Gaylord News is a reporting project of the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Gaylord News

Gaylord News is a reporting project of the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Gaylord News

Gaylord News is a reporting project of the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Gaylord News

Iurie, Samantha, Evelina and Kelsey, with Moldova sunflowers. (Photo courtesy of Kelsey Walters)

War in Ukraine hurting Oklahoma wheat farmers

Analyse Jester and Lisa Maslovskaya March 27, 2024

From a farm in Oklahoma to growing wheat in Moldova, Kelsey Walters is now looking to her past to secure her future. Walters grew up on her family's sixth-generation farm in western Oklahoma. She graduated...

Cody Smith, a policy analyst with the Iowa Environmental Council, said he thinks that renewable energy sources such as solar and wind will continue to grow in Iowa. Ireland Fitzer/Gaylord News

Agriculture and energy were key topics during Iowa caucus season

Madeline Cantrell January 15, 2024

DES MOINES, Iowa – In a state where cornfields dominate the landscape and wind turbines pop up like crops, farming and energy are issues that rise to the forefront during caucus season. Cody Smith,...

Oklahoma Representative Frank Lucas (R, Cheyenne) is the longest-serving member of the House Committee on Agriculture and has had a hand in writing every Farm Bill since 1996. Julia Manipella/Gaylord News

Farm bill may not pass by end of year

Maddy Keyes November 8, 2023

WASHINGTON —  With just days until the country faces another potential government shutdown, it appears unlikely that Congress will pass a new Farm Bill before current funding expires at the end of the...

New restrictions could be in store for the Salt Fork Red River in Oklahoma’s Cotton County. (Gaylord News Photo/Will Blessing)

Oklahoma officials warn new WOTUS rule poses complications for farmers

Noah Mack February 24, 2023

WASHINGTON - Oklahoma officials are challenging a new rule that expands federal regulation of water bodies over concern for its effect on the nation’s farmers. This new rule, effective March 20, will...

Three generations of the Heinrich Family in front of his diesel-powered combine. Gaylord News/Provided

Diesel shortage rubs salt in wounds of already struggling Oklahoma farmers

Zoë Blume November 23, 2022

As if this year hasn’t been rough enough on the agriculture community, Oklahoma farmers can now add “global diesel shortage” to their hardship bingo card for the year of 2022. Just weeks after...

Jimmy Kinder’s farm in Walters. Kinder said if water from his ponds were to spill into Deep Red Creek, then Cache Creek and into the Red River, he could be subject to federal regulation under the Obama-era ruling. Photo provided by Jimmy Kinder.

Oklahoma farmers relieved following upholding of water rule

Joseph Tomlinson, Reporter February 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — Oklahoma farmers expressed optimism about the Senate’s 51-49 vote to uphold the Trump administration’s Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which replaced an Obama-era regulation farmers...

The canopy at Green Sky Pharms in Kingfisher, Okla.. Photo courtesy of Chris McAlvain.

Day of reckoning looms for medical marijuana license holders

Wendy Weitzel, Reporter June 11, 2020

KINGFISHER, Okla. – Chris McAlvain and Matt Blackwood were going by the books on their first crop – especially with their combined savings on the line. They did their research, paid for their license,...

A field of wheat in northern Dewey County, Oklahoma. Wheat watchers are expecting a good harvest despite some fears of loss due to a recent freeze. More should be known later in the week, according to Oklahoma Wheat Commission executive director Mike Schulte.

Wheat farmers may be left out of stimulus payments

Hogan Gore, Gaylord News April 27, 2020

Tucked inside the $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package signed into law nearly a month ago are funds designed to help farmers, ranchers and the food supply chain to survive the pandemic’s blow. But...

Cattlemen scrape by while processors reap the profit

Cattlemen scrape by while processors reap the profit

Brooklyn Wayland April 23, 2020

The Mid America Stockyards in Bristow, Oklahoma, sits nearly empty as cattlemen bear the brunt of a troubling time in the agriculture industry on Thursday, April 23, 2020. Processors and packers seem to...

Oklahoma farmers holding bag while waiting for tariff resolution

Emma Keith, Reporter October 2, 2018

As the Trump administration rolls out federal aid for the agriculture industry caught in an escalating international trade war, Oklahoma farmers are waiting for a permanent solution to an uncertain future. Tariffs...

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