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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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Be a wise and frugal shopper

While many grocery buyers feel the pinch of price increases, there's a way today's smart, frugal shoppers can save money on the family ...

July 23, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


LDP program

For the first time in over a decade, the Loan Deficiency Payment program (or LDP) has been in effect. With an above average harvest, coupled ...

July 23, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


How Crops Cope with Heat

According to weather reports, the 100 degree heat is supposed to break starting today with temperatures a more normal ninety or so degrees with chances ...

July 23, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


USDA reminds Kansas producers of Aug 1. deadline

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Adrian Polansky reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1 ...

July 23, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Cover up

I recently read a public-service ad circulating by the American Academy of Dermatology that lists five ways to die on a golf course. The five ...

July 16, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Kansas Farm Service Agency reminds wheat producers of marketing assistance

Kansas USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Adrian J. Polansky reminds wheat producers that FSA Marketing Assistance Loans can help meet cash flow needs ...

July 16, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Wheat plot results

Wow! What a year for wheat! From the early spring, when there was a lot of talk on whether we would have much of a ...

July 16, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


A Midsummer Report Card

Today is July 17th so we are officially halfway through summer. Let's spend a minute and take stock of where area producers stand. It ...

July 16, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


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