It is safe to say over the last year almost everyone in some fashion has thought about the government, what it should or shouldn't do, and whether it can do anything well. Lately with the events in Washington and over the last year with events transpiring in Topeka a strong diversity of opinion is evident. Like many discussions regarding government, opposing opinions frame the questions in pretty stark black and white terms. Agriculture is no different in this respect as the industry is constantly aware of and dealing with various aspects of local, state, and federal government bureaucracies. Rather ...
October 13, 2013|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
The 81st Annual Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS) promises to be a big event this year, with 795 youth from 92 counties entering 1,817 animals. This is the largest number of livestock entered in 25 years. The total includes 148 market steers, 354 breeding heifers, 325 market hogs, 103 breeding gilts, 301 market lambs, 246 breeding ewes, 249 meat goats and 91 commercial doe kids. The statewide event will be held Sept. 20-23 at the Kansas Pavilions in Wichita.
Dog eating your shoes again? Do you want to garden but have a brown thumb? Dream of cloning yourself to be three places at once? These are just a few of life's little questions. 4-H can help you with these questions. 4-H is a place where everyone in the family can go together on the same night to a 4-H meeting. Join 4-H and learn the basics of dog obedience in the dog project. Join 4-H and open up a new world of fashion options by designing clothes or buying them, selecting accessories and modeling.
More than 75 Farm Bureau members of Kansas have taken leadership positions within their farm organization and will serve on the organization's agricultural advisory committees. Members on the eight state ag advisory committees surface commodity-specific issues, discuss solutions and make recommendations to the Kansas Farm Bureau board of directors.
In the last two weeks, I have been getting a lot of calls about different types of caterpillars that are migrating into people's yards and gardens, and sometimes even their houses! I will talk about a few of these and try to help you out a little bit if you are also having this problem.
Sometime over the last year or so, one of these columns was supposed to focus on the new Farm Bill. Needless to say, that hasn't happened and likely won't for some time to come. One of the casualties of the impasse in Washington going largely unnoticed isn't just the lack of a Farm Bill but as of October 1 there is no authority to continue under the previous one. Adding to the mess for agriculture is the closure of Farm Service Agency offices and most USDA functions. Instead of dwelling on Washington, let's shift the focus ...
October 06, 2013|
Dr. Victor L. Martin
With each passing day there's more interest in the Grain Belt Express Clean Line transmission project. This is the proposed direct current (DC) electric transmission line that would run from near Spearville north and east across the state to the Kansas-Missouri border.
Now is the time to be thinking about your landscape for next spring. Putting some planning, time and energy into your flower beds now will help them look beautiful next year. This week, I want to share an article from K-State Research and Extension's Horticulture specialist Ward Upham about Spring-flowering bulbs and how to plant a care for them. Happy Planting!
The Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) will lead an emergency preparedness exercise on Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness Exercise on Oct. 9-10, in Manhattan at the Biosecurity Research Institute, 1041 Pat Roberts Hall.
Throughout history, agriculture and education are two things that have been a constant in the successful progression of civilization. Starting as early as the settlers who came here and learned how to plant and harvest maize, the tradition we now enjoy as "Thanksgiving" has shaped the fundamental aspects of the United States of America. Through technological advancement, scientists and the people we call farmers, education and farming are still intertwined in the success of every state. The Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) has been providing agricultural education to our state's youth for three decades now. And ...
The Kansas Chapter of Singles in Agriculture annual meeting will be held Sept. 27-29 in Great Bend. On Friday morning the Kansas Chapter of Singles In Agriculture will take a guided tour of Fort Larned, then visit the Little Red House/ Sibley's Camp. After lunch they will tour the Santa Fe Trail Center and then Pawnee Rock. Saturday morning they will tour the Kansas Oil and Gas Museum. In the evening there will be a dinner and dance. On Sunday morning there will be a farewell breakfast. For more information contact Janice at 620-793-7288 or Wilma at 620-754-3844.
Kansas Certified organic produces or farmers interested in becoming certified organic growers are encouraged to apply to receive cost share funds. The cost share program is funded by the 2014 Farm Bill to assist Kansas farmers in paying for organic certification or recertification.
Almost every farmer has said 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 farming and ranching. Farmers are proud of the crops they grow and the land they work.
June 28, 2015|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
If you are out and about in Barton County right now, you will be able to spot combines rolling through the wheat fields. To me, it is one of the best sites of the year, and I can spend hours watching harvest. All of the hard work raising a crop is coming to the end for a while, and finally, the producer will be able to see a return on the long days he has spent to bring the crop full circle. Many people I have talked to are very pleased with how well the wheat has turned out this ...
Before the rain Thursday night, wheat harvest was running full throttle and overall a much better crop than was predicted. The forecast indicates everyone should be back in the field soon if they aren't already (depending on the rainfall received). A few were commenting their crop would have been better except for late season disease pressure. What happened? Several things.
June 26, 2015|
BY DR. VICTOR L. MARTIN
Agriculture instructor/coordinator for Barton Community College
Let's go to South Africa. A group of scientists are planting a research plot to evaluate how a crop will perform. They are using a specialized planter which provides precise control and data on seed spacing and placement. Would you believe, this planter comes from halfway around the globe in the middle of Kansas?
June 21, 2015|
director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development at Kansas State University
Avian Influenza has been in the local news many times over the last several months. Bird flu, as it is otherwise called first infected humans in China in 1997. In 2003, a larger outbreak of the flu crossing species barriers caused the World Health Organization to keep a closer eye on it and track the two potential viruses that are able to infect not just birds, but mammals including humans as well. The two strains of the virus that have crossed the species barrier are HH5N1 and H7N9 with possible pandemic threats since humans do not have any immunity to ...
We live in the Age of Information. Twenty-four hour news channels, Twitter, the internet, and various forms of social media are prevalent. Many argue, and correctly, that having instant platforms for information and instant access to information is a good thing. However, there is a downside – a lack of vetting of what is presented as data and fact. In the "Good Old Days" news outlets took great pains to verify facts and researchers needed to have articles reviewed by peers for the veracity of the methods used, the analysis of the data, and the conclusions made. While this still happens ...
It seems like only yesterday when I raced my buddies down the red-carpeted ramp of the Pix Theater in Hoxie trying to nail down those good seats. You know the ones I'm talking about – those in the front row where tennis shoes could be heard latching into congealed soda from the earlier matinee.
June 21, 2015|
John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
Advancements in technology have arguably caused life to move at a much faster pace than it did even a decade ago. The speed at which change takes place today is phenomenal. While these advancements have brought about marvelous positive changes and benefits, they can inadvertently have equally dramatic and damaging negative effects.
June 21, 2015|
Steve Nelson, NRCS Soil Conservation Technician