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Farm Service Agency extends voting deadline for County Committee elections

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Kansas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Adrian J. Polansky announced that the deadline to submit ballots for the 2016 County Committee Elections has been extended to ensure farmers and ranchers have sufficient time to vote. Eligible voters now have until Dec. 13, 2016, to return ballots to their local FSA offices. Producers who have not received their ballot should pick one up at their local FSA office.

December 03, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Veterinary Feed Directive and Beef Cattle Herd Health Meetings

Cattle producers have a number of opportunities to increase their understanding of the impact of the Food and Drug Administration's Veterinary Feed Directive at meetings across Kansas this fall offered by K-State Research and Extension. In the central part of the state, a series of meetings has been scheduled for December 13, in Great Bend and Pratt and Dec. 14 in Kinsley and South Hutch.

December 03, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Truth In Agriculture Reporting

There has been and continues to be a great deal of buzz regarding "fake news" on social media, even having it picked up and reported on mainstream media outlets. Fake news isn't defined as reporting that got some facts wrong or is slanted but news that simply isn't true, made up, often attributed to fictional publications or media, and designed to appeal to biases. It is designed to look legitimate on the surface. This is done for various reasons. It may be to influence an election or the public's opinion on a given subject. A main reason ...

December 03, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Crop conditions deteriorate as drought invades Kansas

Much needed moisture makes the top of many Kansas wheat farmers' 2016 Christmas wish lists. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, much of western Kansas is currently in moderate to severe drought just a few weeks after the entirety of the state was declared drought free for the first time in six years.

December 03, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


High pH and iron

Throughout the year, I receive many phone calls about iron chlorosis issues in trees. In fact, many maples and pin-oaks suffer from iron deficiencies in our area, and it can be enhanced during times of higher stress such as drought. That's not to say that we lack iron in the soil, but that our pH levels are high because of the limestone in our soils. This causes the iron to be tied up and therefore inaccessible to the plants. I found an article from Ward Upham, K-State Research and Extension's horticulture expert that goes a little more in ...

November 26, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


It could happen again

For the farmers, ranchers and firefighters who live in Barber and Comanche counties, the possibility of another "living, breathing fire monster" is never far from their minds.

November 26, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


December’s Here – Where Are We?

Here's hoping everyone had a great Thanksgiving and helped our consumer economy, especially our local and locally owned businesses. Rather than delve deeply into a topic today, let's take a look at where our area is as of the end of November.

November 26, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Farmers Union invites all to meeting

LARNED - Pawnee County Farmers Union will hold its annual meeting on Monday, Nov. 28 at 10:30 a.m. in the Pawnee County Courthouse lounge.

November 25, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


The general store – gone but not forgotten

Years ago, almost every town had one. They served as a meeting place among friends and neighbors. You could catch up on local news and wet your whistle at the same time.

November 19, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


USDA resumes incentives to grow the bioeconomy and improve forest health

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that $1.5 million will be available in fiscal year 2017 for farmers and foresters who harvest and deliver biomass for renewable energy. The funds are from the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

November 19, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Prussic acid poisoning

Grazing milo stalks in Barton County is a very useful way to feed cattle after pastures have gone dormant for the season. Prussic acid can be a concern when grazing milo and it is a good idea to know how to lessen the risk of poisoning when grazing. I wanted to share this article from Sandy Johnson, North West Livestock specialist on a few things to consider when grazing stalks in this unusual fall.

November 19, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


82nd annual 4-H Achievement Celebration

Barton County 4-H members were honored for their accomplishments at the 82nd annual 4-H Achievement Celebration. Kayleigh Bitter, 4-H Council President and Morgan Kaiser, Council Vice President served as the emcees.

November 19, 2016 | Berny Unruh | Agriculture


Where Did That Thanksgiving Meal Really Come From?

Thanksgiving is this Thursday. We have just finished up the elections. Commodity prices could be better. We all need a break. So today, instead of some discussing some deep issue in agriculture or the latest problem, let's take a break and focusing on something we can almost all agree on – Thanksgiving dinner. More specifically, as we celebrate, outside of the Independence Day, the most American of holidays, we did our feast really come from? With apologies for any family or regional traditions.

November 19, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Welcome to the land of opportunity

Nowhere on earth can you invest your money more safely or profitably than western Kansas. That was the marketing pitch back in 1905 from Wise & Stern dealers in farms, grazing lands and stock ranches.

November 12, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Commodity Futures Workshop

Pawnee County Extension will be hosting a Commodity Futures Workshop featuring guest speaker Darrell Holaday. The training will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov 30, at the J.A. Haas Building in Larned. A lunch and handout materials will be available to those who RSVP by Nov 23, to Pawnee County Extension at (620)285-6901.

November 12, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


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Another drought facing agriculture

There really isn't much to say regarding the continuing and deepening drought in our area. Although parts of Kansas did receive some snowfall, the ...

February 17, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Plan your spring planting

At this time of year when many gardeners are looking forward to nicer days ahead spent outside tending their plants, many use this time to ...

February 17, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Farm Bureau offers Safety Awareness Day

The Barton County Farm Bureau Association will hold its 17th Farm Safety Awareness Day Wednesday, Feb. 21, at Barton Community College in the Case IH ...

February 17, 2018 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture


Speaking dat Hace American

Sometimes we get requests. Recently a couple close friends and I were discussing taking care of livestock during winter when this task can be a ...

February 17, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Surviving winter: conclusion

Nothing to report on the drought front except that some areas west of Barton County did receive a few inches of snow. Unless conditions change ...

February 12, 2018 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Muttonhead musings

Just as we were all adjusting to warmer temperatures, Mother Nature decided to turn the tables and dumped snow and near-zero temperatures on our sunny ...

February 10, 2018 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


February programs

There are two programs that will be held in Great Bend for the Cottonwood District that I would like to highlight this week. Registration deadlines ...

February 10, 2018 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


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