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USDA removes farm program payments to managers not actively engaged in farming

farms that operate as joint ventures or general partnerships, consistent with the direction and authority provide by Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill. The action, which exempts family farm operations, closes a loophole where individuals who were not actively part of farm management still received payments.

December 20, 2015 | | Agriculture


Agriculture Year In Review Part I

First, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone. As the year wraps up, yearend lists start popping up. This column is no different. It has been an interesting year for agriculture in the area and across the nation. Actually every year seems interesting in its own way. This week and next feature a brief review of major stories in agriculture this past year. These are in no particular order and the list is by no means complete.

December 20, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Food safety this holiday season

About 48 million Americans become sick from foodborne illness each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Foodborne illness, also called food poisoning, is caused by eating contaminated food.

December 13, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Soybean Production Schools announced

A series of four K-State Soybean Production Schools will be offered in late-January 2016 to provide in-depth training for soybean producers.

December 13, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Farmers and ranchers finish business at annual meeting in Manhattan

More than 350 Farm Bureau members of Kansas wrapped up business for their farm organization after debating and adopting policy statements for 2016. These policies will now become the organization's roadmap for the 2016 legislative session.

December 13, 2015 | | Agriculture


Kyle and Bonny Schartz family one of 10 families named Kansas Farm Bureau’s Farm Families of the Yea

Ten families were honored as Kansas Farm Bureau's Farm Families of the Year at Kansas Farm Bureau's 97th Annual Meeting in Manhattan, Dec. 7.

December 13, 2015 | | Agriculture


Agriculture: Supply and Demand

As you read this the Fall Semester at Barton has just ended. Most of the students in the agriculture program have headed back to help on the family farm or some other agriculture operation. Numbers are good for the agriculture program at Barton and for most other two and four year institutions providing a variety of programs for the agriculture industry. This is in spite of an improving economy and slight declines in enrollment for many other areas of study across the state. What makes agriculture such a hot area?

December 13, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Land is sacred

Almost every farmer has said this in one way or another, "My life begins with the land." Look at it any way you want but this bedrock principle remains as it has for generations. Land ownership is the key to this business of farming and ranching. Farmers are proud of the crops they grow and the land they work.

December 06, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Focus on revitalization through arts, culture and entrepreneurship, as well as local food and renewa

Kansas Farmers Union, the state's oldest farm organization, will hold its annual convention at the Ramada Downtown Hotel and Convention Center, Topeka, Dec. 10-11. The general public is encouraged to attend.

December 06, 2015 | | Agriculture


Storm Damage

Over the thanksgiving weekend, we had an ice storm that thankfully was not as bad as they had originally predicted. Even though in our area, the damage was very minimal, the winter storms have just begun for Kansas. The K-State Research and Extension horticulture department sent out a few tips on cleaning up storm damaged trees that I thought I would share this week. Even though the advice may not be needed in Barton County this week, it's always good information to have when you need it.

December 06, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


USDA begins 49th enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today reminded farmers and ranchers that the next general enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) began Dec. 1, and ends on Feb. 26, 2016. Dec. 2015, also marks the 30th anniversary of CRP, a federally funded program that assists agricultural producers with the cost of restoring, enhancing and protecting certain grasses, shrubs and trees to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and reduce loss of wildlife habitat.

December 06, 2015 | | Agriculture


Benefits of Last Week’s Weather

Last weekend's weather put a damper on the Thanksgiving weekend for many, however, for farmers it was a welcome event. One of the positives, at least in the immediate area was a lack of wind to damage trees, structures, and power lines covered with ice. Reno County wasn't as lucky as they had much heavier ice accumulations. And while the streets weren't good, especially within the Great Bend city limits, and cancelled many events, there was a bright side for the area.

December 06, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


To green or not to green?

Caring for the environment used to be tough duty. During the last couple decades however, it's become a marketing opportunity.

November 29, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Thanksgiving dinner

When the pilgrims first came to America from England, they had a very difficult first year, and without the help of the Native Americans, would not have survived. After finally having a successful harvest the following year, they had a harvest feast to celebrate with their new neighbors. We continue this tradition today on the 4th Thursday of November with family and friends. Our feast today has much in common with the first Thanksgiving celebration with some major and minor differences. In the end though, the Thanksgiving feast is a chance to gather with family and friends and remember how ...

November 29, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Wheat, Weather, and Catching Up

First, here's hoping everyone had and is having a safe, enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend. Rather than tackle anything deep or detailed, let's just catch up a bit as we head into December.

November 29, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


Fungicides

Stripe rust continues to be a serious concern for many wheat growers in the state. The threat of yield losses to stripe rust has many ...

May 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Mapping wheat ancestors’ genomes: Wild relatives of wheat contain valuable traits for wheat breeding

If there's one thing Kansas farmers understand, it's unpredictability. Unpredictable crop conditions keep farmers on their toes, but what if those farmers had ...

May 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Goodbye Lorna Doone

"Goodbye, sweet girl – it's time to go," I said looking into those eyes that showed love, devotion and friendship. My eyes and those of ...

May 01, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Kansas added to interactive cover crops website

Once a producer starts to think about planting a cover crop, what's next? In many cases, the answer to that is, "a seemingly endless ...

May 01, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Risk Management In Agriculture

Risk management is always a hot topic in agriculture. What is typically meant is managing financial risk through tools such as insurance, forward contracting or ...

May 01, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Agricultural Odds and Ends

Let's take today and catch up a bit on what has happened in the Golden Belt as the month of May is almost here ...

April 24, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Farmers and ranchers cherish their land

Farmers and ranchers strive to protect our planet each and every day. On April 22, nearly 2 million agricultural producers will celebrate the 45th observance ...

April 24, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


NRCS seeks partner proposals to protect and restore critical wetlands in Kansas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making $15 million in financial and technical assistance available nationwide to ...

April 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Ag Foundation to host inaugural summer conference; Peterson Farm Brothers and Monte Selby to keynote

The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) is announcing its first-ever summer conference for Kansas teachers. The one-day event is being held on ...

April 24, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Commuity Orchard

The trees in the community orchard came out of dormancy and are once again growing well in their second year. This year, we will be ...

April 24, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Dealing With Problem Weeds

Last week's column dealt with the weed named the number one weed problem for 2016 – Palmer amaranth, a pigweed species. This week let's ...

April 17, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Silent sentinels on the High Plains

Editor's note: I'm out of the office this week so I decided to dust off a story I wrote in May of '95 ...

April 17, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Rust in wheat

The wheat crop in Kansas is now at the flag leaf emergence stage of growth in much of southern and central Kansas. The crop is ...

April 17, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


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