KJAN Programs

Heartbeat Today 3-15-2018

Heartbeat Today, Podcasts

March 15th, 2018 by Jim Field

Jim Field visits with Steve Livengood about his program Sunday at 2:00pm at the American Legion Memorial Building in Atlantic.  Steve will talk about “Things That Make You Go – Boom!”  It will focus on ordnance used from World War I to the present as an introduction to US military high explosives.


Red Flag Warning for parts of southwest Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

March 14th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service has issued a “Red Flag Warning,” for the southwest corner of Iowa. The warning currently affects Fremont and Page Counties, where potentially dangerous fire weather conditions will exist this afternoon. The warning is in effect from 1-p.m. today until 7-p.m.

Gusty southwest winds (at 15-to 25-mph) combined with low relative humidity values and dry fuels, will result in dangerous fire weather conditions across parts of southeastern Nebraska and southwestern Iowa this afternoon. As temperatures climb well into the 60s today, humidity levels will drop below 20 percent. These low relative humidity values, along with southwest winds gusting to 25 mph, will make any fires that develop difficult to control.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior.

Iowa officials set new goals for helping monarch butterflies

Ag/Outdoor, News

March 14th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials have set new goals for monarch butterfly habitat to help keep the insect from being listed as an endangered species. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Iowa Department of Natural Resources wants to have 480,000 to 830,000 acres of habitat across the state. That’s room for about 127 million to 188 million new milkweed stems, which is the only plant monarch butterflies lay their eggs on. The goal: plant about double Iowa’s estimated amount of milkweed.

It would be part of a national effort to get 1.3 billion new milkweed stems for the monarch’s migration. Resources department director Chuck Gipp told station KCRG that, without adequate action to increase the monarch numbers, it could get listed. Iowan landowners then would have to contend with national species protection laws.

Semitrailer filled with hogs tips over in Des Moines

Ag/Outdoor, News

March 14th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a semitrailer filled with hogs tipped over on a northeast Des Moines interstate exit, forcing 10 of the injured animals to be euthanized. Lt. Rich Blaylock of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office says the truck was leaving Interstate 80 around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday when it tipped. The driver wasn’t injured.

Tom Colvin with the Animal Rescue League of Iowa says around 140 hogs had to be removed from the trailer, and 10 had to be euthanized. He also says it’s possible some hogs had died by the time veterinarians and volunteers arrived to get them out of the trailer.

A makeshift fence was used to guide the hogs into another trailer after they got out of the damaged trailer.

Cass County Extension Report 3-14-2018

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

March 14th, 2018 by Jim Field

w/Kate Olson.


Beef packer says sales to China ‘going well’


March 14th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

An official with the beef production plant, which became the FIRST to ship beef to China when that market reopened last summer, says sales to the country are going well. Jerry Wiggs is the senior director of export sales and marketing for Greater Omaha Packing Company. “Like any new market, it has its challenges,” Wiggs said. “However, if I do a comparison of where I was in the first eight months of, say, shipping to Europe, compared to where we are eight months into shipping beef to China, we are probably a 1,000-percent more…shipping into China than what we were into the European Union.”

Many cattle producers in southwest Iowa supply animals to the Omaha facility. According to Wiggs, there’s great potential for U.S. beef in China because of its growing middle class population. “I’ve been to China now three times in the last six months and it is amazing the growth that is going (on) over there,” Wiggs said. Mexico is one of Greater Omaha Packing’s biggest customers. Wiggs claims the disputes over NAFTA and the border wall, so far, have not hurt their business with Mexico. One of the company’s fastest growing markets for beef, according to Wiggs, is the Middle East – especially Saudi Arabia. “The beef into Saudi Arabia – it’s been legal to ship there for a while, but they put up some regulations that a lot of the packers…aren’t willing to jump through some of these hoops,” Wiggs said. “A lot of times we’re willing to do what, say, a major beef packer may not be willing to do.”

The Greater Omaha Packing Company processes around 2,300 head of cattle per day and employs over 1,000 people. The company ships beef to all 50 states and 70 countries around the world.

(Radio Iowa)

Alliant Energy and Trees Forever help Iowa communities save energy

Ag/Outdoor, News

March 13th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

For nearly 30 years, Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility and Trees Forever have partnered through Branching Out to help Iowa communities plant a diverse mix of trees. These efforts have allowed trees to live longer and provide decades of energy savings to those communities.  Thanks to the latest round of Branching Out grants, 35 communities will complete 38 tree-planting projects this spring. More than $150,400 in grant money was awarded. Additional projects will be funded after another round of grant applicants submit fall proposals, which are due June 1st.

Among the area grant recipients:

  • Atlantic received a $3,030 grant for the Schildberg Quarry City Park
  • Creston received $9,900 for the Greater Regional Hospital, Harmony Cemetery, Southwester Community College, High Lakes shooting range, the middle- and elementary schools.
  • Greenfield received $1,600 for the East Elementary School, Adair County Health and Fitness Center, Purdy Sports complex, the Greenfield Manor, and along the streets.

Branching Out is an energy efficiency program that brings together community volunteers, Trees Forever and Alliant Energy. Community leaders create specific tree-planting projects, and Alliant Energy provides funding for the trees. Experts from Trees Forever assist in the correct placement, planting and care of the trees for energy efficiency and aesthetic appeal. Doug Kopp, president of Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility says, “When you plant a tree, you’re creating a legacy. Fifteen years from now you can come back and see what you’ve done and it is impressive. These trees provide a benefit to the community in terms of energy efficiency and carbon reduction for years to come and we’re proud to be a part of it.”

“Our efforts help trees live longer!” said Meredith Borchardt, Trees Forever program manager. “Branching Out helps community volunteers select the best species for each location. Then we assist each community in developing a care and maintenance plan to help ensure these trees will live for decades. That’s important because the energy savings continue to grow as the trees get older and older.”

Backyard & Beyond 3-13-2018

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

March 13th, 2018 by Jim Field

LaVon Eblen visits with Deb Leistad about BPW fund raisers and scholarships.


Ground Beef-Dressing Casserole (3-13-2018)

Mom's Tips

March 13th, 2018 by Jim Field

  • 1 1/4 lb. ground beef
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package Stove Top dressing mix (chicken or regular)
  • 1 can cream soup (chicken or mushroom)
  • 1/2 cup milk

Combine ground beef, 1/4 cup milk, onion, salt and pepper.  Place half of mixture in a 1 1/2 quart casserole.  Mix dressing as directed on package.  Spread dressing over the beef mixture; top with remaining beef mixture.  Mix soup and 1/2 cup milk; pour over entire mixture.  Bake at 325 degrees for about an hour.  Variation:  one can of vegetables may be added to center layer.

(Linda Havens)

Heartbeat Today 3-13-2018

Heartbeat Today, Podcasts

March 13th, 2018 by Jim Field

Jim Field visits with Charlene Johnson and Karla Akers of the Atlantic Kiwanis Club about their childhood hunger program.