"Connecting Cows, Carbon and Carrots: Making Sense of Our Food Future"
NITRATES AND PRUSSIC ACID
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Dave White recently announced the ranking period cut-off date for producer applications in NRCS' Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) has been extended to Jan. 7, 2011.
The deadline to sign up for the 2011 EQIP funding is Nov. 15. This program pays producers to set aside irrigation during the contract period. Producers applying through this program are eligible for $150 per acre for a four year contract-payment for three years.
The Beef Marketing Group (BMG) hosted a training seminar with Tyson Fresh Meats to educate transportation companies and feedlot personnel on BMG policies related to cattle transport; current outside industry pressures; accountability; transport regulations; low-stress handling; and emergency action plans. The training seminar was held Oct. 20 in Lyons.
The cattle business is no place to be below average. In 2009, there was a $357 per cow difference in net return between top-third Kansas producers and those in the bottom third. Higher costs were the 800-lb. gorilla in the pasture for the least profitable operations and, among those, feed expense took a King Kong-size bite out of profits.
They say you should never talk about politics or religion. I'm sure I have been guilty on both counts. This really isn't about politics though; it's about keeping and growing strong extension programs.
The 78th Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS) offered numerous learning opportunities and rewards for exhibitors. During the state's largest youth livestock show, held September 24-27 in Wichita, 626 4-H and FF A members from 84 counties competed for auction premiums and scholarships by exhibiting 1,216 head of livestock. Major sponsors of the show are the Kansas Livestock Association, Kansas State University and the AgriBusiness Council of Wichita.
Sweet potatoes are one of the most nutritious vegetables we have. I did not grow any this year but quite a number of you gardeners out there did. I really like the taste so if you have any you want to get rid of, you can bring me a few.
Out of sight, out of mind, that's how I usually operate. We don't have much bluegrass in our area, so after several calls on brown looking bluegrass lately that didn't have grubs; I am suspecting we have some bluegrass sod webworm activity. However, I didn't pick up on this right away because it has been several years since I personally have seen it.
In communities across Kansas, farmers' markets continue to offer homegrown and homemade products. Everything from freshly picked fruits and vegetables to mouthwatering baked goods, fresh eggs, beef, lamb, pork, colorful flower arrangements and assorted bedding plants.
Kansas Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Coordinator Jeff Sutton, Marysville, leaves this week on an intensive three-week agricultural fellowship in Germany.
You don't have to go past Great Bend to remember tragic ATV accidents attached to names like Gavin Neuforth and Landon Unruh. Not much farther away, an 8 year-old boy died in an ATV accident near Sterling this past spring.
With preliminary data in, quality traits of the 2010 Kansas wheat crop were a pleasant surprise, according to the annual Wheat Quality Report released Sept. 2 by the Kansas Agriculture Statistics.
Century Farm Honorees Morgenstern Cooperation members, Don Morgenstern, Loretta Demel Morgenstern, and Jerry Morgenstern
TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Agriculture Friday announced the result of the elections held for the state's five grain commodity commissions – corn, grain sorghum, soybeans, sunflowers and wheat in districts Four, Five and Six in the central region of the state.
MANHATTAN – Lee Borck, Chairman of Innovative Livestock Services Inc., was recognized March 6 as Kansas Stockman of the Year at a banquet in Manhattan. The award is presented annually by the Livestock and Meat Industry Council at Kansas State University.
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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