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 By Amy Bickel    Regional    June 25, 2017

Hutchinson family's love of earth extends to next generation

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — From the top of Norman Roth's combine, it looked like a crop of a lifetime. It's day two of the annual wheat harvest, The Hutchinson News (http://bit.ly/2sjZAdi ) reported. Rolling amber waves stretched for a mile across...

 

Report: Kansas wheat harvest nearly half finished

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The winter wheat harvest has almost reached the halfway mark in Kansas. That is the word Monday from the National Agricultural Statistics Service. The agency says the 48 percent now harvested in the state, about average for...

 

New Mexico water official moves to clarify ranchers' rights

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top water manager has fired the latest salvo in a battle with the federal government over the protection of an endangered mouse and the barring of livestock from certain streams and watering holes on national...

 

Arkansas panel approves temporary ban on herbicide

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas took the first steps Friday toward temporarily banning the sale and use of an herbicide that has prompted hundreds of complaints and a federal lawsuit from farmers who say it has caused widespread damage to crops....

 
 By Jim Suhr    Regional    June 23, 2017

Kansas jury awards $218M to farmers in Syngenta GMO suit

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas federal jury awarded nearly $218 million on Friday to farmers who sued Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its introduction of a genetically engineered corn seed variety. Syngenta vowed to appeal the verdict...

 

Chimpanzee dies in fall from tree at the Kansas City Zoo

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Zoo says a 31-year-old male chimpanzee died in an accidental fall from a tree. The zoo said Wednesday the chimp, called Bahati, climbed a tree while interacting with other chimps. He fell to the ground after...

 
 By Wendy Burton    Regional    June 18, 2017

Missouri woman donates miniature horses to Cherokee Nation

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — A teenage boy excitedly plopped a box of horse-grooming tools in the grass and announced, "Here's the stuff we need to take care of their hooves," before dropping to his knees and holding out a carrot for Kiss-Me Katie, one...

 

Report: Kansas wheat harvest on track compared to year ago

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A government report shows the Kansas winter wheat harvest is mostly on track compared to this time a year ago. The National Agricultural Statistics Service estimated on Monday that 22 percent of the wheat in the state has been...

 

Oklahoma City agency investigates tiger, bear petting zoo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City agency is investigating a petting zoo at a local mall where customers can pay to play with tiger cubs and other baby animals. The Oklahoman (http://bit.ly/2s5rcTp ) reports the Neon Jungle petting zoo opened...

 

Arkansas lawmakers criticize Trump shifting Cuba policy

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Members of Arkansas' congressional delegation criticized President Donald Trump's decision to restore some travel and economic restrictions that were lifted under his predecessor, saying the move will hurt efforts to open...

 

Herbicide ruins state-funded soybean field in Arkansas

KEISER, Ark. (AP) — The herbicide dicamba has ruined about 100 acres of soybeans at a state-funded agriculture experiment station in northeastern Arkansas. Northeast Research and Extension Center Director Chuck Wilson told the Arkansas...

 

Farmer running for east Arkansas congressional seat

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A "semi-retired" rancher and farmer who hasn't sought political office before said Tuesday he's challenging an Arkansas Republican congressman as a Democrat next year. Mike Nelson said he is seeking the party's nomination...

 
 By Kanak Jha    Regional    June 11, 2017

Arizona residents prove roses can grow in desert heat

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. (AP) — When you think roses, you might think California. But last year, Arizona exported about 75 percent of the rosebushes in the U.S., local rose grower Tyler Francis said. People may think roses can't grow in the desert...

 

USDA expects drop in Kansas winter wheat yield

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture expects this year's Kansas winter wheat crop to drop 35 percent from last year. The department on Friday said Kansas winter wheat farmers are expected to bring in 304 million bushels this...

 

Kansas man catches 62-pound catfish

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A fisherman in eastern Kansas has reeled in a 62-pound flathead catfish from the Kansas River. The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/2s7DrzS ) reports that Travis Fager of Lawrence caught the giant catfish after midnight on...

 

Kansas hog farm fire burns worker, kills thousands of pigs

LONG ISLAND, Kan. (AP) — A fire at a north-central Kansas hog farm has injured a worker and killed 9,000 animals. Phillips County sheriff's deputy Pat Hewitt says the fire started about 11:20 a.m. Tuesday at a barn for sows and piglets at Husky...

 

Richardson helped broker deal to provide care for chimps

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson helped broker a deal that provides long-term care for chimpanzees in northern Liberia that were part of a research colony. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (http://bit.ly/2rq3UHf) that...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    June 4, 2017

Actor Alan Cumming asks Missouri facility to give up chimp

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Actor Alan Cumming is worried about an old co-star — a chimpanzee named Tonka — and he's asking a Missouri facility housing the animal to move Tonka and other chimps to an accredited sanctuary. Cumming, 52, is a British-born...

 

Report: Quarter of Kansas wheat in poor, very poor condition

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The latest government update shows a quarter of the winter wheat crop in Kansas is in poor to very poor condition. The National Agricultural Statistics Service on Tuesday reported that 30 percent of the state's wheat is rated...

 

Elevators scrambling as Kansas wheat harvest nears

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Grain elevators across Kansas are feverishly working to move last year's grain out to make room for the new winter wheat crop as another harvest nears. Kansas Grain and Feed Association executive director Tom Tunnell says...

 

NMSU hopes to not close agricultural science centers

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University is not closing any of its 12 agricultural science centers in the state -- at least not yet. The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences conducted a self-evaluation of the...

 
 By Chance Hoener    Regional    May 26, 2017

Groups come together to open Kansas high tunnel

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Members from Live Well Crawford County, Kansas State University Research and Extension, the Career and Technical Education Center of Crawford County and the Crawford County Commission officially cut the ribbon on the high...

 

Kansas woman fights to keep state fair champion lamb title

WASHINGTON, Kan. (AP) — A northern Kansas woman is fighting a decision by state fair officials to strip her champion lamb title and winnings because of alleged performance enhancement. Kansas State University student Gabryelle Gilliam's market...

 

Ex-Oklahoma Beef Council accountant pleads guilty to fraud

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former accountant for the Oklahoma Beef Council has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $2.6 million from the nonprofit organization. Court records show 45-year-old Melissa Day Morton of Edmond pleaded guilty Wednesday to...

 

New Mexico to honor dryland farming pioneer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is honoring a dryland farming pioneer. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2qIFlpk ) that the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division and the Department of Transportation will dedicate a state...

 

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