KFAC, KFB to host 4th annual Be Ag-Wise educator training workshops this winter
SALINA - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack this week announced that USDA is seeking proposals for grants to improve water quality, air quality and promote energy conservation. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making available $25 million through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program to address natural resource concerns nationwide with a special emphasis on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and the Mississippi River Basin.
If you're even a casual observer of weather, you know the East Coast was brutalized with the season's first round of snow and blinding winds that brought the New York state region to its knees.
Mole and gopher control demonstration
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Nov. 5, announced that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin issuing Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP 08) and Conservation Security Program (CSP 02) payments this month to thousands of farmers and ranchers in all fifty states to help maintain and improve the natural resources on their land. The yearly contract payments totaling $500 million are authorized under the 2002 and 2008 Farm Bills. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers both programs.
WHEN DO THINGS GO DORMANT?
It seems like nearly every meeting and many conversations in farm country eventually work around to the question, how can I remain successful and continue farming?
Jenna Snell, sophomore at Ellinwood High School, will be representing Barton County at the Kansas Association of Conservation Districts (KACD) Annual Convention Nov. 22 in Wichita. Jenna competed in a speech contest against Bonnie Boulinghouse, sophomore at Great Bend High School. The topic was "Soil. Can You Dig It.?" Both girls did an excellent job of presenting their speeches and the judges admitted they had a tough job before them. The winner of the Barton County Conservation District speech contest receives a $300 scholarship upon being accepting by a college. If Jenna wins the competition in Wichita, she will receive ...
RICK'S AG ROUNDUP
Self absorbed. It's all about me. I am the center of the universe.
The 2010 Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) Annual Meeting will be held on Thurs., Nov. 18 in Wichita. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the Kansas Agri Business Expo at the Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center.
As the leaves on trees begin to change and evenings become shorter, farmers throughout Kansas are busy harvesting crops. While they are hard at work in the fields, farmers are also working hard to make a positive impact in their communities by participating in Monsanto Fund's America's Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM . This program offers farmers in more than 1,200 counties across 38 states, the unique opportunity to designate a $2,500 donation to their favorite local non-profit organization.
Sometimes common sense and fairness prevail.
Tin Man is qualified for the AQHA World Show in the Yearling Halter Stallion class. He is owned by Duane and Jeri Brozek of Brozek Quarter Horses of Ellinwood and is shown by George Brozek of Ellsworth. Tin Man's Sire is Blackbar Oriley and his Dam is Imagine Golden Tin all owned by
During the last couple months winter had a tight grip on Kansas countryside. Seemed like whenever I'd look outside my office window I saw gray clouds, large flakes of snow and trees blowing in a bitterly cold wind. This made it easy to dream about the spring thaw or the warm summer sun.
Kansas Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever will host the organization's fourth annual state habitat convention on March 7-8 at the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita. The two-day event is designed for landowners, conservationists and hunters interested in improving wildlife habitat, and will also celebrate and discuss avenues to increase Kansas' upland hunting tradition.
David C. Everitt, a former John Deere division president, will present "Combining business objectives, appropriate technology and social support programs to help feed a hungry world" at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, in Fiedler Hall Auditorium at Kansas State University.
This week I wanted to bring up one of my favorite subjects, soil sampling. I have started getting questions about this process, and anytime that the soil is not frozen; you can pull a sample for testing. One piece of information to think about is the soil will be wet and it will need to be dry to send off for testing. To do this, just allow the sample to air dry and do not use heat to help dry the sample since this will compromise the test results. If you have not had a soil test ran for your ...
This coming Tuesday evening, the advisory board for the Agriculture Program at Barton Community College meets with college personnel. Board members come from the agribusiness community, area farmers, representatives from K-State and FHSU, high school agriculture educators and administrators. In fact, every program in the Technical Division of the College has an advisory board.
Kansas State University researchers met with representatives from the Kansas Wheat Commission, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers, Kansas Wheat Alliance, and Kansas Crop Improvement Association, on Feb. 17-18. They presented updates on current research projects and outlined requests for future project funding.
With the warmer weather this past week, my thoughts turned to spring and the upcoming growing season. Right now, you can get a head start on your garden by planting frost-susceptible vegetables indoors. The seedlings can then be transplanted into the garden when weather permits.
Farmers and ranchers have always adhered to sound principles of animal care for their livestock.
A key concept taught in any economics class is the difference between an economic and a noneconomic good. The difference involves scarcity. In fact a concise definition of economics is "The study of the allocation of scarce resources between competing ends." Scarcity is simply defined as the amount of something that is available compared to the demand for that something. Any scarce good has economic value and the scarcer the good the greater that value is. And shortages of a good or resource increases its value. Many of us have seen this reflected in the prices paid when purchasing food ...
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