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    It's Amazing the Things You Find by Accident

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 26, 2010

    A friend of my insisted I needed to check out Fox News windbag Glenn Beck's quiz that would tell me once and for all what my political beliefs are. For the record, there really isn't much doubt in my mind about my stand on most anything, but I dutifully logged on so I could share how I did on the quiz. But I never got further than the big banner that popped up immediately offering me a "New Survival Seed Bank" that would let me plant a "Full Acre Crisis Garden." For the bargain price…

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    Good News for Farmers as Atrazine Lawsuit Stumbles

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 24, 2010

    The plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the manufacturer and distributor of the popular herbicide, Atrazine, have voluntarily dropped more allegations from their lawsuit. Tuesday's withdrawal of claims related to real estate damage, marks the fourth time the suit has been amended to reduce claims. The suit in Madison County, Ill., is the first filed in the U.S. against the 50-year-old chemical, though lawyers have made a push in other cities trying to win support for a class…

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    What a Delight to See New Group Take On HSUS

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 23, 2010

    I was delighted to see a press release about HumaneWatch.org, a new watchdog website that will provide commentary and analylsis about the activities of the Humane Society of the United States. Those of use in animal agriculture have long known the organization does nothing for the pitiful dogs and cats it shows in the television ads it runs trying to garner donations. The Center for Consumer Freedom, which is launching HumaneWatch, says HSUS raised $100 million last year, mostly from…

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    More Sleet and More Snow, Are You Kidding?

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 20, 2010

    We are being covered by a shiny new layer of ice even as I write. All day, there have been periodic showers of sleet that have mostly melted because the ground was too warm from yesterday's hint of spring for today's blast of winter to stick. But now, with temperatures falling below freezing for the overnight, we're in for a new band of moisture that turns the surface of everything into a slippery slope. Poor plants. What are they to think when we swing from "time to bloom" to "cover up…

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    News on New Product Lines Encouraging

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 18, 2010

    It was so encouraging today to attend the Pioneer One Forum in Wichita and hear about the research going on and the attention being paid to what farmers will need next spring and next year after that and the year after that. In a time of uncertain weather conditions, uncertain supplies of water and uncertain federal and state regulation, it is good to know that major seed companies are aware of the challenges that farmers face moving forward and are attempting to address meeting those…

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    Government Regulation and the Strangulation of Business

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 7, 2010

    I was engaged in a conversation with a friend today who asked an intriguing question: precisely what regulations from government do the most harm to American business, especially agricultural business, enterprises? I hear a lot of complaining about "government interference" and "government over-regulation" but specifics are not often mentioned. So I wondered, what is your most hated regulation? Share here and we'll all compare notes. Are there maybe laser-aimed efforts we could make…

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    Message of Climate Change Meetings Disturbing

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 5, 2010

    Climate specialists speaking in Wichita and Hays this week said many things are uncertain about what will happen to Kansas as the Earth's temperature continues to rise. Nobody knows if there will be more rain or less rain, or about the same rain, which on the surface sounds reassuring. But the reality is, no matter what happens with precipitation, the result of higher temperatures and higher carbon dioxide in the air equals more, lusher, richer plant growth. And that sounds great. Except…

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    Kansas Winter is Challenging but Beautiful

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 5, 2010

    This is strange weather. Fortunately, we have missed the really dangerous stuff such as black ice and falling power lines. What we have instead is the amazing beauty of the landscape shrouded in frozen fog or dusted with snow. I have had the good fortune to be driving across the Kansas landscape from east to west and north to south multiple times in the last couple of weeks as I talk to this year's class of Master Farmer/Master Farm Homemakers. As always, I am amazed at the unique beauty…

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    Impact of Climate Change from Any Source Could Hit Kansas Hard

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     by P.J. Griekspoor
     on February 3, 2010

    The Kansas Division of Water Resources and the Kansas Water Office, with some help from Kansas State University,  are holding a couple of informational and educational events in Wichita and Hays today and tomorrow. It is a challenging issue, especially when you realize that as the industrialized world, no matter how decimated our economy becomes trying to fight nature, we are going to be expected to clean up whatever mess occurs. Will things get as bad as the forecast? Will they be…

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