TOPEKA –Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Wednesday announced grants for more than 900 agricultural producers and rural small businesses across the country to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in their operations, including two area farmers. Vilsack made the announcement as part of President Obama's rural economic bus tour in the Midwest where today he highlighted efforts underway to reduce our country's dependence on foreign oil, which will increase the economic competitiveness of rural America and promote job creation.
Dr. Victor L. Martin
Adrian J. Polansky, State Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Kansas, reminds producers that Sept. 1, is the application closing date for certain crops under the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). Crops eligible for NAP benefits are limited to those not insurable in the county and are produced for food or fiber.
WASHINGTON – After a brief reprieve in 2009, last year farm production expenditures resumed an upward trend. In 2010, U.S. farmers reported spending $289 billion to produce agricultural products, up from $287.4 billion in the prior year. The Farm Production Expenditures 2010 summary released on Aug. 2 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) provides national, regional and Crop and Livestock farm expenditures.
First a correction from last week regarding double-cropping called to my attention by a reader of the column.. I referred to fall planted wheat after corn or beans as double-cropping. A better description is continuous cropping. Double cropping would be soybeans or milo planted after wheat harvest. For the purpose of this column it's not a huge deal but if you're in government programs or need crop insurance, it's important. Generally, double-cropping isn't an "accepted" practice while continuous cropping would be, so double-cropping as defined by certain agencies falls outside government programs and isn't able ...
Ever have an 11-year-old farmer's daughter give you a tour of their farm?
MANHATTAN – Adrian J. Polansky, state executive director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Kansas announced this week that emergency haying of Conservation Reserve Program acreage has been approved for Elk, Ellsworth, Greenwood, Scott, Sumner, Wilson and Woodson counties; and CRP emergency grazing has been approved for Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Cowley, Elk, Greely, Greenwood, Labette, Lyon, Montgomery, Morris, Neosho, Sedgwick, Sumner, Wilson and Woodson counties.
On Thursday, July 28, the Great Bend Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development introduced Darren Dale to the Great Bend community for the second time. The first time Dale was publicly introduced was at the press conference in mid-July announcing his involvement in bringing the Great Bend Farm and Ranch Expo to the community on an annual basis starting next April. This time, however, he was introduced to a select group of community members who have been pivotal in the success of the Great Bend show in the past.
Dr. Victor L. Martin
The Kansas Department of Agriculture is making positive changes to better serve Kansas agriculture and consumers. The Department of agriculture now includes a Division of Animal Health, Division of Conservation and Ag Marketing program. These changes, which became effective July 1, are the result of Gov. Sam Brownback issuing an Executive Reorganization Order to move the State Conservation Commission, the Animal Health Department and the Agriculture Marketing Division of the Department of Commerce into the Department of Agriculture.
Women in Ag will be the focus of a program to be held in Tonganoxie on Aug. 24 at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds, Hwy 16 and Fairgrounds Road. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m., meal served at 6 p.m., and the program starts at 6:45 p.m.
It is common knowledge that planning to conserve natural resources is a good idea and the right thing to do. But did you know that conservation planning also makes good business sense? If you develop and implement a conservation plan you may receive priority status when and if you decide to apply for certain Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs. Also, it is one of the best tools around to help you assess and inventory your resources so you can make better decisions to help you reach your land use and natural resource goals subsequently improving your bottom line.
By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
Dr. Victor L. Martin
I have been accused of being a bit of a pessimist from time to time. From an early age, many teachers and professors drilled into my head to "Hope for the best and prepare for the worst." If you have read these columns over the last few months I tried to objectively lay out what options were available, depending on the weather. My prognosis was that this was going to be one of those summers that we haven't experienced in a long, long time and that it was too risky for dryland double cropping and that many of the ...
Rich Felts, a Montgomery County farmer, was elected president of Kansas Farm Bureau this month, replacing Steve Baccus, who served in the position since 2002.
Record keeping for a 4-H livestock project might involve collecting receipts from the feed store in an envelope or making notes on a feed sack in the barn. But, a new venture for 4-H-a livestock project record app-is allowing members to use their smart devices to keep easier track of their records.
File this under the heading of, who would have ever thunk it?
Many people look forward to Christmas time and the smell of a fresh cut evergreen tree can bring back the happy memories of Christmas past. If you have not picked out your perfect tree for this season, here are a few tips about picking one out. Bringing home a tree is not the end of the work though. Proper care for the tree once it is in your house may help it stay looking good throughout the holiday season.
Two K-State Corn Production Management Schools will be offered in early January 2015 in northeast and central Kansas. Each school will provide in-depth training targeted for corn producers. Primary sponsors of the schools include the Kansas Corn Commission and DuPont Pioneer.
The year isn't even over yet but planning for the 2015 crop year is already underway. You can see it by browsing over a list of all the schools and meetings coming over the next few weeks and months. Meetings are conducted by K-State, other public entities like the FSA and NRCS, local agribusiness, larger agriculture companies, and various producer groups. The purpose is to review what was learned over the last year, discover what is new on the horizon, receive continuing education for various licenses, and plan for the next year. Here let's take it a bit ...
A research project in the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine presents the largest model to date for evaluating the impact and control of a potential outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in livestock.
Farmers and ranchers have always adhered to sound principles of animal husbandry while providing the best care for their livestock. Society's views on animal welfare, on the other hand, continue to evolve.
K-State Research and Extension is offering these events, available to all interested persons. For more information about these, as well as more localized events, check with your local K-State Research and Extension office.
Today more than 380 Farm Bureau members of Kansas wrapped up business for their farm organization after debating and adopting policy statements for 2015. These policies will now become the organization's roadmap for the 2015 legislative session.
It certainly seems like there is a day for everything. In case you wondered, today is National Cotton Candy Day, Tuesday is National Pastry Day, and Dec. 21, is National Flashlight Day. One day you may have missed this past Friday was World Soil Day, a day to highlight the importance of soils in our lives. While that may seem a bit weird, the purpose is to call attention to the vital role soils play in our lives since we tend to either take soil for granted or simply not consider soil at all. So why does soil matter enough ...
From the phone calls that I have received over the last year, I have found that volunteer trees can be a nuisance around homes, yards and fields. This week I thought that I would share an article by Ward Upham I found about nuisance trees and ways to remove them from your landscape. This is a chore that may be done as long as the temperatures are above freezing, so it can be accomplished on a nice winter day if you want an excuse to be outside.
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