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Happy birthday Kansas

This Jan. 29, our state will be 151 years old. Kansas was admitted to the Union two and a half months before the beginning of the Civil War – one of our nation's most terrible times.

January 13, 2012 | BY JOHN SCHLAGECK Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Answers to last weeks problems listed

First, last week there were some simple ag-related math problems with answers promised this week. Here are the problems with the solutions. Remember you should have only needed pencil and paper for one of them.

January 13, 2012 | BY VICTOR MARTIN Barton Community College | Agriculture


A necessary skill

A while back, a college was conducting a consumer science study on shoppers' purchasing skills. One part of their study focused on shoppers' ability to discern prices, so they set up a simple study in a grocery store. At the same store they sold soup in two different ways and measured sales. They priced it at 25 cents a can and at three cans for $1. Guess which resulted in the sale of more cans. Even though the cost was 8 cents more per can, the three cans for $1 far outsold the 25 cents per can. Naturally, part of ...

January 06, 2012 | BY VICTOR MARTIN | Agriculture


Moderation and balance

It's the new year and like so many, I have vowed to shed those extra pounds. Losing weight is no easy task. Expectations often exceed the will to lose the weight gradually during an extended period of time.

January 05, 2012 | BY JOHN SCHLAGECK Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


A Brand New Year

Dr. Victor L. Martin

January 01, 2012 | | Agriculture


Our people, our policy

By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau

January 01, 2012 | | Agriculture


A rose by any other name

By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau

December 24, 2011 | | Agriculture


An Early Christmas Present

Dr. Victor L. Martin

December 24, 2011 | | Agriculture


USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Announces Sign-Up Period for Conservation Stewardship Pr

U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced that the ranking period cut-off date for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is January 13, 2012. Producers interested in CSP should submit applications to their local NRCS office by the deadline so that their applications can be considered during the first ranking period of 2012.

December 18, 2011 | | Agriculture


Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announces Energy Efficiency and Flexible Fuel Pump Grants in Kansas

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced loans and grants for agricultural producers and rural small businesses across the country to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in their operations. The funding is provided through USDA Rural Development's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

December 18, 2011 | | Agriculture


A Farmer’s Christmas Wish List

Dr. Victor L. Martin

December 18, 2011 | | Agriculture


Use the gift of memory

If I could request but one gift during the holiday season, I'd ask for a book. Books abound with a wealth of knowledge and wisdom. They provide hours of adventure and entertainment rarely found anywhere else in today's culture.

December 17, 2011 | BY JOHN SCHLAGECK Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


USDA announces ranking dates for four major conservation initiatives

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the ranking dates for the On-Farm Energy, Organic, Seasonal High Tunnel and Air Quality conservation initiatives. All four initiatives offer technical and financial assistance through the Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

December 11, 2011 | | Agriculture


Kansas Farmers Union voting delegates approve policy, by-law changes at 2011 Annual Convention

Kansas Farmers Union (KFU) voting delegates attended the 2011 KFU Convention at the Topeka Ramada on Dec. 2-3 to vote on policy, elect the 2012 Board of Directors and elect delegates to the National Farmers Union Convention.

December 11, 2011 | | Agriculture


Grading the 2012 wheat crop

As this is being written, students at Barton are finishing up the fall semester with their final exams. It is often hard to convince them the real purpose behind testing isn't just to assign grades and make them miserable but as a tool for instructors and for themselves to determine progress and skills obtained while also locating weaknesses needing to be addressed. It allows instructors and students to assess the state of each student's education. Just as important is the fact it allows instructors to assess the effectiveness of instruction and work to improve each class. Now that ...

December 10, 2011 | Victor Martin | Agriculture


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NRCS to provide $332 million to protect and restore agricultural working lands, grasslands and wetla

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making available $332 million in financial and technical assistance through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). ACEP applications may be submitted at any time to NRCS however, applications for the current funding cycle must be submitted on or before May 15, 2015.

April 12, 2015 | | Agriculture


Not so fast

Pre-packaged, vacuum-packed, just add water.

April 12, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Hazardous Operations Training

Farming is a dangerous business. In fact, farming is one of the most dangerous jobs in the US. Every year, around one hundred youth are killed in farm work related activities. A lot of these deaths could have been prevented with better safety practices. Every year, Barton County, K-State Extension and Research provides a class in Hazardous Occupations Training to teach youth ages 13-18 about the Hazards of farm work, and how to create a safer working environment. Even though the class is offered for a larger age range, it is required for individuals 14-15 years old who will be ...

April 12, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


What Exactly Is Organic? Part 1

Before today's topic a brief update is in order. Temperatures the night of April 3 fell well below freezing ranging from the low 20s to around 30 over the area for several hours. Spotty freeze damage has been noted already in South Central Kansas and more will likely become evident over the next little while, especially under warm windy conditions. Leaf burn won't be a big deal but since wheat was jointing or jointed in much of the area, it will pay to keep an eye out for damage to the developing head inside the stem. Damage was ...

April 12, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


University animal health leader selected to lead NBAF engagement

A Kansas State University animal health leader has been chosen to engage local, regional and national stakeholders in the development of strategic partnerships for the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF.

April 05, 2015 | | Agriculture


April programs

Can you believe that April is already here? I swear I just put up my Christmas items a week ago! Well, April is going to be quite the busy month here for Extension! So this week, I thought I would remind you of several opportunities that will be taking place for the community.

April 05, 2015 | | Agriculture


Hearts and minds

Each day, farmers and ranchers pull on their boots, roll up their sleeves and go to work outside rural communities across Kansas. They perform a litany of chores – feeding and doctoring livestock, cultivating their crops, pulling maintenance on machinery, paying bills – you name it and farmers and ranchers do it.

April 05, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Spring is here so where are we?

It's Easter weekend and this past Thursday night saw some fairly severe weather in the area complete with power outages. Spring is really here, especially after the extremely warm temperatures this past week. Today is April 5, so area producers should have wrapped up side dressing the 2015 wheat crop and corn planters are being readied to begin planting shortly. Alfalfa is greening up and in some parts of the state, including some fields here, wheat producers are assessing winter survival. Since not a great deal is going on just yet, let's catch up on what is known.

April 05, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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