this summer's horrific, record-setting heat wave, just in time for perfect picnic weather on Labor Day. I have to admit, I wasn't enthusiastic going into the annual "last cookout" that's traditional around our house for Labor Day weekend. But when I saw the forecast for "sunny and a high of 77" my anticipation shot through the roof. And we got what was advertised -- a perfect day for the kids to ride bikes…

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