Tradition and heritage are a big part of what makes agriculture such an attractive way of life for so many Kansans. The lifeblood of our existence, the farms and ranches in Kansas, provide food, fuel and fiber for the world.
While it's too early to set in stone, it is certainly shaping up as a financially challenging year for crop and livestock producers. Crop prices, input costs, sluggish economies around the world, and many other factors will test the patience and skill of producers. This isn't to imply input prices haven't fallen but overall they haven't fallen nearly as much as most crop prices.
January 10, 2016|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). This program, created under the 2014 Farm Bill, provides funding for the purchase of conservation easements to help productive farm and ranch land remain in agriculture and protect critical wetlands and grasslands.
Happy New Year! Now that the holidays are over, and 2016 is here, I thought that I would share some upcoming programs to start off the New Year. Whether you are striving to learn more about production in your fields, or want to improve your horticulture skills, there are programs going on through K-State Research and Extension for you. If you have any questions about any of these programs, you can contact me at the Barton County office by calling 620-793-1910, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kansas wheat farmers work hard each year to grow the nation's largest supply of high quality hard red winter wheat. In turn, we at Kansas Wheat match that commitment to excellence. Join us this holiday season as we thank all who contribute to the success of Kansas Wheat and the National Festival of Breads. Here are some of our top highlights from 2015:
Happy New Year to all. Tomorrow life starts to get back to normal for most. It promises to an interesting year here in rural America. Last week wrapped up what some of the major stories were for agriculture in 2015. Now let's take a look at what 2016 may hold.
January 03, 2016|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
Innovative Livestock Services, Inc. today announced the promotion of Luke Knight to Manager of Knight Feed Lot, effective Jan. 1, 2016. Luke represents the third generation of the Knight family to operate this feed yard located in Lyons. Luke will be replacing his father, Mark Knight, who will be pursuing other family business interests after 30 years of service to Knight Feed Lot, and his grandfather Kenny Knight, the original founder of Knight Feed Lot in 1972.
Christmas Day is just past and New Year's is staring us in the face. This week we wrap up the major stories in agriculture over the past year. These are in no particular order and the list is by no means complete.
December 27, 2015|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
Trees have a way of propagating themselves in our landscapes on their own. Many times when this happens, it is in a spot that is undesirable to the homeowner. I get a lot of questions throughout the year on how to permanently get rid of unwanted trees in the landscape. If you have trees that you would like to remove, now is actually a good time to get rid of them. I found an article from the Horticulture department at K-State Research and Extension that explains how to effectively control them. As always, you can call me if you have ...
When rabies is mentioned, it often conjures classic images from movies of an infected animal running rabid. While this viral disease seems far from concern, particularly in domestic animals, recent events suggest it is a bigger problem than traditionally thought.
TOPEKA – The Kansas Livestock Association this week announced its support for Great Bend physician and businessman Roger Marshall in his bid to become U.S. representative for the First District of Kansas, a move that meant a lot to Marshall.
No doubt it's the holiday season because my thoughts turn to food and all of the wonderful homemade dishes of this time of year. I do enjoy the great fellowship with family and friends, but alas, what would the holidays be without something good to eat?
December 20, 2015|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
Christmas is almost here, and everyone is hurrying to finish their last minute preparations for the special day. I remember as a child seeing the beautiful poinsettia plants decorating the church for Christmas Eve services and thinking they were so beautiful! This week, I searched and found little history about them from K-State Research and Extension's horticulture team to share with you. They take a lot of work to make sure they are ready for the Christmas season, but I for one think it's worth it. I hope all of your celebrations this year are filled with laughter ...