Great Plains (IA KS ND NE MO SD)

Climate Change May Force More Farmers And Ranchers To Costly Irrigation

"The Texas ranch where Gilda Jackson trains and sells horses has been plagued by grasshoppers this year, a problem that only gets worse when the hatch quickens in times of heat and drought."

Source: AP, 08/24/2023

"Raid of Small Kansas Newspaper Raises Free Press Concerns"

"A small town in Kansas has become a battleground over the First Amendment, after the local police force and county sheriff’s deputies raided the office of The Marion County Record." "The search of Marion County Record’s office led to the seizure of computers, servers and cellphones of reporters and editors."

Source: NYTimes, 08/14/2023
August 24, 2023

AHCJ Rural Health Journalism Workshop

Join the Association of Health Care Journalists in Kansas City for this workshop with the theme "The 5 Most Urgent Conversations About Rural Health." Scholarships are available for Kansas- and Missouri-based journalists that can assist with mileage, registration and one hotel night. Registration closes Aug 11.


"Meteorologist Who Was Threatened Over Climate Coverage to Leave Job"

"The chief meteorologist of a television news station in Iowa said this week that he was leaving his job to start a career in science, citing in large part the post-traumatic stress disorder that he said he had suffered after he was threatened last year over his on-air coverage of climate change."

Source: NYTimes, 06/23/2023

Both Sides Now — How Permitting Reform May Affect Fossil Fuel, Clean Energy Industries

It’s a political knot with the potential to tangle the fossil energy industry, the clean energy industry … or both. Environmental journalists looking to better report on the impacts of permitting reform can start with our latest Backgrounder, which explores the issue’s recent history and the competing visions that have stalled changes. There’s also the “backroom problem.” Plus, get a rundown of key actors.

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"Some Farmers Resent Ethanol Industry’s Push For Carbon Pipelines"

"Craig Schaunaman, who farms thousands of acres, has been invested in the ethanol industry since its early days and even served on the board of an ethanol plant. But a carbon-capture pipeline supported by dozens of ethanol plants would cross his land, and he’s against it, even though ethanol officials say the pipeline is crucial to the future viability of the industry.

Source: States Newsroom, 05/08/2023

Flooding on Upper Mississippi River To Halt Barge Traffic For Weeks: USDA

"All barge traffic will be halted across a wide swath of the Upper Mississippi River for weeks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday, as record winter snowfall in the upper Midwest is now melting and flooding into waterways."

Source: Reuters, 04/28/2023


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