Seems a long time ago my mother told me about one of her first Christmas celebrations. The Christmas was 1930 and she would have been six years old.
MANHATTAN – More than 400 farmers and ranchers between the ages of 18 and 35 will gather next month in Wichita to network, learn and help position themselves as leaders in agriculture and rural Kansas.
The Kansas Farm Bureau annual meeting was held Nov. 19-20 in Manhattan.
ANALYZE YOUR FIELDS NOW
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.
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Eric B. Banks, announced an application evaluation cutoff date of Nov. 21, for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
One hundred years ago, Dr. Norman Borlaug was born. His semi-dwarf, disease-resistant wheat spurred the Green Revolution and saved more than a billion lives from starvation. It is fitting that the 2014 World Food Prize, which Borlaug created, will be awarded on October 16 to a wheat researcher for the first time. And Dr. Sanjaya Rajaram is not just any wheat breeder - he was Borlaug's successor.
As the 2014 election races toward the finish line on Nov. 4, candidates from both parties have stooped to their old tricks of slinging mud, name calling and finger pointing at one another. Why can't candidates do what's right for this nation and focus on issues?
In 2014, the average age of a farmer in the United States is 57 years old, yet more individuals continue to farm well past 65 years of age. With the larger value of many farms and ranches today, how will you make sure of a successful transition of the family Farm to the next generation?
To wrap up this discussion, today's column discusses what a producer can do to strive for as efficient an operation as possible with the four factors of production – Land, Labor, Capital, and Management. Please keep in mind that unlike many other enterprises, producers of agricultural products have certain disadvantages including weather, producing a product with a limited shelf life compared to most products, and trying to predict what the factors of production used actually produce. Take a moment to think about the last point – a car manufacturer or a smart phone manufacturer can tell you based upon the inputs ...
Amongst rotary hydroponics filled with growing greens and vertical gardens hydrated by aquaponics, Maize High agriculture education and culinary program students mingled with state and national leaders in agriculture, education and nutrition services. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback proclaimed October as Kansas Farm to School Month and Oct. 6-10 as Kansas Farm to School Week. Leaders took student-led tours of the Maize USD 266 Farm to School and culinary programs to learn more about food education. Kansas Department of Agriculture Assistant Secretary Jake Worcester was joined by Kansas Interim Commissioner of Education Brad Neuenswander, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food ...
Farms and ranches offer children a unique environment in which to live, play, work and grow up.
More than 75 Farm Bureau members of Kansas have taken leadership positions within their farm organization and will serve on the organization's agricultural advisory committees. Members on the eight state ag advisory committees surface commodity-specific issues, discuss solutions and make recommendations to the Kansas Farm Bureau board of directors.
This past week I was able to assist with planting the K-State Research and Extension wheat plot. David H Strecker offered to plant the demonstration plot on his mother's land just south of Galatia. This year, David decided on sixteen different varieties plus a check strip on either side. David will treat this plot just like the rest of the field, monitoring growth, fertilizing, spraying, and keeping it growing like the field it is surrounded by. I will also monitor the plot, watch the different varieties and take note the ones that are faring the best on that field ...
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) funds an annual Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program with both a national and state component to offer grants for innovative work aimed to advance the field of conservation.
I am continuing to highlight fall chores this week with a few thoughts about soil testing from our Horticulture expert Ward Upham. Soil testing is one of the most basic, but important items that you can do to help your landscape thrive. If you have your soil tested in the fall, you still have time to amend it before the winter freeze. This gives any added organic matter and minerals time to mix into the existing soil for a ready to plant area in the spring. Happy testing!
Proponents of organic, labor-intensive farming contend we should go back to the days when every family owned 40 acres, farmed with hay burners (horses) and used no chemicals.
A major focus in today's economic climate is efficiency. Efficiency in business and government is a catchall really meaning "Bang for the Buck." What are we getting for our investment of money in the product whether the good or service a business provides or what is government providing for our tax dollars. With the concern over revenues for Kansas, the executive branch is asking many departments to determine and report the efficiencies of what they do. We throw the term efficiency around a lot, but what does it really mean.
The Kansas Rural Center has released a full agenda for their 2014 Farm and Food Conference and 35th Anniversary Celebration to take place Nov. 7 and 8, at the Four Points Sheraton, 530 Richards Drive in Manhattan.
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