By Robert Atchison, Rural Forestry Program Coordinator
Last week featured an extremely condensed version on the formation of soils. Now let's briefly examine the roles of soil in our world. First, broad definitions of the soil are helpful. Soil can be defined as the skin of the earth or the area of exchange between the earth and the atmosphere. The soil is also defined as a dynamic, living organism consisting of organic and inorganic components. While soil profiles (the vertical extent of the soil) vary in depth from inches to over ten feet, let's assume a depth of 3 feet. The distance from the earth ...
A collaborative discovery involving Kansas State University researchers may improve animal health and save the U.S. pork industry millions of dollars each year.
Jenni Carr, CEA
March has been the month for recognition of agriculture and water awareness.
By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
Good morning again. With the warm, windy days we have been having the past week or two I am sure everyone has gardening and yard work on the mind. Well I have a short to do list that you can consider for March.
By Tom Parker
Jennifer Carr, BT Co KSRE
Last week's column asserted that soil is the foundation of our agricultural industry and a scarce resource. This week let's start to examine why. First, 70% of the surface of the earth is covered with water. Of the remaining 30%, only 11% is considered arable, suitable for farming, or approximately 3.3% of the total of the earth's surface. Of that total, well over half has been degraded to some extent. Often that degradation is due to soil erosion (loss of the soil) by air or water. Why is that a big deal? A large part of ...
Speaking in the heart of irrigation country and the Ogallala Aquifer region, Gov. Sam Brownback signed two bills in southwestern Kansas that are intended to lengthen the life of this region's water resources. Brownback signed the bills March 5 at Garden City High School while students, community leaders, farm organization members and legislators watched.
Whether we know it or not, all of us pay attention to the cost agricultural producers are paying for inputs necessary to produce food, fiber, and fuel. Unless you never purchase food in a grocery section or pay for a meal in a restaurant, it's almost impossible not to notice one of two things. Either the price of foodstuffs has increased noticeably over the last several years or while the price has remained the same the portion size has decreased markedly. Next time you are at the store, look at the weight of a package of bacon or a ...
"I wouldn't take any amount of money for that dog," were my dad's most often spoken words when referring to our family dog, Lady.
By John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau
This past Wednesday, Batron Community College hosted the 13th-annual Barton County Farm Bureau Safety Day for area high school students. Topics ranged from safety around electricity and chainsaws to the potential dangers associated with flowing grain in grain bins. The Farm Bureau deserves credit for this event as do all the presenters for raising the awareness of these students to the everyday potential hazards faced by those is agriculture. Agriculture like any industry has associated hazards which can't be totally eliminated, but can certainly be minimized. Every presenter made a point of stressing that by knowing what you are ...
While many shoppers are feeling the pinch of price increases, there's a way today's smart, frugal shoppers can save money on the family food bill. Some estimates place this figure at 10 -15 percent. On the average food bill, this could mean a savings of $700 - $1,200 a year.
The phone jarred Ken Powell awake. Groggy and disoriented, he glanced at the clock while fumbling with the receiver: midway between midnight and one a.m.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farm owners and producers that the opportunity to choose between the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), begins Nov. 17, and continues through March 31, 2015. The new programs, designed to help producers better manage risk, usher in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.
One of the world's leading scholars in agricultural sustainability is speaking at Kansas State University about how to sustainably feed a growing world population that will require twice as much food as is currently produced.
Now that the cold weather has started to rear its head, it is time to turn our attention to our houseplants and the special care they need this time of year. With shorter days, dryer air and colder temperatures, your houseplants may require a change in the way you care for them. I found a short piece from K-State Research and Extension that gives a few basic tips to keep your indoor plants healthy throughout the winter.
Kansas Farm Bureau released its sixth book in the Kailey's Ag Adventures children's book series. Kailey's Pig 'Tales' follows Kailey and her cousins as they learn about pig farming from Farmer Rich.
Last week's column described consumer behavior and the assumptions behind predicting that behavior. The key points are consumers behavior rationally (in a predictable way), they prefer more to less, their preferences are complete, and they don't change preferences without a reason. Relative prices between goods are an important factor in determining choices within the constraints of a consumer's budget. Finally, consumer preferences do change over time, economists accept this change as a fact, and deal with those changes. Now the question to answer is how the agriculture and food industries responded to changes preferences and budgets have.
The Governor's Water Conference is to be held Wednesday, Nov. 12 and Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center, 410 S. 3rd Street in Manhattan. At 9:15 a.m. n Wednesday, Governor Sam Brownback will address the progress made on his call to action last year at the conference for a 50-Year Vision for meeting Kansas water supply current and future needs.
My Grandma and Grandpa Becker were more people of action than words. Not that they didn't have much to say. They just chose their words well and needed only a few to convey much.
Since the temperature dropped down into the 20's last week, the growing season is coming to an end for all plants. With this, your chores for the fall should also be wrapping up for the winter season ahead. So, as fall chores come to a close, I thought I'd give you a few last minute reminders for the season. We are almost at the finish line, so this is just a few last minute reminders to help you have a beautiful lawn, and working lawnmowers this coming spring. Thanks to K-State Research and Extension's Horticulture expert Ward ...
The Principles of Agriculture Economics class at Barton Community College is currently exploring consumer choices and how they make those choices when selecting foodstuffs at the store. This discussion also includes the direct buyers of crops and livestock off the farm and ranch. It is helpful to remember that while economics is rife with numbers, charts, and statistics, economics is at its core a social science trying to explain and predict human behavior. This week's column explains how these choices made. Next week - how does agriculture respond?
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