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Surviving Hard Times – Part I

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 | Agriculture

Agriculture is up to the task

The end of agriculture in America is near. American agriculture will soon lose its competitive edge.

January 03, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program application deadline set for January 15, 2016

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.

January 03, 2016 | | Agriculture

January programs

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

January 03, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

10 Reasons to Thank a Kansas Wheat Farmer

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:

January 03, 2016 | | Agriculture

Agriculture In 2016

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 | Agriculture

New manager at Knight Feed Lot

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.

January 03, 2016 | | Agriculture

Agriculture Year In Review Part II

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 | Agriculture

Christmas past

Seems a long time ago my mother told me about one of her first Christmas celebrations. The Christmas was 1930 and she would have been six years old.

December 27, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Getting rid of unwanted trees

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 ...

December 27, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Rabies – in cattle?

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.

December 27, 2015 | | Agriculture

KLA supports Marshall in First District Congressional race

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.

December 24, 2015 | BY STAFF REPORTS | Agriculture

Heel, please

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 | Agriculture

Poinsettia plants

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 ...

December 20, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

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

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Articles by Section - Agriculture

USDA informational workshop

The Barton, Rush, Pawnee County Conservation Districts are sponsoring a "USDA Informational Workshop" at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1, at the Wetlands educational Center ...

October 22, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Fall Weather and Agriculture

The area is in the middle of autumn and just like summer the weather pattern isn't "normal." Many parts of Kansas experienced well-above normal ...

October 22, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

Kansas byway celebrates agriculture

Oct. 6, marked the dedication of the first byway to exclusively celebrate agriculture in this country. Located in far western Kansas and named the "Land ...

October 22, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Lady beetles

they could have been much worse without predators like the Lady Beetle gobbling all that they could. In nature, when food supplies are high, predators ...

October 22, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Kansas Rural Center Farm & Food Conference to feature NCR-SARE Farmer Forum

The Kansas Rural Center's 2016 Farm & Food Conference will offer a wealth of information around the theme of transforming our farm and food system ...

October 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Wanted: Employees In Agriculture

The KDA (Kansas Department of Agriculture) just released the results of a survey of agricultural businesses in Kansas. Here is the first sentence of that ...

October 15, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

KDA welcomes American Royal BBQ to Kansas

The American Royal Association's World Series of Barbeque is a longstanding tradition in Kansas City, Mo., but in 2016 the event will take place ...

October 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

USDA informational workshop

On Nov. 1, the Barton, Rush, Pawnee County Conservation Districts are sponsoring a USDA Informational Workshop at 7 p.m., to be held at the ...

October 15, 2016 | Tribune Staff | Agriculture

Prepare for hunting now

Upland game hunters remain positive about a good season this fall in Kansas. Talk with landowners in the western half of Kansas and they will ...

October 15, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

Fall soil testing

Though we often think of soil testing as a spring chore, fall can actually be a better time. Soil-testing laboratories are often very busy during ...

October 15, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Kansas Rural Center Farm and Food Conference to Feature NCR-SARE Farmer Forum

TOPEKA – The Kansas Rural Center's 2016 Farm & Food Conference will offer a wealth of information around the theme of transforming our farm and food ...

October 12, 2016 | Special to the Tribune | Agriculture


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