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USDA begins 49th enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today reminded farmers and ranchers that the next general enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) began Dec. 1, and ends on Feb. 26, 2016. Dec. 2015, also marks the 30th anniversary of CRP, a federally funded program that assists agricultural producers with the cost of restoring, enhancing and protecting certain grasses, shrubs and trees to improve water quality, prevent soil erosion and reduce loss of wildlife habitat.

December 06, 2015 | | Agriculture


Benefits of Last Week’s Weather

Last weekend's weather put a damper on the Thanksgiving weekend for many, however, for farmers it was a welcome event. One of the positives, at least in the immediate area was a lack of wind to damage trees, structures, and power lines covered with ice. Reno County wasn't as lucky as they had much heavier ice accumulations. And while the streets weren't good, especially within the Great Bend city limits, and cancelled many events, there was a bright side for the area.

December 06, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


To green or not to green?

Caring for the environment used to be tough duty. During the last couple decades however, it's become a marketing opportunity.

November 29, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Thanksgiving dinner

When the pilgrims first came to America from England, they had a very difficult first year, and without the help of the Native Americans, would not have survived. After finally having a successful harvest the following year, they had a harvest feast to celebrate with their new neighbors. We continue this tradition today on the 4th Thursday of November with family and friends. Our feast today has much in common with the first Thanksgiving celebration with some major and minor differences. In the end though, the Thanksgiving feast is a chance to gather with family and friends and remember how ...

November 29, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Wheat, Weather, and Catching Up

First, here's hoping everyone had and is having a safe, enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend. Rather than tackle anything deep or detailed, let's just catch up a bit as we head into December.

November 29, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Kansas Forage and Grassland Council Annual Conference to be held Dec. 15

The Kansas Forage and Grassland Council will hold its Winter Conference and Annual Meeting on Dec. 15, at Kansas Farm Bureau Headquarters, 2627 KFB Plaza, Manhattan. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the conference kicks off at 9:30 a.m.; followed by several breakout sessions covering an assortment of alfalfa, forage production and grazing management issues presented by university and industry experts.

November 24, 2015 | | Agriculture


Why it’s called ‘Turkey Day’

How did the turkey reserve its place on our traditional Thanksgiving table?

November 22, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Digging deeper: Study finds High Plains Aquifer peak use by state, overall usage decline

A new Kansas State University study finds that the over-tapping of the High Plains Aquifer's groundwater beyond the aquifer's recharge rate peaked in 2006. Its use is projected to decrease by roughly 50 percent in the next 100 years.

November 22, 2015 | | Agriculture


Kansas State University working with state, industry to turn area into pet food industry hub

Kansas State University issued the following news release:

November 22, 2015 | | Agriculture


December programs

As the weather starts to cool down, and the last minute planting and harvesting wraps up for the year, many producers take this time to learn of the most current research and information available in farming and ranching. During this time, K-State Research and Extension works hard to bring the specialists out to the counties to discuss current research and up to date info. There are two important programs coming up in December that you won't want to miss!

November 22, 2015 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


Weather Terminology and Facts – Part 3 – Precipitation and History

Today's column concerns precipitation and where the long-term data comes from. First let's tackle precipitation. We aware that it comes in many forms from fog and freezing rain to hail, sleet, snow and rain. We will focus on rain and snow.

November 22, 2015 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Make your own plan

The vocation of agriculture began thousands of years ago when the first farmer dug a hole in the soil and planted the first seed. Way back then others began working with and domesticating animals that have evolved into present-day hogs, cattle, sheep, chickens and other livestock.

November 15, 2015 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


Farmer led committee seeks innovative research proposals

Applications for research projects that can enhance Kansas wheat producers' profitability are currently being accepted by the Kansas Wheat Commission, Kansas Wheat Alliance and the Kansas Crop Improvement Association for the 2017 fiscal year.

November 15, 2015 | | Agriculture


A big disease problem in cattle this fall season: anaplasmosis

This year, confirmed cases of anaplasmosis throughout Kansas and beyond are at some of the highest numbers veterinarians have ever seen. With the high incidence of cases, it is important for cattle producers to be aware of what causes the disease and how it can rapidly spread through herds.

November 15, 2015 | | Agriculture


Fall chores

As a child, you may have fond memories of playing in freshly raked piles of leaves on a crisp fall afternoon. As you get older, and become the person raking up the pile of leaves, the joy may fade. One recommendation that has started gaining popularity is just mulching the leaves into the lawn with your lawnmower instead of picking them up. Here is a little more information from K-State Research and Extension about the practice.

November 15, 2015 | | Agriculture


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Articles by Section - Agriculture


Soil Testing

I talk a lot about soil testing. I feel that it is one of the most important chores that you do that will help have ...

February 07, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


$8.1 million in assistance available to plant trees, protect streams and fields

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is now accepting applications for Kansas Forest Service's "Water Quality Improvement through the Implementation of Forestry Practices" initiative. A ...

February 07, 2016 | | Agriculture


Education and Agriculture: Traditional or Technical Education?

throughout February with a series of events recognizing the importance of career and technical education while increasing awareness of career paths available for those preparing ...

February 07, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


Hoisington-native Wayne Stoskopf receives wheat leadership award

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and key members of his staff, received awards for ...

February 07, 2016 | | Agriculture


Kansas State University research offers new hope for saving runt pigs

Kansas State University researchers are looking more closely at how piglets grow during their mother's pregnancy, and recent findings indicate greater hope for survival ...

February 07, 2016 | | Agriculture


A farmer’s creed

Think of farmers and ranchers and this old, often forgotten tribute comes to mind. It fits farmers like seed in the soil or ranchers like ...

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


Weed control school

At this time a big topic on the farm is weed control right now. With herbicide resistant weeds in many fields and controlling them is ...

January 31, 2016 | Alicia Boor | Agriculture


It’s Cold And Snowy – Global Warming Is A Hoax?

There are topics worthy of discussion but with the winter storm that paralyzed much of the East Coast last week and several other winter events ...

January 31, 2016 | Dr. Victor L. Martin | Agriculture


The right stuff

Seems like nearly everyone is trying to define the family farm. While this isn't a new phenomenon, it's certainly one that bears consideration ...

January 31, 2016 | John Schlageck, Kansas Farm Bureau | Agriculture


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