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The International Year of Soils: Soils clean and capture water

Picture transitioning from a rural setting that includes woodlands, wildlife habitat and farms, to urban areas that consist of concrete, parking lots, streets and buildings. Rural land in a more natural state has the ability to soak up water in the soil more efficiently than urban areas with impervious surfaces that can lead to more runoff.

May 03, 2015 | | Agriculture

What Exactly Is Organic? Conclusion

The last several columns provided general background on the rapidly expanding organic foods market. Today's column briefly outlines conventionally produced foods to highlight the differences between the two. Perhaps the first question to deal with is "Are conventionally produced foods inorganic?"

May 03, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

K-State Research and Extension names Aguilera a 2015 summer intern

Audree Aguilera, a general science student at Barton Community College, has been selected as a 2015 summer intern for K-State Research and Extension.

May 03, 2015 | | Agriculture

Specialty crop growers

Maintaining the rich heritage of agricultural stewardship in Kansas, the Kansas Department of Agriculture has teamed up with DriftWatch, an online mapping tool, to protect the state's specialty crops.

April 26, 2015 | | Agriculture


Lately, I have been getting many calls with people concerned with small mounds in their turf, making it difficult to mow, work or play in their yard. Most of the time, the issue is earthworms that are very active at this time of year. In my research, I came across this short piece of information on nightcrawlers, from the K-State Entomology department. I thought I would share this to give more infomation about these beneficial but sometimes annoying worms.

April 26, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Stockman’s instincts rooted in the heart

Farmer stockmen possess a burning desire to care for their livestock. A few years back, I witnessed this dedication on a dairy in Franklin County.

April 26, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture

What Exactly Is Organic? Part 3

This week wraps up the discussion of "organic" foods before comparing them to "conventionally" produced foods. Last week's column briefly described what organic means in general terms. When you purchase a product "Certified Organic" what does that really mean?

April 26, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

USDA Invests $73 million in critical infrastructure projects and assessments to provide public safet

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $73 million to rehabilitate dams across the nation in an effort to protect public health and safety and evaluate the expansion of water supply in drought stricken areas. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is investing in approximately 150 projects and assessments in 23 states. "Millions of people depend on watersheds and dams for protection from floods and providing clean drinking water," Vilsack said. "By investing in this critical infrastructure, we are helping to ensure a safe, resilient environment for rural America."

April 19, 2015 | | Agriculture

Land – the cultural harvest

Next week marks the 45th anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement. The first Earth Day celebration occurred April 22, 1970.

April 19, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


At this time of year, many gardeners are starting vegetables indoors, or preparing to buy small plants to transplant into their garden when the soil temperature is warm enough. To help with this process, it is sometimes a good idea to give the small plants a little extra fertilizer to help them get a good start. I found a column from the K-State Research and Extension's horticulture department that gives some good advice on transplant solutions and sidedressing to help you give your garden the best start possible.

April 19, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture

Analyzing summer grazing strategies - understanding and implementing grazing strategies can help max

The Kansas Flint Hills have served as a home and food source for stocker cattle since the mid-1800s, when cowboys drove longhorns up the Chisholm Trail from the southwestern United States to Kansas railways. Flash forward to today: research from Kansas State University on this staple resource could help ensure profitable years ahead for stocker producers.

April 19, 2015 | | Agriculture

Leadership boot camp comes to Hoisington

K-State Research and Extension is offering 4-H Leadership Boot Camp on April 25 in Hoisington, available to all interested persons. Call 785-483-3157 to register. For more information about this, as well as more localized events, check with the local K-State Research and Extension office.

April 19, 2015 | | Agriculture

What Exactly Is Organic? Part 2

Last week's column explored in general terms what organic means to chemists and the scientific community and what it means to the "natural" foods community. This series of articles isn't intended to take sides but to provide information to help in making informed decisions. Now let's briefly attempt to get a handle on what exactly "organic" foods are. This involves several parts and it is important to note there are foodstuffs claiming to be organic and foodstuffs that have followed certain strict requirements and are certified as organic.

April 19, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture

NRCS to provide $332 million to protect and restore agricultural working lands, grasslands and wetla

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is making available $332 million in financial and technical assistance through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). ACEP applications may be submitted at any time to NRCS however, applications for the current funding cycle must be submitted on or before May 15, 2015.

April 12, 2015 | | Agriculture

Not so fast

Pre-packaged, vacuum-packed, just add water.

April 12, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | 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


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