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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 ...
The Kansas Forage and Grassland Council will hold its Winter Conference and Annual Meeting on Dec. 15, at Kansas Farm Bureau Headquarters, 2627 KFB Plaza, Manhattan. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the conference kicks off at 9:30 a.m.; followed by several breakout sessions covering an assortment of alfalfa, forage production and grazing management issues presented by university and industry experts.
A new Kansas State University study finds that the over-tapping of the High Plains Aquifer's groundwater beyond the aquifer's recharge rate peaked in 2006. Its use is projected to decrease by roughly 50 percent in the next 100 years.