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6 horses in Finney County contract equine infectious anemia

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Six horses at a Finney County facility will be euthanized after becoming infected with equine infectious anemia. The Kansas Department of Agriculture said in a news release Friday that it was contacted this month about a...

 

Constipated gorilla in Kansas zoo recovering after surgery

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A constipated 49-year-old lowland gorilla at the Topeka Zoo in Kansas is recovering after having surgery. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that zoo Director Brendan Wiley says the procedure that Tiffany underwent Wednesday...

 

Heavy rains blamed for eastern Oklahoma train derailment

Sallisaw, Okla. (AP) — Heavy rains in eastern Oklahoma are believed to have caused a train to derail near Sallisaw. The Union Pacific train with two locomotives and about a dozen cars derailed about 6 a.m. Sunday just north of Highway 64, about...

 

Irrigation projects aimed at saving water supply in Kansas

Hutchinson, Kan. (AP) — Irrigation projects that aim to improve Kansas's diminishing underground water supply will be showcased across the state this month. The Hutchinson News reports that the state's more than 15 Water Technology Farms will show... Full story

 

Oklahoma gardener sells produce via the 'honor system'

Duncan, Okla. (AP) — One Duncan man is taking a leap of faith and trying something new when it comes to the iconic roadside produce stand. Inspired by farm stands seen across the country during his years in the trucking industry, as well as his... Full story

 
 By Erin Booke    Regional    August 11, 2017

Farm on grounds of State Fair of Texas helps feed homeless

DALLAS (AP) — Drew Demler is digging in a box of dirt in the middle of Fair Park. The Dallas Morning News reports he is harvesting potatoes — big, small, misshapen, one that even looks like a snowman — in a hotter-than-deep-fried parking lot...

 

Arkansas-based Heifer announces east Africa job program

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas-based Heifer International is announced a five-year program to help 25,000 people in east Africa start small businesses or find jobs in the agriculture industry. Heifer said Tuesday it is joining with Mastercard...

 

North Little Rock man grows fig market

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — In a state that produces more rice than any other and is near the top in poultry production, Marvin Smith of North Little Rock has the Arkansas fig market cornered. Smith has been in the fig business for 25 of his 75...

 

Arkansas panel formed to look at herbicide problems

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A task force has been formed in Arkansas to look at an herbicide that was temporarily banned by the state after facing hundreds of complaints from farmers who say it's caused damage to their crops. The Agriculture...

 
 By Lori Dunn    Regional    August 6, 2017

Texarkana horse and trainer win 4 world titles

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Cielos Electric Jac, known simply as "Jac" when he's home in the barn, is a stunning horse with his golden palomino coloring. But this recent world championship winner has a heart of gold also. "He is very sweet natured....

 
 By James Beaty    Regional    August 6, 2017

Man journeys through several states on horse

MCALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Lawrence Ferguson has lived every cowboy's dream by literally riding off into the sunset. These days, he's more likely to hit the road when the sun rises, except for an occasional day or two off so he and his horse can rest...

 

USDA farmland values show Iowa up 1.9 percent, Nebraska down

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The latest farm real estate values are out and the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the average acre of farmland in Iowa rose 1.9 percent from a year ago to $8,000 an acre, returning to the same value posted in 2015....

 

Texas rice farmers hope for increased trade opportunities

RAYWOOD, Texas (AP) — Ray Stoesser rumbled around his quiet green fields in a mud-caked SUV, noting the minute gradations of the land, which is subtly terraced to allow water to flow downhill, irrigating the fields in slow succession. "We're going...

 
 By Anna Brett    Regional    August 4, 2017

Hmong farmers in Missouri expand farming approaches

ROCKY COMFORT, Mo. (AP) — Fue Yang was born in a refugee camp in Thailand. His family immigrated to the United States in 1980 when Yang was a month old. His parents, who fled Laos in the late 1970s, spoke little English, but Yang learned it early i...

 
 By Tess Vrbin    Regional    August 4, 2017

University of Missouri research team evaluates crops

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — At Bradford Research Center on the outskirts of Columbia, the rows of tomato and pepper plants are dwarfed by the neighboring cornfield. However, within those rows are 95 varieties of tomatoes and 72 varieties of peppers. "I...

 

Test shows eastern New Mexico alpaca died of West Nile

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — An Iowa lab confirmed West Nile virus was responsible for the recent death of an alpaca in eastern New Mexico. Windrush Alpacas owner Rosemary Metcalf told The Eastern New Mexico News reports (https://goo.gl/UdVSES) that the...

 

New Mexico cow shootings sparks serial cattle killer fears

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — The fatal shootings of several cows in southeastern New Mexico have sparked fears of a serial cattle killer running loose. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports (https://goo.gl/ccEvFd) Eddy County Sheriff's Office announced this...

 

Kansas guide sentenced for violating hunting laws

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The owner of a southeast Kansas hunting guide company pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation for violating state and federal hunting laws. U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said in a news release that 35-year-old Josh Hedges, of...

 

Man ordered tried in Kansas killing of sister of slain woman

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man has been ordered to stand trial in the shooting death of the sister of a girl whose kidnapping 17 years earlier sparked a massive manhunt before she was found dead in Missouri. A judge in Kansas' Wyandotte...

 

Would-be fly tiers learning from student's year off

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Austin Wilkes dropped two hooks on the meeting room table upstairs at Bass Pro Shops on Thursday evening — one for himself, one for his student. Roles and ages were reversed here. Wilkes, a college student, was teaching...

 
 By David Pitt    Regional    July 28, 2017

Worsening drought conditions in parts of US stressing crops

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drought conditions worsened in several states over the past week from extreme heat and weeks with little rain, raising the prospect that grocery staples such as bread and beans could cost more as the region that produces...

 
 By Vida Volkert    Regional    July 27, 2017

Ramah farmers continue to fight against numerous challenges

RAMAH, N.M. (AP) — After church service Sunday in late February, Tucker Simons drove with his wife and their two baby daughters to Ramah Lake, and they were surprised to see water up to the boat ramps. "I got excited," Simons, 33, a teacher at the...

 

Poultry mogul Bo Pilgrim dies at age 89

PITTSBURG, Texas (AP) — Lonnie "Bo" Pilgrim, who grew a one-time feed store into the world's largest poultry producer before losing the company in bankruptcy, has died at 89. A statement on the Erman Smith Funeral Home website says Pilgrim died...

 

Texas leads US in foreign-bought agricultural land

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has led the nation over the last 10 years in foreign purchases of its agricultural land, raising concerns about food security. Data obtained by the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting found foreign companies and...

 

Oklahoma dad and kids known as 'River Monster' tamers

PRAGUE, Okla. (AP) — Flathead catfish are the hardheaded, whiskered, muscle-bound, slick rulers of their watery domain, but one young Oklahoma family grows and thrives on showing Mr. Whiskers who really is the boss. Nathan Williams, 30, and his boy...

 

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